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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New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Celebrates 20th Anniversary

March 08, 2019

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, New Jersey’s premier social and racial justice legal advocacy organization, kicked off its 20th Anniversary year celebration on February 28 with a panel discussion featuring its former and current leaders on the defining social justice issues in New Jersey.

100,000 Adults in New Jersey Don't Have the Right to Vote. Let's Change That Now.

March 08, 2019

This past Sunday, my team at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice joined thousands of people in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 54th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and to honor the heroes who shed blood to secure the fundamental right to vote.

We can honor their memory right here in New Jersey by fulfilling their goal of ensuring that everyone, regardless of race or criminal history, can exercise that sacred right.

Formerly incarcerated speakers advocate for the voting rights of the incarcerated in a SPEAR organized panel

March 06, 2019

In a panel discussion on the relationship between voting rights and criminal justice reform on Tuesday, March 5, Cassandra Severe, the first speaker, walked the audience through her life journey.

Upcoming Events

Thu, Mar 21, 2019
06:00 PM

60 Park Pl, Newark, NJ 07102, United States New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
Newark, NJ

Newark Public Hearing on Police Use of Force

According to an analysis of five years of police use-of-force data from all over NJ, Black people were three times more likely to be punched, kicked, pepper sprayed, struck with a baton and attacke...

Fri, Mar 29, 2019
10:00 AM

60 Park Pl, Newark, NJ 07102, United States New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
Newark, NJ

College Coalition Conference for Youth Justice Reform

Do you think New Jersey should invest in communities instead of youth prisons?Have a passion for advocacy?Want to learn the skills to create change in your community?Come out to the third annual Co...

Sat, Mar 30, 2019
08:00 PM

118 Lamington Rd, Branchburg, NJ 08876, United States RVCC Nash Theatre
Branchburg, NJ

And Justice For All... An Evening Of Art & Conversation On Social Justice And Equality

Tickets: @ the RVCC Box Office 908.725.3420 (Monday - Friday: 11am - 4pm) General Admission $12 / Students, Staff, Faculty & Seniors $8 FOR ADDITIONAL INFO: call the RVCC Visual & Performi...

Given the significant challenges we face, we have only two options: to embrace chaos or embrace community. We choose community. Join us as we work to bend our neighborhoods toward the beloved community.


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