Posted by: Gordon on 7/17/2015

Fugitive Safe Surrender in Philly

The Safe Surrender program, which provides nonviolent offenders a starting point toward getting a second chance, has operated in many cities including Philadelphia, above, where people lined up to turn themselves in. (photo courtesy U.S. Marshals)

A year’s worth of advocacy to provide greater opportunities and investment in Milwaukee’s most marginalized Zip Code 53206 is bearing fruit for MICAH.

This month the organization is launching Safe Surrender in 53206, coordinating area churches, law enforcement agencies, the county court system and other partners in its 53206 Task Force.

"There are now tens of thousands of active warrants for citizens in Milwaukee County," says Pastor Darius Butler, a leader of the MICAH Clergy Caucus whose Tabernacle Community Baptist Church is expected to be a site of the Safe Surrender program.

"Those range from traffic violations and parking tickets to some pretty significant criminal offenses," Butler says. "What we see as one of the outcomes and byproducts of this initiative is bringing those citizens in from the shadows so that they can actually be engaged in civic life in ways that are healthy for communities."

The theological value of Jubilee is embedded in this program, Butler notes: "Those who are held to certain debts and charges should be given an opportunity for release and reprieve, so they are not caught permanently in vicious cycles or social structures that cannot affirm their own being and cannot secure their flourishing."

Posted by: Gordon on 7/16/2015

NOAH TN public meeting

NOAH Nashville's February public meeting with all Nashville mayoral candidates helped put the organization on the political map.
Posted by: Gordon on 7/15/2015
Posted by: Gordon on 7/13/2015

Last week 43 Gamaliel affiliates and more than 100 other faith, community and labor groups sent a letter outlining an education agenda that supports communities to U.S. Senate leaders Mitch McConnell, R-KY and Harry Reid, D-NV.

Spearheaded by the Journey for Justice Alliance of organizations of Black and Brown parents and students in 23 states and Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, the letter calls for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act without requiring oppressive, high-stakes, standardized testing and sanctions that have recently been promoted as civil rights provisions within ESEA.

The Senate is debating renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this week (the House approved its version of the bill, which has been named the Every Child Achieves Act, the week of July 6).

Sign on letter last week to McConnell, Reid

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