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 protect the rights of New Jersey tenants and ensure that landlords abide by federal protections to help residents during the pandemic.
A Racial Justice Approach to Student Loan Reform in New Jersey. Read it HERE
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.
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
Click here to watch this important discussion on Inequality in the Era of COVID
Click here to view the status of key Apprenticeship legislation in NJ
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.
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.”