TRENTON, NJ --- The NAACP New Jersey State Conference is excited to promote the latest quarterly Black Multi-Faith Alliance event hosted by Salvation and Social Justice (SandSJ) titled “Red, Black, and Blue: New Jersey’s Black Faith Response to Police Violence.”
SandSJ seeks to liberate public policy theologically by modeling the hope and resiliency of Black faith. Their advocacy is for people who are historically marginalized and want to apply their religious belief system to move from lament to liberation while envisioning and creating community-led solutions to redeem a structurally racist society.
“One of the most pressing crises of the 21st century is State violence and the criminal system,” says Rev. Dr. Charles Boyer, Executive Director of Salvation and Social Justice. “Therefore Red, Black, and Blue: New Jersey’s Black Faith Response to Police Violence is a three-part series on policing response to the problem of racialized police use of force in New Jersey by providing resources to help congregations and communities confront the issue.”
The event will detail a historical analysis of how the Black Church in New Jersey responded to policing from the era of slave catchers through the Underground Railroad in New Jersey by renowned archeologist Dr. Cheryl LaRoche. It will also highlight evolving struggles in racial profiling in the 20th century from the perspective of Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, former Executive Director of the Black Ministers Council of New Jersey, and the publication of the Use of Force Report from NJ Advance Media in 2018 – a major catalyst for SandSJ’s police accountability efforts in New Jersey. You will also hear a national-level perspective of policing efforts by Black advocates from Carlton Mayers, II, Esq., former Director of the NAACP National Office’s Criminal Justice Program, and Racquel Romans-Henry, Policy Director for Salvation and Social Justice.
The event will take place virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live Stream on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 6:00 pm and you can register to attend here: https://www.sandsj.org/event-details/red-black-and-blue
You do NOT want to miss this incredible event. We look forward to seeing you there!