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Amid Food Strike, Over 500 People of Faith are Calling on Gov. DeWine to Provide Proper Nutrition to Incarcerated Children of God

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 2020​

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Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123
Austin Schuler, aschuler@faithinpubliclife.org, (540) 280-3393

Amid Food Strike, Over 500 People of Faith are Calling on Gov. DeWine to Provide Proper Nutrition to Incarcerated Children of God

COLUMBUS, Ohio– On May 6th, men at Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio began a food strike in response to the deteriorating meals being served. Marion is home to one of the most widespread Coronavirus outbreaks in the nation. Hundreds of Ohioans are calling on Gov. Mike DeWine to protect life and practice love of neighbor by providing proper nutrition to those who are incarcerated. Refusing to act now, puts the lives and safety of thousands of Ohioans at risk.

“As people of faith, we join in solidarity and call on you to meet the moral challenge of this catastrophic moment,” the letter states. “There is no time for half measures. You must act boldly and now. It is the right thing to do, the just thing to do, and the faithful thing to do.”

To see the letter and the full list of signers, click here.

Co-sponsors of the letter: Faith in Public Life; Dominican Sisters of Peace; Baptist Pastors Conference; Black Women Rising; CAIR-Ohio (Council on American-Islamic Relations); Community Development for All People; Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS); Death Penalty Action; DeEscalateOhioNow!; The Freedom BLOC; Hunger Network of Ohio; Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO); IRTF Cleveland: InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia; Ohio Council Of Churches; Ohio Prisoners Justice League; Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice; Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine; Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio; United Methodist Church for All People; Unity Partnership; Vincentian Ohio Action Network (VOAN)

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