“Protest to Policy: Decriminalizing, Decarcerating, and Dismantling the Powers”
Salvation and Social Justice’s theory of change is rooted in the power of the Black church and liberation theology to shape narrative and motivate lasting change. We are still in the Pentecost season which has a spirit grounded in revolution. We are witnessing a profound time with many revolutionary and liberating movements on the horizon, even in the midst of a pandemic. The prophet Moses called for the liberation of his people in the midst of plagues. In fact, the plagues were used by God as a means to dismantle the chokehold the Egyptian power structure upon the children of Israel.
SandSJ is always committed to the liberation of people from all unjust powers, however, during the coming weeks and months, we will have an acute focus on “Protest to Policy: Decriminalizing, Decarcerating, and Dismantling the Powers.” SandSJ is working with our communities to 1. Decriminalize and eliminate discriminatory cannabis policies, 2. Decarcerate the most vulnerable during this pandemic, and 3. Dismantle police brutality. These are ongoing initiatives and we need you to join us in faith and action as we move from protest to policy. Protests are the necessary spirit of awakening that creates an environment in which policymakers must respond.
So, what now? On Thursday, June 18th, as we march into Juneteenth 2020, SandSJ invites you into dialogue and action around dismantling police brutality in New Jersey. This is the first of many community town halls that will focus on one of the aforementioned initiatives.
This town hall moves protest to policy. Several weeks of protest in the wake of George Floyd’s murder has fundamentally transformed the movement for Black Lives. It is a movement of liberation from the chokehold of unjust policing upon Black communities.
Furthermore, the fatal shooting of Maurice Gordon, the disturbing findings in the Force Report, and most recently the Comptroller’s report on state police, reminds us that these issues are present at home. There has been an awakening around the wicked insidious spiritual nature of structural racism, especially in militarized and unaccountable policing. Therefore, our response is to prophetically demand meaningful policy change to abolish abusive policing here in New Jersey.
During this town hall, the Rev. Timothy Levi-Adkins Jones will give us a Black theological framing of the moment; State Senator Troy Singleton and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter will present concrete policy work being done by the Black legislative caucus; and Dena Mottola Jaborska from New Jersey Citizen Action will give concrete supportive roles non-Black progressive organizations can play as allies in this movement.
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Criminal and Youth Justice
- Abolishing Life and Virtual Life Imprisonment
- Abolishing Mandatory Minimums
- Abolishing Sentencing Disparities Through Clemency & Commutation
- Restorative Alternatives to Prison for Young People
- Police Accountability Through Community Oversite & Transparency
- Abolishing the Drug War
- Prison Oversight
- Expanding Access to Healthcare Coverage for Kids
- Expanding Access to and Education About Doula Care and Black Maternal Health
- Organizing Local Communities Around Solutions for New Jersey’s Apartheid Schools
- Abolishing Zero Tolerance Policies
- Advocating for the Full Funding and Implementation of The Amistad Law
Economics & Environment
- Fighting for Reparative Justice Measures to Close the Wealth Gap
- Expanding Access and Education Around Job Training for Energy Efficiency
- Educating Communities About the Effects of Environment Justice Issues on Black Communities