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Camden New Jersey

Education: Key to Breaking Cycle of Poverty

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 01.24.2017 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

There is only one thing that proves to be more expensive than education in life. The lack of it. But, when addressed, the results are nothing sh...

Why New Jersey Is the Most Hated State

Jennifer Legra | Posted 08.07.2016 | HuffPost Home
Jennifer Legra

Apparently, we bang out a lot of tough people here. I guess tough worked for us then, but maybe, New Jersey, you could tone down your tough guy crap now that it isn't needed.

Single Mom Buys Billboard To Congratulate Her Son On High School Graduation

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.29.2015 | Good News

This mom is proud of her son, and she's definitely not afraid to show it. Aljelani Igwe, an 18-year-old from Camden, New Jersey, recently graduate...

How Giving Apartments To Homeless Actually Saves Money In The End

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact

A county in New Jersey is aiming to put roofs over heads in order to fight homelessness -- and save some of its taxpayers' money in the process. O...

Early Learning Needs to Be National Priority

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

State funding per child for preschool programs has declined over the last decade. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, 9,000 fewer 4-year-olds participated in publicly-funded preschool.

These Are the Faces of the People Who've Been Crushed by Each Murder (PHOTOS)

Kate Pollard Hoffmann | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Kate Pollard Hoffmann

It is one thing to hear that many people have been killed, but it is another to look into their family's eyes, to see what this has done to them.

With Homeless Shelters Stretched Beyond Their Means, The Needy Resort To Building 'Tent Cities'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact

Mattresses, bikes and pieces of clothing were just a few of the items swept up by bulldozers near a freeway in Camden, N.J., last month. The city wasn...

There Are Still Some Lights On in Camden

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Carlos R. Moreno

I wonder how Dr. King would have dealt with Camden and its troubles.

The SAT: Not an Effective Measuring Stick for Urban Students

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 04.12.2014 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

There is no denying that the SAT test has become a misunderstood educational instrument through the years. My message to college admissions offers that grades -- not SAT scores -- should be what matters the most for all students -- and especially urban minorities.

From Page to Screen: Sometimes Adaptations Can Be Too Real

Samuel Autman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Samuel Autman

Most writers are leery of having their work adapted for the screen for fear their characters or plotlines won't survive the process. In the case of nonfiction many wonder: how much of what really happened will remain intact?

Working on Healing More Important Than Adding Police

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 06.30.2013 | Crime
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

NBC's Rock Center recently showed Camden the way that most of the world sees it: dangerous, rundown and hopeless. The problem with this vantage point is that it is only the surface level.

Who Is to Blame?

Randy Miller | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Randy Miller

What is real school reform? When educators and policymakers see a school district in crisis, I wonder what they think about. When the "big-shot" stake...

Clock Doesn't Reset on Trauma

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 03.28.2013 | New York
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

In 2012, Camden set a new record for murders in a single year. It was last broken in 1995, and since then over 700 people have been murdered here. The violence compelled the creation of a community group which planted crosses in front of City Hall and along the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Sandy's Lesson for the Next Generation of Scientists

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Today's scientists and engineers are busy cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy. Let's hope their work inspires the next generation of STEM professionals. Our future depends on it.

Trauma: The Silenced Poverty of Camden, NJ

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Crime
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

Camden has seen an unprecedented murder rate in 2012. In a city with only 77,000 residents, there have been 54 murders. That's the highest murder rate in the country. If New York City had the same murder rate, there would be 5,654 people dead.

John Rudolf

Police Hunt Masked Killer In Violence-Plagued City | John Rudolf | Posted 10.08.2012 | Crime

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Police continued their hunt on Monday for a masked man armed with a gun and machete who shot five young people in a parked car late Sa...

John Rudolf

Chris Christie Pushes Controversial Crime-Fighting Plan | John Rudolf | Posted 08.31.2012 | Crime

CAMDEN, N.J. -- A few weeks ago, a young man was shot to death in broad daylight just down the street from Miguel Amador's small music shop on one of ...

City With Crime Problem Disbands Police Force

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 08.26.2012 | Crime

A New Jersey city with a persistently high crime rate and a yawning budget deficit plans to eliminate its police department. The city of Camden, o...

New Tenure Laws Make Good Sense

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 10.16.2012 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's approval this month of new teacher tenure legislation should be applauded -- especially by student from poor backgrounds. I was once that student.

Elementary Students Forced To Eat On Floor Win $500,000 Settlement

Reuters | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education

By Dave Warner Aug 14 (Reuters) - Seven students at a Camden, New Jersey, school forced to eat lunch on a gymnasium floor for two week...

There's Something Special in a Name

Randy Miller | Posted 07.07.2012 | New York
Randy Miller

A lot of hoopla has surrounded the discussion of the potential merger between Rutgers University's Camden Campus and Rowan University, which is locate...

Urban Violence Is a National Crisis

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 02.27.2012 | Crime
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Violence and crime are happening in schools in cities like Camden and other poor urban centers throughout the country. Our families have come together to object the violence in our city.

Language of Education Rings True -- in U.S. and Brazil

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 08.13.2011 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

LEAP has been invited to partner with Rio schools to tell how providing poor children with access to a great education can help to break the cycle of poverty.

Massive Eight Alarm Fire In New Jersey

Posted 08.09.2011 | New York

In the midst of a heat wave in New Jersey, firefighters are working to put out a massive fire in Camden, New Jersey, according to the Courier-Post and...

Is Camden Destined to Hear the Same Ole Song?

Randy Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Randy Miller

There is a lot of blame to go around with respect to the city of Camden, New Jersey releasing half of its police force. One could blame the mayor, Dan...