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MRNJ’s 2020 surveys of 225 immigrant families found that more than 80% were unable to pay for basic food, medicine or bills during the pandemic and more than one-quarter owed more than 4 months of rent. At the same time, the state’s billionaires are wealthier now than in March 2020and major corporations like Amazon have grown significantly in the Garden State while failing to provide health care for its workforce.

Read Make the Road New Jersey’s 2021 Respect and Dignity Platform for our members’ comprehensive agenda for how local, state and federal government can build a resilient recovery from the pandemic. 

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After a survey by Make the Road youth found that more than 85% of EPS students wanted to go to college, but over 60% reported inadequate access to counseling and information about college. MRNJ sought to close this gap and, using as a starting point a model observed in Philadelphia, MRNJ designed the Student Success Center (SSC) to utilize the expertise of community based organizations and the power of youth leadership.

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Job Bridge: Strengthening New Jersey’s Economy by Building Bridges to Good Jobs
05/01/2024 - New Jersey is at the forefront of unemployment insurance systems in the country. Read full report here
Community Advocate Sign-on Letter – Stop Regressive Taxes, Reinstate Corporate Surcharge
02/15/2024 - We, the undersigned faith, community, labor, and advocacy organizations, urge you to reinstate the Corporate Business Tax surcharge (CBT) to ensure working families in New Jersey can access the vital programming…
Report: Housing Insecurity in Elizabeth, Passaic and Perth Amboy, NJ
10/11/2022 - New Jersey faces an affordable housing crisis that has reached unprecedented levels. The crisis predates COVID-19, but its severity and size have only been exacerbated by the pandemic’s impact on the…
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