Elizabeth NAACP, United Youth Council file complaint with NJ Civil Rights Dept.
The Elizabeth Chapter of the NAACP and the United Youth Council filed a complaint with the state's department of civil rights Tuesday. They claim not enough African-Americans from the city are getting construction jobs with new schools being built and school renovations in Elizabeth.
The New Jersey School Construction Corporation has slated more than $500 million for schools in Elizabeth. Thirty-eight schools are scheduled to be built or renovated and activists claim not enough of the construction jobs on the projects underway have gone to African-Americans.
In a statement the School Construction Corporation said, "Affirmative Action officers inspect sites to guarantee that compliance with countywide goals for minority hiring are met." Activists say that is not true and if they don't see a plan for changes by next Tuesday there will be civil disobedience at school construction sites.
Related links:NJ School Construction CorporationElizabeth Board of Education