The twin disasters of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout have left families reeling from sickness, unemployment, and increases in food anxiety. Communities of color have especially been disproportionately affected.As President Biden steps into office, it is crucial that these issues be addressed with the recovery plan that will aim to combat these crises.
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About Victoria Arena
Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. In 2017, she received her Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing from Brookdale Community College. Now, she is working toward her Bachelor's in English Literature at Montclair State University. Along with literature, Victoria is interested in Gender and Sexuality Studies, which she is pursuing as a minor, focusing closely on women's issues, gender inequality, and LGBT issues. These studies provide her with a feminist lens, which influences her work from both fiction to academic writings.
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During his first days in office, President Joe Biden’s first agenda is to address the long-elusive goal of immigration reform with a groundbreaking legislative package and immigration bill that will grant a quicker pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the country without legal status.
Apple announced this month that Monica Lozano, president and CEO of College Futures Foundation, has been appointed as the eighth member to Apple’s board of directors-a major first step toward greater diversity and inclusion in higher-level positions.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in tomorrow by Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a historic first for women of color. The news that Sotomayor would have a role in Wednesday’s inaugural ceremony came at the end of last week.
Claudia is a bilingual and bicultural Latina Leader. Currently she is a Director of Product Management within Prudential’s Group Insurance Customer Solutions Unit. There she leads the Business Resolution Team, which manages key activities and elements of the portfolio sales cycle. Claudia focuses much of her time assessing innovative customer solutions to help solve customer challenges. In addition to her work at Prudential, she is also a servant leader who is passionate about education and strives to amplify the voices of women and children.
New data released last week has revealed that in December employers cut 140,000 jobs. A closer look at the data also reveals a shocking gender gap: Women accounted for all the job losses, losing 156,000 jobs.
During the January 5th Small Business Update, U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive vice president and chief policy officer, Neil Bradley, discussed the recently-passed $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill in more detail. Below is a breakdown on what to expect from the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), second draw PPP loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), and new live-venue grants.
The Department of the Treasury has announced several key initiatives that will advance the Murphy Administration’s commitment to ensuring Minority, Women, and Veteran-Owned Businesses (MWVOB) can more fully participate in New Jersey’s multi-billion dollar supply chain. These initiatives will include a disparity study, diversity portfolio manager, and new Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) regulations which will help create greater opportunities for minority, women, and veteran owned businesses.
New stimulus checks are coming for jobless Americans. After months of negotiations, lawmakers struck a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus deal. The stimulus package was passed by the Senate earlier this week, just in time as nearly 12 million Americans are set to lose unemployment benefits the day after Christmas.