My book, Prophetic Redemption (NYU Press, forthcoming), examines faith-based community organizing for and among the formerly incarcerated. It finds that civil religion can facilitate empowering social integration.
The book draws from participant observation and semi-structured interviews at two sites. In Chicago, the Protestant-founded Community Renewal Society incubated the Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality (FORCE) project. (Click here for a Sojourners commentary, and here for my Loyola Social Justice blog piece on FORCE).
In Los Angeles, LA Voice and the Homeboys Local Organizing Committee (LOC) helped organize in favor of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance (see right).
(Photo courtesy of Pocho1 photography.)