Fulop Expands Summer Jobs Program by 125 Positions to Provide Employment to 442 City Youth

Fulop Administration Already Working on Plan for 1,000 Jobs for City Youth for Next Summer

JERSEY CITY, NJ – June 27, 2013 – Mayor-elect Steven Fulop today announced that he expanding Jersey City’s summer jobs program by 125 positions to provide employment to 442 city youth and plans are already underway to expand it to 1,000 jobs for next summer.

Fulop, who takes office on July 1, campaigned on a platform of increasing the number of part-time summer positions as a way to reduce loitering and curb crime, as well as provide city youth with valuable work experience.

For the first time some jobs will be shifted out of the Department of Recreation to a new anti-litter program called “Stop the Drop,” which will pair summer workers with employees from the Department of Public Works for litter patrol, curb painting and weed and graffiti removal. The objective of the program is to use experiential learning to promote a better understanding of litter problems and city maintenance.

“My goal is to get more youth off Jersey City streets during the summer and involved in productive activities,” Fulop said. “The teenagers will earn money and learn the value of hard work while staying away from the activities that can get them into trouble.”

The program is being expanded without any additional cost to city taxpayers by changing the number of hours to 15 from 20. The hourly wage will remain at $7.50. The program will employ 26 recreation pool attendants, 15 recreation park aides, four concession stand staffers and 80 “Stop the Drop” staffers.

Fulop said his administration has already begun working on a plan for 1,000 jobs for next summer that will work in conjunction with a year-round afterschool program run by the Board of Education.

Hudson Pride Director Cheers Gay-Marriage Rulings

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal via NJ.com
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The leader of Hudson County’s gay community center is “ecstatic” over two landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings from this morning that expand rights for gay couples across the nation, and particularly in California.

W. Jeffrey Campbell, 47, executive director of Hudson Pride Connections Center, said he had been fearful of the high court’s decision yesterday after it invalidated a portion of the Voting Rights Act.

“I really did not know what today was going to bring, but I had hope that the justices would rule on the side of justice,” said Campbell. “My prayers have been answered.”

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Official Inauguration Ceremony For Mayor Steven M. Fulop to Be Held at City Hall

Residents Invited to Attend Inaugural Celebration

JERSEY CITY – The Official Inauguration of Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the 49th Mayor of Jersey City, will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013 outside of City Hall, 280 Grove Street in a public celebration that invites residents to participate in the event.

Mayor-Elect Fulop chose an Inauguration format similar to that of Mayor Thomas Smith in the 1970s in the hope of bringing the people back to City Hall to be part of the ceremony and part of the civic process.

“We believe that government should be responsive and should work for the people, which is why we chose to break with tradition and have our Inaugural ceremony at City Hall and after the work hours, so as many people could participate as possible,” said Mayor-Elect Fulop. “The Inauguration is the first step in the process of bringing change to city government and we want the residents of Jersey City to be with us each step of the way.”

At 6 p.m., Mayor Fulop will be sworn in by the Honorable Katharine S. Hayden, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey. Mayor Fulop will then deliver his Inaugural Address and outline his administration’s vision and goals. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez will deliver remarks. The nine City Council members will also be sworn in during the ceremony.

The block party celebration, which is free and open to the public, will take place between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and will include a performance by ELEW, who has performed for President Barack Obama at the White House, as well as local Jersey City bands, food vendors, and much more. Residents are encouraged to participate in the festivities and welcome their new Mayor and City Council. The block party celebration is not paid for with taxpayer dollars, but is paid for by the Election Fund of Steven Fulop.

On May 14th, 2013, Jersey City residents voted resoundingly to elect Steven M. Fulop as their next Mayor with 53 percent of the vote. Candice Osborne was also elected the Ward E Councilwoman on May 14th, while the other eight Council races were decided in a run-off election held on June 11th, 2013.

