Fr. Mike Kennedy’s Restorative Justice Initiative

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In this time of harvest and thanks, we are grateful for our many collaborators who have made the last two years a success, including the passing of (State Bills) SB9 and SB260, giving juveniles with life sentences (or more) eventual review in front of a parole board.

During our many trips to Sacramento, both co-chaplain Arturo Lopez and I offered the state legislature a unique position, representing the real faces and stories of the young people who are currently feeding ground for state prisons. Because of our longitudinal commitment to young inmates transitioning into the adult penal system, we are able to testify directly to the tangible developmental differences we witness as they grow into adulthood. This poises us to be great collaborators with the various players, lawyers, and advocates to change cruel and unjust treatment of kids in the system.

We cannot do this alone. Please walk alongside us. Of the many ways you can join in our efforts, here are a few:

  • Make a tax-deductible contribution HERE or by check, addressed to Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative | 8501 Washington Boulevard | Culver City, CA 90232
  • Donate gas cards.  Our retreats cost an average of $200 roundtrip, and we do several per month.
  • Visit our Amazon Wish List.  There are many standard office items, both large and small, that will impact our outreach possibilities if gifted.
  • Share this email with 5 friends or colleagues who are share the values of JRJI, but are unfamiliar with our work.

Your partnership will enable us to continue providing Ignatian retreats, nurture seeds of hope and faith inside young inmates, and develop liturgy guides and materials for more than one thousand individuals and groups who also ensure that these communities of healing are built and sustained.

Sincerely in Jesus the Risen Prisoner,
Father Mike Kennedy, SJ

Getting Involved in Politics

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Sruthi addressing Catholic Lobby Day in Sacramento, 2010.

Sruthi addressing Catholic Lobby Day in Sacramento, 2010.

Former MAP President Sruthi Ramaswami is featured in this months issue of Relate Magazine!  Magazine promoting leadership for teenage girls.  Congratulations Sruthi!  Go Chicago Maroons!

LINK TO ARTICLE

 

Legislative Meetings on Capitol Hill

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Mitty students conducted highly productive meetings with California legislative staff on Monday:  Offices of Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Diane Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer.  In a tough climate in Washington, Mitty students held strong to the core belief of pushing for laws to elevate the quality of life of the least fortunate in California.  Mr. Accorsi and Ms. Walker are so proud to accompany students with such integrity and professionalism.  Check out photographs from our meetings below.

MAP delegates at Zoe Lofgren's office
MAP delegates at Zoe Lofgren’s office
Mitty contingency at Anna Eshoo's office
Mitty contingency at Anna Eshoo’s office
MAP students at Diane Feinstein's office on Monday.
MAP students at Diane Feinstein’s office on Monday.
Celebrating a productive day before leaving Capitol
Celebrating a productive day with some laughter before leaving Capitol

Visit to Arlington National Cemetery

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Today, the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and three days from the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy – today’s visit to The Arlington National Cemetery had special significance for our group.

Lee Mansion, Arlington

Lee Mansion, Arlington

 

DSC_0039The gravesite of John F. Kennedy and The Eternal Flame

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MAP Student overlooking the beautiful view from The Eternal Flame

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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The Amphitheater at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

DSC_0137The Gravesite of NAACP leader Medgar Evers

MAP Students Take on Capitol Hill

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MAP students headed to Capitol Hill today inspired to draw attention to the issues of:

  • Human Trafficking
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Youth Homelessness
  • Foster Care
  • Costs of Higher Education
MAP Students at Hart Senate Building

MAP Students at Hart Senate Building

 

Mitty students found tremendous reception from our elected officials today on Capitol Hill.  Pushing for reform in our Criminal Justice system and bolstered Foster Care programs to protect children, Mitty students found their members of Congress receptive to measures to protect the least fortunate in California. 

MAP students preparing before meeting with Senator Boxer's office.

MAP students preparing before meeting with Senator Boxer’s office.

 

Prior to departing Washington, students will tour Arlington National Cemetery.  Perhaps a bit late in the calendar after Veterans Day, visiting Arlington Cemetery is always a sacred and inspiring experience for our young leaders to experience.

 

Making a High Impact Video

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#mittyadvocacy for info during the workshop.

Workshop Activity

Our challenge to you is to create a video for a social justice issue on your campuses.

We’re going to give you 11 x 14 sheets of paper  write a story board and diagram out how you want to design your film.

First work backwards.  The object of the video is to move web traffic to a we page that has a call to action on it.

Work backwards. What is your call to action?  Give your audience one specific task to do after visiting the site.

We have a sample video for you to show at th end. Our call to action is to work with your legislators to sponsor legislation to intensify the penal code to include property seizures against human traffickers.  Major drug traffickers risk losing every asset: properties, investments, cars and boats.  Traffickers face jail time and excessive fines but as our video will show you – the fines are equivalent to two months of earrings made by trafficking.

If we seize every asset they own we will be able to prevent traffickers from rebounding their illicit businesses after their caught.  California state legislator Paul Fong informed us last year property seizures would be the most devastating impact to curtail traffickers.

Now to the video:
All of your information must be local: statistics, numbers of victims, and costs. National, international and even statewide statistics give legislators room to wiggle out from the pressure of their district.

Give the legislators fresh, unfounded research for them to use in their committees and to use on the floor.  Give them the information to use against their opposition.  He them to work for you not against you.

Keep information objective and clear.
Get your webpage set up first.

Equipment list:
Audio – mic your speakers.

ISN Conference is off to a great start!

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Look at the remarkable turnout at the ISN Family Teach-in – in D.C.

The table of speakers have provided an invigorating and educational climate to take to Capitol Hill Monday.

We are so Happy to celebrate the birthday of Ken Avila-Linn today! Here’s a group picture at tonight’s dinner.

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