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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. 

Ron Pierce: To Vote Has Value to the Soul

July 13, 2018

Former Institute intern Ron Pierce writes for NJ Spotlight:

The last time I cast a ballot was in 1985, when Tom Kean became governor. Under New Jersey’s law that denies the right to vote to people with criminal convictions, I have been without a voice in our democracy for decades.

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.   

Thu, Nov 15, 2018
07:00 PM

One Lowenstein Drive , Roseland , NJ 07068, United States Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Roseland , NJ

The Institute at 20: A reflection on New Jersey's struggle for social justice

Please join us for a conversation with Institute leaders Ken Zimmerman, Cornell Brooks, and Ryan Haygood on the defining social justice struggles for New Jersey. Please RSVP to as sp...

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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