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The Institute is proud to host the 1619 Project's Nikole Hannah-Jones and an esteemed panel on Nov. 2 at 7 pm.

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"The United States is a nation founded on both an ideal and a lie."

With her unvarnished 100k at the role Of slavery and its legacy on the making of our nation, Nikole Hannah-Jones tells us that "[w]ithout the idealistic, strenuous and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would most likely look very different—it might not be a democracy at all."

The award-winning journalist will discuss the NYT Magazine's 1619 Project, a multi-media initiative marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Black people in Jamestown, Virginia, the system of slavery that followed and its enduring legacy in America.

She will be introduced by Shané Harris (Executive Director, The Prudential Foundation), and joined by a distinguished panel of scholars and advocates, moderated by Marcia W. Brown (Rutgers University- Newark), who will bring the conversation home to New Jersey. Panelists include Ryan P. Haygood (President and CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice), Prof. Elise Boddie (The Inclusion Project at Rutgers Law School), Rev. Charles F. Boyer (Pastor and Founder Of Salvation and Social Justice), Marley Dias (Creator of #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign) and Richard Roper (Public Policy Consultant).

Tickets $5

Presented in association with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Prudential, The Inclusion Project at Rutgers Law School, and Salvation & Social Justice

The Institute seeks to ensure that urban residents live in a society that respects their humanity, provides equality of economic opportunity, empowers them to use their voice in the political process, and protects equal justice.



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In the News

NJ Seeks to Ease Transition for Former Inmates With Prison Reforms

November 15, 2019's Ashley Balcerzak Reports

There's an effort underway to reduce recidivism in New Jersey.

On one hand, Assembly leaders are advancing a handful of criminal justice bills that among other things, create a road map of what to do after released, restore voting rights to some and provide student aid options in prison. 

"People make mistakes, serve time and then leave incarceration," said Sen. Sandra Cunningham, D-Hudson, a sponsor of many of the companion bills in the Senate. "That’s the time that you should be able to get into a position to change your life. But let's face it, a lot of the time they get out and can't support themselves and their families and will do the same thing and go back to prison. These bills are designed to give those people a foot up."

Nonprofits, City Leaders Take Stock of Newark’s Racial Wealth Gap and How to Improve

November 15, 2019's M.E. Cagnassola Reports

NEWARK, NJ — Addressing a room full of the city’s business professionals and executives from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka held nothing back as he joined in remarks at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice’s latest roundtable discussion on Newark’s racial wealth gap, Becoming a Model City. 

“We all know we have a lot of data, and we’ve probably had this data forever. It’s not different, the people who are presenting that data are different,” he said. “It’s been steady for 50 years: We have been poor in this city since we got here. The question becomes, what do we do with this information?”

Apprenticeships can help those who see the American Dream slipping away | Opinion

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Senior Counsel Jayne Johnson, Esq. writes for

New Jersey has the shameful distinction of being home to more than a dozen of the wealthiest communities in the country, while ranking 12th highest in the nation for income inequality, according to 2012-2016 U.S. Census data. Indeed, in contrast to the prosperity of many New Jersey communities, about four-in-10 households in the Garden State live month-to-month —unable to afford basic necessities including rent, groceries, health care, transportation and child care.

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