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State Funding for Census 2020: N.J, $9 Million; Pa. $0

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 

Days after their U.S. Supreme Court victory — which took on new significance Tuesday — immigrant advocates, community groups, and local governments that will try to persuade residents to participate in the 2020 Census were keeping a nerve-wracking watch on budget developments in Harrisburg and Trenton.

Supreme Court Decision Blocks Citizenship Question

Cape May County Herald reports:

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court June 27 issued a victory for census advocates, keeping the citizenship question off the 2020 Census.

OFFICIALS, ADVOCATES IN NJ HAIL HIGH-COURT RULING ON CENSUS CITIZEN QUESTION

NJ Spotlight reports: 

Many say Trump administration lacks sufficient time to restate case before the national nose count must start.

Stop 'Making Black and Brown People Second-Class Citizens’: Officials Push Criminal Justice Changes

NJ.com reports: 

Marijuana decriminalization and expungement have gotten the headlines in New Jersey lately, but those two issues are just the beginning of a broad social justice agenda being pushed forward by the black and Latino caucuses in the state Legislature.

Black and Latino Legislators, Statewide Clergy and Civil Rights Leaders Demand Social and Racial Justice Legislation

Insider NJ reports: 

TRENTON – New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Chair Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) joined with fellow legislators from the New Jersey Legislative Black and Latino Caucuses and prominent state civil rights organizers and faith leaders to demonstrate their solidarity in a unified call to action for passage of legislation to end social injustice in New Jersey.

SCOTUS Rules On Citizenship Question On Census, But Uncertainty Remains

Northjersey.com reports: 

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that found the Trump administration failed to give an adequate justification to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census was quickly praised by New York and New Jersey officials and advocates who have argued that the question would have deterred immigrants from participating. 

Black, Latinx and Other Community Leaders Want a Millionaires Tax, too.

From NJ.com:

New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the nation, and we are stronger — culturally and economically — because of it.

Youth Prisons Are Immoral and Costly. The Danger is That We Will Replicate Them

NJ.com reports: 

New Jersey’s youth prisons are too costly, too far from families and failing miserably at their core mission: preventing kids from committing new crimes.

N.J. Bill Restricting Use of Solitary Confinement Heads to Murphy’s Desk

Whyy.org reports:

New Jersey lawmakers approved a bill Thursday that would dramatically limit which inmates can be kept in solitary confinement and for how long.

Paterson Public Schools Parents Told: We Must Be Counted

TAPinto Paterson reports:

PATERSON, NJ - Rain trickled down outside of School 24, but the weather couldn’t dampen the excitement taking place inside. Student band members, alongside their music teachers, joyously played their instruments, posters reading “We Count” and “Yo Cuento” decorated the walls, and parents chatted amongst themselves before the meeting commenced.