Category: Justice

The Ear Hustle Podcast and Remembering Those in Prison

The first rule of prison life is to mind your own business. In a world without secrets, eavesdropping on another's conversation—“ear hustling,” as it's known in prison-speak—can get you in serious trouble. But audiences have nothing to worry about when they tune in for Ear Hustle, a new podcast produced from behind the walls of San Quentin State Prison in California. Listening in on…  [more]

Moord Velden: Portraits of Christians Caught in Chicago’s Crossfire

Editor’s note: This is adapted from Keri Wyatt Kent’s introduction to the Moord Velden project. The full text and all of photographer Michael VanDerAa’s images can be found here. moord (plural moorden, diminutive moordje n) 1. murder velden (plural form of veld n) 1. fields An area just under five square miles bordered by two major expressways on Chicago’s south side, Roseland was…  [more]

Sanctuary Cities and the Church

The term “sanctuary city” has been popping up in the news a lot lately. While not an official title, it is used to describe cities who welcome refugees and immigrants and refuse to completely comply with federal immigration laws. While some have referred to the practice as “jihad against immigration enforcement,” others applaud the movement as a way to serve as “a conscientious…  [more]

How Secure Do We Need to Feel to Follow Christ’s Call?

A recurring theme I hear from Christians who support President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration—both his now-scrapped Jan. 27 attempt and this week’s revised one—is the firm belief that foreign-born travelers, especially refugees, pose a grave danger to the United States. At the same time, I hear other Christians arguing that Jesus’ call to care for the hungry, the thirsty,…  [more]

The High Calling of Corrections Officers

Mourners gathered in Delaware this month to pay respects to Lt. Steven Floyd, a veteran correctional officer who died during a violent uprising and hostage standoff at the state's largest prison. The tragic ordeal, which some analysts believe was a long time coming, stemmed from inmates’ allegations of inhumane treatment and administrative indifference. Floyd’s selfless heroism during the takeover…  [more]

Mark Charles on Race, Trauma, and the Doctrine of Discovery

One of the more challenging presentations at Calvin College's recent January Series came from Mark Charles, who opened his talk by warning the audience that they may want to throw something at him before he was done. Charles revisited the Doctrine of Discovery—a 15th-century papal edict that declared any land not inhabited by Christians could be claimed by European explorers—and traced the traumatic…  [more]

Making Space for Pro-Life Feminists

During a week in which Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of nonviolent protest, I’ve paid special attention to a protest planned to coincide with Friday’s presidential inauguration. The Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for Saturday morning, is expected to draw 200,000 participants, with sister marches planned for all 50 states and 55 cities across six continents.…  [more]

Why I Don’t Want Dylann Roof to Die

Earlier this week, a federal jury sentenced 22-year-old Dylann Roof to die for the June 2015 murders of nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, S.C. The panel deliberated for only a few hours before recommending the death penalty, stating that life in prison would offer “no possibility of redemption” for the killer, who has so far demonstrated an unsettling lack of remorse for the racially…  [more]

Gun Violence and God’s Justice

My father was murdered in a church parking lot in Chicago on a Sunday afternoon. My wife and I spent the hours after looking at mugshots and pacing the halls of a police station. Gutted and reeling from shock, I remember thinking that it was all a knotted mess—a mess of drug addiction, poverty, access to health care, race and racism, a culture of violence, joblessness, education, guns, gangs, rage,…  [more]

Racial Bias Behind Bars

Racial bias plagues the American criminal justice system, and there’s new data to prove it. Last month, a sweeping report published by the Association of State Correctional Administrators and Yale Law School revealed a disturbing trend in the use of punitive isolation. It seems that minorities aren’t merely over-represented in our prisons; they’re also over-represented in the prisons within our…  [more]

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