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The New Jersey Institute For Social Justice Leads Coalition Of Youth Advocates, Fair Housing, Civil Rights And Religious Organizations, In March For Social Justice

November 05, 2018

They braved the chill, wind and rain of a nor’easter as they marched through Newark’s south ward. The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice led the way for the broad coalition of fair housing, civil rights and religious organizations.

African-Americans Rally For Social Policy Agenda After Overwhelming Murphy Support

October 28, 2018

Tap Into Newark reports:

NEWARK, NJ - A largely African-American crowd in a packed church basement in Newark voiced impatience and exasperation with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, calling on him to commit to a proposed social policy agenda after they overwhelmingly committed themselves to his election. 

Institute For Social Justice And Others Holding Rally To Make NJ Governor Accountable

October 25, 2018

New York Amsterdam News reports:

Saturday, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and other groups, including the NAACP, are holding the Rally for the #94Percent in front of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Newark calling on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to be accountable to the 94 percent of Black voters that elected him into office.

Upcoming Events

Thu, Feb 28, 2019
06:30 PM

655 Broad St, Newark, NJ 07102, United States Prudential Tower
Newark, NJ

The Institute at 20

Please join us for a conversation moderated by Elise Boddie with Institute leaders Ken Zimmerman, Cornell Brooks, and Ryan Haygood on the defining social justice struggles for New Jersey.

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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