Earlier this week, New Jersey Policy Perspective President Brandon McKoy outlined direct action that must be taken immediately to advance racial equity for New Jersey. The steps include:
- Equitable state and local budgets that require the wealthy to pay their fair share and fully fund crucial investments in such building blocks of a healthy economy as quality education, reliable and accessible transportation, and safe, affordable places to live;
- Closing youth prisons that disproportionately jail children of color;
- Creating and enabling civilian police review boards in every community;
- Ending the prohibition of cannabis and the militarized War on Drugs;
- Expanding access to quality health care, especially for children and people who can become pregnant, regardless of their immigration status;
- Eliminating exclusionary zoning ordinances that effectuate redlining and fuel racist residential and educational segregation;
- Improving the health of our democracy by expanding the right to vote and reducing the influence of money in elections.
If you are asking, “What can I do to advance racial justice?” click on one or more of the links above and follow through. To read McKoy’s full statement, click here.