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Faith leaders lock arms in solidarity against mass incarceration


February 10, 2016

Contact: Michelle Warren, michelle@ccda.org, 720-472-0871  

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 ; web.dubois3@gmail.com

ELGIN 1750 GRANDSTAND PLACE, IL ; info@gji.org

WACO 5:30 PM — 1226 Washington Avenue ; brooke_peery@baylor.edu

DURHAM 6:00 PM — Nehemiah Christian Center, 514 N Mangum St, 27701 ; reynoldschapman@gmail.com

RALEIGH 6:30 PM — Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 West Edenton Street ; mwalker@jobsforlife.org

BOONE 7:00 PM — Boone United Methodist Church: 471 New Market Blvd. ; lukesedwards@gmail.com

CAMBRIDGE 12:00 PM — 15 Notre Dame Ave ; tory@reservoirchurch.org

CHICAGO 7:00 PM — 3225 W. Foster Ave. ; nilwona.nowlin@covchurch.org

CHICAGO 7:00 PM — The Firehouse Community Arts Center, 2111 S. Hamlin ; mwaickman@lclc.net

AKRON 6:00 PM — 1361 W Market St. ; joe@southstreetministries.org

CHARLESTON 11:00 AM — Two Rivers Community Center 1082 E. Montague Avenue ; jrringjr@gmail.com

GRAND RAPIDS ALL DAY — Oakdale Park CRC, 961 Temple St SE, Grand Rapids, MI ; carolrienstra@gmail.com

SAN FRANCISCO (happened Tuesday) 1129 Florida Street ; debgish@churchofthesojourners.org

MERIDEN 7:00 PM — 460 Broad St. CT ; csbushman@gmail.com

SEATTLE 7:00 AM — 1000 2nd Ave #2500 ; connect@puentesseattle.org

SOUTH BEND Adam.gustine@gmail.com

ST. LOUIS 7:00 PM — Temple of Deliverance, 215 Shepley, St. Louis, MO 63137 ; kriciacox@gmail.com

PASADENA 6:00 PM — Lake Avenue Church/393 N Lake Ave. ; clairew@lakeave.org

BRONX 6:30 PM — Lake Avenue Church/393 N Lake Ave. ; motthavenchurch350@verizon.net

KANSAS CITY 6:30 PM — 1708 Baltimore Ave

FRESNO Youth for Christ — 1501 Divisadero St, Fresno CA 93701 ; j.mast@keplerschool.org

BOWIE 7:00 PM — Bowie Church of Christ 2518 Kenhill Dr. ; mamelone93@gmail.com

OMAHA 2:00 PM — 2200 N 20th ST ; alyssa@hopecenterforkids.com

DENVER Agape Christian Church 2501 California Street, 802015 ; robert.woolfolk@yahoo.com

ATLANTA New Life Covenant Church 575 Travis Street NW ; trailblazing@comcast.net

ATLANTA Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Drive ; walker-barnes_cj@mercer.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS 7:00 PM — cdou106770@msn.com

MIAMI Miami Friends Center 

RIVERSIDE 8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504 ; antonio_orona@yahoo.com


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