‘We’re going to claim our space’: How Watu Moja is advancing social justice in Camden

Camden has received national attention as a model for community policing, but many residents have been critical of this praise. The members of Watu Moja are among them.

As protests against police brutality and racism swept the nation this spring, Camden, New Jersey received national media attention as a model for community policing.

However, many city residents have been critical of this praise. Among these voices is Watu Moja, a local nonprofit led by young people telling their own story about the reality of life in Camden.

They created Camden Arts for Change, an initiative to advocate for social justice through the arts. In August, WHYY joined Watu Moja for a livestream poetry reading and a conversation about art and activism.

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