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Join Our Team - The Institute is Hiring!

July 17, 2018

Join our team -- the Institute is hiring for three positions:

New Jersey Counts Project Director: The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice seeks a part-time NJ Counts Project Director. The NJ Counts Project Director will help lead planning efforts as the state prepares for the 2020 Census and coordinate a broad and diverse statewide network of community-based organizations, civic leaders, faith leaders, educators, elected officials, business leaders, and other key stakeholders who are committed to ensuring an accurate and representative census count.

For more information on the position, including how to apply, please click here

Research and Policy Advocate: The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice seeks a Research and Policy Advocate. The Research and Policy Advocate will conduct research and policy analysis on issues of civic engagement in New Jersey and will help develop and conduct advocacy and public education strategies to advance the Institute’s mission to make the promise of democracy real for people of color in New Jersey.

For more information on the position, including how to apply, please click here

Program Assistant: The Institute is seeking to hire a Program Assistant who can provide administrative and logistical support to the legal team, while working collaboratively with the entire staff to provide support as needed.

For more information on the position, including how to apply, please click here

Institute Releases New Brochure

July 17, 2018


The Institute has released a new brochure highlighting our work to advance social justice in New Jersey. Please click here for a PDF version. 

Andrea McChristian reflects on the 51st Anniversary of the Newark Rebellion

July 13, 2018

Institute Associate Counsel Andrea McChristian writes for the Star Ledger:

Fifty-one years ago today, the Newark Rebellion was sparked by police abuse of a black cab driver. At that time, the police force was overwhelmingly white in a city with a substantial black population. Newark residents took to the streets to protest law enforcement abuse and the oppressive conditions under which they had been forced to live. 

Fifty-one years later, and on the second anniversary of the Newark Police Division Consent Decree, this story of policing is part of a broader national conversation. 

Upcoming Events

Thu, Jul 19, 2018
06:00 PM

Branch Brook Drive Branch Brook Park at Bloomfield Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104, United States Stephen N. Abudato Sports Complex
Newark, NJ

Community Forum: Newark Police Division's Proposed Policies

Please join us at this community forum hosted by the Newark Police Division to discuss the Use of Force Reporting, Investigation, and Review Policy and the Complaint Intake and Investigation Proces...

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
09:00 AM through July 22, 2018

The Houstonian Hotel

Andrea McChristian Spark! Talk: Building a Prison to School Pipeline

Institute Associate Counsel Andrea McChristian will be a Spark! Talk presenter at The Future of Millennial America conference in Houston, Texas. To register for the conference, please click here. 

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
05:00 PM

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ryan Haygood: The Poor People's Campaign

Institute President and CEO Ryan Haygood will speak on the Institute's work and the Poor People's Campaign. To register for this event, please click here.   

Mon, Sep 24, 2018
07:00 PM

123 E Cliff St, Somerville , NJ 08876, United States Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills
Somerville , NJ

James Williams: The School-to-Prison Pipeline

James Williams, Institute Youth Justice Field Organizer, will present on the school-to-prison pipeline at a forum hosted by the Central Jersey Community Coalition. The forum will focus on education...

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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