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criminal justice


To Break the Shackles

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Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” –Matthew 2:18 Presbyterians affirm that the Holy Spirit gives us courage “to hear the voices of peoples long silenced.”

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For the Common Good of our ‘Whole Inhabited Earth’

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Ecumenical Advocacy in our Nation’s Capitol When we at the Office of Public Witness step outside into the bustle of Capitol Hill, it is common to see packs of people with purple arm bands or orange neckties or yellow book bags traveling together from one congressional office to another, carrying

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Seek Ye First the Rat Park

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The Rat Park In the mid-to-late twentieth century, scientists conducted a series of experiments on groups of rats. In the early experiments, the rats were housed in cramped, isolated cages where they received a regular supply of food, water, and morphine. What the researchers found is that these rats would


The Power of Presence

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She, like many others, had asked me about her case. Her rights as a parent were in danger of being terminated, and she wanted to get into a housing program before her approaching hearing. I explained to her that I am not a social worker and offered to connect her

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Say No to Prison Privatization

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National Call-in Day Wednesday, April 18, 2012 By Laura Markle Downton, UMC National Coordinator for Restorative Justice   On Wednesday, April 18, in partnership with the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, join with people of faith for the National Call-in Day to our state governors to say No to Prison Privatization!

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Oppose Private Prison Legislation

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Immediate Action Needed by Michigan Residents! Action Alert from Prison Legal News and AFL-CIO, American’s Union Movement This Tuesday, February 21, the Michigan House of Representatives will likely vote on legislation which amounts to nothing more than a giveaway for one corporation (HB 5174 and HB 5177). It would allow

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Criminal Justice Conference

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February 17 – 19, 2012.  Stony Point Conference Center, Stony Point, New York. Join Presbyterians, people of faith of all denominations, and national experts for a consultation on the complex issues surrounding criminal justice in the United States with the goal of forming a new PHEWA network dedicated to criminal

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Christmas and the Better Angels of our Nature

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The following letter comes from the December 2011 Salt & Light e-newsletter of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, speaking to violence in Palestine, the recent Human Rights Day issue of “Unbound,” an upcoming Convocation on Criminal—and Restorative—Justice, the work of ACSWP, and an upcoming course called “Presbyterianism: Principles,