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Scott Novakowski: Speak out against the citizenship question

August 06, 2018

Institute Associate Counsel Scott Novakowski writes in The Hill:

An undercount means less representation, less federal funding for essential programs, and less protection of our rights. The Census occurs only once every ten years. It’s important that we get a complete and accurate count – there are no do-overs.

Adding an intrusive demand for citizenship status in this political climate will lead to people refusing to complete the census form. That is by design. The demand for citizenship status is part of a deceptive campaign launched by the Trump administration and Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice to accomplish precisely this result.

But we can work together to keep this question off the 2020 Census.

Ryan Haygood: This is our Selma moment

August 06, 2018

Institute President and CEO Ryan Haygood writes in the Star Ledger:

On the other side of a period of democracy expansion that led to the election of our first black president, it follows that the pendulum would swing back seeking to undermine all progress that has been made.    

The moment is certainly no more difficult than when King set his sights on Selma and built a movement, from the ground up, that made President Johnson sign the VRA. 

And so this is our Selma moment. 

In this difficult national moment, change will occur, as it did in Selma, from the ground up in our communities, despite the racist, xenophobic, and dangerous policies being promoted by national leaders, including President Donald Trump.

If there is a lesson for progressive people to learn from the past 53 years and today, it is that people who care about social justice cannot afford to be timid. 

Upcoming Events

Thu, Aug 23, 2018
05:00 PM

55 Ludlow St, Newark, NJ 07114, United States TREC Center Complex
Newark, NJ

Community Forum on NPD's Draft Community Policing Policy

Please join us at this community forum hosted by the Newark Police Division to discuss the NPD's draft Community Oriented Policing Policy. The draft policy can be read online here:

Mon, Sep 10, 2018
06:00 PM

233 W Market St, Newark , NJ 07103, United States New Community Corporation
Newark , NJ

Community Forum on the Fifth Quarterly Report with the Independent Monitor Peter Harvey

You are invited to a conversation with the Independent Monitor of the Newark Police Division, Peter Harvey, to discuss the findings in the Independent Monitor’s Fifth Quarterly Report. Please read ...

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...

Tue, Oct 02, 2018
12:00 PM

401 W Pratt St, Baltimore , MD 21201, United States Hilton Baltimore
Baltimore , MD

Ryan Haygood Speaking at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve

Institute President and CEO Ryan Haygood will speak at Reinventing Our Communities: Investing in Opportunity on the panel, Poverty to Prosperity: Transformation in America’s Rural and Urban Economi...

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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