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.
Click here to read the full Agenda
Click here to read the report!
Read our new data brief here!
Read this new analysis investigating the impacts of student loan forgiveness solutions to our student debt crisis.
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
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.
A Racial Justice Approach to Student Loan Reform in New Jersey. Read it HERE
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
Click here to read our new report's Executive Summary
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.
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.
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.”