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In Newark, Working to Prevent a Baltimore

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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."

In 1967, an eerily similar rebellion in Newark claimed the lives of 26 people and left some 200 more seriously injured. Nearly 50 years later, people in Baltimore, Ferguson, Newark and numerous other cities throughout the country are still suffering under the weight of the conditions that precipitated these protests. As New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu explained, we ignore them at our own peril.

ras-image.jpg Montclair NAACP Official James Harris Joins Trenton Sick Leave Rally

Activists supporting earned, paid sick time in New Jersey rallied in Trenton last Thursday, April 9, to support the city's municipal ordinance, which is the subject of a lawsuit filed by multiple groups, including the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

Read the full article Paterson Forum Aims to Improve Ties Between Law Enforcement and Community

PATERSON - St. Luke Baptist Church will be hosting a public forum on April 27 focusing on ways to improve communication between the community and law enforcement in Passaic County.

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NJISJ Welcomes Ryan Haygood as New President & CEO

Ryan_Haygood_0.jpgNewark, New Jersey—Today the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (“NJISJ” or “the Institute”) announced that it has selected Ryan P. Haygood as its third President and CEO, effective April 20, 2015. As President and CEO, Haygood will leverage his national expertise to advance the Institute’s cutting-edge work in expanding access to social justice and economic opportunity and advocating for juvenile and criminal justice reform in communities across New Jersey. 

[PDF] New Jersey "Ban the Box" Legislation Now In Effect

The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act ("OCA") took effect on Sunday, March 1. The OCA - which "bans the box" on job applications, defers criminal background inquiries until after an interview.

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TRENTON — On Sunday, a new state law takes effect that bars many companies from asking job applicants if they have criminal histories until they've been granted a job interview.

Read the full article NJPAC and NPL to Host Tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A celebration of the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's (NJPAC) Center for Arts Education on Saturday, January 17 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Activities will include performing arts workshops, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform. The event is free, and children and their families are encouraged to attend. The center is located at 24 Rector Street.

Read the full article The Perfect Storm That's Making Life Worse Than Ever for the Shore's Working Poor

LAKEWOOD — All parents want to make Christmas morning special for their children, including Diana Jacobs, a substitute teacher and single mother of two from Lakewood. But this year, her car broke down, giving her no way to get to work or to take the kids to school, so she had to make some hard choices.

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WFD Environmental Job Training Graduation 2014

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice hosted a commencement ceremony on December 15th , for 20 graduates from its Environmental Remediation Job Training Program, which prepares residents of the greater Newark area for meaningful employment to support themselves and their families.

Program participants are often low-income, have low literacy levels and have little access to opportunities. Many are returning home after incarceration. The Institute’s Environmental Remediation Job Training Program ensures participants have the skills and knowledge needed for careers in the green economy.