Social Justice

Social and racial justice activists form new coalition to push for police reform statewide

BY: - October 29, 2021

Keilan Scott knows all too well about police violence. In 2018, relatives called for help when Scott’s brother-in-law died at the family’s Fort Lee home. “But they didn’t come as if they were assisting,” Scott said. “They came as if a crime was in progress. They approached as if they were raiding the house.” After […]

Applications open for fund to help N.J. workers excluded from state, federal benefits

BY: - October 28, 2021

After 19 months of undocumented immigrants and other residents falling into debt while being excluded from pandemic-era relief funds, New Jersey’s long-awaited Excluded Workers Fund began accepting applications Wednesday. The long-awaited program, to be administrated by the state Department of Human Services, will be first come, first served, and will accept applications until its $40 […]

Reformers call for end to discriminatory pricing in N.J. car insurance

BY: - October 27, 2021

Most drivers might assume their car insurance rates are based on their driving history and safety record. Instead, many insurers use education, occupation, and consumer credit scores to determine rates, charging higher premiums for those least likely to afford them: poor and minority drivers. But a bill now before the Legislature could provide relief. The […]

Activists troubled that N.J. cities sought DEA surveillance of 2020 protests

BY: - October 22, 2021

Activists are concerned about reports showing three New Jersey law enforcement agencies requested the federal government provide surveillance operations during Black Lives Matter protests last summer. The Asbury Park Police Department, Newark Police Department and Essex County Sheriff’s Office all reached out to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in hopes of collecting intelligence on “radical […]

Port Authority’s deal with Amazon violated board’s public meeting rules, report says

BY: - October 21, 2021

A new report claims the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a massive deal for an Amazon cargo hub at the Newark airport through backroom deals with little transparency, and alleges Amazon’s unfair labor practices violate the agency’s code of ethics. Published by Hedge Clippers, a national labor advocacy organization, the report […]

Community investment would protect public more than over-policing, report says

BY: - October 14, 2021

New Jersey communities spend far more on policing than on health and human services, an imbalance that has increased rates of police use of force and incarceration while widening racial disparities in the criminal justice system, according to a new report by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a progressive think tank. Community-based crisis-response and prevention strategies […]

Activists demand lawmakers act to curb police brutality on ‘Long March for Justice’

BY: - October 13, 2021

Cecille Hepburn marched for her grandson, Kashad Ashford, who police gunned down in 2014 after a car chase. Steven Young marched for change, a year after he quit Atlantic City’s civilian review board, which is tasked with police oversight, in protest over its powerlessness. And Larry Hamm marched because marching is what Larry Hamm does. An […]

After N.Y. fund for immigrant workers is nearly depleted, advocates say N.J. fund is too small

BY: - October 13, 2021

Across the Hudson River, immigrant advocacy groups celebrated the $2.1 billion New York allocated for a long-awaited Excluded Workers Fund, available to struggling undocumented residents who were ineligible for federal stimulus checks and jobless benefits. Now that pool of money, claimed by over 300,000 people in the two months since applications opened, is almost gone, […]

Kamala Harris greeted by pro-immigrant protests in Newark, Montclair

BY: - October 8, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Garden State Friday, touring an Essex County COVID-19 vaccination site and chatting with preschoolers in Montclair while making a push for increased child care funding. Harris was also greeted by dozens of activists who rallied outside both sites and urged the nation’s second in command to demand Democrats approve […]

Report: N.J. Parole Board too often refuses to release inmates, needs oversight

BY: - October 8, 2021

The New Jersey State Parole Board routinely refuses to release parole-eligible inmates from prison, leaving many people languishing behind bars far longer than sentencing judges intended, the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender says in a recent report calling for more oversight. The 1979 Parole Act requires inmates to be paroled as soon as they’re […]

Acting A.G. takes aim at law criminalizing sexual activity by people with HIV

BY: - October 7, 2021

Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck told county prosecutors Wednesday they should exercise caution before using a decades-old state law that criminalizes certain sexual activity by people living with HIV. The 1997 law makes it a third-degree crime for someone living with HIV to engage in an “act of sexual penetration” without the informed […]

Don’t bring Amazon to Newark airport, protesters plead

BY: - October 7, 2021

To a soundtrack of screeching brakes and honking trucks, a group of environmental advocates, Newark residents, and working immigrants held a rally Wednesday to protest an impending deal for an Amazon cargo hub at Newark’s airport. “Every package you order to arrive in just minutes, every click you make — it has a cost. And […]