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October 7, 2021

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ELECTION 2021
Eligible New Jersey Voters must be registered by October 12, to Vote on November 2, 2021.
Get Registered here!

Want more info on NJ, NY, PA?
Voter Registration Deadlines Loom for NY and NJ, Gothamist
A Voter Guide to Pennsylvania’s 2021 Judicial Elections, WHYY

UPCOMING EVENTS
Election Conversations with NJ Spotlight
The 2021 gubernatorial election season in New Jersey promises to bring increased attention to key topics affecting the state's future. To reveal facts and insights crucial to voters and assist in determining the stakes and impact of the election, NJ Spotlight News will host a series of virtual conversations covering issues of importance around the state.
Social Justice & Immigration: Wednesday, October 6th, 12 noon - 1:15pm
Climate Change & Clean Energy: Thursday, October 7th, 12 noon - 1:15pm
Free. Registration Required.

What's on Your MAP?: Nonprofit Leaders Talk About Their Job Paths
October 14 (4:15 - 5:45 PM EST via Zoom). Free. Registration Required.
Join Rutgers School of Social Work Center for Leadership and Management for a presentation on career and job opportunities in Management and Policy (MAP).

LOCAL & REGIONAL UPDATES
Improving Indoor Air Quality in Schools Helps Students Succeed, NJPP: "Air quality improvements may pay dividends beyond reducing COVID-19 exposure. Research has shown that reductions in indoor air quality coincide with decreases in test performance in school. This is particularly concerning for the many New Jersey school children who live in areas with low outdoor air quality due to proximity to highways, busy intersections, and industrial facilities."

N.J.’s top court strengthens consent standard in sex assault cases, NJ Monitor: "Very few situations of sexual assault currently result in criminal conviction, so having this civil protection order becomes a primary and a critical protection for people who have survived sexual violence...".

NATIONAL UPDATES
Collaborating to Transform and Improve Education Systems: A playbook for family-school engagement, Brookings: "This playbook on family-school collaboration makes the case for why family engagement is essential for education systems transformation and why families and schools must have a shared understanding of what a good quality education looks like."

Closing the Coverage Gap a Critical Step for Advancing Health and Economic Justice, CBPP: "More than 2 million adults, majorities of whom live in the South and are people of color, are uninsured and in the coverage gap, meaning they have incomes below the federal poverty line but no pathway to affordable coverage because their state is one of 12 that has refused to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion"

Congress passes bill to prevent government shutdown, send out $28.6B in disaster aid, NJ Monitor: "Congress made a last-minute dash to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, with the U.S. Senate and House approving a short-term spending bill just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. Every Democratic and independent senator and 15 Republicans supported the bill in the 65-35 vote"

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Director of Constituent Services, Assemblyman Gary Schaer District 36 (Passaic, NJ)

Political Coordinator, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (Iselin, NJ)

Policy Manager, New Jersey Future (Trenton, NJ)

Legislative Staffer - U.S. Senate (Washington D.C.)

MEDIA OF THE WEEK
The case for a more radical climate movement, Vox:
Has the climate movement failed? It’s hard to look at the world at this moment and not conclude that the answer is yes. Despite all the activism, despite all the protests, despite all the warnings, the world is still in many ways hostage to the fossil fuel industry.

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