Faith-based community organizing for and among the formerly incarcerated

My current research follows two faith-based community organizing projects in Chicago and in Los Angeles: Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality (FORCE), and the Homeboy Industries Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

FORCE members played an important part in the passage of the Illinois Sealing Bill (HB 3061), expanding the list of seal-able offenses for ex-offenders on employment applications. (Click here for a Sojourners commentary, and here for my Loyola Social Justice blog piece on FORCE).

Homeboy Industries LOC members helped organize in favor of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance, as well as the California Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (Proposition 47). Prop 47 will redirect hundreds of millions of tax dollars from prisons to education and mental health.

(Photo courtesy of Pocho1 photography.)