Why the Olympics ban on Black hair swim caps is disturbing | Opinion

Diversity in swimming has always been an issue. In the United States, the overwhelming majority of swimmers are white. According to a 2019 Swimming Membership Demographics report, only 0.8% of their 327,337 swimmers were Black men, and 0.6% Black women. Although swimming is a physical activity that many Black women and girls enjoy, a common reason […]

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Victims of traffic fatalities are disproportionately Black and Native

Charles T. Brown, Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and President and CEO of Equitable Cities, assesses the rise in traffic fatalities in an MSNBC interview. A 2021 report from Smart Growth America showed Black pedestrians were 82 percent more likely to get hit by drivers. MSNBC.com, June 27, […]

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New Jersey’s primary election ballots are rigged | Opinion

Former Rutgers Law School Dean and Public Advocate Ron Chen and former NJ Attorney General and current Director of Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics John Farmer cite Bloustein School professor Julia Rubin’s research on the county line in an editorial about New Jersey’s lack of democratic elections “As Rutgers Professor Julia Sass Rubin explained in […]

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New Jersey’s Budget Surplus

This time last year, New Jersey’s fiscal reality was grim. This year, the state has an $11 BILLION surplus. NJ Spotlight News’ Joanna Gagis talks with Bloustein School senior policy fellow/executive in residence and former New Jersey Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Rich Keevey about how that money should be allocated by the […]

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Rutgers study: Uninsured Americans getting COVID vaccine at much lower rates

Any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines can be had easily and equitably in New Jersey right now, with more than 1,800 vaccination sites in operation around the state. The shots are available free of charge regardless of health insurance status, but numbers crunched at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at […]

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Poll: Those without health insurance less vaccinated

A new survey released June 14 finds much lower COVID-19 vaccination rates among those without health insurance, even though the vaccines are free. The report by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University found that 55.6% of adults with health insurance had gotten at least one COVID-19 shot, compared […]

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