Peace & Justice Community

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Can “advocacy” in the political world be a spiritual practice? For some of us, the work of advocacy is our response to God’s call to discipleship. The Peace & Justice Community works with ecumenical and interfaith groups who advocate for peace and justice on Capitol Hill. We will share our information with Alliance members through the ClearVoice network and other resources. Join us in working for those whose voices are not heard in our political discourse; or to help the Alliance lift its voice for peace & justice; or to work ecumenically for justice in our land and in our time. Contact Carol Blythe.

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Mass Incarceration – two options for Advocacy with the US Senate

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    I’m serving on the (US) National Council of Churches’ Convening Table for Joint Action & Advocacy. The NCC has named Mass Incarceration as one of two main focus areas to guide their current work. On our conference call yesterday, we heard from Kara Gotsch (of the United Methodist Church) who is director of advocacy for the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition. She shared updates on two actions we can all take:

    Smarter Sentencing Act – a recent study by Congressional Budget Office shows this bill would save $4.3 billon dollars over 10 years. It would reduce sentences for 250,000 prisoners. SSA would change the penalties for low-level offenses and would let federal judges depart from mandatory minimum sentences. It passed out of committee in January on a bi-partisan vote.

    The Methodists have a place where you can click and sign an email to your Senators showing support for the bill — http://bit.ly/smartersentencing

    Second Chance Reauthorization Act – this will be marked up this week in Judiciary Committee. It provide funds for programs to assist with citizens’ re-entry into communities after incarceration. Again, the Methodists have a place where you can click and sign an email to your Senators http://bit.ly/Vk0OS8

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