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ACTION ALERT Reminder: State House Rally for Justice on November 16, 2015

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We have been called again to show the State of New Jersey that Black Lives Matter to Unitarian Universalists. Please join us on the steps of the State House next Monday, November 16 to demand that:

  • New Jersey legislators pass laws that are proactive and protect innocent lives;
  • Mandatory body cameras for ALL officers in New Jersey;
  • Proper education and training for law ...
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ACTION ALERT October 28, 2015: State House Rally for Justice on November 16, 2015

At the UULMNJ Issues Conference our Criminal Justice Reform Task Force called for better police practices. Here is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to more just practices in New Jersey:

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This rally is to call for legislation insuring better police practices in our state. Please encourage all who can  to come to Trenton this day.

We’ll see you on the capital steps in Trenton on November 16th.

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Issues Conference 2015 – Criminal Justice Reform/Ending the New Jim Crow

Priorities for 2015-16:

A4162/S2718 “Special Prosecutor Bill”; requires the Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate law enforcement officers against whom a criminal complaint has been filed……and prosecute charges of misconduct and brutality. This bill gives a Special Prosecutor all the powers traditionally exercised by the County Prosecutor and explicitly addresses the danger of bias due to the working closeness of County Prosecutor to police. 2/6/15: Introduced, referred to Assy. Judiciary Comm. and to Senate Law & Public Safety ...

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Invitation to March Together at #RiseUpOctober

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UULMNJ allies!  Here is an opportunity to join other UU’s and stand together for racial justice.  Please join members of the Fourth Universalist Society, All Souls Unitarian Church’s Racial Justice Initiative, and First UU Brooklyn at the #RiseUpOctober March on Saturday, October 24th.  We will join with protesters from around the country in resistance to the mass incarceration and continued violence ...

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Criminal Justice Reform Panel with Senator Cory Booker and Rev. Craig Hirshberg

 

Close to three hundred people gathered at Christ Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening, August 11, 2015. They came to hear a panel of experts discuss race, mass incarceration, and the role of faith in addressing these issues. Providing the keynote address and sitting on the panel was U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

Also sitting on the panel were U.S. Attorney for the District of NJ, Paul Fishman, Rev. Charles Boyer of Bethel AME Church, President of the ...

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UULMNJ Statement on the Marijuana Laws

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The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry has joined New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform. The board released a statement supporting the decriminalization/legalization of marijuana at the 2015 Spring Plenary in Montclair. UULMNJ will be joining forces with ACLU-NJ, NAACP, Garden State Equality, and others to pursue this important social justice issue. To learn more visit www.NJUMR.org. Read the UULMNJ statement below ...

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Gov. Christie Must Sign S2381 and Save Hundreds of New Jerseyans from Heroin Addiction

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UPDATE: Governor Christie signed this bill into law on August 10, 2015!

According to CDC director Thomas Friedan, “heroin use is increasing rapidly across all demographics.” Roughly 1 in 50 heroin users will die of overdose each year. In New Jersey, death by heroin overdose is more common than homicide, suicide, or even death due to car accidents. The ...

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UULMNJ Joins the Million People’s March

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UULMNJ is co-sponsoring the Million People’s March Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice, and Economic Inequality. The march is Saturday, July 25, at 12:00 noon, beginning at the Lincoln Monument at the intersection of West Market Street and Springfield Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. This event is organized by the People’s Organization for Progress.  Flyers and additional information are being ...

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UULMNJ Board Statement on Dismantling Racism

Unitarian Universalists have long been spiritually and morally committed to the elimination of racism and oppression.  We have a long history of coming forward to answer the call for racial justice, and UUs have shed their blood in these struggles.  In this we are motivated by the moral imperative of our covenant to affirm and promote the principles that are the uniting basis of our faith community.

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations

The ...

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NJ Opportunity to Compete Act Now in Effect!

From Al Stawsky, chair of the Criminal Justice Reform: Ending the New Jim Crow Task Force:

The fruits of stubborn activism can be real changes in how society works!​

The NJISJ announces the effective start of the Opportunity to Compete Act. (‘Ban the Box’).  This gives those (many) with any kind of prison record a new chance to get gainful employment.  This is a meaningful step forward but just a step.  This example of real results may serve to activate ...

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