Americans support transgender rights

Americans have reported becoming increasingly supportive of transgender rights in general, yet more than 100 anti-transgender bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year. At the same time, Americans’ views are reflected at the federal level by the Pentagon’s policy changes supporting transgender people in the U.S. military. According to a legislation tracker fromContinue reading “Americans support transgender rights”

Robocaller slapped with $1.66 million in penalties

The Justice Department, together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced that the government will collect $1.66 million in civil penalties as part of a settlement to resolve alleged violations of the8 FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) by New Jersey-based Environmental Safety International Inc. (ESI), as well as its co-owners, JosephContinue reading “Robocaller slapped with $1.66 million in penalties”

Joe Biden flushes Trump showerhead rule

President Joe Biden’s administration is reversing a Trump-era rule approved after the former president complained he was not getting wet enough because of limits on water flow from showerheads. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said efficient showerheads are the norm, so the rule change will have little practical effect. Nearly all commercially made showerheadsContinue reading “Joe Biden flushes Trump showerhead rule”

Thousands taking to the streets in Cuba

Thousands of people took to the streets in Cuba to peacefully protest over the economy, shortages of medicines, the response to COVID-19, and harsh restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. The authorities are looking for the protest “organizers” and “instigators” On 14 July, representatives from the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Ministry of InteriorContinue reading “Thousands taking to the streets in Cuba”

World’s Covid-19 death toll tops four million

The world’s known coronavirus death toll passed four million on July, 8, 2021, a loss roughly equivalent to the population of Los Angeles, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At least four million lives have now been lost to Covid-19, but the devastating milestone has yet to spurContinue reading “World’s Covid-19 death toll tops four million”

Nationals-Padres game suspended after shooting

At least four people were wounded in a shooting outside of Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. during a home game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Aa a result of the shooting, the game between the Nationals and San Diego Padres was suspended. The victims went to local hospitals, the D.C. Metropolitan PoliceContinue reading “Nationals-Padres game suspended after shooting”

Congresswoman arrested at Capitol

Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio was arrested Thursday for demonstrating in a prohibited area on Capitol grounds, while protesting against numerous voter restriction laws being introduced and passed in many states. U.S. Capitol police officers arrested eight other protesters along with the congresswoman. Beatty is the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 3rd congressional district and chairContinue reading “Congresswoman arrested at Capitol”

The check is in the mail

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department recently announced that millions of American families have started receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments as direct deposits begin posting in bank accounts and checks arrive in mailboxes. This first batch of advance monthly payments worth roughly $15 billion reached about 35 million families today across theContinue reading “The check is in the mail”

Ford revs up EV manufacturing

New production data from Ford reveals that the automaker is manufacturing more of the all-electric Mach E than its traditional, gas-powered Mustang. In an attempt to enter the all-electric car market, Ford announced that it would electrify its legendary Mustang in November 2019. Now, less than two years later, Ford is building more units ofContinue reading “Ford revs up EV manufacturing”

Energy waste worsens global climate crisis

The world is getting warmer and sea levels are rising as the impact of the global climate crisis makes it important to know what can be done about them. Curtailing energy use, especially wasteful consumption, is considered a top priority while clean power alternatives remain under development. New Jersey ranks 40 on a list ofContinue reading “Energy waste worsens global climate crisis”

DACA ruled illegal

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled illegal an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of some immigrants brought into the United States as children. The decision puts at risk approximately 22,000 New Jersey residents. The decision puts new pressure for action on President Joe Biden and Democrats who control Congress for legislation toContinue reading “DACA ruled illegal”

Progressive Democrats demand tax reform as America’s richest accumulate tax-free wealth

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)sent a letter to Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) calling for an investigation into last month’s deeply troubling ProPublica report describing how the nation’s wealthiest individuals are using a series of legal tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of income taxes.  The lawmakers are gettingContinue reading “Progressive Democrats demand tax reform as America’s richest accumulate tax-free wealth”

Hawai‘i ruling holds national importance for fight against pollutants

A federal district court judge in Hawai‘i ruled Thursday that Maui County can no longer discharge treated sewage into the ocean without a permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The county is required to get a Clean Water Act permit for its injection wells at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility in West Maui, whichContinue reading “Hawai‘i ruling holds national importance for fight against pollutants”

Head Start gives children a head start in life

The 20th Anniversary of Early Head Start (EHS) is being celebrated this year. Congress extended Head Start services to expectant families and children from birth to 3 years of age and their families when they reauthorized the Head Start Act of 1994. This momentous decision acknowledged how important the period from prenatal to age 3Continue reading “Head Start gives children a head start in life”

Merger enables Americans to track money in politics

The nation’s two leading money-in-politics data organizations have joined forces to help Americans hold their leaders accountable at the federal and state levels. The combined organization, OpenSecrets, merges the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) and the National Institute on Money in Politics (NIMP), each leading entities for three decades. The merger will provide a newContinue reading “Merger enables Americans to track money in politics”

Senate considering marijuana legalization

United States Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) unveiled draft legislation repealing the federal prohibition of marijuana at a press conference on Wednesday. The draft legislation, titled the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, makes numerous changes to federal marijuana laws while providing deference to states’ cannabis policies. Upon introducingContinue reading “Senate considering marijuana legalization”

No criminal charges for Irvington police

A state grand jury has voted not to file any criminal charges at the conclusion of its deliberations regarding the death of Kaizen Crossen of Irvington, who was fatally shot in August 2019 during a firefight with officers of the Irvington Police Department. Crossen, a 39-year-old Irvington resident, shot and killed a neighbor with aContinue reading “No criminal charges for Irvington police”

DOJ settles retaliation lawsuit

The Department of Justice has reached a settlement agreement with Around the Clock Dispatch Inc. to resolve the government’s claim that freight and delivery services company in Queens Village, New York, violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by retaliating against a worker who asked for help in addressing his concernsContinue reading “DOJ settles retaliation lawsuit”

U.S. Supreme Court gutted Voting Rights Act

by Mahogane Reed The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is arguably the most important and impactful piece of federal civil rights legislation ever enacted. It was won on the backs and with the blood of civil rights leaders and allies determined to gain unfettered access to the ballot box for Black Americans—a right that wasContinue reading “U.S. Supreme Court gutted Voting Rights Act”