The Progressive National Baptist Convention has set out to lift $100,000 to settle a initial inhabitant core to aid churches in assisting people re-enter and reintegrate into communities after being expelled from prison.
The PNBC hopes to open a National Reentry Resource Center housed during a group’s inhabitant domicile in Washington in 2013. The initiative, announced during a convention’s 51st annual assembly hold Aug. 5-10 in Memphis, Tenn., would build on historically black denomination’s Healing Communities indication for enchanting congregations in a restoration of people and families ripped detached by crime, either committed opposite or by a member of a church.
DeeDee Coleman, chair of a PBNC Commission on Social Justice and Prison Ministry, said with 7.1 million people jailed in a United States and rates disproportionately inspiring black males, leaders approaching to find that faith-based organizations were already concerned in calm re-entry as partial of their bland ministry. To their warn they found a theme is mostly abandoned since faith leaders are ashamed to speak about it when it affects someone in their possess congregation.
The Healing Communities model, used by groups including a PNBC and American Baptist Churches USA, reframes a emanate by indicating out that whole communities are influenced by crime, bonds and reintegration. It invokes singular strengths of a faith village like acceptance, compassion, forgiveness, emancipation and restoration, while encouraging those who dedicate crimes to assume shortcoming for mistreat finished to others and take transformation to correct mistreat to a victim, community, family and self.
PNBC leaders directed jail re-entry training and partnership during a series of venues in 2011-2012, including a New Baptist Covenant II satellite conference final Nov in Atlanta. Former President Jimmy Carter, lead organizer of a New Baptist Covenant movement, said recently that he thinks a jagged series of African-Americans who are jailed will be an augmenting concentration as a organisation moves forward.
The National Reentry Resource Center would yield a “one-stop” apparatus for a 2.5 million members of PNBC churches seeking assistance with family reunification, domestic violence, victim’s awareness, village resources, training in life and pursuit skills and re-entry support both by conferencing and addressing a social-justice aspect of mass incarceration.
Also in Memphis, a PNBC adopted a resolution to lift recognition of what has been called “the New Jim Crow,” a mass bonds of African-American males and their continued disenfranchisement after they get out of prison.
Other resolutions called for preparation about “Stand Your Ground” laws, like one in Florida discussed after a Feb. 26, 2012, sharpened genocide of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Martin was an unarmed black teen deemed “suspicious” by a area watch captain while walking by a gated village wearing a hooded sweater.
Another called for worse laws to extent entrance to attack weapons, in light of new mass shootings during a film museum in Aurora, Colo., and a Sikh church in Wisconsin.