Broad Coalition Joins Forces to Call for Action on Policing and Criminal Justice Reform in New Jersey

Today, a broad coalition of leading New Jersey civil rights, community, and religious leaders “requested that the legislature undertake a comprehensive and inclusive examination of criminal justice reforms needed to positively transform the relationship between police and the residents of New Jersey.”

N.J Could Lead the Nation in Police Reform. Here's How

By Ryan P. Haygood 

Like me, I am sure you are still catching your breath from the tragic killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minnesota — and from the heartbreaking deaths of police officers in Dallas, and just this week in Baton Rouge.  

Castile's death marks the 123rd black person shot by law enforcement this year.

The killings of Castile, Sterling, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Akai Gurley, Walter Scott, and so many others underscore the necessity of ensuring that police officers serve and protect all of us.

Here in Newark, the recent FRONTLINE documentary, "Policing the Police," on the Newark Police Department cements the reality that the issues of Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Chicago, North Charleston, New York City, Ferguson, Baltimore, and more, are our issues too.

Highlights from the NJISJ 11th Annual Gala

NJISJ President Ryan P. Haygood

The Institute’s 11th Annual Gala was a night to remember. We honored three social justice engineers who not only embody the Institute’s mission but also share our commitment to create transformative and sustainable change in New Jersey’s urban communities. To the almost 300 guests that joined us, thank you! 


Read the Institute's Brochure

As you will read in this brochure, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (the “Institute”) is committed to destroying inequality and opening up opportunities for all of New Jersey’s citizens.Our charge is to create healthy urban communities where residents are connected to full-time, meaningful jobs, have access to affordable housing and the democratic process, and are treated fairly by the criminal justice system.

More High-Paying Port Newark Jobs Should Go to Newark Residents


My staff and I joined Mayor Ras J. Baraka and more than 500 other local residents in the powerful protest he led at Port Newark.  We were there to confront a difficult reality: that the door of opportunity to a middle-class job at the Port of New York and New Jersey, America's third busiest port, is largely closed to Newark residents.

In 2015, this Port handled more than $200 billion worth of goods, and its operations provide nearly 200,000 direct jobs and over $21 billion in personal income. 

But, incredibly, just 6 percent of the more than 3,200 longshore workers at the Port live in Newark. And, less than 12 percent of the Port's 2,300 total warehouse and maintenance workers have Newark addresses.

(Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media for