Ryan Haygood Says NJ Does a Good Job of Protecting Rights
Steve Adubato has a frank and passionate discussion with Ryan Haygood, President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, which is on the forefront of protecting civil, legal and political rights for NJ citizens. Haygood explains what the Institution is doing to make the Garden State a good example of protecting the rights of residents.
"Recently, Steve sat down with Ryan Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, about some of the top issues affecting Newark residents today and about how New Jersey has the potential to become a national model in employment reform. Here now is that conversation. Back by popular demand, we have him. He is Ryan Haygood, president and CEO of New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. How you doing, buddy? It's good to be here. Thanks for having me, Steve. A lot of new things happening. Talk about this initiative called New Jersey Communities Forward. What is it? So, New Jersey Communities Forward is an initiative of the Institute for Social Justice that really was inspired by what we've seen happen across the country, with respect to the police and law enforcement relationship over the last couple of years. Some of these heartbreaking shootings we've seen of unarmed African-Americans in particular. And it really was something that we saw as a cautionary tale for us here in New Jersey. We looked at what we saw happening in Baltimore, Ferguson, more recently in Baton Rouge, and in Minnesota, and we thought about how we could use what's happening in other cities as a cautionary tale for us here in New Jersey. So, New Jersey Communities Forward concretely is an initiative where we have very difficult conversations in a safe space with law enforcement, high-level law enforcement, and community leaders about how we re imagine the relationship between law enforcement and communities. Ryan, let me ask you this because right before we got on the air, I said to you that we've been thinking about doing the same sort of thing, only from a broadcast perspective. The events -- and again, we're doing this program late in the summer of 2016, and we pray that what we talk about is not dated and there's nothing else that happens, but who knows. Dallas. The police being targeted by some who want to do them harm. How does that change the conversation? And killed, in some cases. Absolutely. I think, to your point, Steve, what we've seen happen across the country, in Dallas most recently, with respect to the awful killings of law enforcement officials who were doing their job there -- And protecting those protesters. Sure. But I think what that provides for us is a meaningful opportunity to use what we're seeing there as a cautionary tale for how we can build something here. The reality is, in many communities across the country, we can't really reference a golden era where the relationship between law enforcement and communities was solid.."