The history of Methodism is filled with abolitionists. From our founding father John Wesley to Richard Allen the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church or among the most notable and household abolitionists’ names from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; Fredrick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman, Methodism has always been a freedom movement. History has called on us again to cry loud and spare not.
Currently, there are more African Americans under the control of the criminal justice system than there were in slavery in 1850. Many of the incarcerated are there due to the drug war which was waged in order to control Black bodies and elicit southern segregationists political support. Mass incarceration is the slavery of our day. In fact, the 13th Amendment provides that slavery is still legal in the case of a conviction. Slavery was never abolished it has coercively moved from the plantation to the prison. New Jersey has the nation’s worst racial disparities in both the criminal and youth justice systems.
I pray you would be a partner with us in this critically sacred work and looking forward to hearing from you on how we can move forward.