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What Faith Leaders Can Do To Help End the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

The school-to-prison pipeline is a moral and racial justice crisis. Solving the problem will require an all-hands-on-deck solution. September is often associated with the celebrat ...

Cradle-to-Prison vs. Kindergarten-to-Graduation
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

It’s tough to ignore the glaring racial disparities at the center of America’s prison industrial complex. As an African-American woman, Christian, and mother, it breaks my heart and, at times, even tests the l ...

The Image of God vs. The School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Implicit bias does not ask why. It only takes surface observation and draws lines of quick logic: These circumstances are reserved for criminals. Therefore, these people are criminals. ...

The Biblical Case Against the Death Penalty, From a Former Supporter
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

Because I spent the majority of my life being in favor of capital punishment I know the arguments. I know the reasoning, and I understand the Scriptures used to support that view. ... the arguments for an alte ...

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Booker: "The REDEEM Act will ensure that our tax dollars are being used in smarter, more productive ways. It will also establish much-needed sensible reforms that keep kids out of the adult correctional s ...

VIDEO: Knock Knock
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 1:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Daneil Beaty performs “Knock Knock,” a powerful poem that tells the story of his father’s incarceration. ...

The Power to Heal
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill A conversation with writer and performer Daniel Beaty. “I AM A storyteller,” says Daniel Bea ...

Getting to Work
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Alexander Three steps for building a transformative movement for justice. 1. Awakening:  It is im ...

How to Dismantle the 'New Jim Crow'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Alexander Public attitudes about mass incarceration are changing. But it will take a much deeper transformation to overturn this ...

The Criminality of Blackness
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

The core problem is not the law, but its application in our racialized world. The Dunn mistrial and Zimmerman verdict are manifestations of a core spiritual lie that keeps us from seeing what is because we onl ...

Time to Stop the Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers of Color
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

These children are our children. These men are our brothers. Are we our brothers’ keepers? As Christians, our answer must be yes. I have a vivid memory of my first visit to Sing S ...

5 Reasons Why Jesus People Ought Oppose The Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

When I decided to follow Jesus instead of simply being a Christian who paid him hollow worship while conveniently ignoring the red words, I was forced to abandon my support of the death penalty (and abandon my ...

Remembering Our True Source of Joy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the sadness and injustice of the world, we need to remember that in all things, Jesus is our source of joy. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, the third Sunday of adve ...

Infographic on Mass Incarceration
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The Criminal Justice Degree Hub released an infographic on mass incarceration in the U.S. titled "Locked Up In America." According to the extensive graphic, the U.S. has 5% of the world's popula ...

Education as an Exercise in Dominion
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Poorer communities — mostly black and Latino — have schools without books and fewer qualified teachers while richer communities — mostly white — have Olympic-sized swimming pools, AP and college-credit course ...

Church Partnerships Working to Stop School-to-Prison Pipeline
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

We know that the pipeline is undergirded by Zero Tolerance policies, mass expulsions, unprecedented school arrests, inadequate school funding, and myriad other unjust policies that either criminalize our child ...

America’s Great Divide
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

When I was invited by the Drug Policy Alliance to participate in a pastors’ conference at the American Baptist College in Nashville on drug decriminalization, I didn’t know quite what to expect. In a room fil ...

AUDIO: A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 6:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A radio documentary with Susan Burton, Michelle Alexander, and five residents of A New Way of Life Reentry Project. ...

VIDEO: Beyond Bars
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Does mass incarceration serve the common good? Susan Burton speaks out. I first learned about S ...

WATCH: Would Putting Me in Prison Serve the Common Good?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world — about 1.6 million people in 2010. Mass incarceration in our country is a problem, one that too often serves to line the pockets of for-profit ...

An Incarceration of Silence
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

One out of three African-American men will serve some sort of time under present law enforcement practices and the current criminal justice system. In Washington, D.C., that number jumps to an estimated three ...

Superstar-Studded Coalition to President Obama: Let’s Tackle Mass Incarceration and Drug Policy Reform Together
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 1:02pm | Type: Press

April 10, 2013 Sojo in the News Global Grind ...

Why We Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

It’s been 50 years since several significant events of the civil rights movement of the 1960s occurred, yet our society is still plagued with systemic racism. It’s been almost 150 years since we abolished slav ...

What Would Dr. King's Fight Be Today?
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

As our nation celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther, King Jr., I can’t help but wonder what injustices Dr. King would fight against today. As our nation celebrates the legacy o ...