Mission

The SDARJ is a non-partisan organization educating, informing, and advocating for racial justice, equality, and fair opportunity. We are a consortium of Sussex County citizens committed to Civil, Racial, and Political Reform.

Upcoming Meetings

For the latest meeting topics and details, please go to ‘Events‘ page.

Structural Racial Inequality in State Government Exposed

Oct 11 SDARJ Meeting reveals problems and solutions

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice presented, “Structural Racial Inequality in State Government,” at 7:00 p.m. on October 11, 2016 at the Trinity Faith Christian Center at 15516 New Road in Lewes. Our presenter, Alicia Clark, conducted the study of systemic discrimination and racism in state government in collaboration with the Inter-denominational Ministers Action Council and the NAACP. The study covered minorities including African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and women.
Update: As a result of the study, Governor Markell awarded a contract to the Ivy Planning Group to conduct a human resource management assessment. Read the complete report here.

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Attorney General and Chief Defender face off in Nov. 15 Forum

More than 100 people came to hear Attorney General Matt Denn and Chief Defender Brendan O’Neill talk about “What Happens After You’re Accused of a Crime in Delaware”

SDARJ hosted the panel moderated by Drew McKay on November 15, 2016 at the Trinity Faith Christian Center in Lewes.

Attorney General Matt Denn and Chief Defender Brendan O’Neill talked about the challenges facing the state’s criminal justice system, including scarce resources for much needed reforms. Highlights of the meeting are in this article by reporter, Melissa Steele from the Cape Gazette. Watch TV coverage from WRDE (NBC) and WMDT (ABC), who covered the event and featured our story during their 11:00 pm newscasts.

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Police Chiefs on the Hot Seat at Sept. 20 Panel

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More than 150 people hear Cape area police talk about their commitment to good community relations

SDARJ hosted a panel of police chiefs from Cape area departments at 7:00 p.m. on September 20, 2016 at the Trinity Faith Christian Center in Lewes. The police chiefs fielded tough questions about relations with the African-American community and talked about their positive and pro-active initiatives to protect the safety and well-being of all citizens.

Highlights of the meeting are in this article from the September 23 edition of the Cape Gazette. Watch TV coverage from WRDE (NBC) and WMDT (ABC), who covered the event and opened their 11:00 pm newscasts with our story.

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Juvenile Justice Reform Successes

Policy expert shared proven strategies for reforming the juvenile justice system at SDARJ’s August 12 meeting
Rachel Gassert, Policy Director at the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR), shared proven strategies for reforming the juvenile justice system at the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice’s (SDARJ) August 12, 2016 meeting.

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Circle of Peace

Alliance Holds Circle of Peace in Response to Recent Violence Targeting African Americans and Police.
The Alliance presented a “Circle of Peace on Thursday, July 21 for Healing Communities” in response to the horror of violence against African Americans and police happening all over the country.

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Legislative Successes

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Legislative Successes Supported by SDARJ
Members of the Legislative/Advocacy Committee were hard at work during the past session, which ended last week. Here are some of the bills we supported that are now law in Delaware.

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SDARJ Goals

  • Educate for change through knowledge and understanding of past and current racial issues and conditions.
  • Enrich our cultural environment through multi-racial collaboration.
  • Address racial and criminal injustice and advocate for ways to improve the criminal justice system in Delaware.
  • Collaborate with like-minded groups to challenge structural and systemic racism.
  • Promote positive change for the future of our youth.

What We Do

Sponsor programs and develop materials to educate SDARJ members and affected individuals / families, and the general public regarding racial and class disparities in the criminal justice system, causes and effects of mass incarceration, and the need for reform to ensure equal treatment for all.

How to Get Involved

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