Good midweek friends! Today in La Voz con Mariel Fiori is a day of education and family. Rosa Maria Castillo Kesper updated us on the provisional laws to extend the moratorium on the payment of electricity and gas. If you are behind with payments, call the companies and certify (say) that you are overdue in payments because of COVID-19 reasons (such as loss of job, illness, etc.). You can also currently apply for HEAP and Emergency HEAP to pay for heating service, through the department of social services. In our area, there is a 73% delay in payments for public services. Know your rights as a user during the pandemic, a free virtual event, on Wednesday, January 20 at 5 p.m, organized by PULP, the New York Public Services Project. For more information, visit their website, or call 877-609-2575. Spanish is spoken.

Professor Iris Lopez, Director of Latin American & Latin @ Studies at City College of New York, spoke about her research related to population control and the misinformed sterilization of Puerto Rican and Latin American women that has been occurring for decades, known as La Operación.

In addition, in her column I am All Ears, psychologist Celina Pipman dedicates her space to Latina women affected by the pandemic. For those in need of mental health support, NAMI NJ offers online support groups in Spanish on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 8 to 8:30 p.m., and the third Friday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information and to sign up, write to enespanol@naminj.org, or call Nelly 732-940-0991, ext 113.