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Reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

9/11 Ground Zero rescue workers

Today, more than 100 first responders are walking the halls of Congress to lobby lawmakers to reauthorize and make permanent the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, named for NYPD detective,the first death by respiratory disease attributed to work at Ground Zero. He spent 450 hours there.

Following 9/11, America fairly throbbed with patriotism, nationalism and enough bloodthirsty revenge that allowed George Bush to launch a war on the wrong guy. We’ve recovered our senses since then, but the names of the people lost at the World Trade Center and Pentagon are still recited out loud, as they should be.

But there are other names and we have a chance to do more than remember them; the survivors and those who rushed in, then stayed to do what had to be done.  

Bonnie Watson Coleman reminds Republicans it’s 2015

This was a few days ago, as new Member of Congress Bonnie Watson Coleman took to the House floor to ask her Republican colleagues to essentially mind their own business, and leave healthcare decisions to the women who have to deal with the outcomes:

Last week, I went to the House floor to formally ask my Republican colleagues to mind their own business, and leave healthcare decisions to the women who have to deal with the outcomes.

Posted by Bonnie Watson Coleman on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Who won last night’s CD12 debate at TCNJ: Bonnie Watson Coleman or Alieta Eck?

Bonnie Watson ColemanIt was pouring rain last night on The College of New Jersey’s Ewing campus for the debate of CD12 combatants Dr. Alieta Eck and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. Hard to find the Mayo Concert Hall in the dark. Note to college: more lighting. And the parking lot wasn’t anywhere near it. Nevertheless, it was a packed house. And that was great. Made for many lively moments of engagement from the noisy audience of students and local politicos, to the frustration of the moderator.

This district, Rush Holt’s until January, is not competitive. Only late-breaking scandal or, you know, a massive comet will change the outcome. Bonnie Watson Coleman for the win. And that was reflected in the debate. Both women were confident and smooth in their delivery; they are both forces to be dealt with.

But Eck was overmatched. She really had nothing much beyond the old right-wing chestnuts. Obamacare is baaaad. Taxes baaaad. Trickle-down economics yay! That stuff might fly in some other, gerrymandered-for-GOP congressional district (though Roy Cho is testing that idea like a boss in CD5) but this is Rush Holt territory.

That said, it wasn’t the politicos in the room that drove the response, it was the students. From the start, Eck read the room wrong. Her opening statement was about herself, BWC’s was about the university and students, and a little of herself. Eck’s closing was off, too. While BWC closed making her best case of what she had to offer, Eck spent her time talking about her opponent.  

TODAY in Trenton – NJ Education March & HPAE Lobby Day



Two great things going on in Trenton right now.

Trenton Takeover More than 3,000 people signed a petition from HPAE, calling for changes to the Patient Bill of Rights, including safe staffing levels for registered nurses & healthcare workers through Dept. of Health regulation and legislation, a guarantee that DOH will regularly inspect all health care facilities and vigorously enforce laws to ensure safe patient care. Oversight and sensible policies are more and more important in an era when non-profit hospitals are being taken privatized into for-profit facilities that may look to cut corners. I’ve watched a nurse save my father’s life; we all know how much we depend on health care workers’ training and vigilance to safeguard us in the hospital. Whenever we can get their backs, we do the right thing. HPAE members and supporters will be lobbying in Trenton today. I hope our lawmakers greet them warmly, and listen to them; they do the work lives depend on.

#NJEdMarch27 Today at noon, students, parents, teachers and community members from all over the state converge on the Statehouse in Trenton in support of public education. In state-takeover districts, we’re seeing neighborhood schools suddenly closed, politicians disrupting and disrespecting the work of educators, classroom life and students’ school time misdirected to high-stakes testing, and efforts by some lawmakers to underfund our public schools. Time to stand up against that, and for our kids. We’ll have pictures of all this up in a little while.  

Thursday: Get Covered America hosting bi-lingual help session for uninsured New Jerseyans in WNY

Get Covered America to Assist Uninsured at Informational Event in West New York

Event will provide residents with bilingual information, in-person enrollment assistance for health insurance via the Marketplace

TRENTON, NJ – Tomorrow, December 5, Enroll America will bring the Get Covered America campaign to the City of West New York to hold an informational session and on-site enrollment with the Urban League of Hudson County.

The Get Covered America staff will offer assistance at the West New York United Pharmacy in both Spanish and English for participants who are seeking information about their options for affordable, quality health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health insurance coverage and the new health care options that will be made available under the Affordable Care Act. Our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.

What:                   Bilingual Informational and Enrollment Session for West New York Residents

Where:                West New York United Pharmacy, 6014 Bergenline Avenue, West New York, 07093

When:                  Thursday, December 5 at 4 p.m.

Who:                     Get Covered America

                             Urban League of Hudson County

Local contact:     Tatianna Castrillon, Organizer for Enroll America

How:                     To RSVP or for more details, please e-mail press@enrollamerica.org