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...]

The District Attorney Reports to You. Find Out How.

Find out where Los Angeles District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, stands on the issues that matter most. Moderated by KPCC's Frank Stoltze, the Town Hall will provide an opportunity to hear DA Lacey answer questions prepared by community and civil rights organizations and to ask her your own. DA Lacey may be running unopposed but she is still reports to you. Come get the answers you need to hold her accountable. RSVP HERE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE. Please email jfarris@aclusocal.org if you will need … [Read more...]

Working Toward Restorative Justice

Over the past 30 years there has been a virtual explosion in the prison population in the United States.  According to New Yorker Magazine's Adam Gopnik, the growth is unparalleled in human history. He states, "The scale and the brutality of our prisons are the moral scandal of American life" adding that the U.S. prison system has more Americans locked up than were imprisoned in Stalin's Gulag. Fifty years ago, the United States had an incarceration rate that was pretty much on par with other … [Read more...]

Black Lives Matter: Good at Raising Awareness — But That Won’t Reduce Police Killings

South Los Angeles this weekend, protests erupted over the LAPD killing of a black man long before there was enough information to say why, exactly, the officer had used lethal force or if he was justified in doing so. About two weeks earlier, the police killing of a black man in Charlotte, N.C., also triggered protests — again before all the relevant details were public. Both of the men who died were armed. It’s not hard to understand why some protesters act before all the facts are in. They … [Read more...]

Breaking Barriers in South LA: October 6th

Thursday, October 6th, 4 to 8 p.m. First AME Church, 2270 So. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles. Prop 47 • Employment Services • Healthcare Enrollment • Health Screenings • Voter Registration … [Read more...]