Examine the The Uncomfortable Truth and Learn How Structural Racism Perpetuates Poverty in New Jersey
On Saturday, August, 11, 2018, the NAACP NJ Chapter, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ (APN), and Seton Hall University will host forum “The Uncomfortable Truth: Housing Stakeholders’ Forum.”
The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Seton Hall University in South Orange. Organizers of the event expect a great crowd of diverse attendees who want to be engaged in the work to ensure everyone has access to housing that meets their needs and income.
Register today to join the organizing organizations for conversations leading to action on:
- Preserving existing subsidized and affordable housing
- Expanding the supply of project-based and tenant-based housing subsidies
- Combating foreclosure in low-income communities and communities of color
- Maximizing existing legal protections to prevent unnecessary evictions of low-income tenant.
The Uncomfortable Truth is an important research report that looks at the ways that structural racism perpetuates poverty in New Jersey, along with recommendations for how our state can move toward the end of structural racism.
- The report contains specific policy recommendations about housing.
- The Uncomfortable Truth is groundbreaking, timely, and bold new research report that looks at the ways that structural racism perpetuates poverty in New Jersey.
- The report makes recommendations for how New Jersey can move toward the end of structural racism. The report is the culmination of a multi-year collective process with policy experts and advocates from across New Jersey.
- Structural racism, compounded by the implicit and explicit racism that shapes New Jersey’s culture and institutions, is both a primary cause of poverty in New Jersey and a barrier to implementing solutions.
- The racism and racially skewed policies that weave through the nation’s and New Jersey’s history require comprehensive responses, in addition to policy changes targeted to specific institutions.
- Key changes on the state level can provide the impetus and tools to change entrenched patterns of racial and ethnic disparity.
APN shares this summary of policy recommendations:
- Make addressing structural racism an explicit public priority
- Require racial impact statements for all state legislation and rule-making with potential disparate impacts
- Require data collection and dissemination by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status
- Re-institute the Public Advocate
- Strengthen the Division of Civil Rights
On August 11th, organizers will engage diverse stakeholders as we all move toward significant change in our state.
Join us to add your voice to the conversation. Feel free to spread the word!