On Sunday April 23, the Reform movement’s New Jersey region’s Religious Action Center meets at Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston from 3 to 5:30 to discuss race and school districting as part of its Learning Together campaign. Speakers for this meeting — to be held live for the first time in three years, and also livestreamed — include Mark Winston Griffith and Max Freedman, hosts of NPR’s School Colors Podcast, which examines how race, class, and power have shaped New York City and its schools, and Justice Gary S. Stein, who retired after 17 years on the New Jersey Supreme Court and is a leader of the New Jersey Coalition for Diverse and Inclusive Schools.
The question of race and schools is particularly timely because a court case — Latino Action Network v. State of New Jersey — is pending here in New Jersey. The plaintiffs base their arguments on some stark statistics — among those statistics, 2013 and 2017 studies by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA found that New Jersey’s Black students were the sixth and Hispanic students were the seventh most segregated in the country. The case has been pending for almost five years, but because New Jersey does not have a robust media market independent of New York City and Philadelphia, very few New Jerseyans know about it.
This is a serious issue that can have longstanding results in the state and outside it.
To learn more, either in person at the discussion or online, register at urj.tfaforms.net/1070 or come to the meeting. It’s at B’nai Abraham, 300 East Northfield Ave. in Livingston.