Archive for the ‘Law and Justice’ Category

A list of Illinois resources from the Billy Graham Center for incarcerated and recently released individuals trying to straighten out their lives. Find more at:

http://www.bgcprisonministries.com/index.php?id=108&state=IL

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The story about a program in South Africa making a difference in the lives of young people caught up in gangs and drugs.

http://www.younginprison.nl/page=site.home?lang=gb#page-index(2)

Findings From the Evaluation of OJJDP’s Gang Reduction Program can be found at:

http://www.ojjdp.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=252138

Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs

 http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/231116.pdf

A very interesting Christian “12 Step” form of recovery program that has applications for recovering gang members. CR has developed 8 principles that are based on the Beatitudes. They are as follows:

CELEBRATE RECOVERY’S EIGHT RECOVERY PRINCIPLES
The Road to Recovery
Based on the Beatitudes

Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)

“Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.”

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2

“Happy are those how mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)

“Happy are the meek.”

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps  4 and 5)

“Happy are the pure in heart.”

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7)

“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)

“Happy are the merciful.”  

“Happy are the peacemakers”

Reserve a time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will. (Steps 10 and 11)

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)

“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”

Find the larger website at:

http://www.celebraterecovery.com/

The Open Table provides an interesting model for helping to restore individuals and communities and could have specific applications for turning around the lives of gang members in those communities. Find their site at:

http://theopentable.org/

 

A thought-provoking book on global justice and christian activism. Extremely pertinent for those of us involved in work with gangs and all their associated issues. Its time for each of us to begin mobilizing hope in our own corner of the world. Read what Jim Wallis has to say about this book and its author:

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Adam Taylor, more than any young leader I have met, exemplifies the best of the next generation of Christian activists. He was first a student of mine at Harvard’s Kennedy School, then my course assistant; then I joined the board of Global Justice, the student network that Adam started; then he joined our board at Sojourners; then he became Sojourners’ senior political director; then he became a White House Fellow and served a year working in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Adam has become my friend, kindred spirit, and younger soulmate in the movement to put faith into action.

Mobilizing Hope is his first book, and is a manifesto for his generation, which is such a sign of hope for me.

Order Mobilizing Hope now and learn tangible and inspiring ways to put your faith into action.

This important book is five things at the same time. First, it is a story – partly Adam’s story and partly the story of his many cohorts who are shaping the next strategies for faith-based social change. Second, it is a theology for social justice, full of biblical references, reflections, and metaphors that point to God’s intentions and future for the world. This is not an argument rooted in political ideology, but a vision for social justice rooted firmly in the scriptures. Third, it offers a spirituality for young activists, with the mature understanding that if you want to be a person of justice and action, and last for very long, you must also become a person of prayer and contemplation. Fourth, Mobilizing Hope is a handbook for those who want to experiment with activism and search out their own vocation in changing the world. It is a guidebook for how to make a difference, with many examples of what works and what does not. Fifth, it is a strategy manual. Adam consciously draws on lessons from past movements for change, particularly the civil rights movement. Adam also shows how to draw from historical movements to develop new forms of organizing and advocacy that can meet our current realities.

Order Mobilizing Hope now and strengthen a growing movement for social justice.

Adam quotes one of my favorite lines from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists.” That belief is the core of the book – the importance of a committed minority of transformed nonconformists who creatively apply their faith in fresh, bold, and innovative ways. This book intends to inspire and mobilize a new generation to become part of that prophetic minority. From now on, whenever I meet those eager and seeking young people who want their faith and their lives to make a difference in the world, I have a book to recommend. And I commend it to you.

It could change your life.

Jim Wallis
Founder and president, Sojourners

P.S.: Buy Mobilizing Hope at Amazon.com or order from our SojoStore, and your purchase will support Sojourners!

More thoughts on Mobilizing Hope

http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/review/code=3837

Towards an understanding of the Gang Mentality:

http://www.youtube.com/user/huk730

Good stuff on gangs and related issues at:

http://www.faithwriters.com/member-profile.php?id=6399

An exhaustive review of gangs and gang related information can be found at:

http://gangfighters.wordpress.com/

http://www.ccda.org

For the CCDA upcoming Justice Film Festival see:

http://www.ccda.org/film-festival