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Policy Updates from the Rutgers Social Work Policy Network
May 11, 2021

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Being Transgender in Office
presented by the Human Rights Campaign & Politico

May 13 (1:00 PM EST via Live Stream)
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"More transgender people are getting elected to office at all levels across the country both in blue and red states. This past year, a number of openly transgender candidates were elected at the state level. According to the Victory Fund, in 2018, as many as 48 transgender candidates ran for office at all levels with the number dropping slightly to 34 this past year. These candidates are running for office at a time when transgender rights are gaining more attention across the country...Join...for a conversation on POLITICO Live featuring elected officials who are transgender, discussing their experiences running for and serving in public office."

Progress 2021: Building a Green Future
May 20 (12:00 PM EST via Zoom)
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"This lively conversation will focus on the intersection of environmental and racial justice, and investments New Jersey can make in green energy and clean transit to bolster the health and sustainability of our communities. Moderated by NJPP Research Director Nicole Rodriguez, this panel will include environmental activist Tamara Toles O'Laughlin; Doug O'Malley, Director of Environment New Jersey; and Nat Bottigheimer, New Jersey Director of Regional Plan Association."

In Ahmaud Arbery's Name, Georgia Repeals Citizen's Arrest Law, NPR: "About a year after the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery became national news, and nearly 15 months after he was shot while jogging down a Brunswick street, Georgia has repealed the vague law that is being used to defend the men in jail for his murder."

Biden finally raised the refugee cap. Now comes the hard part, Vox: " After months of indecision and blowback from within his own party, President Joe Biden has..raised the cap on refugee admissions for 2021 to 62,500, but he has made clear he doesn’t think the US will actually admit that many people."

Gov. Murphy creates $40 million fund for undocumented immigrants, other workers, NJ Spotlight: "After a month-long hunger strike and months of protests, Gov. Phil Murphy has agreed to create a $40 million fund to help undocumented immigrants and other workers excluded from state and federal aid during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will come from the Coronavirus Relief Fund and the remaining money from the federal CARES Act, with the potential to use some the $6 billion the state will receive from the American Rescue Plan."

Do Newark charter schools worsen segregation? A guide to the debate behind a major court case, Chalkbeat Newark: "A case currently before the state Supreme Court centers on Newark’s sprawling set of charter schools — which now enroll more than a third of the city’s public school students — and whether they have worsened school segregation."

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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