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Congregational Life: Social Justice: Policing, Public Safety, & Prisons

online and in-person connections for service and justice work

Engagement/Curriculum

Commissioner John Harrington and Interfaith Action invite interfaith leaders statewide to join in conversations about forging a better system of public safety and policing in Minnesota. Clergy and congregations are asked to outline how they think public safety officers should respond in various scenarios. Then engage with sacred texts addressing similar scenarios. Then, respond again. Responses will be gathered by an expert team into a report of Minnesota's faith communities' input on how public safety should be shaped.

Visit the website to learn more and register your congregation to participate.

Books

Defund Fear     Gideon's Promise     How the Word Is Passed     Picture of I Take My Coffee Black               Letters to the Sons of Society by Shaka Senghor          "Prisons Make Us Safer"     Psalms from Prison (Chavis)          Sarah Rising          Tangled Up in Blue by Rosa Brooks     Ten Lives, Ten Demands     United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope     We Do This 'Til We Free Us     You Mean It or You Don't: James Baldwin's Radical Challenge

Video

Before You Call the Cops' BLM video goes viral...again - YouTube

Tyler Merritt's Before You Call the Cops is powerful watching. Get to know him!

Dr. Gary Green of United Theological Seminary moderated this important conversation in the Plymouth Congregational Church series: Disrupting White Supremacy: Reimagining Public Safety: Confronting the Problem of Policing, featuring Jaylani Hussein ( CAIR-MN), Rev. Nekima Levy-Armstrong, JD (lawyer and activist), and Rev. Dr. DeWayne Davis (lead minister of Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis).

Throughline

NPR's throughline presents American Police

African American Policy Forum short film: The Unequal Opportunity Race

Award winning film by Ava DuVernay; focuses on the history of racism in America and the rise of the prison industrial complex

This documentary follows the police of Oakland, California, as they reform and face the challenges of corruption, commitment and cataclysmic change.

An award-winning, timely profile of WeCopwatch, an organization that seeks to disrupt the ever-present challenge of police violence by filming the police as a non-violent form of protest.

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising.

Websites & Curriculum

BUILDING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY PUBLIC SAFETY PROJECT

Commissioner John Harrington and Interfaith Action invite interfaith leaders statewide to join in conversations about forging a better system of public safety and policing in Minnesota.

Visit the website to learn more and register your congregation to participate.

Lights On! | An Innovative Program of MicroGrants

Lights On! An innovative program that replaces tickets with repair vouchers.

Learn how everyone benefits!

Policing The Progressive City

Michelle S. Phelps' extensive research on policing in Minneapolis is informative and potentially transformative.

The Movement for a Future without Policing & Prisons

Kaepernick Publishing & LEVEL publish 30 stories that point to a future that puts the needs of the community first

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

What Does Accountability Look Like Without Punishment?

by Mariame Kaba & Josie Duffy Rice & Reina Sultan

 MAY 25, 2021

Demonstrators link arms during a protest on April 23, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Activists with the group Freedom Fighters D.C. gathered on Friday for the first of three days of rallies calling to abolish the police.

What happened when the city of Rochester, NY, defunded the police? See The Independent article here.

Civil Rights Coalition Letter on Federal Policing Priorities

Signed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries and The United Methodist Church - General Board of Church & Society

CURA Reporter Logo

The U of M's Center for Urban & Regional Affairs offers researched insight in Over-Policed and Under-Protected: Public Safety in North Minneapolis (11.17.20)

Call To Mind: Spotlight On Black Trauma And Policing (MPR) - with Angela Davis hosting Spotlight on Black Trauma and Policing, a live virtual community conversation including Resmaa Menakem and Justin Terrell.

In Front of Our Eyes & 74 Seconds: Podcasts from Minnesota Public Radio, available on all major podcasts apps.

Derek Chauvin has been found guilty, but there is much work still to be done including sentencing and additional trials of other officers. “In Front of Our Eyes” followed the trial providing weekly updates on this monumental case, and the consequences it holds for the city and country. 

 

  “74 Seconds” followed the story of another black man shot and killed by    police. In July 2016, the world watched a man die, live on their phones, after a traffic stop in suburban Minnesota. This is the story of that man, Philando Castile, and the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, who is about to go on trial in his death. It sits at the intersection of race, policing, justice and safety in America. A lot can happen in 74 seconds.

The Movement for a Future without Policing & Prisons

Kaepernick Publishing & LEVEL publish 30 stories that point to a future that puts the needs of the community first

Scroll through the blog for a four-part series on Policing and the Church.

Enough is Enough!

The Kaleo Center blog included a link to Uprising Minnesota, “A regularly updated site on how to support Black organizing in the Twin Cities”; Jae Hyun Shim’s excellent article about how we came to this moment in Minneapolis; and Mariame Kaba’s NY Times article, Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police.