JusticeLA: Reinvesting in Our Communities

have, admittedly, never been to jail. I’ve never spent months waiting in a detention center, unable to post bail because my family didn’t have an extra $30,000 lying around. I’ve never been pressured to take a plea bargain because, regardless of my guilt, spending three years in prison sounds better than thirty. I’ve never had to re-enter society branded with the modern day Scarlet Letter—my voting rights decimated, my relationships strained, my employment options limited beyond belief. So I … [Read more...]

Stop the $3.5 Billion LA Jail Plan!

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Community Organizing at Macedonia Baptist Church

August 29th at 7 p.m. ustice Not Jails and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will conduct its next community organizing session at Macedonia Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 29, at 7:00 PM.  Macedonia is located at 1751 East 114th Street in Los Angeles. We are building a network with our partners, ACLU, A Way of Life, Amity Foundation, Dignity and Power Now, L.A. Progressive, and Women in Transition to: hold elected officials and police accountable to our community; raise our … [Read more...]

Community Organizing at Macedonia Baptist Church

INTERFAITH MOVEMENT FOR HUMAN INTEGRITY JUSTICE NOT JAILS COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AT MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH Our Community Organizing and Training Session is tomorrow night, July 25, at 7:00 PM at Macedonia Baptist Church located at 1751 East 114th Street. We are focusing on building our base and network of community and faith leaders to address police and elected officials' accountability and our support for re-entry of formerly incarcerated women. Public budgets are sacred documents … [Read more...]

Community Organizing Training Session: May 16th

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity through its Justice Not Jails program will conduct a training session on community organizing in Watts on Tuesday, May 16, at 7:00 PM.  The training session will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church located at 1751 East 114th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059. Following the "Acting in the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." event earlier this month, the community training session is designed to equip faith leaders and members of local congregations to … [Read more...]

A Time to Break Silence

An interfaith service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary of Macedonia Baptist Church located at 1751 East 114th Street in Los Angeles. On the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s seminal sermon, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” faith leaders and congregations will come together to look at how far America has come since 1967. Based on today’s issues after the election of President Trump, for many people it feels … [Read more...]

Is Racism a Racket?

Is there a connection between racism and war? Do racial and ethnic divisions in this country serve as subterfuge or diversion? Almost 50 years have passed since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. If he were with us today what would he think? And what does the election of Donald Trump say about all of this? Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a speech entitled, “A Time to Break Silence”. Marking a departure for King, the speech drew parallels between domestic policy and … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King…Fifty Years Later

In the United States, mainstream media tackles racial and ethnic issues in a way that does little more than drive ratings, garner clicks and increase revenue. When the killing of Tamir Rice was captured on video and went viral, in my naivete, I expected awareness to lead to a tidal wave of change . So much for sunlight being the best disinfectant. Every few years “Race” gets listed as a topic that Americans say they care about. It briefly takes center stage in mainstream media, only to be … [Read more...]

Fifty Years Ago…

ifty years ago on April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a famously prophetic sermon where he publicly spoke out against the Vietnam War. He connected together the triple evils of militarism, racism, and classism. He called people to respond to the “fierce urgency of now.” This April 4, Justice Not Jails and the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will be honoring the fiftieth anniversary of King’s call to action with a renewed call to work for justice in our society. We invite … [Read more...]

Acting in the Spirit of Dr. King: Now Is Our Time to Break Silence

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his breakthrough sermon linking racism, capitalism, and militarism at New York's Riverside Church. King's courageous sermon was titled "Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence." Exactly one year later-on April 4, 1968-Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis while standing with that city's striking Black sanitation workers. Recalling King's fearless final year, and conscious of the challenge we face now in a new time of … [Read more...]