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New Jersey Complete Count Commission

The Honorable Tahesha Way
Secretary of State of New Jersey
State of New Jersey, Department of State
20 West State Street, Fourth Floor
P.O. Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625

Re: New Jersey Complete Count Commission

Dear Chairwoman Way and Members of the New Jersey Complete Count Commission:

I am Patricia Williamson, the New Jersey Counts Project Director at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (the “Institute”). The Institute is a legal advocacy organization that works to ensure that urban residents live in a society that respects their humanity, provides equality of economic opportunity, empowers them to use their voice in the political process, and protects equal justice.

NJISJ Redistricting Testimony

Testimony of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice before the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee on SCR43/SCR152

NJISJ Testimony For NJ Senate Labor Committee

Testimony of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in Support of S.3061, S.3063, and S.3065 New Jersey State Senate Labor Committee

Leading Advocates and Civil Rights Groups Oppose New Jersey Redistricting Plan that Elevates Partisanship Over People

On November 26, 2018, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, along with several other leading advocates and Civil Rights groups opposed a redistricting plan that would result in racial discrimination. The coalition of groups emphasized the importance of protecting democracy by maintaining fair processes and putting people first.

Op-Ed: Higher Minimum Wage, Apprenticeships Are Keys To American Dream In NJ

We must expand opportunities for people to get jobs that pay a living wage without incurring substantial amounts of debt.

Sessions Memo Disappoints New Jersey Attorney General

On his way out the door, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo made clear his disdain for consent decrees to reform wayward law enforcement agencies.

Senator M. Teresa Ruiz Leads New Jersey into National Apprenticeship Week with Introduction of Inclusive Apprenticeship Bill Package

TRENTON – A wide-ranging plan to make apprenticeships more accessible for New Jersey residents particularly in high growth industries was introduced in the Senate. 

The New Jersey Institute For Social Justice Leads Coalition Of Youth Advocates, Fair Housing, Civil Rights And Religious Organizations, In March For Social Justice

They braved the chill, wind and rain of a nor’easter as they marched through Newark’s south ward. The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice led the way for the broad coalition of fair housing, civil rights and religious organizations.

African-Americans Rally For Social Policy Agenda After Overwhelming Murphy Support

Tap Into Newark reports:

NEWARK, NJ - A largely African-American crowd in a packed church basement in Newark voiced impatience and exasperation with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, calling on him to commit to a proposed social policy agenda after they overwhelmingly committed themselves to his election. 

Institute For Social Justice And Others Holding Rally To Make NJ Governor Accountable

New York Amsterdam News reports:

Saturday, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and other groups, including the NAACP, are holding the Rally for the #94Percent in front of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Newark calling on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to be accountable to the 94 percent of Black voters that elected him into office.