Monthly News & Updates

May 2022 | Issue 1

NJ Citizen Action's 40th Anniversary

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Since 1982, NJCA has worked to address longstanding social, economic, political, and racial inequalities by advocating for and empowering NJ working families.

Stay tuned to this newsletter throughout 2022 as we celebrate the leaders, advocates and organizers that helped build NJCA, look back on how NJ has changed, and chart a course for the future of NJCA community support and activism.

Read more about NJCA's history
See the 1982 founding NJCA newsletter

Snapshots From History

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NJCA In Action

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NJCA in Virtual Roundtable: What can be done about the cost of prescription drugs?

..."What we need is a prescription-drug affordability board, which brings transparency but also takes action, because time’s up, the momentum is here, the time is now,” said Maura Collinsgru, NJCA Director of Policy and Advocacy.

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Hundreds rally for abortion rights at protest organized by NJCA and partners following Roe v. Wade decision leak

"Several hundred people filled the street in front of Montclair's Planned Parenthood on Tuesday in support of abortion rights after a draft U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion, leaked to the press on Monday, signaled that the justices could soon overturn Roe v. Wade.

The rally was hastily organized by a coalition of progressive groups and attended by a host of area politicians, including Reps. Mikie Sherrill and Donald Payne Jr., Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller and Tammy Murphy, wife of Gov. Phil Murphy."

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NJCA endorses Newark Mayor Ras Baraka for re-election

Polls are open Tuesday, May 10th

“Mayor Baraka is leading the way with innovative solutions that not only address longstanding inequalities but should serve as models for elected leaders and policymakers across our state and nation,” said Dena Mottola Jaborska, NJCA Executive Director. “His latest proposed measures to combat aggressive and predatory real-estate interests, for example, show a deep understanding of the causes behind the lack of affordable housing in Newark and communities across New Jersey. Elected officials should be implementing these types of policies in every city and township in our state.” 

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Op-Ed: You can make your voice heard for a New Jersey public bank

By Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, President, and Beverly Brown Ruggia, Financial Justice Director

"As we emerge from the pandemic’s economic fallout, it’s clear that New Jersey needs its own state public bank.

On April 5th, the Public Bank Implementation Board created by the Murphy administration in 2019 will hold a public hearing on how a public bank can help improve the lives of countless New Jerseyans.

NJCA, which is a public member of the board, urges all New Jerseyans to attend this virtual hearing and help move the Governor’s vision forward..."

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Free Services Spotlight:

Financial Coaching

NJCA offers free financial coaching to explore the resources and solutions that best suit your personal needs. This includes setting goals, building a personalized action plan, understanding your credit score and credit report, reducing debt and saving for the future.

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Eligible New Jersey Residents Can Still Claim Thousands in Tax Credits Beyond Tax Day

"NJCA’s Naomi Anderson said residents should take advantage of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, sites, 'which provide the expertise needed to ensure taxpayers don’t miss out on the credits they are entitled to.'"

Even though the tax filing deadline has passed, you can still apply to receive the EITC and CTC credits if you qualify!

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New Health Care Special Enrollment Qualifications

Starting this year, NJ families with income under twice the federal poverty limit can enroll in health insurance at any time. That's $25,760 annual income for an individual, up to $53,000 for a family of four.

NJCA offers free enrollment help to guide you through the process.

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Employee Spotlight:

Dena Mottola Jaborska, New Executive Director


Dena Mottola Jaborska is the new Executive Director of New Jersey Citizen Action, although she has been working at NJCA since 2012 in various roles. At the start of 2022 she succeeded Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, who led and built NJCA for 36 of its 40 years and now serves as President. A New Jersey native, Dena grew up in a working-class family in Hoboken and then Old Bridge. Both her parents were big inspirations who exemplified resilience and the importance of working hard...

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