NEWARK, NJ (August 17, 2016) – As a call to action to all communities reeling from this year of racial injustice and violence, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Newark Celebration 350 will co-sponsor Moving New Jersey’s Communities Forward: A Critical Conversation about Race and Policing, on Monday, September 12, 7 to 9pm, in NJPAC’s Victoria Theater.This free, solutions-oriented community forum, facilitated by New Jersey Institute for Social Justice President and CEO Ryan P. Haygood and moderated by Sandra King, Executive Producer of the 25-time Emmy Award-winning program Due Process, includes an unprecedented lineup of community leaders, activists and experts from the State of New Jersey. The panelists, who are at the forefront of today’s conversations on race, policing, and moving New Jersey’s communities forward, include:
- LaShawn Y. Warren, Vice President and General Counsel, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
- Anthony Ambrose, Newark Public Safety Director
- Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of the City of Newark
- Rod Brunson, Dean, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice
- LaKeesha Eure, Chair, Newark Anti-Violence Coalition
- Peter Harvey, independent federal monitor, Newark Police Department
- Zellie Imani, lead organizer, Black Lives Matter, Paterson
- Junius W. Williams, Chairman of Newark Celebration 350, Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers-Newark
“There’s no more important topic these days for Americans to address thoughtfully than the issue of race in our country,” states John Schreiber, NJPAC’s President and CEO. “The Arts Center, as a place where the community can convene in free and open discussion, is proud to host this timely conversation.”
Admission is free with limited seating. Reservations must be made in advance by clicking to njpac.org/movingforward.
About New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
Established in 1999 by Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice’s (the “Institute”) dynamic and independent advocacy is aimed at toppling load-bearing walls of structural inequality to create just, vibrant, and healthy urban communities that enable people of color to realize and achieve their full potential. We employ a broad range of advocacy tools to advance our ambitious urban agenda, including research, analysis and writing, public education, grassroots organizing, communications, developing pilot programs, legislative strategies, and litigation. The Institute uses a holistic approach to address the unique and critical issues facing New Jersey’s urban communities, advocating for systemic reform that is transformative, achievable in the state, and replicable in other cities.
About Newark Celebration 350
Newark Celebration 350 (NC 350) is a year-long jubilee of unique events and festivities commemorating the 350th anniversary of the City of Newark’s founding. Over 150 marquee programs will highlight the city’s rich history, remarkable achievements, diverse communities and extraordinary culture presented by a unique coalition of citizens, educational institutions, cultural organizations and community groups. This spectacular “festival of festivals” aims to inspire and excite locals and visitors from around the world by showcasing the best of this great American city. For more information visit nc350.org.
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New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 9 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.
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NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk from the Newark Penn Station stop by Newark-bound PATH Train or Amtrak.
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