Human Rights

This committee works to ensure a free, fair and just society for everyone regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or mental or physical ability. Committee members work together on issues of free speech and privacy, racial injustice, immigration, economic inequality, domestic violence, and all forms of discrimination.

 

Take Action

  1. Contact your representatives. There seems to be no end to the issues endangering our equality and civil rights these days. Pick a few and then pick up the phone. (Who is my representative?)
  2. Get a yard sign, bumper sticker, or button. Make your opposition to bigotry and hate visible. You can download them here. You might also consider starting your own local group, especially if you live in the more southern or eastern parts of South Jersey. Instructions are here.
  3. Help organize to fight racial injustice. Showing Up for Racial Justice is an organization that is part of a multi-racial movement to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially just society. Get involved here.
  4. Join the efforts to end gun violence. Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action work to end gun violence and build safer communities. You can find local events and sign up to receive mobile alerts here.
  5. Donate time, money or items to a local agency. Many of us have more than we need. Giving to organizations that serve disadvantaged populations or advocate for a freer and fairer society is an effective way to effect change. For example, you could volunteer to become part of the Domestic Violence Response Team at the Camden County Women’s Center, help homeless kids develop professionally and socially at Covenant House, a shelter for homeless teens in Camden or Atlantic City, or help out at your local food bank. Below are links to some of the organizations that need your help.

 

A recommended reading list is here: Anti-Racism Reading and Resources

 

Other useful organizations:

The ACLU of New Jersey works to protect freedom and equality with litigation, public education, and lobbying.

Black Lives Matter – New Jersey works to empower the Black community and undermine elitist, sexist, white supremacy in conjunction with the BLM network.

Camden Center for Law and Social Justice offers domestic violence, child support, child custody, and immigration legal services to  the immigrant community and the working poor.

Camden County Women’s Center assists survivors of domestic violence.

Color of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world by moving decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

Fight for $15 is an international movement that fights for a $15/hour minimum wage for fast-food workers, home health aides, child care teachers, airport workers, adjunct professors, retail employees and other underpaid workers.

Higher Heightsa national 501(c)(4) organization and its sister organization Higher Heights Leadership Fund, a  501(c)(3) organization,  is investing in a long-term strategy to analyze, expand and support a Black women’s leadership pipeline at all levels and strengthen their civic participation beyond just Election Day.

Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.

The Innocence Project exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

The League of United Latin American Citizens works to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

MPower Change is a grassroots movement rooted in diverse Muslim communities throughout the United States who are working together to build social, spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people.

The NAACP is a civil rights organization that works on civic engagement, environmental and climate justice, and health.

New Jersey Citizen Action is a statewide grassroots organization that fights for economic and social justice through education, outreach and direct services.

New Jersey Communities United is a progressive grassroots community organization committed to building power for low and moderate income people across the State of New Jersey.

People for the Poor, run entirely by volunteers, manages and organizes fundraisers whose proceeds go to organizations helping individuals have food to eat and a place to sleep.

Rise Stronger is a watchdog organization with the mission of empowering Americans to monitor and take action in response to the Trump Administration, Congress, and state and local governments.

The Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate, teaches tolerance, and seeks justice throughout the United States.

SURJ – NJ  is a local chapter of Standing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice working under guidance of BLM-NJ.