December 15, 2010
Issue 4, Volume 1
As we look towards 2011, we hope to continue to expand and bring you useful resources like this newsletter, but we need your help to do so. We ask you to keep in mind the Catholic Mobilizing Network in your prayers and contributions in this season of giving.
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Karen Clifton Executive Director of CMN
Executive Director of CMN
The CCC statement reads in part… “As Catholic bishops, we teach and preach the Gospel vision of a "culture of life." We believe that each human person is created in God’s image. We are compelled to teach a consistent ethic of life and to speak publicly that the use of the death penalty does not protect human life, does not promote human dignity, and does not reduce violence in our society.” read more
An important outreach of the California Catholic Conference is restorejustice.com founded to offer healing and support to everyone affected by the criminal justice system throughout the U.S. Resources are available for victims of crime, offenders and their families, corrections staff, chaplains, criminal justice system employees and management, and advocates for restorative justice.
The California Catholic Conference works closely with DPF and CPF in getting word out through the Diocesan Directors and parishioners who sign up throughout California. The Conference publishes a weekly newsletter, Public Policy Insights and sends out legislative alerts whenever immediate action affecting Catholics is necessary, as was the case in organizing statewide vigils this past September.
California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty (CPF) is a statewide interfaith organization committed to ending the death penalty in California. CPF works closely with Death Penalty Focus, their founding organization and California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. read more about CPF
Death Penalty Focus is one of the largest nonprofit advocacy organizations in the nation dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment through public education; grassroots and political organizing; original research; media outreach; local, state and nationwide coalition building; and the education of religious, legislative and civic leaders about the death penalty and its alternatives. read more about DPF
California Catholic Lawyers Against the Death Penalty is an organization of lawyers that seek to persuade fellow Catholics to oppose the use of the death penalty. Read More
California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CCV) is a coalition of families, friends, and loved ones of murder victims who oppose the death penalty. The coalition supports families, friends, and loved ones in telling their stories and being heard. read their stories.
CPF encourages California District Attorneys' not to seek the death penalty read more.
Catherine Huston is the Coordinator of The Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty for the Archdiocese of San Francisco
This month we’re sharing a brand new project that’s happening in southern California.
San Diego People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty has embarked on a new abolitionist program, THE FAITH IN ACTION: SCHOLARSHIP & AWARDS COMPETITION.
The program invites seniors from faith-based schools to write and deliver sermons or spiritual reflections that would encourage members of their own religious communities to oppose capital punishment. Finalists will receive cash scholarships and other prizes.
There will be two distinct rounds of judging. The first will be the reading and rating of the written sermons. In the second round, those we deem finalists will be required to deliver their sermons before another group of judges, some who have read the submissions and some who have not.
A few weeks after the winners are chosen, all finalists will be honored at an event at which the top three students will deliver their sermons and all the awards and prizes will be handed out. Finalists will be encouraged to bring members of their family and friends as well as their spiritual leaders, pastors, school principals, counselors and favorite teachers.
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The Kairos Campaign to Mobilize Faith-Based Opposition to America's Death Penalty
The next decade is the kairos moment toward repealing the death penalty in the United States. It is the ripe political, social, and cultural moment in history for the movement to abolish the death penalty in the US. Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment, the supreme moment, and period of time in which something special happens.
Now is the time for the religious community to raise its voice to abolish the death penalty. People of Faith Against the Death Penalty intends to facilitate moving the religious community in America to become strategically engaged with this movement. The Kairos Campaign is composed of national, regional, and state clergy and lay leadership in the religious community intent on prayerful action.
The Massachusetts Citizens presented the 2010 Herbert and Sara Ehrmann Award to Tim Robbins and the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project during our showcase event at Harvard University this month. Dead Man Walking: An Afternoon Encounter with Capital Punishment included engagement with this critical topic through a theatrical reading of excerpts from Dead Man Walking, followed by a conversation featuring Sister Helen Prejean, Delbert Tibbs, Kate Lowenstein and leading faculty members from Harvard Divinity School and Northeastern University School of law. Over 300 students and community members joined us for this exciting event! Visit the DMW school Theater Project's website to learn more.
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