Tackling social justice issues in NJ

NJ Decides 2021: Election Conversations

Income inequality, criminal justice reform and immigration were just some of the topics covered during the fourth online roundtable hosted by NJ Spotlight News as part of its “NJ Decides 2021: Election Conversations” series.

The hour-long forum, held Wednesday, Oct. 6, covered a broad range of social justice issues that impact New Jersey residents in so many ways:

  • Black and Hispanic drivers are more likely to be searched, cited, and arrested during traffic stops than whites;
  • For every white person incarcerated in the state, there are two Latinos and 11 African Americans;
  • The net worth of white families in New Jersey is more than 50 times greater than that of the typical Black family.

Discussing these and other issues, as well as what New Jersey leaders can do about them were Ami Kachalia, campaign strategist with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey; Andrea McChristian, law and policy director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; and Monika Williams Shealey, senior vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Rowan University.

Serving as moderators were NJ Spotlight News senior writer and projects editor Colleen O’Dea and Michael Hill, host of Morning Edition on WNYC.

You can watch the full discussion by clicking the start arrow on the image above.

The conversations in this series are leading up to the Oct. 12 gubernatorial debate co-hosted by NJ Spotlight News, NJ PBS, WNYC, New York Public Radio, The Gothamist and the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship. The 8 p.m. debate will be broadcast on NJ PBS stations and WNYC radio, as well as livestreamed on njspotlightnews.com, YouTube and the WNYC and Rowan University websites.

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