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The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, NJPAC, and the NAACP New Jersey State Conference will host A Conversation on Social Justice with New Jersey's Gubernatorial Candidates

On Monday, May 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm, the Institute, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the NAACP New Jersey State Conference will present, A Conversation on Social Justice with New Jersey's Gubernatorial Candidates, moderated by Elise Boddie, Institute Board member and Rutgers University Professor of Law, and Michael Hill, award-winning NJTV anchor and correspondent. The forum will feature gubernatorial candidates Jim Johnson, Raymond Lesniak, Phil Murphy, and John Wisniewski.

"Our cities hold real promise for addressing some of the greatest social and racial justice challenges of our time: income inequality, unequal access to education, a broken criminal justice system, voter suppression, and systems that deny dignity and human rights,"  said Ryan P. Haygood, Institute President and CEO. “Just one month ahead of the primary election, this forum will provide an important opportunity for the gubernatorial candidates to share how they will address these critical issues."

Consistent with the host organizations’ missions, and positions as non-partisan advocacy organizations, the sponsoring organizations are working closely with the communities they serve to help make New Jersey a standard bearer for social and racial justice. 

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations must be made in advance at njpac.org/dosocialjustice, at the NJPAC Box Office, or by calling 1.888.MY.NJPAC. 

Members of the press who plan to attend should RSVP to Elizabeth.

 

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Institute Announces Trustee Social Justice Legal Advocacy Fellowship Position

The prestigious Trustee Social Justice Legal Advocacy Fellowship provides an early career lawyer with an opportunity to spend two years as a staff attorney with the Institute. The Social Justice Fellow will work to advance social and racial justice on behalf of New Jersey’s urban communities in the Institute’s three programmatic areas: (1) economic mobility; (2) criminal justice reform; and (3) civic engagement. We are funding this fellowship through the generosity of trustees and friends of the Institute. To learn more about the position and to apply, please click here.

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WNYC: Newark Residents Weigh in on Police Reforms

WNYC reports:

The survey is one component of a much broader, detailed 5-year-plan for revamping the city's police force. It was prompted by an investigation that found city police had violated citizens' rights.

"There were a series of unconstitutional practices happening in the city of Newark," said Andrea McChristian, associate counsel at the Newark-based New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. "There was excessive use of force, unconstitutional stops and searches, theft occurring as well, of civilian property."

 

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Van Jones and Ryan P. Haygood: Trump is wrong on criminal justice

Institute President and CEO Ryan P. Haygood and CNN commentator Van Jones co-authored a powerful piece for The Hill:

Empathy will allow us to identify the underlying factors that may lead a child to make a grave mistake. It will also be the key to build political will to give them the support they need to get better. Ultimately, we should aspire to build strong children so that there is no need to repair broken men and women.

Together, we can create a country where no child is imprisoned.

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Ryan Haygood on Police Community Relations

Ryan Haygood speaks on the five decade struggle to build trust between the community and police in Newark.

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NJTV: Community Survey Aims to Help Reform Newark Police Department

 

 

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Policy Counsel Demelza Baer Selected as 2017 Vanguard Fellow

The Institute is thrilled to congratulate Policy Counsel Demelza Baer on her selection as a 2017 Vanguard Fellow.

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WBGO Highlights the Institute's Day of Empathy Arts Workshop

WBGO reports:

Nearly 40 troubled youth from Newark and the surrounding areas recently took part in the National Day of Empathy, an initiative devoted to creating empathy for those affected by incarceration. One particular workshop allowed them to express their feelings about their experiences within the juvenile justice system through art. It's all part of a partnership with The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Youthbuild Newark, My Brother's Keeper, and Yendor Productions...

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The Forgotten Ones: New Jersey’s Locked-up Girls

Institute Associate Counsel Andrea McChristian writes for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange:

Have you heard of the Bordentown School? Founded by the Rev. Walter Rice, Bordentown — officially named the New Jersey Industrial and Manual Training School for Colored Youth — was a co-ed public boarding school for black students, run by the state of New Jersey between 1886 and 1955. Dubbed the “Tuskegee of the North,” after Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute, the exclusive school focused on preparing young black men and women to be future leaders, emphasizing vocational training in addition to academics.

That was until the Supreme Court’s seminal 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which struck down segregation in public schools. Bordentown closed one year later.

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NJ.com: How can policing in Newark improve? Residents weigh in

NJ.com reports:

City residents aired their frustrations and highlighted their hopes for the Newark Police Department on Saturday, filling out surveys as part of an effort to launch a community conversation around reforming the police force...

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