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Ron Pierce Featured in The Daily Targum

September 24, 2018

The Daily Targum reports:

Pierce said he hopes to tear down barriers set against [formerly incarcerated people] that make it difficult for them to re-enter society, obtain housing and employment.

Despite this, he believes the greatest concern for newly released inmates is the restoration of their voting rights — the last time Pierce voted was 1985. 

New Jersey is among other states considering legislation that would allow people who are incarcerated, on parole and under probation supervision the right to vote, according to The Wall Street Journal. If passed, the Garden State would be the third in the country to pass such a bill behind Vermont and Maine. 

While most states restore voter rights upon completion of an inmates sentence, some do not immediately renew these rights. 

Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia do not automatically restore voting rights once an inmate has graduated from their sentence. Florida’s laws, especially, have been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge — and even earned a spot on satirical late-night show "Last Week Tonight" — for being "nonsensical" and a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, according to National Public Radio (NPR).

Scott Novakowski Speaks Out Against the Citizenship Question #2020Census

September 20, 2018

NorthJersey.com reports:

Scott Novakowski of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice talked about the ongoing debate and possible litigation over the Trump administration’s plan to add a question about citizenship status to the census questionnaire.

Novakowski said the question would discourage non-documented immigrants from participating in the census. “It is not favorable for the country,” he said. “An accurate count is necessary for increased funding for school, roads and more.”

Star Ledger: Promises to the 94% Must Be Kept

September 19, 2018

Ryan Haygood writes in the Star Ledger:

Without the support of the Black community, it's unlikely that he would be New Jersey's governor, given that 53 percent of white voters supported his opponent.

So what does this Black support mean to the governor going forward? Murphy stated that he is conducting a racial disparity study.

That's the right place to start. Racial disparities in wealth, in access to the ballot box, and in criminal justice illuminate the systemic racism facing New Jersey's Black community.

For example, the median net worth for New Jersey's white families is $271,402 -- the highest in the nation. But the median net worth for New Jersey's Latino and Black families is just $7,020 and $5,900, respectively.

Additionally, New Jersey denies the vote to nearly 100,000 people who are in people who are in prison, on parole or probation. Half of those denied the right to vote are Black, though black people comprise just 15 percent of the state's population.

But nine months into his administration, the governor has not focused on these or the starkest racial disparities affecting New Jersey: its shameful youth incarceration system.

Upcoming Events

Fri, Oct 19, 2018
08:00 AM

School of Business , 2000 Pennington Rd. , Ewing Township , NJ 08618, United States The College of New Jersey
Ewing Township , NJ

College and University Social Justice Coalition Meeting

Please join us for the second convening of the College and University Social Justice Coalition. 

Sat, Oct 27, 2018
12:00 PM

231-251 Seymour Ave, Newark, NJ 07108, United States Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
Newark, NJ

94 Percent

Ninety-four percent of Black voters cast their ballots for Governor Phil Murphy in 2017. Without this support from the Black community, it is unlikely that Phil Murphy would be New Jersey's governo...

Sat, Oct 27, 2018
12:00 PM

231-251 Seymour Ave, Newark, NJ 07108, United States Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
Newark, NJ

Rally for the 94%

Ninety-four percent of Black voters cast their ballots for Governor Phil Murphy in 2017. Without this support from the Black community, it is unlikely that Phil Murphy would be New Jersey's governo...

Given the significant challenges we face, we have only two options: to embrace chaos or embrace community. We choose community. Join us as we work to bend our neighborhoods toward the beloved community.

 

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