As governing bodies across the nation take a critical look at promoting social justice laws that are fair to all Americans, Assemblyman Jamel Holley has assembled a toolkit of recommended legislation – either introduced or adopted – designed to propel the country forward.
Holley, a vocal leader in the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, organized a team of research volunteers to comb through progressive state and federal legislation to ensure equal opportunity for all Americans, no matter their color, creed or ethnic origin, as well as to encourage police reforms. The result is Holley’s “Social Justice Toolkit for State Legislatures Across the U.S.”
“We have worked long and hard over the past weeks to identify laws that can be easily adopted around the country to help America begin to heal,” Holley said. “Our goal is to use the legislative process for the absolute greatest good so that we may all live, finally, in a color-blind America that ensures anyone can be treated fairly and have an equitable chance at success.”
In hand-selecting recommended bills, Holley said, there was plenty of robust discussion and debate as his volunteers came from various backgrounds in the 20th Legislative District, which includes such diverse communities as Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle and Union Township.
“I represent likely the greatest and most diverse constituency in America,” Holley said. “I represent individuals who have come here from all over the world, looking for the equal opportunity promised under our Constitution. It is my solemn responsibility, as their elected representative in Trenton, to help them fulfill the American Dream. That role begins – and ends – with the creation of laws and doctrines that give them the fighting chance they need.”
Holley and his team have selected diverse laws and reforms for the tool kit, such as ending racial profiling, police brutality and discrimination. Proposed laws also focus on requiring stronger police training programs and the establishment of task forces to investigate potential police misconduct.
“It is important to note that our tool kit is not against the police,” Holley said. “I would argue that 99% of our emergency responders perform their duties with honor and with a strong ethical code. But we have painfully learned what bad actors can do. It is our role as lawmakers to protect the public from any and all threats, as we work together to finally rid our society of racism.”
Visit JamelHolley.com to download the toolkit.