Economic Justice

Creating Economic Justice


Economic justice remains the great unfinished business of the civil rights movement. Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about the existence of “two Americas” sharply divided by race. The Institute is committed to bridging these “two Americas” through research and advocacy.


Public health crises always reveal the cracks in our foundation, and form earthquakes in communities of color. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Read our statement here.

Read our new report on taking a racial justice approach to relieving the burden of student debt.

Read our letter to Gov. Murphy asking that he publicly release data on the impact of the public health crisis on communities of color. Following this letter, the NJ Legislature passed, and Gov. Murphy signed, a law to do just that.

Read the Institute’s report on how to reform the housing system to help close New Jersey’s gaping racial wealth gap.

Check out our fact sheet on the status of Apprenticeship legislation in New Jersey.

Read the letter from the Institute and partners to protect the rights of New Jersey tenants and ensure that landlords abide by federal protections to help residents during the pandemic.


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Contact the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice at to find out how you can get involved and help us bridge these “two Americas.”