Frito-Lay workers ended a 20-day strike in Kansas after winning one day off per week

Frito-Lay workers in Topeka voted to ratify a 2-year contract, ending their 3-week strike with a contract that guarantees one day off a week and does away with requirement to work so-called “suicide shifts,” which involve 12-hour stretchs with just 8 hours in between. “BCTGM Local 218 members employed at Frito Lay in Topeka, KansasContinue reading “Frito-Lay workers ended a 20-day strike in Kansas after winning one day off per week”

Global leaders urged to affirm: “A Nuclear War Cannot Be Won and Must Never be Fought”

This month, leadership groups spanning the globe called on the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council to jointly reaffirm the principle that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” Presidents Biden, Putin, and Xi have all expressed their support for this principle during meetings that took place inContinue reading “Global leaders urged to affirm: “A Nuclear War Cannot Be Won and Must Never be Fought””

U.S. Department of Energy funding supercomputer research projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $28 million in funding for five research projects to develop software that will fully unleash the potential of DOE supercomputers to make new leaps in fields such as quantum information science and chemical reactions for clean energy applications. “DOE’s national labs are home to some of the world’s fastestContinue reading “U.S. Department of Energy funding supercomputer research projects”

Transportation funds heading to New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and South Jersey Port Corporation will share $53 million from the U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT). Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that the Biden-Harris administration is awarding $905.25 million to 24 projects in 18 states under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. TheContinue reading “Transportation funds heading to New Jersey”

Newark carjacker with gun sent to prison

A Newark man was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for his role in a carjacking in which a firearm was brandished, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced today. Raquin Tanner, 25, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to one count of aiding and abetting theContinue reading “Newark carjacker with gun sent to prison”

Climate scientists huddle to finalize a grim report about failures to save warming planet

More than 200 of the world’s leading climate scientists will begin meeting today to finalize a landmark report summarizing how Earth’s climate has already changed, and what humans can expect for the rest of the century. “There is no reasonable question that climate change is fueling such extreme weather events as wildfires engulfing much of the AmericanContinue reading “Climate scientists huddle to finalize a grim report about failures to save warming planet”

COVID-19 cost Americans more years of life in 2020 than all accidents in a typical year

About 600,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the coronavirus outbreak began. But behind that huge figure is a more nuanced one that brings the human toll of the virus into even sharper relief. In addition to the overall number of deaths from a given cause, researchers can estimate the number of “life years” lost due toContinue reading “COVID-19 cost Americans more years of life in 2020 than all accidents in a typical year”

Emmett Till’s 80th birthday

Late civil rights icon Emmett Louis Till’s 80th birthday is Sunday, July 25th and to commemorate it, New Jersey’s leading progressive Democrat will read the names of America citizens who were killed while Till is the black Chicago teen who was brutally tortured and murdered by white racists Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam inContinue reading “Emmett Till’s 80th birthday”

Over 2.2 million checks mailed under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan

The Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced this week that they have disbursed more than 2.2 million additional Economic Impact Payments under the American Rescue Plan. The IRS says it has now delivered more than $400 billion in American Rescue Plan coronavirus stimulus checks. TheContinue reading “Over 2.2 million checks mailed under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan”

EPA seeks voluntary exemption surrenders

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a stewardship program to encourage the voluntary withdrawal of previously granted low volume exemptions (LVEs) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are toxic chemicals known that have been in the news for the last several years due to their harmful health impacts and widespread contamination ofContinue reading “EPA seeks voluntary exemption surrenders”

Biden team untangling Trump econo-mess

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced last week that it will propose rescinding the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule issued by the Trump administration in May 2020, reversing changes that were widely criticized by investors, financial institutions and community advocates. The OCC said it is committed to working with the FederalContinue reading “Biden team untangling Trump econo-mess”

Pascrell calls on USPS board to fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today reacted harshly to a scathing report issued by the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) finding that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s ten-year plan to rebuild the United States Post Office (USPS) is plan is built on unreliable data, based on unproven assumptions, and won’t provide the cost savings assumed by USPS.Continue reading “Pascrell calls on USPS board to fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy”

Operation Fox Hunt: How China Exports Repression Using a Network of Spies Hidden in Plain Sight

by Sebastian Rotella and Kirsten Berg ProPublica On the hunt again, the cop from Wuhan rolled into New Jersey on a secret reconnaissance mission. Hu Ji watched the suburban landscape glide past the highway. He was in his early 40s, about 6-foot-1, smooth and confident-looking. His cases had led from Fiji to France to Mexico,Continue reading “Operation Fox Hunt: How China Exports Repression Using a Network of Spies Hidden in Plain Sight”

Treasury Secretary warns of debt limit

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress on Friday that she will begin taking emergency measures to prevent an unprecedented default on the national debt, warning that it would cause “irreparable harm to the U.S. economy and the livelihoods of all Americans.” In a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Yellen said that Oct.Continue reading “Treasury Secretary warns of debt limit”

Monopolies endanger food supply, ecosystem

A comprehensive report released by the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch outlines the crisis state of the country’s food system, including detailed analysis on the severe damage levied on society by unchecked corporate monopolies dominating the system.  The report, “Well-Fed: A Roadmap to a Sustainable Food System that Works For All,” offers aContinue reading “Monopolies endanger food supply, ecosystem”

4 Essex County Jail guards indicted for beating prisoner

One Essex County correctional officer, two sergeants, and one lieutenant were indicted for civil rights violations in connection with the assault of a federal pretrial detainee. Officer Damion James, 41, was charged with assaulting the pretrial detainee in violation of his civil rights. Sgt. Herman Pride, 51, Sgt. Jennifer Whitley, 38, and Lt. Nicholas Palma,Continue reading “4 Essex County Jail guards indicted for beating prisoner”

Vaccine unfairness undermining global economic recovery

According to new data released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Oxford, the worldwide vaccine gap between the rich and poor will have a lasting and profound impact on socio-economic recovery in low- and lower-middle income countries unless richer nations take urgent action to boostContinue reading “Vaccine unfairness undermining global economic recovery”

Gunfire erupts after feds announce firearms trafficking “strike forces”

On the same day the US Justice Department announced it was launching firearms trafficking “strike forces” to five cities and regions, gunfire erupted at around 8:20 p.m. at an area known for its restaurants in Washington, D.C. , in one of 127 gun violence incidents in which 42 people lost their lives and 110 wereContinue reading “Gunfire erupts after feds announce firearms trafficking “strike forces””

US sanctions Cuban defense chief, brigade for protest crackdown

The United States imposed sanctions on Cuba’s defense minister and a special forces unit for repressing peaceful protests, a step President Joe Biden warned is “just the beginning” of punitive measures against Havana. Biden said the actions are being taken to hold the Cuban government “accountable for their actions,” warning of further sanctions on “individualsContinue reading “US sanctions Cuban defense chief, brigade for protest crackdown”

Audubon: Three billion birds lost since 1970

“With three billion birds lost in North America since 1970, we are in a bird emergency – and we know that if they are in trouble, so are we,” said Sarah Greenberger, senior vice president for conservation policy, National Audubon Society. “The priority species identified by the Fish and Wildlife Service provide a common playbook for federal,Continue reading “Audubon: Three billion birds lost since 1970”