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...]

A Powerful Night Out for Safety & Liberation!

Justice Not Jails thanks all attendees and participating organizations for making last Tuesday's Night Out a stirring experience. We learned that despair and fatigue run deep but also that there is a dawning awareness that something is drastically wrong about thinking that heavy-handed law enforcement will deliver safety in communities ravaged by lousy schools, crumbling housing, and sky-high joblessness. We are asking all Night Out Attendees and all Justice Not Jails to take action this week … [Read more...]

SafetyIs: A Night Out for Real Talk About Structural Injustice

Why Better Policing Won't Save Us Tuesday, August 2 - 7 p.m. - Ward AME Church 1177 West 25th Street - Los Angeles Free and Open to All he LAPD and other police departments around the US are calling Tuesday night "A Night Out Against Crime." They basically want communities motivated by fear to rally around law enforcement. Our Night Out for Safety and Liberation is about hope and change, not fear. We invite YOU to be part of an open conversation on 40 years of deliberate disinvestment in … [Read more...]

A Night Out for Safety and Liberation

A Night Out for Safety and Liberation August 2 - 7 p.m. Ward AME Church 1177 W. 25th Street Los Angeles Free and Open to the Public RSVP Here! very year 30 million Americans participate in the annual “Night Out for Safety” sponsored by law enforcement and neighborhood watch groups. Their premise: “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” But what if what you are afraid of is law enforcement itself? This year Justice Not Jails invites the community to come together for a different kind of … [Read more...]

I Am An Immigrant: The Story of Our Nation

You and your organization are invited to join The California Endowment, FWD.us, The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Holman Church and Welcome.us for a very special night celebrating our rich immigrant tradition in Los Angeles. Join us for I Am An Immigrant: The Story of Our Nation on Saturday April 18th. On June 18th, immigrant families, artists and actors will share the stage at Los Angeles’ historic Holman United Methodist Church, telling the history of our nation’s rich immigrant … [Read more...]

Hold the Date: Learning Opportunity on June 28

Justice Not Jails encourages every local congregation to consider becoming what JNJ calls a "Beyond Bars" congregation. Beyond Bars congregations can choose to engage the issues of racism and mass criminalization in a way that fits their own interests and profile: sometimes by being supportive toward those going through the reentry process after being incarcerated but also through various kinds of policy advocacy, focused small group study, and other steps. On the morning of Saturday, May 28, … [Read more...]