On April 6 New Jersey made data available to the public on every use of physical force by police officers statewide. This is the culmination of more than two years of work overseen by the state Attorney General’s Office. The interactive portal and data are viewable and downloadable from the Internet.
This new data has roots in “The Force Report,” a 2018 NJ Advance Media investigation that covers the period of 2012-2016. During this time, documentation of Use of Force (UOF) by the police was not recorded as effectively and the information was not entirely accurate. Under current policy within 24 hours of an incident all NJ law enforcement officers are required to submit detailed information about every UOF they perform or witness onto a new online form.
Other significant statewide policing reforms implemented by the state Attorney General’s Office include:
Establishing a mandatory 10-step process for conducting independent criminal investigations involving any serious UOF or death-in-custody incident in New Jersey.
Requiring that all state, county, and local law enforcement agencies create and maintain an “early warning system” to identify at-risk officers and provide remedial services before their conduct escalates.
Overhauling the statewide protocols for the internal disciplinary process for police departments, imposing new oversight and ensuring thorough investigations on faster timelines.
Issuing a series of new directives designed to strengthen trust between law enforcement officers and historically marginalized communities, including immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, at-risk juveniles, and victims of sexual assault.
On February 18, 2021, Representative Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced in the House HR 1177, a bill To provide an earned path to citizenship, to address the root causes of migration and responsibly manage the southern border, and to reform the immigrant visa system, and for other purposes. On February 22, 2021, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced an identical bill in the Senate, S 348.
Create an earned roadmap to citizenship for undocumented individuals
Grow our economy
Keep families together
Protect workers from exploitation and improve the employment verification process.
Supplement existing border resources with technology and infrastructure
Manage the border and protect border communities
Crack down on criminal organizations
Address root causes of migration
Replace the term “alien” in the Immigration and Nationality Act with the term “noncitizen.”
A belief in “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” is core to Unitarian Universalism: every person, no exceptions. As religious people, our Principles call us to acknowledge the immigrant experience and to affirm and promote the flourishing of the human family.
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The FWCC joined an ACLU friend-of-the-court brief defending the Immigrant Trust Directive before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. A total of 46 organizations in total joined the brief in support of New Jersey’s immigrant communities. We encourage those interested in supporting this effort to retweet or otherwise publicize this filing.
We are just days away from this year’s presidential election in which it is very likely the results will be contested and the final results will not be determined on election night. It’s more important than ever that we know what to do to protect our rights at polling locations, at protests, and how to respond to increased police or ICE presence in our communities. We are sharing these resources with you in the hopes that you will share with your networks.
We know that the best way to protect each other is through community organizing. The best community protection is preparation – be sure to connect with your local community organizations and share these resources within your networks.
If you will be voting in person at your polling location on Tuesday, here are resources from ACLU (Source: ACLU Voting Rights)
If you are questioned about your political beliefs by anyone you do not need to respond.
If you are in line to vote and polls close, you have a right to stay in line and cast your vote.
If you make a mistake on your ballot, you have the right to request a new one.
If the machines are down at your polling place, you have the right to a paper ballot.
The following hotlines are available for any emergency needs:
English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-866-839-8682)
Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US (1-844-925-5287)
Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683
The DIRE hotline number is 1-888-DIRE-SOS or 1-888-347-3767.
MigraWatch Deportation Defense hotline: The deportation defense hotline from United We Dream is 1-844-363-1423 – use it if you witness an I.C.E. Raid or any other immigration activity in your community.
These unprecedented times, with a second wave of the pandemic, an economic downturn, and anti-immigrant national rhetoric, have asked a lot of us, especially those who have lost loved ones due to COVID19. We know this year’s election will look different from years past with a great deal of uncertainty and the likelihood of contested results. At the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, we are checking in with our partners and members to create spaces of support, and we hope you can do the same with your family, friends, and loved ones in the next days and weeks.
Whatever the outcomes of the election, we will continue fighting for a more fair and welcoming state for everyone who lives here.
New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice
Maneesha Kelkar, Interim Director
Katy Sastre, Outreach Coordinator
Hera Mir, Communications and Operations Coordinator
No one left out: a COVID-19 response that puts NJ’s most vulnerable residents first. Join STAND CNJ for a virtual gathering on understanding the advocacy needed to make an impact on NJ’s next steps in supporting its communities throughout the state.
Dena Mottola Jaborska, Associate Director, New Jersey Citizen Action will highlight how our advocacy efforts can make an impact on current issues, such as unemployment, paid leave, and healthcare to close the gaps and protect NJ residents.
Brandon J. McKoy, President, New Jersey Policy Perspective will highlight the important policy and budgetary advocacy needed to develop the state’s legislation and resources necessary to tackle our newest challenge.
Join us in learning more on what NJ activists should understand about how the state can provide resources and what we can all do to make sure necessary services are provided for people in our state. In collaboration with our network of coalitions, we can make a difference.