Salvation and Social Justice seeks to liberate public policy theologically by building Black faith-rooted communication strategies, advocacy, and public education campaigns, to lift up poor, underserved, and traditionally oppressed communities with a particular focus on racial justice through abolition, restoration, transformation, and coalition.
Our Theory of Change
Historically African Americans guided by Black freedom faith narratives were at the forefront of the abolitionists and civil rights movements. Douglas, Tubman, Truth, Parks, X, and King are just a few of the most recognized. Much of the organizing of these movements also took place in sacred Black faith space. According to pew research 75% of African Americans identify as Christian and report going to church at least 2-4 times per month.
Black people are the targets of the New Jim Crow, the new slavery of mass incarceration, police brutality, concentrated poverty, poor educational opportunity, economic disparity, voting rights discrimination, and poor healthcare access and delivery. Our theory of change recognizes that when Black people of faith are engaged in freedom faith narratives, and sacred Black space is used, abolition, liberation, and transformation is inevitable. Practically, the most efficient way to reach a critical mass of Black people is through what is still a huge influencer and driver of Black culture and thinking; the Black church.
The prophetic call of our ancestors did not call for slavery or Jim Crow reform but rather ABOLITION!
- Abolish Youth Prisons, the Drug War & Mass Incarceration, and Police Brutality
- Abolish School & Housing Segregation – Concentrated Poverty
- Abolish Racial Wealth and Health Disparities
RESTORATION & TRANSFORMATION
SandSJ fights for restorative justice principles to transform the systems that are plagued with institutional racism.
- Faith-Rooted Restorative Alternatives to Policing & Incarceration
- Treating Addiction Through Public Health Not Criminal Justice
- Affordable Housing, Health Care as a Human Right, Economic Opportunity
SandSJ consistently and intentionally organizes and mobilizes the faith community around shared liberating principles through active support and participation in coalitions. We have built a strong coalitions of faith leaders, advocates, law makers, & civil rights leaders.