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New Jersey Civil Rights Leaders Ask Governor Murphy to Stop Plans to Build Youth Prison on Environmentally Compromised Site in Newark

April 11, 2019

Group’s Letter Calls for Putting Money into Kids, Not Prisons

Newark – The United Black Agenda Group – composed of The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Salvation and Social Justice, NAACP New Jersey State Conference, New Jersey Black Issues Convention, Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey and Fair Share Housing Center – sent a letter Wednesday to Gov. Phil Murphy opposing plans to construct a new youth prison in Newark and urging him to stop plans to build any new youth prisons. The group has been at the forefront of the Movement for the 94 Percent—a campaign aimed to hold the Murphy administration accountable to the 94 percent of Black voters who voted for Gov. Murphy.

Closing NJ's 'Shameful' Wealth Gap Between Whites, People Of Color

April 04, 2019

Social advocacy group urges Garden State to get behind Individual Development Accounts, a matched approach to savings funded by participants, nonprofits, and the state

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Releases Reclaiming the American Dream: Expanding Financial Security and Reducing the Racial Wealth Gap Through Matched Savings Accounts

April 03, 2019

New Report Proposes Robust Program to Address New Jersey’s Staggering Racial Wealth Inequality

Newark, New Jersey — The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice today released Reclaiming the American Dream: Expanding Financial Security and Reducing the Racial Wealth Gap Through Matched Savings Accounts, a new report proposing a robust state Individual Development Account program to empower residents to build wealth through matched savings and financial education and coaching.

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Mon, Apr 29, 2019
07:00 PM

300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052, United States B'nai Shalom
West Orange, NJ

Impact of Economic and Racial Disparity on NJ's Criminal Justice System

This program’s thesis is that despite some progress, the operation of the criminal justice system in this country, and more specifically in New Jersey, remains deeply tainted by the impact of econo...

Sat, May 18, 2019
01:30 PM

403 S Orange Ave, Newark, NJ 07103, United States West Side High School
Newark, NJ

Lock Arms To Unlock Our Kids

The people have spoken unequivocally: Do not build a youth prison in Newark. Or anywhere else in New Jersey. We do not need more youth prisons. Join us to urge Governor Murphy to halt New Jersey’s ...

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