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, and see Civil Rights Principles for Student Loan Debt Cancellation signed by the Institute and national partners.

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, and our comments on the draft of NJ's 2020-24 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.

Read the letter from the Institute and partners to protect the rights of New Jersey tenants by putting an end to illegal lockouts by landlords and property owners.

Our new data brief is the first of its kind to provide an individual-level analysis of New Jersey's shameful racial wealth gap.

The Institute and partners wrote to Gov. Murphy with serious concerns about legislation for a $14 billion in economic development.

Read the Institute’s report on how to the pandemic applied stress to the pre-existing cracks of structural racism in our foundation, causing them to erupt into earthquakes.

Read the Institute's report on ways to close the $300,000 racial wealth gap in the Garden State.

Read the Institute's report on how to expand access to housing wealth for Black New Jerseyans.

Featured Work



Get Involved


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