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 by creating a “Stand up For the Other” movement.
Hate crimes in New Jersey have been on a rise, targeting people because of differences in religious and racial backgrounds and sexual orientations. Hate crimes can be prevented or deescalated by a bystander speaking up. In response to the rise of discriminatory violence, the Stand up For the Other pledge calls on everyone to speak out and challenge bigotry. The pledge is a commitment to batteling discrimination by leading by example and promoting dignity, respect, and equality.
Stand up For the Other is a movement. Discrimaintion and bigotry should not be the norm. The way to end them is by standing up, raising awareness, and calling on our friends, neighbors, colleagues to take part in the fight. We are responsible for our community and it’s time to use our voice and actions to stand up. By taking the pledge we are inspiring others to become allies, and take responsibility for making NJ bigotry free. Together we will end dicrimination, and make NJ a welcoming home for all!
Take the pledge and become a Stand Up For The Other Pledge liaison.
The Equality Act would provide protection against discrimination for LGBTQ+ people nationwide across key areas, including: employment, housing, public spaces, services and education.
Currently our nation’s federal civil rights laws do not provide explicit non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
There will always be differences among people: religious views, opinions, languages, races, heritage, etc. It is these differences that make America so diverse and powerful. These differences allow the U.S. to lead in new ideas, advances, and progress. Diversity and acceptance is a strength and by extending acceptance to all, we are creating a safer and kinder world. By amending the Civil Rights Act, these important amendments would strengthen existing protections for everyone.
The Equality Act has passed the House of Representatives and is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bill sponsor and US Senator Cory Booker (NJ) currently sits on this committee. Write to Senator Booker to thank him for his public support and urge him to keep fighting.
We are advocating for the establishment of a Recovery High School in every NJ county, that will provide peer support rather than peer pressure for students recovering from substance use disorders.
Most students with substance use disorder drop out of school, wind up in prison, and/or die young. Recovery High Schools (RHS) provide students with substance abuse disorders with a healthy and safe environment for recovery. To specifically target relapse rates, Recovery High Schools provide in-school recovery support programs such as peer support groups, 12 Steps programs, and individual and/or family counseling. RHS also recognize that the road to recovery starts at home. This is why Recovery High Schools provide family support centers to strengthen parent involvement, provide parent education and leadership development, and provide crisis assistance, child care and housing assistance, as well as job training programs. Recovery High Schools offer a holistic approach to recovery, and give students in recovery the support, education, and resources to graduate, go on to higher education, and lead a productive life filled with opportunity and abundance.
Students who take time off from school for addiction related treatments are not recommended to return to the environment which led them to acquire and use drugs and alcohol. Recovery High Schools serve as an effective alternative. RHS reduce the rate of relapse by providing students with a drug free environment with resources and social support needed to focus on recovery, all while getting a quality education. Adding Recovery HIgh Schools to every NJ county would help combat the substance abuse crisis, giving many students and families the chance at a better future.
Help solve the NJ substance crisis by contacting Gov. Phil Murphy and urge him to support adding a Recovery HS to every NJ county.
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.