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Rep. Watson Coleman Celebrates Passage of Her Amendment to Improve DOD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Programs

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) addresses Congress regarding sexual abuse in the military. Credits: C-Span
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WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman celebrated the passage of her amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring the Department of Defense (DOD) to implement critical changes to the Army National Guard and Army Reserve's sexual assault prevention and response programs in areas such as staffing, budget management, and investigation timeliness.

“I am pleased that we have taken the necessary steps to help foster a system that encourages service members to seek adequate help and care in the event of a sexual assault,” said Watson Coleman. “Congress has a responsibility to protect the service members who make immeasurable sacrifices to serve and protect our country. Sexual violence is criminal behavior that has no place in our military, and we must regain the trust of the service members who have been brave enough to come forward to report these crimes by bettering our military justice system.”

More than 500,000 members currently serve in the Army Guard and Reserve. The Department of Defense has taken steps to address sexual assaults of service members, generally, but reports show that sexual harassment in the military is widely underreported. The amendment directs the Secretary of the Army, in coordination with the Chiefs of the National Guard Bureau and the Army Reserve to develop and implement an expedited, thorough and confidential process for sexual assault victims, redistribute staffing resources to ensure timely processing of cases and ensure the efficient use of taxpayer dollars for programming needs.

The passage of NDAA for fiscal year 2018 also included two additional amendments proposed by Watson Coleman. The first affirming Congressional support for the nondiscrimination policy of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, as applied to female cadets, staff, and faculty and the second extending reporting requirements for diversity inclusion in military leadership – a requirement set to expire this year. Watch Rep. Watson Coleman's floor remarks here.

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August 9, 2017

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Running with a Mission: Local Church Helps to "Speed the Light" with Color Fun Run

June 25, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The sky was blue.  The grass was green. The people were purple, orange, pink, and yellow.

Last week's Color Fun Run, hosted by the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship of East Brunswick, showed a local faith community at their colorful best as dozens of folks ran and walked a course that began at Playhouse 22 and continued through Heavenly Farms. 

All of the ...

Edison Police Seek Help Finding Missing 14-Year-Old

EDISON, NJ - A 14-year-old Edison girl who ran away from home on May 3 has yet to be found and police are asking anyone with information about  to come forward.

Edison detectives are leading a statewide search for the girl, Jalaysia Staplar-Evans. They said they believe she could be staying with friends or acquaintances in Newark or the Essex County area, said Edison Police Lt. Robert ...

Rutgers Takes Over New Brunswick Police Dispatch Service

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University will provide the city’s police dispatching services in a move that New Brunswick says will cut costs and put an end to dispatcher shortages that resulted in officers doing the job.

The city’s 12 current dispatchers will be laid off at the end of the day on June 30, and Rutgers will supply dispatchers as of July 1 under an agreement that city ...

More than the Fourth of July, Make it a Star Spangled Week in the Long Beach Island Region of NJ

June 20, 2018

STAFFORD AND LONG BEACH ISLAND - Summer 2018 starts now, so time to enjoy the beauty of the Jersey Shore. As families and friends gather for the summer holiday, there is plenty of options to assist in rounding out July 4 vacation and getaways.

With July 4 falling on a Wednesday, there are many events surrounding the holiday.

The award winning Surf and Sip Brew Trail itinerary is available ...

Applications to Rutgers Jumps Nearly 10 Percent; Increase from Out-of-State Students

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Applications to Rutgers University this year increased 9.4 percent over last year, university President Robert Barchi told the Board of Governors at a meeting this week.

The university received nearly 45,000 applications this year, Barchi said.

That included a 20 percent increase in the number of students from out-side New Jersey applying to Rutgers, the university ...

New Jersey Launches NJ ABLE Accounts to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Expenses

June 24, 2018

New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson on Monday announced the launch of a major new program to help individuals with disabilities become more independent and better thrive in their communities.  

With the newly launched NJ ABLE program, individuals with disabilities can save tax-free for eligible expenses such as education, housing and transportation without ...

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019 and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

 

Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced that it will award a total of 13 grants to 11 local community non-profit organizations in its nine-county service area for 2018-2019, with an increase in total program funding at 15% year over year. Since its founding in 1997, Komen North Jersey has awarded nearly $19 million to local community programs in nine North Jersey counties and has directed ...

The ESCNJ Offers Innovative Software To Strengthen School Transportation

   New software promising greater speed and efficiency for school transportation departments is now available through the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ).

   The software is the result of a two year collaboration between the Princeton based Artha Systems, an international supplier of business management software, and the ESCNJ.

“The software ...

Who are the Voices for Small Business?

Written by: Samuel K. Burlum, Investigative Reporter and author of The Green Lane, a syndicated column Published on 6/25/18

Tags: Business, Community, Economy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Small Business, Small Business Advocate

Source: When the small business owner needs a voice, where do they go? We provide a host of some of the largest organizations that advocate ...