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News from the Rutgers Social Work Policy Network
September 22, 2021

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“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.” Event details as follows,
COVID & Health Care: Thursday, September 23rd, 12 noon - 1:15pm
Budget & Taxes: Tuesday, September 28th, 12 noon - 1:15pm
Social Justice & Immigration: Wednesday, October 6th, 12 noon - 1:15pm
Climate Change & Clean Energy: Thursday, October 7th, 12 noon - 1:15pm

Global Consequences of the War on Drugs
Open Society Foundations
September 22 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST via Livestream). Free. Registration Required.
"How has the war on drugs shaped international policies and practices, and how do we begin to reverse its harms? In this panel discussion, former Open Society fellows and global drug policy experts examine the international impacts of the war on drugs and provide insights on how to shift drug policy from prohibition and punishment to health and human rights."

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300K workers move to N.J.’s unemployment benefits after federal programs end, NJ Monitor: "Of the roughly 500,000 people who were receiving unemployment payments until Sept. 4, about 310,000 claimants are now receiving the extended benefits, said Thomas Wright, spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Labor.”

Food assistance expanded for Ida-impacted residents in 11 counties, NJ Monitor: "The expanded benefits are available to residents enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...where federal authorities have made Major Disaster Declarations. SNAP recipients can use their benefits cards to buy hot food at participating SNAP retailers until Sept. 30."

The Biden administration will raise the cap on refugee admissions to 125,000, NPR: "President Biden intends to increase to 125,000 the number of refugees who can enter the United States in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, the State Department announced on Monday, making good on his campaign pledge to do so." Social insurance programs cushioned the blow of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020".

Social insurance programs cushioned the blow of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Economic Policy Institute:  "Even in normal times, public safety net spending and social insurance programs are effective policy tools to reduce poverty and alleviate the economic distress of families. Census data released [last Wednesday] also show that these programs kept tens of millions of people from severe economic deprivation during the first half of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."

The redistricting wars, Vox: "The battle lines for the next decade of US politics are about to be set... Republicans are trying to gerrymander themselves into control of the House of Representatives — and they very well might succeed."

Domestic Worker Campaign Organizer, New Labor (Lakewood, NJ)

Part-Time Program Coordinator,

Rutgers Law School Housing Justice Program (Camden, NJ)

Program Manager, Gender Justice Fund (Philadelphia)

Director, Office of Public Engagement for the City of Philadelphia (Philadelphia)

Lead Organizer, Philadelphia Student Union (Philadelphia)

Associate Director, Human Rights Watch (NYC)

Research Associate, CUNY Institute for State and Local Government (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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