The California Catholic Conference has created a set of resources that can be used to help pastors and parishes learn about and support Proposition 62 on the November ballot. This is the initiative to end the use of the death penalty in California. Resources include homily aids, talking points and Prayers of the Faithful.
The California Catholic Conference is proud to be a co-sponsor, along with other faith leaders, of AB 2590 Sentencing: Restorative Justice, authored by Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego).
After eight months of work, this week AB 2590, our restorative justice bill, passed out of the Senate and Assembly and is now heading to the Governor’s desk. So now is the time for you and all your organizations to begin sending letters of support to the Governor. Attached is a sample letter for your use.
Franciscans Against the Death Penalty will hold weekly vigils at the Earl Warren Building in San Francisco beginning Wednesday, August 31. From noon to 1pm, participants will pass out flyers and talk with people about the death penalty and the proposition that is on the November ballot in California. They invite all to join this opportunity to bear witness to justice, walk in love, and walk humbly with God.
University of California President Janet Napolitano on August 29 announced her intent to establish the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus. The Center will open under the direction of Garen Wintemute, an emergency department physician and recognized authority on the epidemiology of firearm violence. Wintemute has conducted leading-edge research for more than 30 years.
The Restorative Justice Act (AB 2590) took another step forward this week toward becoming law. The Senate voted 26-13 in favor of the bill, with amendments, and sent it back to the Assembly for approval or concurrence on the changes.
The Office of Restorative Justice of the Diocese of San Bernardino will offer a workshop entitled "Sacred: Innocent or Flawed." The presentation will help Catholics learn more about the Church’s position on capital punishment, practical and moral arguments on the death penalty, and how to get involved in ending the use of the death penalty.
This week AB2590, The Restorative Justice Act, was amended in the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed out of that committee on a 5-2 vote. Assembly Member Dr. Shirley Weber (D, San Diego) is the principle author of this legislation. Senator Loni Hancock has merged her bill SB 1324 with AB2590, and is the principal coauthor. Senator Jim Beall and Assemblymembers Atkins, Chu and Stone have joined as coauthors. The bill will be heard on the Senate Floor next week, August 22-26.
The California Catholic Conference supports SB 1052. It is an important step toward protecting children and youth who are in custody and facing interrogation. If passed, it would mean that youth under 18 would get a chance to consult with an attorney before they give up their rights.