REACH Goes Live This Week

california reachJustice Not Jails supporters and readers of this newsletter will receive the first issue of a special new publication on race, religion, and marijuana reform this Thursday, Octoctober 1. You can easily subscribe or unsubscribe depending on what you think. We want to alert you that it’s coming.

JNJ has never made marijuana legalization a priority, and we know that legalization controversial to some in faith community leadership. REACH (Religious Educators & Advocates for Community Health) is a short-term project aimed at shedding some light in a corner of the criminal justice/racial justice world that is often clouded with misinformation and confusion.

Our point of departure in REACH is that because the legal punishments related to marijuana still fall with such hugely disproportionate impact on young people of color, it would be irresponsible not to open up a conversation. In addition, it is all but certain that California voters will be voting on full legalization in November of next year; faith leaders will be expected to have something intelligent to say.

peter-laarman-15We expect that REACH can be helpful in that regard as well. Click here if you want to see a preview of material posted on the REACH website.

Peter Laarman

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.