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...]

Targeting the Poor: Asset Forfeiture, Bail Practices, and Debt Peonage

What: ACLU SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter Forum Where: Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Bvld., Pasadena When: Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30 to 9 p.m. RSVP Here Jess Farris, Policy and Advocacy Counsel at the ACLU of Southern California, with experience working to prevent and correct wrongful convictions. Michael Kaufman, Immigrant Rights Attorney at the ACLU of Southern California, leading a class action lawsuit against the federal government about its … [Read more...]

Leveling the Playing Field for California Children

Intergenerational Conversation with Women Leaders Thursday, March 31, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM California African-American Museum (CAAM) 600 State Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037 Please join Marian Wright Edelman and Children’s Defense Fund-California during Women’s History Month for an intergenerational conversation with women leaders who are making a difference for children and families in Los Angeles, California, and the United States.  Even during difficult times, these women are … [Read more...]

LAPD & Community: Overcoming Mistrust

Moderator: Sandy Banks, former LA Times columnist Panelists: Holly Mitchell, California State Senator, District 30 Kim McGill, Organizer, Youth Justice Coalition Kathleen Kim, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners Arif Alikhan, Director, LAPD Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016 LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL, MERRIFIELD HALL 919 ALBANY STREET (AT OLYMPIC BLVD) 9:30 am registration & refreshments – Program 10:00 - noon Limited seating, … [Read more...]

MLK’s Legacy and the Church’s Role with Cornel West

The University of La Verne and COR A.M.E. Church invite you to the SOCIAL IMPACT LECTURE: Rev. Dr. King’s Legacy and the Church's Role With Guest Speaker: Cornel West Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:30 am Christ our Redeemer A.M.E. Church 45 Tesla, Irvine, CA 92618 Transportation will be provided from La Verne to Irvine … [Read more...]

Stand Up for Unity in Los Angeles This Thursday

This Thursday, March 24, at Noon, we will stand together at Holman United Methodist Church located at 3320 W. Adams in Los Angeles to call for unity, civility, and reconciliation in the face of growing fear, heightened hate speech, and escalating public violence. Recently, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant arbitrarily proclaimed April as "Confederate Heritage Month." That is the wrong message at the wrong time. As the presidential campaigns roll into California, we should expect a tide of … [Read more...]