The New Jersey Reparations Council, convened by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, is set to host its first-ever virtual public session on September 26, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. ET, focused on the History of Slavery in New Jersey.
New Jerseyans around the world are invited to participate and submit public comments for consideration during the session. Registration information is available here, and instructions on submitting comments may be found here.
Have your say as New Jersey racial justice advocates fight to reverse generations of disenfranchisement and harm!
About the New Jersey Reparations Council
Co-chaired by Taja-Nia Henderson (Rutgers Law School) and Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Harvard Kennedy School), the New Jersey Reparations Council is a first-of-its-kind commission to study and develop proposals to address the ongoing vestiges of enslavement and structural discrimination in the Garden State. The body is set to hold nine virtual public sessions over two years, covering the History of Slavery in New Jersey, Public Education and Narrative, Economic Justice, Segregation in New Jersey, Democracy, Public Safety and Justice, Health Equity, Environmental Justice, and Faith and Black Resistance. The council’s final report and policy recommendations are scheduled for release on Juneteenth 2025.
For more background on the need for reparations in New Jersey, see this video narrated by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.