Resources

Here are some links to resources that we recommend for further research and education:

Racial Equity ToolsRacial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Keppler Speakers on Mass Incarceration - "For thirty years, Keppler Speakers has been the go-to source for a diverse range of world-class speakers - real people who tell real stories with real impact. Whether it's people, culture, or the market that's driving change, event and meeting planners know where to turn for answers, solutions, strategies and inspiration, and that's Keppler."

Beyond Diversity Resource Center - founded by Robin Parker, former Deputy Attorney General for New Jersey, responsible for the Institute for Human Relations and the administration of the New Jersey Human Relations Council.  When we were first organizing, we called in Robin for advice and have consistently relied on BDRC for training and speaking engagements.

Southern Poverty Law Center - founded by civil rights hero Morris Dees, the SPLC continues the fight against racism and discrimination.  We especially recommend their Teaching Tolerance project.

Union County Human Relations Commission - one of the New Jersey HRC's set up out of each county's Prosecutor's Office (after Robin Parker's initiative). Recording Secretary Karen Positan was of great help to us as we started up.  The UCHRC runs a lot of innovative programs in the schools and around the county.

New Jersey Human Relations Council - Jim Peeler, Chairman of the New Jersey Human Relations Commission and Joan Rivitz, Chair of the NJHRC Advisory Committee, the N.J. Civil Rights Commission and the Paramus and Bergen County HRC filled out a panel, along with Robin Parker, for our 2009 workshop series.

US Department of Justice, Community Relations Service - Matthew Lattimer, from the Department of Justice, was contacted by the Mayor of Fanwood, Colleen Mahr, after the incident in February of 2009.  He came out in June and facilitated the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium sponsored community meeting which led to the founding of Social Justice Matters.

NAACP - Criminal Facts Sheet - The NAACP has been doing work in this area for generations. Here is a link to a quick fact sheet about incarceration in present day America.  We also recommend The New Jim Crow for a more in-depth study.