Social Justice Advocacy
The event’s qualitative impact was considerable. With the national concern about terrorism and the divide over welcoming refugees from primarily Muslim countries, the presentations were timely and informative.
The theme of the event was “Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation.” It built upon one of our well-attended workshops at the 2014 assembly; led by Edward Monahan of Kentucky’s Public Defenders offices, that addressed this very topic in the Kentucky context.
The Kentucky Council of Churches speaks for our 11 denominational members across the Commonwealth to advance all forms of justice in the interests of strong, healthy, and compassionate communities. Our goals are:
1) Criminal justice reform. As a founding member of the Kentucky Smart on Crime Coalition, KCC aims to achieve change in Kentucky’s criminal justice laws and correction system. A new penal code will result in cost savings for the state, less crowding in jails, and restorative alternatives for low-level criminals.
2) Strengthen the unity of our voices through the diversity of our membership. KCC will expand our constituency outside our traditional alliance of mainline organizations and within our current membership to represent the interests of youth, minorities, and women.
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