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American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. AFSC has carried the concern for prisoners, as well as victims for many years, believing that even if a person is convicted of a crime, incarceration should not take away their inherent dignity or humanity.
Campaign to End the New Jim Crow works to build a grassroots movement against mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow in all their manifestations. The Campaign awakens and educates communities and confronts these issues while building coalitions.
Church of the Larger Fellowship has a mission to provide a ministry to isolated religious liberals, and to offer a spiritual home within the Unitarian Universalist movement. CLF has a prison ministry program and prisoners now make up more than 10% of the CLF's membership. See their Facebook group Unitarian Universalist (UU) CLF and Prison Justice Group.
Congregation-Based Community Organizing is a movement that seeks to establish inter-faith, cross-class, multi-ethnic and multi-racial grassroots organizations for purposes of increasing social integration and power in civil society and for making civic, regional and state-wide changes for social justice. Several of these networks and their affiliates are working to end mass incarceration through stopping school to prison pipelines, replacing criminal courts with drug courts, and shutting down private prisons. Find one near you.
Ella Baker Center For Human Rights is a California-based organization committed to unlocking the power of low-income people, people of color, and their allies to transform California and inspire the world. Their Books Not Bars program organizes the largest network of families of incarcerated youth and champion alternatives to California’s costly, broken prison system. They have now expanded the campaign nationally.
Grassroots Leadership is a multi-racial team of organizers who community, labor, faith, and campus organizations think critically, work strategically and take direct action to end social and economic oppression, gain power, and achieve justice and equity. Grassroots Leadership believes that no one should profit from the incarceration of human beings and they work with communities across the country to abolish for-profit prisons, jails, and detention centers.
Healing Communities is a framework for a distinct form of ministry for men and women returning from or at risk of incarceration, their families and the larger community. Healing Communities challenges congregations to become Stations of Hope for those persons affected by the criminal justice system.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a national organization whose mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. NAACP advocates for smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for addiction and mental health problems, judicial discretion in sentencing, and an end to racial disparities at all levels of the system.
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC) represents a cross section of progressive African American faith leaders and their congregations in the United States. SDPC has partnered with Dr. Michelle Alexander and other advocates to launch a public awareness campaign—a freedom movement—to address the New Jim Crow and mass incarceration in this nation.
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Last updated on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
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