NJ Communities United Organizes for Immigration Justice!
On October 5th in Freehold, NJ, NJ Communities United joined forces with our friends at SEIU 32 BJ, CWA Local 1037, Casa Freehold and dozens of other labor unions and community-based organizations to demand immigration reform and an end to deportations that are tearing apart hard-working immigrant communities! The event in Freehold, NJ was just one of 180 similar actions in cities across the country. Si se puede!!! Check out the video online at http://youtu.be/_ulZj0LFF1A!
Home Child Care Providers Say 'Enough is Enough' - Demand new contract & a raise!
Home child care providers in New Jersey have worked without a raise for nearly 5 years! Now they are saying, "enough is enough!" Support these amazing women by signing the petition to the NJ Department of Human Services demanding that they negotiate a new contract! http://bit.ly/NJChildCare. Hear directly from home child care providers and the working parents they serve and watch the video at http://youtu.be/r5c4tT1QZJE.
Tell Cami Anderson, "Give Your $50K Bonus to the Students of Newark Public Schools!"
As parents, teachers, students and taxpayers, we are demanding that Cami Anderson – the state-appointed Superintendent of Newark Public Schools - refuses to accept a $50,000 bonus and instead ask that those funds be funneled back into the Newark Public School system!
We are collectively asking you to make this gesture in good faith to the students, parents and the Newark community!
Sign the petition at http://bit.ly/50KCami!
New Jersey is faced with the second highest rate of foreclosure in the entire country and is moving in the opposite direction as the rest of the country when it comes to foreclosures, according to RealtyTrac – and for the city of Newark, new data points to an epic crisis.
On Thursday, April 18th, anti-foreclosure activists, academics, people of faith, labor leaders and Newark residents gathered at Newark City Hall to discuss the impacts of the foreclosure crisis and begin a conversation about solutions to the problem.
“Newark Homewrecker”, a new report by New Jersey Communities United, found that there were almost 7,000 foreclosures in Newark from 2008 to 2012, adding up to a cost of $56 million to the City of Newark.
“It’s as if my life, security for my family, a roof over our heads, is a game to them,” said Grace Alexander, a Newark resident struggling to save her home from foreclosure. “There are 4 generations of us living under that roof and our impending homelessness is not a game to us.”
“All of the data on foreclosures in New Jersey demonstrate that there is significant and measurable public harm to city services, city revenues and the value of property in neighborhoods hit hard by the foreclosure crisis,” said Trina Scordo, Executive Director of New Jersey Communities United. “The only way to stabilize our communities and prevent foreclosures is to take sweeping action to ensure the public good and to save the thousands of underwater homes at risk of foreclosure. This means large scale principal reduction; buying thousands of the loans at a time and resetting them to market value.”
This was the first hearing among several that will be scheduled in the City of Newark to tackle this crisis. Visit and “like” NJCU’s facebook page and sign up for email alerts if you would like to stay informed about our work fighting foreclosures. You can also read more about the hearing in our news clips.