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News from the Rutgers Social Policy Network
November 9, 2021

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Advancing Racial Justice and Health Equity through Housing and Homeless Services
with Rutgers University Alumni Association. Donation Optional. Registration Required.
Tuesday, November 9 (12:00 - 1:00 PM EST) via Zoom.
"Today, more than half a million people are homeless in the United States. Blacks and Indigenous people experience homelessness at higher rates than whites. Why do these disparities exist and what can be done to address housing insecurity and homelessness in this country? Join us for this virtual discussion featuring Taiisa Kelly, who works with communities across New Jersey to address racial equity within the homeless service system, and Rutgers professors Emmy Tiderington and Joel Cantor, housing and health researchers examining how homelessness contributes to race/ethnic health care disparities and the effectiveness of supportive housing in reducing those disparities."

To Protect and Serve: Investing in Public Safety Beyond Policing, NASW-NJ & NJPP.
Free. Registration Required.
Wednesday, November 10 (12:00 - 1:00 PM EST) via Zoom.
“Beyond police brutality, which is the most life-threatening and visible failure of the current criminal justice system, frequent police interactions are linked to adverse mental health outcomes, including anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder. These outcomes are exacerbated in communities of color. Due in part to a history of racial profiling, Black men in particular experience high levels of depression and anxiety over the very possibility of encounters with police. Taken together, these harms have prompted a widespread examination of the actions of law enforcement and a close evaluation of the role that budgets, which are a measure of municipalities’ values and priorities, play in funding ineffective and deadly practices that disproportionately target Black residents. For this event, NASW-NJ is joined by Marleina Ubel, RU Alum & Policy Analyst and State Policy Fellow at NJ Policy Perspective, who will present the findings of her new report 'To Protect and Serve: Investing in Public Safety Beyond Policing.'"

Social justice groups say N.J. needs a person of color as the next Senate president, WHYY: "The process for selecting a new Senate president plays out over the course of several months. The Democratic caucus meets in private to select a nominee, before the full Senate votes on Jan. 11, according to a spokesperson for Senate Democrats. A candidate for Senate president needs at least 21 votes (out of 40) to be elected."

They’re back to work in Trenton. Will these bills soon become law?, NJ Spotlight:"After an extended election break, legislative action resumes in the State House." Review a list of pending bills in the NJ legislature.

One year after NJ voted for recreational marijuana, the industry is still on the verge, NJ Spotlight: "Some critics worry NJ will follow other states in putting large, medical distributors ahead of smaller businesses."

BBB Includes Major Investments in Housing Affordability, CBPP: "The latest version of the House Build Back Better (BBB) legislation includes historic investments in key affordable housing programs such as the highly effective Housing Choice Voucher program, marking an important step toward ensuring all low-income households have a secure and affordable place to live."

What Paternity Leave Does for a Father’s Brain, NY Times: "Paternity leave bolsters family relationships. Among 6,000 couples followed from when their child was a baby until kindergarten age, couples in which fathers took even just a week or two of paternity leave were 26 percent more likely to stay married, compared with couples in which fathers took no leave."

What is the price of separated immigrant families’ trauma?, Vox: "Some 5,600 families were intentionally separated in immigration detention under former President Donald Trump in 2017 and 2018...and about 1,000 families have yet to be reunited.. For those families, the $450,000 figure reflects the price of dealing with what could be lifelong psychological and health consequences of the trauma of separation, as well as, in some cases of separated children, physical and sexual abuse they experienced while in foster care and in US custody. Many advocates question whether this amount is really sufficient given the depth of the families’ trauma."

Various Positions in the US Senate (Washington DC)

Development Manager, Good Grief (Morristown, NJ or Princeton, NJ)

Policy Manager, NJ Future (Trenton, NJ)

Policy Analyst/Community Liaison, Office of New York City Council Member Shahana Hanif (NYC)

The Social Work Policy Network's e-newsletter is created by:
Brittany Libby, MSW Graduate Student, Network Research Assistant
Dr. Lenna Nepomnyaschy, RU Associate Professor, Network Founder

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