Patch.com's Tina Greenberg reports
On Friday, January 15, 2021, 6:30 PM, Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr, via Facebook Live
Guest speaker: Ryan Haygood, Esq., President & CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, will speak on "Where Do We Go From Here: Choosing Community Over Chaos"
Ryan P. Haygood is a nationally respected civil rights lawyer. As President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, he leads a majority-women of color team of racial justice advocates whose cutting-edge work – powered by grassroots organizing, research, writing, policy and legislative advocacy, and litigation – seeks to build reparative systems that create wealth, justice and power for Black, Latina/Latino and other people of color in New Jersey.
Under Ryan's leadership, the Institute's advocacy has led to the historic restoration of the vote to 83,000 people on parole and probation, a right New Jersey previously denied since 1844; automatic and online voter registration; ending prison-based gerrymandering for state legislative redistricting; a $15 minimum wage; a package of racial equity apprenticeship laws to expand New Jersey's workforce; the development of Newark 2020 – a Newark initiative to connect 2,020 Newark residents to employment by 2020; the reporting of COVID-19 racial data; and New Jersey becoming the first state to test all of its incarcerated youth for COVID-19.
Established in 1999 by the Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein Foundation, the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice provides a dynamic and independent voice for change necessary to create just, vibrant, and inclusive urban communities throughout New Jersey.
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