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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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Recovery High Schools

We are advocating to have a recovery high school in every NJ county to provide a conducive learning environment for recovering juvenile addicts.

Background

The primary purpose of recovery high schools is to provide students with an enriched education while they pursue substance abuse recovery. All recovery high schools follow legitimate education standards. Students that graduate receive a secondary school diploma. In addition to their educations, students also continue outpatient programs and treatments.

Why Advocate

Recovery high schools provide students with resources and social support to reduce the relapse rate for outpatient students. Students that take time off from school to recover are not recommended to return to the environment which lead them to acquire the substances. Recovery High Schools provide students with a drug-free environment to help them stay on track to their recovery journey.

Take Action

 

Help solve the NJ substance crisis by contacting Gov. Phil Murphy and urge him to support Recovery High Schools.

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Same Day Voter Registration

We are working to increase voter turnout by eliminating arbitrary deadlines that cut off registration when voters are most interested.

Background

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.

Why Advocate

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.

Take Action

 

Help us advocate for Same-Day Voter Registration by contacting your legislator now.

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Wrap Around Community Schools

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.

Background

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.

Why Advocate

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.

Take Action

 

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.

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