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NAACP New Jersey State Conference
Richard T. Smith
NJ chapter of nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization founded 1909. Issues include income inequality, police relations, criminal justice and corrections reform, health care access and costs, education, housing.
New Jersey Black issues Convention
Organized in 1983 as NJ state affiliate of National Black Leadership Roundtable. Holds annual Black Issues Leadership Convention, now in 35th year, discussing economic, social and political issues. Members comprised of other predominantly African-American organizations, churches, community and social service groups. Other networking, social events.
100 Black Men of New Jersey
Abdulsaleem R. Hasan
One of original chapters of what became national organization of black professionals, 100 Black Men of America, now with 120 chapters and over 10,000 members throughout US, more than 175,000 youth participants annually in youth development programs. Education initiatives include partnering with local communities to create and/or support charter schools, summer camps for at-risk youth, and career days at schools/universities; health programs with other non-profit organizations to promote preventative health strategies, deliver screenings and provide education on prevalent African American diseases; seminars on financial literacy, family wealth building and entrepreneurship.
Latino Action Network
Grassroots organization founded 2009 composed of individuals and organizations engaging in collective action at local, state and national levels. Issues include immigration, income inequality, criminal justice reform, health care access and costs, education, housing. Advocate for public policy initiatives, also supports legal action challenging restrictive practices.
New Jersey Puerto Rican Congress
Chief Executive Officer
Founded 1970 to represent interests of NJ Puerto Rican community. Interests include bi-lingual education; housing availability; health reform and employment programs; child abuse and domestic violence; economic development and minority business purchasing. Operates food distribution center in Lakewood.
La Casa de Don Pedro
Newark-based social service and community development organization founded 1972 to serve Puerto Rican and Latino community. Named in honor of Puerto Rican nationalist, Don Pedro Albizu Campos who advocated twin virtues of self-sufficiency and empowerment. Supports educational, housing, social, cultural, political, and economic programs at local and state level, serves annually more than 50,000 people largely in Greater Newark and Essex County.
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Grassroots nonprofit organization founded 2004 in Trenton to defend civil rights of Latin Americans, improve access to health care and education, and protect rights of immigrants.
Chinese American Cultural Association
Founded 1974, based in Edison, over 4,000 Chnese American members in NJ. Sponsors arts, cultural events and programs, as well as Chinese schools in Edison, Westfield, East Brunswick, Warren and Bridgewater; Chinese Culture Summer Camp in Somerset.
New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce
Josephine M. Ho
Comprised of both US and Chinese-based firms and individuals with interests in promoting networking among members and information related to Chinese trade and investment
Filipino-American Association of Central New Jersey
Gerald Poblete, Esq.
Founded 1983, based in Tenton, sponsors networking, social, educational programs and events.
Indian Heritage and Cultural Association
Established 2015 to promote local talent and increase awareness of Indian heritage in US through performing art, such as theater, dance, and music of India. Sponsors performances, networking programs.
Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce
Based in Metuchen, sponsors business networking, social and cultural programs
Irish Business Association of New Jersey
Business professionals and business owners promoting business relationships and networking. 2010 US Census reported 15.9% of NJ population with Irish heritage, largest national group (ahead of Germans at 12.6%)
Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick-Morris County
One of several Friendly Sons chapters in NJ and throughout US of men of Irish ancestry and affinity, over 300 members in Morris County area. Co- sponsor with Irish American Association of Nortwest New Jersey of annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Morristown, which was site for first Saint Patrick's Day Parade in nation in 1780 initiated by George Washington for his soldiers encamped during 1779-1780 winter in Morristown, who were estimated to be comprised of three-quarters with Irish heritage. Primarily social organization, supports other events and charities preserving interests in Irish arts, literature, history and culture.
Irish American Association of Northwest New Jersey
Founded 1974, located in Wharton in Morris County, one of largest Irish heritage organizations in NJ. Jointly runs Morris County St Patrick's Day Parade in Morristown with Friendly Sons of St Patrick, also runs Annual Irish Festival/Feis in September. Primarily social organization, supports other events and causes to promote and preserve Irish culture and create awareness of contributions of Irish to nation.
Irish American Cultural Institute
F. Peter Halas, MD
Founded 1962, located in Morristown, a leading national Irish American cultural organization promoting appreciation of Ireland and role and contributions of Irish in America. Only Irish American organization that has President of Ireland as its Patron. Also Jersey Shore chapter. Sponsors Annual Washington's Saint Patrick's Day Ball commemorating first Saint Patrick's Day celebration initiated in 1780 in Morristown by George Washington.
American Hungarian Foundation
Melissa Katko Pepin
Founded 1955, located in New Brunswick, operates Hungarian Heritage Center, only facility of its type in US with archives, exhibits documenting history and contributions of American Hungarians
Association of the Sons of Poland
Based in Carlstadt, established 1903 as a Fraternal Benefit Society to provide death benefits for Polish-American families and send financial help to relatives in Poland. In 2004, Sons of Poland Benevolent Foundation founded as non-profit organization to support education and charity for children in US and Poland and to support charities for children and elderly in both Poland and US.
Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ
Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer
Largest Jewish philanthropy in NJ, eighth largest Federation in US. Serves Jewish community in Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and parts of Somerset counties. Sponsors and supports Jews in need locally, in Israel, and around world. Provides programs, networking and information for individuals and families on its own and with global partners in 70 countries in social network in such areas as adoption, immigration, special needs.
Council of Imams in New Jersey
Imam Wahy-ud Deen Shareef
Assembly of Imams representing Islamic community supporting the legacy of leadership of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. Based in Irvington, programs include education and propagation; organize and lead pilgrimage on Hajj; coordinate observance of Ramadan; support social and economic interaction.
Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island in 1903 film by Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Video: Library of Congress