The Why We Can’t Wait Churches of Washington, DC have decided that once a person’s sentence has been served, all roads will be paved for successful reintegration into the community. Under the guidance of the Spirit, we commit to dismantling the social norms and public structures whose byproducts are high rates of recidivism, and to establishing new social norms and civic infrastructure which align with an intention of 0% recidivism.
- Our churches will intentionally welcome those coming home from incarceration. We will be servant communities of societal and spiritual redemption and reconciliation. We will give up our communites’ church-lives of individualism and embody a radical church-life for others.
- The prison industrial complex will be dispossessed of its profit motive to fill beds, and the political platform will be dispossessed of its political motive to fill beds, as we implement creative models of justice which restore people, communities and relationships within an economy that serves the common good.
- The legalized slavery of prisoners and the legalized discrimination of ex-offenders will be dismantled, and we will develop a sustainable wealth of living wage jobs.
- The criminalization of drug use and mental illness will be replaced with community-based addictions recovery and mental health programs, respectively.
- Undocumented residents will either be released to communities in the United States or to their native countries, but not held in incarceration.
The Christian response to injustice always invokes trial and trouble. For this reason Jesus tells us that very few will follow the narrow way. Dismantling the New Jim Crow, we will be devastated by our countries systemic racism and our own part in its exploitation. As we are brought to our knees in despair, we will come to rejoice and be glad, encouraged that we stand in the company of the prophets of Jesus’ day and of our own.
This 30 minute video is an introduction to WWCW’s Spirit-led strategy.
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