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March 31, 2022

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Upcoming Events:
Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop: Maternal and Infant Health in New Jersey: Using evidence to confront social and political determinants of health.
April 1 (10 AM EST) via Zoom
Free. Registration Required.
"New Jersey has one of the widest racial disparities for maternal and infant mortality rates. Join the Eagleton Science and Politics Program and the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for a discussion on the social and political determinants of maternal and infant health and the proposed solutions."

2022 Latino Action Network Legislative Conference
April 2 (9:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST). Virtual.
Registration Required.
"The Latino Action Network’s annual Legislative Conference is the largest gathering of Hispanic community organizers and public policy advocates in the state of New Jersey. The 2020 in-person conference was attended by over 350 activists and elected officials from every corner of our great state. Our 2021 conference was held online due to the pandemic.  Our 2022 conference will also be held virtually.  As we head into this new year, we are looking forward to continuing to address the political and social issues that affect all Latinos living in our communities."

How Social Work (Mis)Managed History: A Dialogue and a Call for Change
April 8 (2:00 - 3:15 PM EST) via Zoom
Free. Registration Required.
"Join the Social Welfare History Group to consider how social work has and has not built history into our education, research and practice. Is it time for a change?"

Local & Regional Updates:
Bill would require state documents to be translated into 15 languages, NJ Monitor: "More than 150 languages are spoken in homes across New Jersey, one of the most diverse states in the country. Yet, important state documents and forms are usually required to be printed in only one language: English. A new bill seeks to increase that number to 15 languages, a move its supporters say would encourage more civic engagement and increase access to minority residents and the state’s growing ethnic populations."

N.J. in line for $87M to help low-income households save on energy costs, NJ.com: "The state’s allocation is part of the federal weatherization assistance program. Its $3.2 billion allocation for this year is 10 times higher than normal, thanks to the extra funding under President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law."

Lawmakers advance bill to help families stay in homes despite foreclosures, NJ Monitor: "Dubbed the “Community Wealth Preservation Program,” the bill would allow homeowners in foreclosure or their relatives to buy back their home at a foreclosure sale, help nonprofits buy foreclosed properties to create affordable housing, and create incentives for people to buy abandoned homes and live there, instead of investors intent on flipping them for profit."

NATIONAL UPDATES:
The time to panic about anti-trans legislation is now, Vox: "Finding the language to describe the legislative assault on trans people is tricky. Pushing back against it shouldn’t be."

President’s Budget Would Support Children and Families, Strengthen the Economy, CBPP: "The U.S. has long underinvested in our families and children; the President’s call to reverse that trend is both good economics and consistent with our nation’s values. The policies presented in the budget would help households with the costs that stretch their budgets and would provide more children with the supports and education they need to thrive."

What an anti-lynching law means in 2022, Vox: "On Tuesday, President Joe Biden signed into law a bill that classifies lynching as a federal hate crime, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Though Biden emphasized the significance of the legislation during a ceremony and praised its broad support, the bill’s path to approval has been fraught: It has taken more than 100 years and 200 attempts for proponents to achieve victory."

The 2022 midterms are underway. Here's the calendar of primary elections, NPR: "The first midterm election of a president's tenure historically favors the party out of power. In 2022, that's the Republican Party. Democrats, meanwhile, will this year defend their narrow congressional control, along with key governorships."

Professional Opportunities:
Director, Johnston Center for Learning & Impact (Hamilton, NJ)

Data Analyst, Rutgers University Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (Camden, NJ)

State Policy Advocate, Innocence Project (New York, NY)

Research Director, Demand Justice (Washington D.C.)=

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