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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2016
Faith leaders lock arms in solidarity against mass incarceration
Hundreds of faith leaders, churchgoers, and advocates across two dozen cities demand change on mass incarceration
A diverse and growing coalition of people of faith are standing united with advocates in more than two dozen cities nationwide to fight against the injustice of mass incarceration.
“The racial and socioeconomic disparities plaguing our criminal justice system demand that we take action,” said Rev. Noel Castellanos, President & CEO, Christian Community Development Association. “As an association of practitioners who live, work and worship in communities most impacted by mass incarceration, we must ensure that something is done. We won’t stay silent. We need to find ways to reform the system that serves to restore and rehabilitate lives in a just and compassionate manner.”
This Thursday, the CCDA is hosting the third annual Locked in Solidarity event bringing together advocates across America to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and their families and loved ones.
“We must look at the implications of our Christian voice in our country’s prison system. As people of grace, hope, restoration, and recovery, our stamp is not on the system we are explicitly called to influence as believers. We need to repent our lack of engagement,” said Leroy Barber, Chairman of the Board, CCDA. “We need to become active in restoring, releasing, and helping people return to society. Mass Incarceration must end and people of faith must be a part of the answer. This is at the heart of the Gospel which frees us and calls us to offer that freedom to others.”
Events include marches, prayer vigils, public forums, and even a basketball tournament. Spokespeople will be on hand at each event to speak to the press.
WHAT Prayer vigil and interview opportunities
WHO Faith leaders, churchgoers, activists, and public officials
WHEN Thursday, Feb. 11th
A partial list of events can be found below.
OAKLAND 7:00 PM – 2626 E 16th St ; email@example.com
ELGIN 1750 GRANDSTAND PLACE, IL ; firstname.lastname@example.org
WACO 5:30 PM — 1226 Washington Avenue ; email@example.com
DURHAM 6:00 PM — Nehemiah Christian Center, 514 N Mangum St, 27701 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
RALEIGH 6:30 PM — Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 West Edenton Street ; email@example.com
BOONE 7:00 PM — Boone United Methodist Church: 471 New Market Blvd. ; firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMBRIDGE 12:00 PM — 15 Notre Dame Ave ; email@example.com
CHICAGO 7:00 PM — 3225 W. Foster Ave. ; firstname.lastname@example.org
CHICAGO 7:00 PM — The Firehouse Community Arts Center, 2111 S. Hamlin ; email@example.com
AKRON 6:00 PM — 1361 W Market St. ; firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARLESTON 11:00 AM — Two Rivers Community Center 1082 E. Montague Avenue ; email@example.com
SAN FRANCISCO (happened Tuesday) 1129 Florida Street ; debgish@churchofthesojourners.
MERIDEN 7:00 PM — 460 Broad St. CT ; firstname.lastname@example.org
SEATTLE 7:00 AM — 1000 2nd Ave #2500 ; email@example.com
SOUTH BEND Adam.firstname.lastname@example.org
ST. LOUIS 7:00 PM — Temple of Deliverance, 215 Shepley, St. Louis, MO 63137 ; email@example.com
PASADENA 6:00 PM — Lake Avenue Church/393 N Lake Ave. ; firstname.lastname@example.org
BRONX 6:30 PM — Lake Avenue Church/393 N Lake Ave. ; email@example.com
KANSAS CITY 6:30 PM — 1708 Baltimore Ave ; firstname.lastname@example.org
FRESNO Youth for Christ — 1501 Divisadero St, Fresno CA 93701 ; email@example.com
BOWIE 7:00 PM — Bowie Church of Christ 2518 Kenhill Dr. ; firstname.lastname@example.org
OMAHA 2:00 PM — 2200 N 20th ST ; email@example.com
DENVER Agape Christian Church 2501 California Street, 802015 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
ATLANTA New Life Covenant Church 575 Travis Street NW ; email@example.com
ATLANTA Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Drive ; firstname.lastname@example.org
COLORADO SPRINGS 7:00 PM – email@example.com
MIAMI Miami Friends Center
RIVERSIDE 8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504 ; antonio_orona@yahoo.
Victory in Maryland! The Maryland Senate voted on Tuesday to overturn Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto and restore voting rights to 44K re-entering citizens. Local faith-based mobilization played a critical role in this victory. Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life said:
“I’m proud of the role played by hundreds of Maryland faith leaders in restoring voting rights to 40,000 returning citizens this week. Voting is not only a responsibility of full citizenship but a sacred right – one that, through strong moral leadership, I’m glad to say will no longer be denied to 40,000 Marylanders.”
To read more about this victory: Released felons gain right to vote in Maryland after veto override.
FPL Catholic Program Director, John Gehring, has authored a new book, The Francis Effect. Check out the reviews and buy a copy!
The Francis Effect
A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church
But in the United States, Pope Francis finds a church that has been transformed over the past three decades by a vocal minority of culture warrior bishops, conservative intellectuals, and Christian evangelicals. The first half of the book analyzes the key trends that shaped the Catholic Church over the past century, while the second half looks at the words and actions of Pope Francis, and what they mean for real change.