Advocate for Social Justice
The Lesniak Institute advocates for social justice, training the next generation of American Leaders to protect our social rights.
Help us continue to advance social justice as The Lesniak Institute For American Leadership advocates for legislation and promotes social justice across America and in every nation.
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We are advocating to end bigotry and hate speech in every form through creating Stand Up For The Other Pledge liaisons.
Hate crimes in New Jersey have continued to rise, targeting people of different religious backgrounds, racial backgrounds, and sexual orientations. Many times, a hate crime can be prevented or deescalated by a bystander speaking up. The Stand Up For The Other Pledge was created with the intention to create a community of leaders to promote important values such as dignity, respect for human rights, equal justice, and diversity.
A community of leaders that stand up to hate speech in every form will not only reduce the rate of hate crimes in New Jersey, but will also support our flourishing cultural hubs. Advocate to end hate speech so that individuals feel safe to coexist with their fellow human beings no matter what race they are, where they come from, their religion, or whom they love.
Become a Stand Up For The Other Pledge liaison and take the pledge.
The Equality Act would provide protection from discrimination for LGBTQ people nationwide across key areas, including: employment, housing, public spaces, services and education.
S.788, The Equality Act is a federal bill which will provide the LGBTQ community protections from discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. When passed, the Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act by adding sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result of discrimination, LGBTQ people are prevented from the full participation of society. With this act in place, the LGBTQ community will no longer have to tolerate the discrimination they face today.
There will always be differences among people: different religious views, opinions, languages, races, heritage, different ways that life is lived; It’s not giving in on your beliefs to embrace the other. It’s realizing that a diverse society will lead to a greater world for us all. Passing The Equality Act will be the best example of that.
The Equality Act has passed the House of Representatives and awaits action in the Senate. Both Senator Menendez and Booker have co-signed the bill. Contact Senator Menendez and thank him for his support and ask him to make a public statement in support of The Equality Act.
We are advocating to have a Recovery High School in every county to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for students recovering from substance use disorder.
Most students with substance use disorder drop out of school, wind up in prison or die young, or both. Most students with substance use disorder who attend a Recovery High School graduate, go on to higher education and lead a productive life filled with an opportunity to enjoy the abundances that life offers.
Recovery High Schools provide students with resources and social support needed to get an education in a supportive environment. Students who take time off from school for treatment are not recommended to return to the environment which lead them to acquire and use drugs and alcohol. Recovery High Schools provide students with a drug free environment to help them stay on track to their recovery journey.
Help solve the NJ substance crisis by contacting Gov. Phil Murphy and urge him to support Recovery High Schools.
We are working to increase voter turnout by eliminating arbitrary deadlines that cut off registration when voters are most interested.
This will allow NJ residents to take the action of voting as their official voter registration. They will no longer be required to register previously to vote. In order to register on the same day of voting, residents will be required to provide proof of their identity and their residency. This can be proven with a State ID or a combination of a birth certificate, utility bill, paycheck or other documents that prove the resident’s address.
Years of civil rights victories provided American Citizens the right to vote. It is now up to Americans to progress that right by making voting accessible for all. Same-Day Voter Registration is an action to make voting more accessible to the people of NJ. The 18 states and the District of Columbia that practice Same-Day Voter Registration, find a higher citizen participation than states that do not permit the same-day action. They have also found no significant cost increase. With Same-Day Voter Registration, there is a reduced need for provisional balloting and a more accurate voter rolls.
Help us advocate for Same-Day Voter Registration by contacting your legislator now.
S698 will provide the framework and support for community schools with family resource centers in every low income district in the state. It will focus on prenatal care to 3 years old in an effort to lower infant mortality rates.
S698/A3778 will establish a new principal department to appoint careful attention and resources for the Wrap Around Community effort. It has specific departments responsible for grades preschool through three and pregnancy to age eight. These departments must provide programs and services to educate the public on nutrition, healthcare, education, and general childcare. This includes programs and services for prenatal care.
NJ is facing a serious infant mortality gap with low infant mortality in high income areas and high mortality in low income areas. In all districts, every one in ten babies are born before their due dates, however, black babies in New Jersey are 3x more likely to die before their first birthday as white babies. Although infant mortality rates are declining for all races, the gap between black and white in New Jersey appears unlikely to close. The solution to close the infant mortality gap is to place Wrap Around Community Schools in low-income school districts from pre-natal to three years old.
S698/A3778 was introduced in the Senate again on February 1, 2018. It is now waiting for approval by The Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Please contact Senator Bob Smith, Chairperson of The Senate Environment and Energy Committee, and urge him to approve bill S698/A3778.