The check is in the mail

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department recently announced that millions of American families have started receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments as direct deposits begin posting in bank accounts and checks arrive in mailboxes. This first batch of advance monthly payments worth roughly $15 billion reached about 35 million families today across theContinue reading “The check is in the mail”

Ford revs up EV manufacturing

New production data from Ford reveals that the automaker is manufacturing more of the all-electric Mach E than its traditional, gas-powered Mustang. In an attempt to enter the all-electric car market, Ford announced that it would electrify its legendary Mustang in November 2019. Now, less than two years later, Ford is building more units ofContinue reading “Ford revs up EV manufacturing”

Energy waste worsens global climate crisis

The world is getting warmer and sea levels are rising as the impact of the global climate crisis makes it important to know what can be done about them. Curtailing energy use, especially wasteful consumption, is considered a top priority while clean power alternatives remain under development. New Jersey ranks 40 on a list ofContinue reading “Energy waste worsens global climate crisis”

DACA ruled illegal

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled illegal an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of some immigrants brought into the United States as children. The decision puts at risk approximately 22,000 New Jersey residents. The decision puts new pressure for action on President Joe Biden and Democrats who control Congress for legislation toContinue reading “DACA ruled illegal”

Progressive Democrats demand tax reform as America’s richest accumulate tax-free wealth

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)sent a letter to Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) calling for an investigation into last month’s deeply troubling ProPublica report describing how the nation’s wealthiest individuals are using a series of legal tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of income taxes.  The lawmakers are gettingContinue reading “Progressive Democrats demand tax reform as America’s richest accumulate tax-free wealth”

Hawai‘i ruling holds national importance for fight against pollutants

A federal district court judge in Hawai‘i ruled Thursday that Maui County can no longer discharge treated sewage into the ocean without a permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The county is required to get a Clean Water Act permit for its injection wells at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility in West Maui, whichContinue reading “Hawai‘i ruling holds national importance for fight against pollutants”

Head Start gives children a head start in life

The 20th Anniversary of Early Head Start (EHS) is being celebrated this year. Congress extended Head Start services to expectant families and children from birth to 3 years of age and their families when they reauthorized the Head Start Act of 1994. This momentous decision acknowledged how important the period from prenatal to age 3Continue reading “Head Start gives children a head start in life”

Merger enables Americans to track money in politics

The nation’s two leading money-in-politics data organizations have joined forces to help Americans hold their leaders accountable at the federal and state levels. The combined organization, OpenSecrets, merges the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) and the National Institute on Money in Politics (NIMP), each leading entities for three decades. The merger will provide a newContinue reading “Merger enables Americans to track money in politics”

Senate considering marijuana legalization

United States Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) unveiled draft legislation repealing the federal prohibition of marijuana at a press conference on Wednesday. The draft legislation, titled the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, makes numerous changes to federal marijuana laws while providing deference to states’ cannabis policies. Upon introducingContinue reading “Senate considering marijuana legalization”

No criminal charges for Irvington police

A state grand jury has voted not to file any criminal charges at the conclusion of its deliberations regarding the death of Kaizen Crossen of Irvington, who was fatally shot in August 2019 during a firefight with officers of the Irvington Police Department. Crossen, a 39-year-old Irvington resident, shot and killed a neighbor with aContinue reading “No criminal charges for Irvington police”

DOJ settles retaliation lawsuit

The Department of Justice has reached a settlement agreement with Around the Clock Dispatch Inc. to resolve the government’s claim that freight and delivery services company in Queens Village, New York, violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by retaliating against a worker who asked for help in addressing his concernsContinue reading “DOJ settles retaliation lawsuit”

U.S. Supreme Court gutted Voting Rights Act

by Mahogane Reed The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is arguably the most important and impactful piece of federal civil rights legislation ever enacted. It was won on the backs and with the blood of civil rights leaders and allies determined to gain unfettered access to the ballot box for Black Americans—a right that wasContinue reading “U.S. Supreme Court gutted Voting Rights Act”

Agriculture Secretary celebrates July as National Blueberry Month with farm visit

The state Department of Agriculture highlighted July as National Blueberry Month with a visit to Mento Farms in Atlantic County, noting that New Jersey is the blueberry capital of the world. Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher along with state and local officials toured the farm’s packing facility and the fields where Jersey Fresh blueberries are grownContinue reading “Agriculture Secretary celebrates July as National Blueberry Month with farm visit”

Progressive challenger hopes to catch Congressman with his pants down… again

Long time political organizer and pro-democracy activist Imani Oakley will challenge U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. for the 2022 Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 10th congressional district, which encompasses parts of Essex, Hudson and Union counties. Oakley said the district has long been underserved by government officials and exploited by corporations. In additionContinue reading “Progressive challenger hopes to catch Congressman with his pants down… again”

California man convicted after six-day trial

A California man was convicted in a Trenton federal court of conspiracy and manufacturing, distributing, and possessing with intent to manufacture and distribute a fentanyl analogue. Andrew Tablack, 29, of Beverly Hills, California, was convicted of one count of manufacturing, distributing, and possessing with intent to manufacture and distribute pills containing cyclopropyl fentanyl, an analogueContinue reading “California man convicted after six-day trial”

Burlington County cleanup plan finalized

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its cleanup plan to address groundwater contamination in Cinnaminson and Delran. The Cinnaminson Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site, in the townships of Cinnaminson and Delran in Burlington County, New Jersey., covers approximately 400 acres of residential and industrial properties, including two former landfills. The final decision, in theContinue reading “Burlington County cleanup plan finalized”

2 Atlantic County men accused as dealers

Two Atlantic County men have been charged with conspiring to distribute heroin by the U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. for New Jersey. Ricardo Clavijo, 39, of Egg Harbor Township, and Christopher Gonzalez, 37, of Pleasantville, New Jersey, were each charged by complaint on July 13, 2021, with conspiring to distribute and possess with intentContinue reading “2 Atlantic County men accused as dealers”