Juneteenth March and Rally

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Dear New Jersey Institute for Social Justice friend,

This year, New Jersey will celebrate Juneteenth as a state holiday for the second time.

And the Institute, along with People’s Organization for Progress and over 50 other partners, will be celebrating it on June 17 with a March for Reparations, Justice & Democracy in Newark. Please join us!

Juneteenth March and Rally for Reparations, Justice and Democracy

Friday, June 17

12:00 PM: March from Seated Lincoln Statue (Market St 6 Springfield Ave]

1:30 PM: Rally at Newark City Hall (920 Broad St)

Newark, NJ

Masking and Social Distancing Encouraged

Join us as we raise our voices to pass legislation for a Reparations Task Force (A938/5386), to invest in our youth and close our youth prisons, for same-day voter registration [A1966/S247] and for police accountability/civilian review boards.

Take action for:

  • A reparations task force at 400YearsNJ.org,
  • To close youth prisons at KidsNotPrisons.org,
  • For same-day voter registration at DemocracyInaDay.org
  • For police accountability at PoliceAccountabilityNJ.org

Juneteenth — also known as Freedom Day — has been a tradition in the United States for more than 150 years and marks the day on June 19, 1865 when enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas finally learned about their freedom – more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Today, even as we rightfully celebrate that freedom, we are keenly aware – these past few years more than ever – that America is still very much living out the legacy of slavery.

That is true right here in New Jersey, where we have some of the widest racial disparities in America.

We are living in a moment when it’s more important than ever that all of us raise our voices in the fight for justice.

Join us on June 17 when, together with U.S. Senator Cory Booker, federal and state legislators, multi-faith clergy and powerful advocates from across the state, we mark Juneteenth by coming together in Newark to call for a reparations task force, youth justice reform, same-day voter registration and accountability in policing.

For now, you can take action on those issues and more at our action center here, and you can donate here.


Ryan P. Haygood

President & CEO, NJISJ