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“Justice Warriors: The Bold Agenda of Ryan Haywood & The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice!”

On Tuesday, March 12th, 2019, from 12:00–1:00 PM EDT, radio show host Barbara Arnwine, founder and president of the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC), featured an interview with Ryan Haygood, Esq., President & CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (The Institute), the most powerful institution in the State exposing injustice and strategically pursuing change. These efforts set powerful models for every state in this nation.

Ryan Haygood is one of the nation’s leading civil rights lawyers, Ryan Haygood became the third president and The Institute) in 2015. In this role, he leverages his national expertise to advance the Institute’s cutting-edge work in empowering urban communities where residents of color are connected to full-time, meaningful jobs, have access to affordable housing and the democratic process, and are treated fairly by the criminal justice system.Prior to leading the Institute, Haygood served as the deputy director of litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc. (LDF), where he worked for more than a decade. A passionate advocate, Ryan speaks and writes regularly on issues concerning race, law, civil rights, and democracy. He is frequently interviewed by media outlets, including: MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, and the New York Times. Prior to joining LDF, Ryan was a litigation associate in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, and was a recipient of the prestigious LDF/Fried Frank Fellowship. At Fried, Frank, Ryan represented clients in a variety of complex commercial and civil rights matters before federal courts. Ryan received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law and B.A. in American History and Political Science cum laude from Colorado College, where he was nominated for the Rhodes scholarship and earned academic and athletic All-American honors as a football player.

The show focused on the current campaigns that the Institute is promoting in the areas of juvenile justice, restoration of voting rights for the formerly incarcerated, and for economic development opportunities in Newark and elsewhere in the State of New Jersey. Shockingly, in New Jersey, a Black Youth is 30x more likely to be incarcerated than a White youth! Eliminating youth detention facilities has been a major focus of the work of The Institute.

Questions explored during the show included: Why did Ryan become a lawyer?; How did Ryan Haygood become the leader of The Institute?; When was the The Institute established?; What has been its greatest accomplishments?; What does our listeners need to know about the fight for juvenile justice in New Jersey?; Why did you go to Selma for the 54th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday?; How are groups fighting for the restoration of voting rights for the formerly incarcerated in the State Legislature?; How is fight for economic justice going?; and What can our listeners do to advance these kinds of programs in their States?

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