SALVATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE CALLS ON THE ADMINISTRATION AND LEGISLATURE TO USE THE FY23 BUDGET PROCESS TO MAKE REAL IN
Today, in response to Governor Murphy’s FY23 budget proposal, the Reverend Dr. Charles F. Boyer, Founder and Director of Salvation and Social Justice, issued the following statement:
“Earlier today, Governor Murphy delivered a hopeful speech that spoke of New Jersey’s future potential and our collective recovery as a state facing multiple crises. As we recognize New Jersey’s progress under the governor’s leadership, we must simultaneously recognize our state’s shortcomings in addressing many of the issues plaguing black communities. Despite the grand rhetoric and lofty rhetoric, now is the time for the administration and legislature to follow through on its commitments to black New Jersey people.
New Jersey continues to lead the country on racial disparity, but it has an opportunity to lead the country in advancing racial justice and equity. To do this, the state must put its money where its proverbial mouth is, remembering that a state’s budget reflects its values.
It can start by making significant investments in 1) universal health coverage for all; (2) Statewide Black Maternal Health Centers; (3) services in Black communities through funding of harm reduction efforts, restorative justice centers and community spaces; (4) community response teams as an alternative to law enforcement response for services that do not impact public safety; (5) community development, particularly through the redevelopment of derelict properties owned by black churches to house vital community programs; and (6) the desegregation of New Jersey public schools.
During today’s address, Governor Murphy said that ‘[the] budget is rooted in a renewed commitment to moving our state forward, [and] create opportunities for every family. These goals cannot be achieved at the expense of racial justice, rather they must be grounded in a commitment to fairness and justice. We look forward to reviewing the governor’s budget and working closely with his administration, the legislature, and racial justice advocates to achieve the New Jersey that was promised and the New Jerseyans deserve.
ON SALVATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Salvation and Social Justice seek to theologically liberate public policy by developing communication strategies, advocacy and public education campaigns grounded in black faith, to uplift poor, underserved and traditionally oppressed communities with a special emphasis on racial justice through abolition, restoration, transformation, and coalition.
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