We launched a 55-member New Jersey Reparations Council to study the history of slavery and its aftermath in New Jersey and propose reparative policies.
Passage of student loan data collection bill that requires universities in NJ disclose student loan outcomes by race, ethnicity, first generation status and other demographics.
Leadership as the only source of original data analysis on the racial wealth gap in New Jersey at the individual and household levels (replacPassage of student loan data collection bill that requires universities in NJ disclose student loan outcomes by race, ethnicity, first generation status and other demographics.
Leadership as the only source of original data analysis on the racial wealth gap in New Jersey at the individual and household levels
2022 report Making the Two New Jerseys One was subject of New Jersey Assembly hearing
Passage of first-generation homeownership program to close racial disparities in homeownership
Criminal Justice Reform
Advocated for legislation that would create a minimum age of 14 for criminal culpability.
We released the 2022 report 600k to Damage Our Kids Forever discussing the multi-faceted costs of youth incarceration.
Advocating for a Department of Justice Investigation of Paterson Police Department leading the New Jersey Office of Attorney General to take control of Paterson Police
Conducted multiple audits and hosted multiple community forums through our role as Subject Matter Experts on the Independent Monitoring Team administering the federal consent decree of Newark Police Department
Advocated for the Seabrooks-Washington Community Crisis Response Act which appropriates $12 million to community organizations providing alternatives to police responses in New Jersey’s largest cities.
Advocated for legislation that would authorize jury service for individuals with indictable offense convictions.
Democracy & Justice
We lowered the voting age to 16 in Newark, NJ for school board elections.
Helped pass a law allowing NJ to join the Electronic Registration Information Center (June 2021)
Organized and provided resources for the first Souls to the Polls effort in New Jersey (October 2021)
Successfully championed a law limiting police presence at voting locations. It was signed into law in January 2022.
With partners, successfully advocated for greater public participation during congressional and state legislative redistricting (10 hearings each)
Organized greater participation during redistricting among communities of color throughout the state
Advocated for greater racial equity in redistricting – succeeded in having more communities of interest kept together in these maps and more majority-people of color districts in our new maps