On the Ferguson Decision

As I am writing this, I am watching coverage of the unfolding reactions to the Ferguson decision, and my heart aches.  It aches for Michael Brown’s family, struggling to find personal solace for the loss of a son in the midst of national scrutiny. It aches for a grand jury faced with making a difficult decision based on facts that don’t really tell the whole story.  It aches for a community that struggles ...

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Update on 2014 “Stamp Out Despair” Holiday Project

Please help us Stamp Out Despair!

Thanks to you all we have collected a tremendous amount of stationery and do not need anymore. But we are still in need of the following:

  1. Forever Stamps
  2. International Global Stamps
  3. Blank cards
  4. Monetary donations for phone service that would help detainees call their families during the holidays*
  5. 2 ply paper folders
  6. Large and small blank envelopes
  7. Blank Note cards
  8. Handwritten personal notes of encouragement addressed “Dear Friend” (need 900)

*Collect all the phone card donations and ...

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Important Holiday Project for UU Congregations

The holidays can be extremely difficult for those who are spending them in immigration detention centers.  UULMNJ wants to help.  Our Immigration Task Force has found a way, by  participating in First Friend”s “Stamp Out Despair” program.

First Friends  is an organization of volunteers who visit people detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center (EDC), Bergen County Jail, Hudson County Correctional Facility and Delaney Detention Center. Many detainees know no one in the United States, so a First Friends visitor may be ...

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Bail Reform Measure Approved in New Jersey

Yesterday, New Jerseyans showed up at the polls in strong favor of reform to New Jersey’s broken bail system.  Thank you to all of those who worked tirelessly to get this Constitutional amendment passed. A special thanks to task force chair, Al Stawsky, for his passionate dedication to this issue.

The work is not done.  Our Ending the New Jim Crow task force continues to move forward.

Yesterday we proved Margaret Mead right, a small group of committed people ...

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Affordable Housing Update

Fair Share Housing Center asks Supreme Court to End Christie Administration’s Delays of Fair Housing (EJ)

On Friday, October 31, 2014, Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) filed a Motion to Enforce Litigants’ Rights at the New Jersey Supreme Court in response to the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH)’s failure earlier this month to adopt new rules to implement the New Jersey Fair Housing Act. The motion, which is available here, asks the Court to find that ...

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