Faith in the Valley/People And Congregations Together (PACT), our partner in the CCHD restorative justice effort, is seeking a highly talented and motivated County Chapter Director with a passion for racial and economic justice, and an appetite for deep and lasting transformation in San Joaquin County and the Central Valley. Applications are due by August 12, 2016.
The initiative to eliminate the use of California’s death penalty law has officially qualified for this November’s ballot. California is the most populous state in the country and has the largest population of death row inmates. Repealing the law would change the death sentences of almost 750 convicted inmates to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
This morning, the Catholic Bishops of California announced that they support Proposition 62 to end the use of the death penalty in California. The bishops stated, "Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience. All life is sacred – innocent or flawed – just as Jesus Christ taught us and demonstrated repeatedly throughout His ministry."
California Catholic Conference has received a fourth year of funding to continue its statewide work for restorative justice. Nine dioceses participate in the grant project and partner with local community organization efforts of the PICO National Network.
AB2590 passed out California's Senate Public Safety Committee yesterday morning with a 5-2 vote. A huge thanks to Assembly Member Dr. Shirley Weber (San Diego) for her leadership and support of the bill.
Last week the Holy Father sent a personal message to participants of the Sixth World Conference Against the Death Penalty meeting in Oslo, Norway. His words included this statement on restorative justice.
The Prison Policy Initiative has issued a numbers-packed report that offers much needed clarity about our country's disparate systems of confinement. In clear, comprehensive graphics and analysis, the report goes deep to provide detail on why 2.3 million people are locked up in state prisons, federal prisons, juvenile correctional facilities, local jails, and Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco asks for continuing prayers for the families of those who have died from violence during the first six months of 2016. Please pray also for peace in all communities in the Bay Area.
- Jacari Lloyd Devon Cook (29 years old) and
- Carl Lee Breaux (60 years old) killed February 7, 2016, Sausalito
- Edwin Josue Guerra (17 years old) killed May 25, 2016, Novato
San Mateo County
An article by Dennis Sadowski of the Catholic News Service provides an excellent overview of the interfaith leadership occurring in many states today on the issues surrounding restorative justice and solitary confinement. The work in California is an important part of the story.
"Education, Not Incarceration!" was the rallying cry for hundreds of people who gathered at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to share their stories with members of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. Sheriff Scott Jones was also invited by the community, but did not attend.