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5 Social Injustice Stories To Catch Up With This Week

5 Social Injustice Stories To Catch Up With This Week

Here at NJ Spark, more than a dozen Rutgers students will be reporting on social injustices in and around the New Brunswick area. RELATED: Opinion: People facing addiction need access to recovery programs, not judgment However, these issues happen everywhere. Here’s some recent news highlights: This study shows female college students in STEM are unconsciously underestimated by […]


Opinion: People facing addiction need access to recovery programs, not judgment

Opinion: People facing addiction need access to recovery programs, not judgment

By Rose McNulty  — @rose_mcnulty   In New Jersey, there is no shortage of news stories about the heroin epidemic that this state is facing. Despite the efforts of the state, the problem only grows each year. The biggest obstacle that heroin addicts face is the unavailability and cost of long-term recovery programs. Although alarming statistics are […]


Inmates Given Helping Hand in Tackling Challenges of Re-Entering Society

Inmates Given Helping Hand in Tackling Challenges of Re-Entering Society

Question: What does New Jersey do to help inmates re-enter society after they have served their time? Answer: New Jersey has no re-entry services for inmates. Fortunately, there’s a group called Volunteers of America, which has a variety of re-entry programs that helps released inmates. State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who was among […]


The 9 Social Justice Stories You Need To Read This Week

The 9 Social Justice Stories You Need To Read This Week

Here at NJ Spark, more than a dozen Rutgers students will be reporting on social injustices in and around the New Brunswick area. RELATED: WATCH: Immigrant Workers in N.J. Stand-Up for Dignity in the Workplace However, these issues happen everywhere. Here’s some recent news highlights: Research shows that black boys growing up in concentrated poverty have the […]


Advocates Urge Lifting Ban on Welfare Aid for Those Guilty of Drug Distribution

Advocates Urge Lifting Ban on Welfare Aid for Those Guilty of Drug Distribution

  State law prohibits people with convictions for drug distribution from receiving general and emergency assistance from Work First, the state’s welfare program. Legislation that would remove that restriction has passed both houses of the state Legislature and awaits action by Christie. A broad coalition that includes dozens of groups working on substance abuse and […]


WATCH: Immigrant Workers in N.J. Stand-Up for Dignity in the Workplace

WATCH: Immigrant Workers in N.J. Stand-Up for Dignity in the Workplace

New Labor is a non-profit organization that strives to improve working conditions and provide a voice for immigrant laborers throughout New Jersey. With several branches in New Brunswick, Newark, and Lakewood, NJ, New Labor has organized migrant workers and educated them on their rights for over fifteen years.


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