By John L. Smith, guest columnist, Newark Star Ledger
March 29, 2015 - In my three decades as an officer with the Newark Police Department, I saw dramatic changes - good and bad. But in all my years in Newark, whether serving in the police department or in my current role as an academic and community activist, I have never seen as much potential for real, lasting reform.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka's proposal to create a civilian complaint review board (CCRB) could be the most effective, groundbreaking board of its kind in the country, as long as the final product incorporates input from the community into its final plan, and empowers the CCRB to make discipline stick.
March 28, 2015 – Friends and associates of Jane Dunhamn, founder of the National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC), gathered at The Dubliner Irish Pub, Washington, D.C. to celebrate her retirement from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. The event, arranged by her daughter, Scherrone, also marked the beginning of Jane’s quest to continue full-time, and with all deliberate speed, the work of NBDC. Below is a brief selection of Scherrone's presentation. (Feel free to add your memories and well-wishes by selecting the ‘add comment’ link at the end of this story)
March 21, 2015 - NBDC Director, Jane Dunhamn, was elected First Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Black Issues Convention (NJBIC).
Jane Dunhamn, Director of the National Black Disability Coalition, was appointed to the Advisory Board of the national Resources for Access, Independence, Self-Advocacy and Employment Technical Assistance Center (RAISE), a network that provides technical assistance to Parent Training and Information Centers that are supported by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA-PTICs).
Tucker, Mosquera, Garcia & Wmberly bill to study impact of disabilities on minorities in New Jersey signed into law
January 2015 - (TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Gabriela Mosquera, Carmelo G. Garcia and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to study the impact of disabilities on individuals in minority and underrepresented communities has been signed into law.