January 19, 2019. Lawrence Journal-World.
Ben MacConnell understands the dangers of attaching opinions on a modern issue to someone who can’t speak for himself, but he believes Martin Luther King Jr. would be a strong proponent of criminal justice reform.
the billions of dollars we’re spending on jails and prisons, and the
fact that more people of color are incarcerated than there were slaves
at the height of slavery, he would be looking at this and, I think, want
to spend a lot of time focused on it,” MacConnell said.
January 4, 2019. The Florida Times-Union.
The scene for an ICARE meeting is impressive.
There is a sea of
people in the church pews, but they aren’t all from one congregation or
faith: there are Christians, Jews, Unitarians, Baha’is and more, making
up a wonderful human quilt of Jaclsonville.
And the meeting
they’re attending in this church won’t take hours: it’s a highly
structured one with just a few minutes reserved for every speaker.
It’s appropriate, because ICARE has always been about turning words into real, tangible action.
November 12, 2018. Insider Louisville.
Several city officials are slated to provide updates Monday on a wide
range of topics — from school safety to how the police treat
individuals with mental illness — that have been raised by one of
Louisville’s most prominent interfaith social justice organizations.
Monday night, members of CLOUT, or Citizens of Louisville Organized and
United Together, will hear “progress reports” from several local
politicians about targeted “issue campaigns” undertaken by the group,
according to a news release.
May 1, 2018. Knox News
In pressing public officials to take action on social problems in Knox County, Justice Knox doesn’t shy away from tension — it embraces it.
“Collectively, we raise our voice and call for our public officials to hear their constituents,” Justice Knox Co-president Rev. Meredith Loftis told the hundreds of people who packed into Central United Methodist Church on Monday evening.
“This will cause tension, but let’s be clear, it is tension borne of hearts that care.”
April 19, 2018. The Post and Courier.
The two boys were play-fighting, until suddenly they weren’t. The slap rang out at Northwoods Middle School.
Students at Northwoods are bound by the same rules and consequences as anyone else in the Charleston County School District. But thanks to a pilot program that started at their school and four others last year, the students also have a unique opportunity to face one another and make amends for their mistakes.
The pilot program is known as “restorative practices,” an approach to resolving conflicts that emphasizes personal responsibility and healing relationships. The approach was developed by Australian police to work with juvenile offenders in the 1990s, and it has since spread to schools worldwide.