In Grief and Rage, Finding a Way Forward?

abusive policingEven as we remain stunned by the events of last week, we at Justice Not Jails are deeply concerned that people who were never remotely sympathetic to the reality of abusive policing will now pounce on the tragic news from Dallas as justification for resisting legitimate efforts to reform policing practices and end the horrific ongoing mass criminalization of people of color.

peter-laarman-15Rather than feature any “breaking news” items this week, we present five sobering reports on how much challenging work still lies ahead of us in achieving freedom and justice for all. And, if you haven’t done so yet, we urge you to take action TODAY to demand effective civilian oversight of the LA County Sheriff’s Department. It takes just seconds. Click here to take action.

Peter Laarman
Justice Not Jails

About Peter Laarman

Rev. Peter Laarman serves on the Justice Not Jails steering committee. He formerly directed Progressive Christians Uniting, the LA-based network of activist individuals and congregations that first launched Justice Not Jails in 2012 as a multifaith initiative. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.