The newly-elected At-Large Council Members are Joyce Waterman, Rolando Lavarro, and Daniel Rivera; Ward A Councilman Frank Gajewski; Ward B Councilman Khemraj ”Chico” Ramchal; Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano; Ward D Councilman Michael Yun; Ward E Councilwoman Candice Osborne; and Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman.

After 37 Years of Trying to Change People’s Sexual Orientation, Group Is to Disband

From The New York Times
Thursday, June 20, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. — For 37 years, Exodus International was the leading beacon of the “ex gay” movement, which maintained that gay men and lesbians could change their sexual orientation through prayer and psychotherapy.

But on the opening night of the group’s 38th annual conference here, Exodus International announced that the organization would disband, amid growing skepticism among its top officials and board members that sexual attractions can be changed.

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Joint Statement on HIV/AIDS

June 3, 2013
Terry Stone
(212) 809-8585 x.266
 Kyle Murphy
(202) 803-8027

Thirty-Five LGBT and HIV Advocacy Groups Mark Pride Month
with Joint Statement on HIV/AIDS

 Executive Directors Urge Broader LGBT Movement to Re-engage in Fight to End the Epidemic

 Washington, DC – As the nation marks the opening of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, executive directors from 35 LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations from across the United States have released a joint letter committing themselves and their organizations to re-engaging the broader LGBT community in the fight against HIV. While issues like marriage equality and employment protections for LGBT workers have taken center stage, HIV continues to ravage the LGBT community.  Despite making up just two percent of the population, gay and bisexual men accounted for more than 63 percent of new HIV infections in 2010.  In fact, gay men are the only group in which HIV infections are increasing.

“We are at an important crossroad in our fight against HIV,” said National Minority AIDS Council Executive Director Paul Kawata.  “The evidence behind treatment as prevention, and expansions in health care coverage that will accompany implementation of the Affordable Care Act, have provided a unique opportunity to end this epidemic, which has ravaged our community for more than three decades.  But this will not happen without the full engagement of those most impacted by the disease, and no community has been more heavily affected than the LGBT community.  I am thrilled to be a part of this campaign to re-energize the LGBT response and work together to realize the vision of an AIDS-free generation.”

“Since the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, LGBT community centers have led the way in providing care and support services for those living with HIV/AIDS,” said Terry Stone, Executive Director of CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers. “These centers continue to provide testing and prevention services, education and outreach, and remain committed to averting the proliferation of the virus.”

Metro Wellness & Community Centers Executive Director Lorraine Langlois added: “Community centers have been at the forefront of HIV care and prevention for our disenfranchised  LGBT community. Metro Community Centers have provided HIV/AIDS care for twenty years and finally there is now adequate funding and a path to end the epidemic. Now our focus must be to reach out to our new generation of our young men and transgender community and re-engage them and all of our GBLT community in the  fight and get us all to the finish line of this horrific disease.”

Below is an excerpt from today’s joint statement:

Over the last 30 years, the [LGBT] community has seen great strides in the movement for full equality.  Much of this success is the result of a concerted movement, which was galvanized in response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s…In the decades since our movement has seen incredible victories… Unfortunately, our community hasn’t maintained the same momentum in our fight against HIV…Each day, more than 80 gay and bisexual men become infected with HIV in the United States…Despite these alarming statistics, which have galvanized our community in the past, the HIV epidemic has seemed to fall by the wayside.  Many in our community have simply stopped talking about the issue.  This must change.

The entire letter and accompanying video can be viewed online here:  www.wethelgbt.org


CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement.  CenterLink plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT community centers across the country and addressing the challenges they face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity , and increasing their access to public resources.  Fpr more information visit www.lgbtcenters.org

The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) represents a coalition of faith-based and community-based organizations as well as AIDS service organizations advocating and delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide.  Since 1987, NMAC has developed leadership in communities of color through a variety of advocacy campaigns, public policy education programs, national conferences, research programs, capacity building, technical assistance and training, and digital and electronic resource materials. For more information visit www.nmac.org.