Tag Archives: Mass incarceration

Malloy Right About Drug-Law Racism (Letter to the Editor)

(This letter was published in the Hartford Courant on May 21, 2015) I congratulate Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his bold attempt to address racism in our criminal justice and drug policy statutes, and I am mystified as to why … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Our Prisoners (for the Manchester, CT National Day of Prayer Observance)

Precious and loving God: So often the prophets have asked us to remember and care for our prisoners. So often the prophets have implored us to set our prisoners free. Mindful of their timeless message, we pray for our prisoners—the … Continue reading

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Sometimes We Fight (“Drug Free” in America)

Rebecca Parker urges us to “bless the world.”[1] In her 2006 book, Blessing the World: What Can Save Us Now, She tells the story of a time when she and a friend were walking with one of her mentors, the process … Continue reading

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Testimony on Reducing Racialized Mass Incarceration

Testimony in Support of Raised Bill No. 6511 “An Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission Regarding the Enhanced Penalty for the Sale or Possession of Drugs Near Schools, Day Care Centers and Public Housing Projects” The Rev. Joshua … Continue reading

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Instead of Rifles: Reflections on American Violence

    “Wishing I could make you / love you / enough / to carry you / instead of rifles.”  The band is the Cornel West Theory from Washington, DC. The piece, from their 2009 album Second Rome is called “Rifles.” … Continue reading

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Decolonizing Our Faith

READING An excerpt/adaptation from “Queer(y)ing Religious Education: Teaching R(evolutionary) S(ub)-V(ersions)! or Relax! . . . It’s Just Religious Ed” (by Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajaje, Provost and Professor of Cultural Studies and Islamic Studies at the Starr King School for the Ministry) “Decolonizing” [religion] means … Continue reading

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Local Pastor Joins Veterans group, Yale Law Students to Halt Deportation

Rev. Josh Pawelek, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester, has joined forces with a Veterans group and Yale University Law students to halt the deportation of Mark Reid, a U.S. Army veteran convicted of a nonviolent drug offense.  According … Continue reading

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