NJ lawmakers advance slavery apology

January 3, 2008

Payne said slaves, unlike other new arrivals to America, “weren’t welcomed by the Statue of Liberty.” He showed pictures depicting suffering slaves jammed into ship holds.

“Like it or not, New Jersey had a role in all of this,” Payne said. “There is much for the state to atone for.”

The measure was backed by Lawrence Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization For Progress, a Newark group that advocates against poverty and racism.

“It is the right thing to do,” Hamm said. “It is always the right thing to do to recognize when a wrong has been done and then take steps to correct that injustice.”

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Brutal Triple Murder Rocks Newark

Brutal Triple Murder Rocks Newark
August 27, 2007

Chairman Lawrence Hamm’s August 22, 2007 interview with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman on the execution-style shooting on three college students in an elementary school playground August 4th.

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Newark March For Peace, Equality, Jobs & Justice

Newark March For Peace, Equality, Jobs & Justice
August 27, 2007

Lawrence Hamm said that the event was “part of an ongoing organizing effort to increase African American and Latino participation in the peace movement and to link the struggle to end the war to the struggle for racial, social, and economic justice here at home.” An impressive turnout – and a very diverse crowd – would indicate the organizers have achieved a measure of success.

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Anti-War movement persists on streets of Newark By Max Pizarro

August 27, 2007

“Saturday was one of biggest marches held in Newark for a long time,” said Hamm. “I thought it sent two strong messages. The first is it said to the Bush administration that we want a change in spending priorities in this country, from the war in Iraq to the needs of people here at home. And we want the war to end. We want the troops to come home.”

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March for Peace, Equality, Jobs and Justice – 08/25/07

March for Peace, Equality, Jobs and Justice – 08/25/07
August 25, 2007

People\'s March for Peace, Equality, Jobs & Justice

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The People’s March for Peace, Equality, Jobs & Justice – August 25, 2007

August 25, 2007

On August 25, 2007, more than 1,000 people marched and rallied, on a blazing hot day in downtown Newark, NJ. Marching in solidarity, and calling for an immediate end to the Iraq war and the redirection of the billions spent on war toward the desperate needs in our communities at home, the diverse crowd commemorated the 44th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the 40th anniversary of the Newark Rebellion. Lawrence Hamm and Vicki White of the People’s Organization for Progress kick off the rally at Lincoln Park. Video by Ian Cook.

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Groups rally after death of 3,000 soldiers in terrorism war by Saeed Shabazz (The Final Call)

Groups rally after death of 3,000 soldiers in terrorism war by Saeed Shabazz (The Final Call)
January 18, 2007

‘The people must know that nearly $530 billion has been spent by this president on war, while cuts have been made in domestic programs dealing with education, health and housing.’
Lawrence Hamm Co-Chairman of the NJ Millions More Movement

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Larry Hamm, I am NJ by The Star Ledger

Larry Hamm, I am NJ by The Star Ledger
December 31, 2006

Larry Hamm, I am NJ – The Star Ledger

Powerhouse to the People
Social justice is a cause close to Newark activist’s heart

Story by BRAD PARKS / Photos by MITSU YASUKAWA
Published: Sunday, December 31, 2006, 12:33 PM

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Tens of thousands march against police killings

Tens of thousands march against police killings
December 23, 2006

On Dec. 15, a march sponsored by the People’s Organization for Progress was held in Newark, N.J., to demand justice for Warren Lee. Lee died on Oct. 12 while being beaten and arrested by Newark police. Other rallies were organized by the New Black Panther Party and the October 22nd Coalition.

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Years later, lessons from Newark riots to be learned

Years later, lessons from Newark riots to be learned
November 26, 2006

Lawrence Hamm has a different perspective.

Since the 1980s, Hamm’s group, The People’s Organization for Progress, has been the only group to hold an annual observance.

“The rebellion gave rise to the political movement, gave rise to the first black mayor in Newark, the first majority black City Council,” Hamm says. “The rebellion pushed forward people’s social consciousness.”

Detroit, whose 1967 riots were the worst in modern U.S. history until the 1992 Los Angeles riots left

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