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The Community Coalition on Race in the News

In this community, buying a home is no longer a pipe dream | Opinion Mosaic News

'The Community Coalition on Race's Residential Committee introduced WGEL--the Wealth Gap Equalizer Loan--as a financial incentive to support pro-integrative moves into the towns by Black and Brown homebuyers. Read about the experience and perspective of one the loanees.

Plan to integrate schools, cut ‘courtesy’ busing roils N.J. school district,

South Orange-Maplewood’s Intentional Integration Initiative, known as III, is the latest effort to address racial segregation in the districts’ schools by considering family income and other factors when assigning students to schools.... Courtesy busing was a remnant from previous integration efforts, which span decades.

Politico: How a New Jersey district could be the new national model for school integration

The Coalition's work on residential and school integration is highlighted in this article. "Two New Jersey towns, progressive bastions in a state grappling with entrenched school segregation, have embarked on an ambitious and “intentional” program education experts say could change the way the country thinks about integration."

The New York Times: At the Intersection of Race and Housing
Have a look at this brief history of integration in South Orange and Maplewood through the lens of the Community Coalition on Race as we mark our 25th anniversary. Founding trustee Carol Barry-Austin and Executive Director Nancy Gagnier are interviewed. As reported by NYT journalist Gregory Schmidt, "The process is constantly evolving, Carol Barry-Austin, a founding member of the coalition, told me. “We’ve learned how to pivot,” she said. The payoff is visible. “You can make a difference. You can see change.”

A Roadmap to End Segregation in the Suburbs-The Brian Lehrer Show

Executive director Nancy Gagnier and program director Audrey Rowe talk about the work the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race has done to promote racial integration in their New Jersey suburb, and how other like-minded communities and people might learn strategies for their own towns.

The Face of America

Interview with program director Audrey Rowe. The Face of America is a non-profit interview series created by Pierre Gervois, an NYC Documentary Film Producer, Painter, and Adjunct Professor at New York University.

The Community Coalition on Race Featured on ABC Here & Now

Chair Robert A. Marchman and Program Director Audrey Rowe visit Here & Now on ABC 7 NY to discuss the mission of the Coalition for the past 20 years, sustaining integration in the South Orange/Maplewood community and the importance of racial equity in America.

For Press inquiries, please contact:

Nancy Gagnier
Executive Director
973-761-6116, [email protected]

Our online press kit includes basic information for media interested in the Community Coalition on Race, including its history and achievements. Current events are listed on our calendar and our home page; information on past events and older press releases are in the News & Events tab. If you would like more information regarding our work or more specific information on current programs and events, please call 973-761-6116.

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