Advocacy E-News June 25, 2020
June 25, 2020
OPTIONS FOR VOTING IN NEW JERSEY’S 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION
With health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey’s Primary Election voting will be different this year. To help understand these changes, Disability Rights New Jersey, The NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and The Boggs Center have collaborated to prepare a resource “Voting in New Jersey’s 2020 Primary Election.”
FAMILY OF MAURICE GORDON PRESS FOR TRANSPARENCY IN NJSP FATAL SHOOTING PROBE
It was reported that New Jersey police who interacted with Mr. Gordon “four times in four hours… were totally unaware that his friend told a police dispatcher in Poughkeepsie of Gordon’s mental health history and that he abruptly left his home at around 3:30 a.m. [the day before] in a ‘panicked’ state.” NJ State Police Superintendent Patrick J. Callahan made extensive comment about the Gordon case casting it as a breakdown in communications between the New York and New Jersey law enforcement.
N.J. BUDGET TALKS RAMP UP. ‘THERE’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF CUTTING,’ SWEENEY SAYS.
It’s crunch time for New Jersey lawmakers with the deadline to adopt a three-month, stopgap spending bill to fund state operations through Sept. 30 just a week away. Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday that he’s expecting a vote on a short-term budget June 29 or June 30.
“We’re in a strange place, and we’ve never been in this position before,” said Sweeney, D-Gloucester. “There’s going to be a lot of cutting. That’s where the struggle comes in. There’s going to be a lot of money de-appropriated.”
N.J. RENTERS, HOMEOWNERS FACE ‘AVALANCHE’ OF EVICTIONS IF THEY DON’T GET HELP
New Jersey residents will face mass evictions when Gov. Phil Murphy lifts the coronavirus state of emergency and a moratorium on residential evictions without more support for low- and moderate-income families, advocates warned. As the state more fully reopens the advocates called for legislation to prioritize the financial recovery of families at risk of homelessness and financial devastation, who they say are being left behind.
HOW ONE NJ SCHOOL DISTRICT IS TENDING TO STUDENTS’ EMOTIONAL HEALTH AT A TIME OF CRISIS
In-class yoga, mindfulness mantras and coping strategies for anxiety were part of the daily routine. Then came the pandemic. Virtual learning separated children from schoolmates and teachers at a time when the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other health experts were noting a surge in stress and depression.