New Jersey’s Episcopal bishops issue joint pastoral letter on COVID-19’s…

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Posted May 7, 2020 [Dioceses of Newark and New Jersey] The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, bishop of Newark, and the Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes, bishop of New Jersey, have issued a joint pastoral letter addressing public policies that fail to adequately address the disparate impact the COVID-19 virus is having on black and brown people, immigrants and the imprisoned.“It is inarguable that much of the damage and destruction of the novel coronavirus is the result of a capricious force of nature beyond human control and culpability,” the bishops wrote in a joint pastoral letter issued May 7. “However, it must also be recognized and acknowledged that, as with previous national and health disasters, there is indisputable evidence that this disaster has exacted greater human costs and a higher death rate on black and brown persons in the United States than on the predominant white culture. …“This predictable pattern is the tragic result of deeply entrenched systemic and structural injustices, especially the injustice of systemic racism, that have plagued this nation since its inception. Ongoing, long-term, often deliberate policies in our nation and in the state of New Jersey targeting persons of color have resulted in huge racial inequalities and disparities across major areas: education, housing, economic opportunity, net wealth and income. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the effects of all of these.”The bishops go on to address how the evil of mass incarceration has been underscored by the spread of the virus:“New Jersey has among the highest incarceration rates in the nation and also among the highest levels of racial disparity of those incarcerated,” the bishops write. “Unjust sentencing requirements and unsafe conditions in our nation’s jails and prisons, including those in New Jersey, make incarcerated persons, as well as those who guard them or otherwise work in prisons, ‘sitting ducks’ for the COVID-19 virus.”To address this, Hughes and Stokes call for the following public actions:Stopping or severely curbing the arrest and incarceration rate of persons for low-level offenses;Releasing those in prison who are vulnerable to COVID-19 due to age or health conditions and who statistically represent a low risk of recidivism.“We urge the people of our two dioceses to contact our governor and state officials and urge them to support these life-saving steps,” the bishops write.The health risks of incarceration extend to undocumented immigrants, detained and at risk for deportation, and the letter calls for public policy shifts to address the situation. In particular, the bishops draw attention to changes made by the Trump administration to the so-called “public charge rule,” which allows the government to exclude immigrants it fears will place a “burden” on cash assistance programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).“We feel strongly that the ‘public charge rule,’ which the Supreme Court upheld on April 24, 2020, is both draconian and cruel and should not be implemented,” they write.“The coronavirus pandemic is a threat to human beings, but, as is so often the case with crises, it is an opportunity as well. 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Syracuse defense falters against Niagara’s Willmott in team’s 1st loss of season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Callum Willmott angrily stormed off the field, kicking up a clump of turf as he walked to the sideline. Two yellow cards on Niagara earlier in the game meant the forward would have to take a seat on the bench.But Willmott’s temporary exit in the 63rd minute was only a footnote on his dominating, two-goal performance. The 6-foot-6 forward had already done enough to hand the Orange its first loss of the season.“They targeted me all game,” said Willmott, Niagara’s top returning goal-scorer from last season. “But luckily, I was able to score a few from the touches I received and made a difference tonight.”The two goals Willmott scored helped the Purple Eagles defeat Syracuse 2-1 at SU Soccer Stadium in front of 1,336 on Friday night. Niagara (2-0-1) only took six shots in the game, but Willmott made the most of his four chances in Niagara’s first win over SU (2-1) in 11 matchups.The Niagara sophomore used his unique blend of size and strength on both scores, revealing weaknesses in the veteran SU back line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeven minutes into the first half, that back line was left flat-footed.Willmott timed his header perfectly after gaining favorable position on a smaller defender in Skylar Thomas. He cleanly redirected the ball from right to left and away from leaping SU goalkeeper Alex Bono.Willmott and his teammates celebrated their first score as they jogged back to their side of the field. Meanwhile, Thomas – SU’s tallest player at 6-foot-3 – could only clap his hands in anger while he fished the ball out of his own net, unable to match up with a player of Willmott’s size.“It beats you up when you let a goal in that quickly,” said Thomas. “With a guy like that, you have to be aggressive with him.”With the defensive focus shifted to the tall forward, Thomas and his fellow defenders were able to contain Willmott the rest of the first half. Still, Willmott used his frame to shield the ball away from SU just long enough to set up his teammates.A few well-placed passes from Willmott’s foot set up Niagara attacks. And when the second half began, Niagara regained momentum and fed their best goal scorer again.One minute into the second half, a pass split the Orange defense and rolled into the box. Bono charged it, but it hit defender Chris Makowski and fell right to the feet of SU’s nemesis Friday night.One booming shot later, and Willmott gave the Purple Eagles a comfortable two-goal advantage.“He had two chances and he scored two goals,” SU head coach Ian McIntrye said. “It made it difficult being two down, but we had to keep pushing.”SU pushed back 18 minutes into the second half.As soon as Willmott exited the game with his second yellow card from a diving header, junior forward Tony Asante placed the ball by Niagara goalkeeper Brett Petricek, moving the Orange within one goal late.But Willmott reentered the game in its crucial closing minutes and seized momentum for the visitors again. He got a touch on each one of SU’s four corner kicks in the last three minutes of the game and deflated any chance for a game-tying score.With his size, strength, and skill, Willmott led his team to victory.And with a quick turnaround until Monday’s game against a deep Colgate team, the Syracuse defense has some questions to answer about how they’ll matchup against similar players in the future.“Without those two lapses, we had a pretty solid outing,” said McIntyre. “Sometimes you just have to take your hat off to a forward after a performance like that.” Comments Published on August 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more