Black and Latino legislators, civil rights organizers and faith leaders this week will demonstrate their solidarity in a unified call to action behind state veteran Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) for passage of legislation to end social injustice in New Jersey. They demand the prioritizing of a package of bills to restore justice to those harmed by a biased and unfair criminal justice system and failed policies.
Rice said that on Thursday at ten a.m. in room 125 at the Statehouse, assembled leaders will call on lawmakers to enact the following legislation to liberate and empower minority residents:
A-5325 Passage of Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
S-3205/A-4498 Enactment of Expungement Bill
S-3701/A-5365 Passage of Youth Transformation Act
S-48 Passage of Juvenile Incarceration and Parole Reform Bill
Participants will include New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Chair Senator Rice and other members such as Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter, Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight and Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake; New Jersey Legislative Latino Caucus Chair Senator Nellie Pou and other members including Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez; NAACP Statewide Conference President Richard Smith; Salvation and Social Justice Executive Director Reverend Dr. Charles F. Boyer; NJ Institute for Social Justice Director of Criminal Justice Reform Andrea McChristian; Association of Black Women Lawyers Immediate Past President Carolyn Chang;NJ Black Issues Convention Chair Reva Foster; and others.