The Amendment is a powerful and inspiring true story of finding triumph over tragedy, injustice, and loss. In 1979, Brooks Douglass and his sister Leslie survived a devastating crime that rocked their community and took their parents’ lives. Initially sent into an emotional tailspin, Brooks regained his footing, became Oklahoma’s youngest state senator, and championed important victims’ rights legislation. It is not until his quest for justice brings him face to face with his parents’ killer that he finds the lessons of his father may hold the answer to finally finding peace.
Last week at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, two Restorative Justice workshops were held. These workshops were presented by Cheryl Ward-Kaiser & Suzanne Neuhaus, both sit on the Restorative Justice committee for the California Catholic Conference. Both workshops were very well attended.
Cheryl Ward Kaiser (left) & Suzanne Neuhaus (right)
Last week, California's newly elected Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed an executive order halting all executions in the state of California. The executive order also calls for withdrawing California's lethal injection protocols and immediately closing the execution chanber at San Quentin State Prison.
Restorative Justice INTERNSHIP
Where: Office of Restorative Justice, California Catholic Conference; Sacramento, CA
What: 16 hours/week for 24 weeks at $14/ hour –flexible schedule
When: Fall ‘19 – Spring ‘20 school year.
PLUS: Mandatory all expenses paid orientation training with our National CCHD Office in Washington D.C. from May 29th – 31st 2019.
Sacramento - California newly elected Governor, Gavin Newsom, made a major policy announcement the morning of March 13th, 2019 in the State Capitol Rotunda. Surrounded by Legislators and media, Newsom signed an executive order placing a moratorium on the death penalty in California. The executive order also calls for withdrawing California's lethal injection protocols and immediately closing the execution chanber at San Quentin State Prison.
ROME - A prison sentence without hope serves no purpose other than to stir feelings of revenge and anger in inmates who are looking for a second chance in life, Pope Francis said.
The Office of Restorative Justice & Detention Ministry for the Diocese of Orange has a partnership with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. They work together on the "Lights On" project.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles publishes monthly newsletters for the Families of the Incarcerated.
Download February newsletter here. (Bilingual)
If you want to subscribe to the monthly newsletter, contact Imelda Bermejo at IBermejo@la-archdiocese.org or (818) 201-3100
La Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles publíca boletines mensuales para las familias de los encarcelados.
On November 27-29, Catholic Chaplains in working in state institutions gathered for Retreat and Training at Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, CA. 41 Chaplains from across the state gathered.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently approved a new pastoral letter - Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – examining the “persistent” history of racism in this nation. The report is particularly timely in that the FBI recently reported that hate crimes increased by 17 percent in 2017 with the most common bias being “race/ethnicity/ancestry.” Fr. Simon Kim, Director of Intercultural Initiatives at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, served on the original drafting committee and offers the following summary: