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 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 the NJ Assembly urging improvement of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to break the cycle of poverty for children, reduce racial income disparities, and address poor health outcomes for Black women and children -- more important than ever in current times.
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.
Click here to view the status of key Apprenticeship legislation in NJ
Read the Institute's new report on reducing the racial wealth gap through homeownership and investment in communities of color. Click here to learn more
Click here to read our new report's Executive Summary
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.”