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 About CESJ

The Center for Empowerment and Social Justice, Inc. (CESJ) is a 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit organization. The overarching goal of the CESJ is to ensure that individuals, families, and neighborhoods in urban communities become and remain self-sustaining. CESJ is founded on the premise that effective and continuous personal, community, and economic development in urban and low income areas cannot and will not be achieved until recidivist and intergenerational poverty are adequately addressed.


CESJ’s mission is to empower & prepare socially & economically challenged individuals, families & communities to become self-sustaining by providing comprehensive capacity building programs as well as by engaging in advocacy & public policy initiatives.



Our vision is for socially and economically challenged individuals, families and communities to be empowered and self-sustained because they have unfettered access, opportunity and resources needed to realize their full potential.



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News from CESJ!



Spring into Jazz with CESJ Fundraiser a Huge Success!


The Center for Empowerment and Social Justice, Inc. is pleased to announce that our Spring into Jazz with CESJ fundraiser was a resounding success! The fundraiser took place on Wednesday, June 8, from 5:30 – 9:30 P.M., at 27 Mix, 27 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey.  The event featured a VIP reception where Brenda Blackmon, the exceptional My 9 WWOR-TV anchor, signed her new book A Mom’s Story.  Guests enjoyed great music by a live Jazz band and a DJ as well as had the unique opportunity to engage in exclusive networking with some of New Jerseys’ prominent political, non-profit, civil and professional leaders.  


The success of this exclusive event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors who are listed in the sidebar, our Host Committee Members: Chairperson, Mayor Wayne Smith, Everett M. Johnson, Genia C. Philip, Ramon E. Rivera, Steeve J. Augustin, Tahirah Cooper, Tara Dowdell and Zachary Lewis, Brenda Blackmon and all guests and financial supporters.  


Please take a moment to vist the Events and News page to view all of the pictures from the event.


On behalf of the Board and Staff of CESJ, we thank you all for your support!