Community violence prevention groups from around the country gathered yesterday for National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. EJUSA’s longtime partner, Mothers In Charge, and its affiliates and coalition partners held press conferences to honor their loved ones and to renew their call for investment in public health approaches to violence prevention.
Troy Davis was executed 5 years ago today, and, unfortunately, the struggle did not end with him. We must continue to support repeal until the death penalty is gone for good.
Statement by Shari Silberstein, Executive Director
“Every year there are more than 14,000 people murdered in America. Countless grieving parents, brothers, sisters, children, and other loved ones are left behind to pick up the pieces of their lives. And young men of color are the most likely to be victims of this public health crisis.
“It’s time to commit to a new path forward. We need trauma-informed responses to violence that save lives, rebuild communities, and prevent future violence. We need to understand the pain in communities of color built up over generations of racism, violence, and poverty, and ensure that responses to violence help instead of harm. We need to stand up as a nation to honor those killed by taking care of those left behind.
“Recommended this week” features highlights from the past week in news about the death penalty, crime survivors, and trauma-informed responses to crime.
Restorative Justice: Why Do We Need it?, Brave New Films
EJUSA believes restorative justice can transform our justice system. Now a new film by Brave New Films explains why.
The Death Penalty Is Finally Dying. Here’s Why., Sojourners
Another piece by the incomparable Shane Claiborne with a powerful call to action: “Let’s all find a way to get in the way of death — and put our voice, our vote, our bodies in the way of the machinery of death until we make the death penalty history, once and for all.”
In October, Catholics in the U.S. will be called to celebrate Respect Life Month and to “renew their personal commitment to defend ALL human life.”
Our friends at the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty have put together a great toolkit to help individuals, organizations, schools, and parishes reflect on the death penalty as they participate in Respect Life Month.
The toolkit includes chapters on learning about the death penalty, praying about the lives of those affected by the death penalty system, and taking action to end the use of the death penalty. Continue Reading →
Last month, the federal Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) released revised guidelines for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding. The new guidelines are the result of public feedback and developments within victim services over the last 15 years. Some of the new guidelines recognize the marginalization of underserved survivors and are a step in the right direction in terms of meeting EJUSA’s goals of brining equity to services for survivors.
Last month, EJUSA Campaign Strategist Ben Jones wrote a powerful post about the history of racial oppression in the U.S. death penalty. The post was so popular, we decided to create a fact sheet with the material.
EQUAL JUSTICE USA
20 JAY ST, SUITE #808
BROOKLYN, NY 11201
TEL: (718) 801-8940