"Grief is crippling, walking helps ease the pain," says Lorrain Taylor, founder of 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence. Taylor started the organization after losing her 22-year old twins sons to a drive-by shooting in Oakland in 2000.
Diocesan RJ Directors and their Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grant partners gathered for a two-day meeting about their projects at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz. They shared reports of their diocesan projects, ideas, and made strategic plans for the future.
Delegates from dioceses across California are gathering in Sacramento on April 25 for Catholic Advocacy Day 2017. They will learn about the issues in their own dioceses; then meet with elected representatives as a voice for life and dignity at the state Capitol.
Three restorative justice bills supported by the California Catholic Conference will be part of this day of advocacy.
This week hundreds of people whose lives have been impacted by violent crime gathered in Sacramento for Survivors Speak 2017. Participants marched to the Capitol calling for policies that prioritize healing, prevention, rehabilitation and recovery—not more prisons and jails. California's gubernatorial candidates and other speakers addressed the rally.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 2-8, 2017, provides us with an opportunity to reach out to crime victims and survivors with a willingness to minister to their needs. The theme this year is “Strength. Resilience. Justice.”
Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (Blythe) is now actively looking to fill the Catholic Chaplain Vacancy ASAP. [Update: This position has now been taken]
Bob Egelko reports in the San Francisco Chronicle that a ballot measure requiring juvenile court judges to decide whether a youth should be tried as an adult applies to cases filed before the measure passed in November. The ruling could affect hundreds of cases.
On April 3-4, 2017, hundreds of crime survivors will join state and community leaders in Sacramento for the largest gathering of crime victims in the United States. Held annually during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Survivors Speak brings together crime survivors, particularly from communities most affected by crime, to share stories, honor loved ones, and advocate for smart justice policies that transform our families, communities and the state.