Tuesday, April 12

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Say the Word...Reparations! -- DA in Conversation with New Jersey Institute for Social Justice



Join the Democrats Abroad Reparations Task Force in conversation with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) in their fight to establish a NJ Reparations Task Force. We will be joined by NJISJ advocate Jean Pierre Brutus and Laurie Beacham. We will be exploring questions such as why NJ needs a Reparations Task Force and why a progressive state like NJ needs to invest in reparative justice today. We will further explore difficulties in advocacy and how we, at Dems Abroad, can help them overcome these challenges.

Speakers Bios:

Jean-Pierre Brutus is a senior counsel in the Economic Justice Program at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.Prior to joining the Institute, Jean-Pierre worked at Bronx Legal Services, where he represented indigent Bronx tenants facing eviction in various courts and administrative proceedings.

Jean-Pierre is a 2007 graduate of Georgetown University, graduating with a major in Sociology and a minor in African American Studies. As a graduate of the JD/PhD program at Northwestern University, Jean-Pierre is a graduate of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and he earned his PhD in African American Studies from The Graduate School at Northwestern University.

As a law student, Jean-Pierre served as a senior articles editor for the Journal of Law and Social Policy. As a PhD student, he also served as an assistant editor of the Journal of Africana Religions. 

Jean-Pierre wrote a dissertation that examined the origins of black politics outside of the traditional public sphere to conceptualize the counterpublic of black politics as bifurcated into a civil and uncivil black politics.


Laurie Beacham is the Director of Communications for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Laurie began her career practicing law, followed by ten years as a television producer at Court TV where she covered trials of well-known figures including Jack Kevorkian, Michael Jackson, and President Bill Clinton (for impeachment). After working in television, Laurie moved to non-profit work, first serving as Communications Director at the Center for Justice & Democracy, an organization devoted to protecting the civil justice system. After that, Laurie headed up the Media Relations Department at the national ACLU, where she garnered coverage of the organization’s work in major print, TV and radio outlets, and worked on issues including racial justice; immigration; voting rights; reproductive freedom; and national security. Before joining the Institute, Laurie led the Strategy & Campaigns Department for the national ASPCA where she oversaw animal welfare campaigns that incorporated communications, marketing, legislative, regulatory and litigation initiatives.

Laurie also served as Media Director for NJ 11th for Change, a grassroots organization that advocates for constituents of the 11th Congressional District.

Laurie received a B.A. degree in sociology with a minor in women’s studies from Brandeis University, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.


Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Time


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