New Jersey Communities Forward (NJCF) is a cutting-edge initiative spearheaded by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. With a focus on fair and effective policing and economic opportunity for all urban residents, NJCF provides a safe space for honest conversations among community residents, law enforcement officials, policy makers, and business entities. NJCF aims to empower urban communities by using dialogue to achieve sustainable results. At its core, NJCF’S work is building bridges for communication between groups who have not historically spoken to each other or that have spoken often in anger and from ideologically divided camps. These conversations are not themselves an end, but an important gateway towards a more durable set of relationships and community-based solutions to the issues affecting urban communities.