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Time is of the Essence, Says Advocate from Newark

 

The manner in which Ryan P. Haygood examines social justice is not an approach you'd expect from a civil rights advocate of his standing.

Haygood, 41, litigated cases with the NAACPLegal Defense Fund for 13 years and now he's president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Institute For Social Justice, a Newark-based organization that empowers urban communities.

So, what's with the big clock that hangs around his neck when he speaks at colleges and universities in New Jersey?

Haygood said the uncanny accessory represents time and how we grapple with serious problems such as mass incarceration, economic equality and the relationship between the criminal justice system and racial injustice in America.

The Voting Rights Act at 51

Published on Huffington Post 

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Alabama, which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act months later, and ultimately freed the vote for millions of voters of color.

New Jersey has a unique role in this story, as Atlantic City served as the site of the 1964 Democratic National Convention at which Fannie Lou Hamer famously delivered her powerful speech in support of Black voting rights on behalf of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

But more than 50 years later, despite the promise of increased political participation by people of color created by the Voting Rights Act, which twice led to the election of a Black president, its full potential has not been realized by one of the last excluded segments of our society: Americans with criminal convictions.

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MLK stood for this: Jobs as a Key to Economic Equality for Blacks in Newark

Opinion in the Star Ledger

Over the past year and a half, we watched as residents of several communities across this nation — moved by long-simmering frustration and anger — took to the streets to protest the killings of unarmed black people by members of law enforcement.

The protests in places such as Baltimore; Ferguson, Mo.; Staten Island, N.Y.; Waller County, Texas; and Chicago were triggered by violent encounters with law enforcement and the enduring effects of poverty, racism and disinvestment in those communities, calling to mind the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s powerful admonition: "A riot is the language of the unheard."

In 1967, a similar rebellion here in my city, Newark, was sparked by police abuse and decades of crushing poverty and a lack of opportunity. Ultimately, the Newark rebellion claimed the lives of 26 people and left hundreds more seriously injured.

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Politickernj.com: Marking 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act, Black Elected Officials Forge Alliance.

Earlier this month, African-American elected officials from across New Jersey came together for a historic meeting.

This summit was a first for New Jersey, and occurred as we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a historic moment in the political history of our country and the state and as we reflect on the progress we have made over the last five decades.

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Centraljersey.com: Council Presented with State's Procedures on Police-Involved Shootings

LAWRENCE — As part of an ongoing outreach effort on the hot button issue of police-involved shootings, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office presented the state’s uniform investigative procedures.

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Marking 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act, Black Elected Officials Forge Alliance

Earlier this month, African-American elected officials from across New Jersey came together for a historic meeting.

This summit was a first for New Jersey, and occurred as we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a historic moment in the political history of our country and the state as we reflect on the progress we have made over the last five decades.

LAWRENCE: Council Presented With State's Procedures On Police-Involved Shootings

LAWRENCE — As part of an ongoing outreach effort on the hot button issue of police-involved shootings, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office presented the state’s uniform investigative procedures.

Acting Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri presented the policies as well as members of the investigative team to the Township Council and members of the public Tuesday.

School of Criminal Justice Provides Forum for Discourse on Policing

On November 11, the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) served as the site for spirited discourse on “The Future of Policing: What Does it Mean for Our City?” Nestled in one of Newark’s anchor institutions that proudly acknowledges being of Newark, not just in Newark, government officials, community leaders, activists, and students gathered to engage in productive dialogue about best law enforcement practices for Newark’s constituents.

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School of Criminal Justice Provides Forum for Discourse on Policing

On November 11, the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) served as the site for spirited discourse on “The Future of Policing: What Does it Mean for Our City?” Nestled in one of Newark’s anchor institutions that proudly acknowledges being of Newark, not just in Newark, government officials, community leaders, activists, and students gathered to engage in productive dialogue about best law enforcement practices for Newark’s constituents.