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Alabama NAACP Freedom Flame Awards Dinner

Ryan Haygood Delivered Keynote Speech at Alabama NAACP Freedom Flame Award on 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. For more information, please click here.                                          


Turner Bill to Require Cap on Intrastate Inmate Telephone Calls Advances

TRENTON –  Legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner that would require a cap on the price for intrastate inmate telephone calls was approved today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

The bill, S-1771, would require the State to contract with vendors who propose the lowest per minute rate on intrastate telephone services for inmates at no more than the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) guidelines for interstate calls. In addition, the legislation would make available either a prepaid or collect call system, or a combination of both, for inmate telephone services.

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Around Town: Leadership Newark to host policy summit

Leadership Newark, a fellowship program for professionals, will host its fifth annual Public Policy Summit on June 6 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark.

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NJISJ CEO Ryan Haygood Lifts Camden Student to High-Five President Obama.

CAMDEN — President Obama came to this New Jersey city on Monday to "hold you up as a symbol of promise for the nation."

"This city is on to something," Obama said in a speech before almost 300 people at the Salvation Army's Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, which offers programs for recreation, performing arts, early childhood and job training.

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The Institute Welcomes a New Workforce Development Class!

The Institute welcomed a new class of participants last month as part of its Workforce Development and Training Program (WFD).  The current Spring 2015 class, which focuses on environmental remediation certification, will empower 16 participants with the credentials necessary to begin “green” careers, specializing in lead abatement, asbestos and hazardous waste removal and confined space work.  These specialized classes provides each participant an opportunity to engage in powerful discussions regarding their prospective careers, the technical aspects of their new skills and instruction, and embrace their new individual and collective roles as change agents within their communities.

Each program provides training cycles ranging in duration from 12-14 weeks and includes work-readiness preparedness, academic instruction (math, reading and critical thinking), and technical skills training.  Graduates of the program qualify for state licenses and certifications in environmental remediation, registered construction trade apprenticeships, or state approved construction-training programs. The programs expect to achieve a 70% placement rate of job training graduates into meaningful employment (no less than 51% above the minimum wage).

Ryan Haygood Delivers Keynote Address at League of Women Voters New Jersey State Convention

Please join us Saturday, May 2, 2015, 8 am - 4:30 pm at the Conference Center at Mercer for the 61st Biennial State Convention of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey: Commemorating the 50 Year Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.  

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Ryan Haygood Pens Op-Ed Urging Newark to Avoid the Perils of Baltimore

The nation recently watched as yet another community's residents, moved by long-simmering frustration and anger, took to the streets to protest the killing of Freddie Gray by members of law enforcement. The protests in Baltimore—like those before it in Ferguson, Mo., which were triggered both by violent encounters with law enforcement and the enduring effects of poverty, racism, and disinvestment—call to mind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s powerful admonition: "A riot is the language of the unheard."

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