Legislative Black Caucus to Introduce the ‘New Jersey Reparations Task Force’

Insider NJ Reports

Trenton - Senator Ronald Rice, Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake and the Legislative Black Caucus will hold a press conference to introduce legislation, which would establish the “New Jersey Reparations Task Force”. The legislators will be joined by several advocacy groups including the NAACP, the New Jersey Institute For Social Justice, and the New Jersey Black Issues Convention.

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Democracy and Justice Fellow Ron Pierce writes with Ronald L. Rice

Life-long New Jersey resident Daryle Pitts served in Vietnam as a combat marine and participated in 25 long range reconnaissance missions and 19 major operations, including the Tet counter-offensive. He was decorated for valor and gallantry and was honored with the Purple Heart for a gunshot wound received during combat. He is now 70 years old and has PTSD and Parkinson’s disease from exposure to Agent Orange.

It is Daryle Pitts and other veterans whom we acknowledge today for their service to our nation – and for putting their lives on the line to protect our democracy.

LBC to Introduce Legislation Creating Reparations Task Force

New Jersey Globe's Nikita Biryukov Reports

The Legislative Black Caucus will introduce legislation creating the New Jersey Reparations Task Force Thursday.

The bill will be introduced by State Sens. Ron Rice and Sandra Cunning and Assemblywomen Shavonda Sumter and Britnee Timberlake, along with other members of the LBC and advocacy groups, including the NAACP, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and the New Jersey Black Issues Convention.

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice to Join Legislators in Trenton for Introduction of Reparations Legislation

The Newark Times' Tehsuan Glover Reports

On Thursday, November 14, at 2 PMthe New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and its partners (Rutgers Inclusion ProjectNew Jersey Black Issues ConventionNAACP New Jersey State ConferenceSalvation and Social JusticeAssociation of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey; and Fair Share Housing Center) will join legislators at the State House in Trenton for the introduction of legislation to create a Reparative Justice Task Force in New Jersey.

The Task Force will focus on repairing structural racism in New Jersey that can be traced back to slavery in the state and around the country, and recommend targeted policies and investments in Black communities that will address the lasting damage of America’s – and New Jersey’s – original sin.

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Report: Newark’s Renaissance Presents a Tale of Two Cities

NJ TV's Brenda Flanagan Reports

A new report shows that, despite Newark’s ongoing renaissance as a corporate and cultural hub, the new wealth is not, for the most part, flowing to much of its population — the communities of color that make up the majority of city residents.

The report, “Racial Wealth Divide in Newark,” was the subject of a panel discussion Thursday at the Prudential Center comprising city officials, advocates and the groups behind the report —Prosperity Now, which authored the study, the non-profit New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and Prudential, the Newark-based insurance and financial company.

1619 Project Marks 400 Year Anniversary of American Slavery

NJ TV's Michael Hill reports

The 1619 Project marks the 400 years since the “White Lion” brought the first Africans to Virginia in a trade for supplies — the beginning of the buying and selling of stolen humans to serve and work as slaves in America.

New York Times Magazine staff writer Nikole Hannah-Jones spoke about the project recently in front of a sold-out audience at NJ PAC.

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If You Have the Right to Vote on Tuesday Nov. 5, Honor It. Use It, Group Says.



Trustee Social Justice Legal Advocacy Fellow Brooke Lewis writes for

What are you doing on Nov. 5? Meetings at work? Taking the kids to practice? Dinner plans?

Whatever your day looks like, add this to your calendar: Electing the representatives who will have a profound effect on your everyday lives.

Election Day in New Jersey is coming up, with all 80 state Assembly seats on the ballot, in addition to local and county level positions across the state. While the cable TV channels talk endlessly about national elections, state and local elections in some ways affect our daily lives even more.

Report Highlights Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Denied the Right to Vote

AmNews Staff reports

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice recently released a report highlighting more than 30 people being denied the right to vote due to criminal convictions.

“Value to the Soul: People With Criminal Convictions on the Power of the Vote” argues for the passage of pending legislation (S2100/A3456) in New Jersey that would restore the right to vote to people in prison, on parole, and on probation.

Fifth Annual Gala Set at Charles A. Melton Center in West Chester Oct. 12

WEST CHESTER—The fifth annual Gala will take place Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center in West Chester.

This year, Bill Anderson, Fox 29 news anchor and multi-media journalist, will serve as emcee for the event, and Ryan P. Haygood, the President & CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, will deliver the keynote address.