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.
The City of Newark, the Institute and others are working to connect 2,020 Newarkers with local employment that pays a living wage by 2020.
Institute Senior Counsel Demelza Baer finds that a majority of Newark jobs don’t go to local residents, despite their qualifications and eagerness to work.
Institute President and CEO Ryan P. Haygood writes on the Newark Rebellion and the city’s hopeful future for The New York Times.
A new report on how apprenticeship programs can strengthen our economy and advance economic opportunity by connecting residents—particularly women and people of color—to living wage careers.
Read the Institute's new report on how Individual Savings Accounts can build wealth as well as racial and income equality by allowing people to save toward their goals.
Contact the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved and help us bridge these “two Americas.”