NJ Legislators to Address Voting Rights Restoration and Reparations Legislation This Thursday

NJ Legislators to Address Voting Rights Restoration and Reparations Legislation This Thursday

 

Institute, Partners, and Supporters Will Show Support for Full Voting Rights Restoration and Policy-Driven Solutions to Systemic Racism in New Jersey

 

NEWARK – This Thursday, November 14, at 1 pm and 2 pm respectively, the Institute, its organizational partners, and its supporters will be at the Statehouse in Trenton advocating around two critical social and racial justice bills: one addressing voting rights restoration and one to form a Reparative Justice Task Force.

 

At 1 pm, legislators will hold a hearing on a bill to restore voting rights to people on probation and parole. The Institute – through its 1844 No More campaign – strongly advocates for legislation to also restore the vote to people in prison (S2100/A3456), and will provide testimony to that effect. There will also be testimony from impacted people, including those on probation and parole, and those in prison via recited statements.

 

At 2 pm, the Institute and its partners will join legislators 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.

 

WHAT:

  1. Hearing on voting rights restoration bill (A5823)
  2. Press Conference for introduction of Reparative Justice Task Force legislation

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 1 PM and 2 PM, respectively

 

WHERE: State House Annex, Trenton –  Committee Room 11 at 1 pm; Committee Room 7 at 2 pm

 

WHO: Legislators, NJSIJ, partners, supporters, and people impacted by legislation

 

Organizations partnering with the Institute on one or both of these issues include: Rutgers Inclusion Project; Rutgers International Human Rights Clinic; New Jersey Black Issues Convention; NAACP New Jersey State Conference; Salvation and Social Justice; Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey; Fair Share Housing Center; ACLU-NJ; League of Women Voters of NJ; LatinoJustice; PRLDEF; and Demos.

 

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