NEWSLETTER: Tues 6/15 Defending Democracy Event— "REPARATIONS: What You Need to Know"

Join us on TUESDAY, JUNE 15 @7:00 pm.
More info below. SPACE VERY LIMITED!
Register here to get the Zoom link!


Next Saturday is Juneteenth — a day to remember and celebrate the emancipation of Black Americans from slavery. Its date, June 19, recognizes the date that slaves in Texas were finally freed in 1865 — three years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1862. 

The devastating social and economic repercussions of slavery live on, even here in New Jersey. And yet, f
ew topics related to racial justice stir as much controversy as the concept of REPARATIONS: compensating Black people today for the cumulative multi-generational harm resulting from centuries of slavery, the Jim Crow era, and subsequent manifestations of structural racism.

The very word ‘reparations’ can put people on the defensive, including many who consider themselves liberal or progressive in other respects. But what does the concept of reparations really mean? What kind of solution would be equitable? How can we right old wrongs (and not-so-old wrongs) in ways that are fair for all?

In a nation in which economic good is largely seen as a zero-sum game, what can be done — here in New Jersey — to accomplish real positive change and increase opportunities for a more equitable and more positive Black future?

In honor of Juneteenth, please join us on Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 pm for a LIVE online discussion with Ryan Haygood, President and CEO of New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. We're pleased to welcome co-sponsors SOMA Action: Racial Justice in hosting this important conversation.

Ryan will explain what advocates mean by ‘reparations’ and answer questions from the audience. His deep knowledge of racial justice history and insight into reparations-related policy proposals will offer listeners a rare opportunity to learn, think, and grow in our understanding.

Looking for a meaningful way to recognize Juneteenth? Sign-up for this challenging discussion! Space is very limited, and this event is being publicized to multiple social-justice organizations, including our co-sponsors SOMA Action: Racial Justice.

About Ryan Haygood

“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 [....]

"Prior to leading the Institute, Ryan served as Deputy Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where he worked for more than a decade. At LDF, he defended a core provision of the Voting Rights Act, widely regarded as one of the nation’s greatest pieces of civil rights legislation, before the United States Supreme Court.”

To learn more about Ryan, click here

That's not all, folks!

NJ 11th for Change is getting ready to fill up your calendar in other ways, too — and soon! Here are some highlights:

  • ONE MORE DEFENDING DEMOCRACY EVENT IN JUNE! You won't want to miss our June 22 presentation about I.C.E. in N.J. and how immigrant-detention issues are hitting members of our own communities, featuring immigration law specialist Kathy O’Leary. Keep your eyes peeled for more info soon!

  • 2021 CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS! Once the primary results are in, we’ll be starting our endorsement questionnaires and interviews! We will be streamlining the process, inviting nominees to talk with our group and asking active members to chime in about which candidates should earn our seal of approval! 

  • NEW POSTCARD CAMPAIGNS! Our 'new residents' mailing list and script will be ready by the end of the week — AND we have groovy new NJ 11th for Change postcards to distribute to volunteers! Ready to get writing? Email Stacey, with “POSTCARDING VOLUNTEER” as the subject line. Even more postcard lists will be available after the primary election is over.

Thanks to Ray Caramanna for designing these beauts!

  • IN-PERSON TABLING EVENTS! After the past year-plus, we’re so excited to be able to even consider in-person volunteer opportunities like tabling at farmers’ markets and other CD 11 hot spots. Local events offer a chance for us to really connect with our communities: register voters, get folks signed up for VBM, and get them informed about what's at stake this election. Not to mention, they’re tons of fun, out in the fresh air. Interested? Email Leslie, with “TABLING” in the subject line!

NJ 11th for Change limited edition masks will be available for tabling volunteers! 

  • NATIONAL-LEVEL LETTER-WRITING CAMPAIGNS! We are again collaborating with our partners at Working America — this time to write letters to voters in Virginia, the only other state in the nation with elections for governor and the state legislature this November! More than ever, we understand how crucial it is to control statehouses if we want to achieve our democratic goals. We know we’re not the only ones watching in horror at the shenanigans in Arizona or the attacks on voting rights in Texas. Interested in joining this project? Email Mara with “WORKING AMERICA” in the subject line!

This year's elections are incredibly important if we want to protect our values here in NJ.

Please join us in these exciting efforts!




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