News Federal monitor of Newark police to address city residents on progress


Residents' questions about how a federally-mandated consent decree and monitor are changing the city's police department will be answered at a community forum Monday night.

The event, called "What does the consent decree mean for me?" is aimed at connecting Newarkers to the federally-appointed agents overseeing reforms in the department, organizers said.

One-on-One Interview with LaShawn Warren on Race and Policing

Steve Adubato talks with LaShawn Warren, Institute Vice President and General Counsel, on race, policing and Newark. Check out the interview below.

Ryan Haygood Discusses "Reimagining Policing"

Steve Adubato talks with Institute CEO and President Ryan Haygood about race, Newark and reimagining policing. Check out the conversation below.


NJTV Interviews ISJ's Andrea McChristian on the Protecting Voters' Rights

Andrea McChristian, Institute Associate Counsel, tells NJTV:

New Jersey is some place where we need to have boots on the ground to make sure that people are able to cast their ballots on Election Day.

Check out the full interview above, at minute 9.

NJ Spotlight Reports on ISJ's Work to Protect Voters of Color

New Jersey Spotlight reports:

Concerned about the potential for aggressive challenges of urban voters on Election Day, minority and legal groups said they will coordinate efforts to ensure normal access to the polls in four New Jersey cities.  

"There's the possibility not only for the usual confusion and administrative problems, but also for overly aggressive challenges of voters and even voter intimidation," said Ryan Haygood, president and CEO of the Newark-based New Jersey Institute for Social Justice...

"This will be the first presidential election in 50 years not covered by the full authority of the Voting Rights Act," which barred states from erecting obstacles to minority voters, Haygood noted. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down some provisions in 2013, saying they were no longer necessary.  

To read the full report, please click here.

NJTV Highlights ISJ Efforts to Protect the Vote

From NJTV:

It’s Democrats versus Republicans, not just at the ballot box but in a court of law. The case: a Newark federal judge ordering the Republican National Committee to explain how it’s working with the Donald Trump campaign to carry out what Republicans call “ballot security” but what Democrats consider intimidating minority voters.

In a recent visit to Newark, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department would protect the right to vote next week.

NJ Spotlight: US Attorney General Lynch Convenes Policing Conference In Newark

NJ Spotlight reports:

Arriving in New Jersey during a "National Community Policing Week" designated by President Barack Obama, Lynch reiterated the idea of "rebuilding the bonds of trust" between police and community as the key to success. But only part of the discussion at the Newark Public Library was open to the public. For the rest, Lynch heard from invited guests behind closed doors. Even with that limitation, at least some participants welcomed the chance to speak directly to what they viewed as receptive officialdom.

"This is a conversation that has been at least 49 years in the making, going back to the Newark rebellion," said Ryan Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

He quoted a former colleague, Sherrilyn Ifill, that "there is not a golden era of trust in most communities of color" toward law enforcement. Rather than returning to a mythological past, "we envision a new relationship in a new era," Haygood said...

Oct. 7, 2016: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

Prepare to kiss cheap Jersey gas goodbye. Lawmakers vote to raise the gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs.

Tough talk to dissolve mistrust between police and the communities they serve. Fueled by the full force of the Department of Justice.

NJTV: Department of Justice Holds Community Policing Forum in Newark

NJTV reports:

“My past colleague at LDF Sherrilyn Ifill is fond of saying that there is not a golden era of trust in most communities of color to which we should seek to return, but what this moment requires of us is that we imagine a new relationship,” said New Jersey Institute for Social Justice President and CEO Ryan Haygood.

NJTV: NJPAC Hosts Frank Discussion About Race and Policing

NJTV reports:

The goal: bridging the gap between police and the neighborhoods they serve. The vehicle: encouraging stakeholders to take part in a series of critical conversations about race and policing.

“Which may be difficult to have but are essential if we are to affect real, sustained and lasting change,” said Ryan Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.