ACLU sues Biden administration to halt transfer of immigrant detainees from Essex County

NEWARK, NJ — In its first legal challenge to an immigration policy filed during the Biden administration, the American Civil Liberties Union launched a federal class-action lawsuit on June 30 that seeks to block immediately the long-distance transfer of ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark. The case was brought by the […]

Dozens of NJ clergy file state Supreme Court brief about harm of racial profiling

TRENTON, NJ — More than five dozen clergy members spanning 15 New Jersey counties filed a brief at the New Jersey Supreme Court, represented by the ACLU-NJ, that urges justices to take bold action to end racial profiling. The brief, filed on behalf of 66 New Jersey ministers, imams, rabbis and other leaders of a […]

SOMSD, Black Parents Workshop reach settlement agreement

SOMSD, Black Parents Workshop reach settlement agreement

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In February 2018, the Black Parents Workshop filed a federal lawsuit against the South Orange–Maplewood School District, drawing attention to the marginalization of black students in the district and the segregation seen in the district’s elementary schools. On July 13, the South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education approved a settlement […]

Bill would make interaction with police part of school curriculum

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sheila Oliver, Mila Jasey, Cleopatra Tucker and Ralph Caputo to instruct New Jersey students on how to interact with law enforcement was released Thursday, June 15, by an Assembly panel. Bill A-1114 would require school districts to provide instruction on interacting with law enforcement in a manner […]

Immigrants’ rights program at WOPL

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Friends of the West Orange Library, in conjunction with the library and various local community organizations, will present an immigrants’ rights program on Monday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at the library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave. This educational program, part of the friends Combating Bias/Promoting Diversity program, will include presentations […]

ACLU-NJ legal director to attend TBA Shabbat services

LIVINGSTON, NJ — On Friday, March 3 , at 7:30 p.m., following Shabbat Services at 6:30 p.m., Temple B’nai Abraham Sisterhood will sponsor a Shabbat dinner and speaker at the temple, 300 East Northfield Road in Livingston. Edward Barocas, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, will discuss “Freedom of Religion/Freedom […]

By October, WO police will be hooked up to body cameras

Body cameras add ‘accountability’ to police departments

By October, WO police will be hooked up to body cameras

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department will require its officers and detectives to wear body cameras while on duty starting Oct. 1. Deputy Chief John Buoye said the department has purchased 65 WatchGuard Video body cameras, which line officers, detectives and other units will wear in the center of their uniforms. According […]