We regret to inform you of the loss of 42 precious lives. These were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and dear friends. These 42 precious souls, affectionately and collectively known as "the loved ones we needlessly lost to COVID-19." We have all waited earnestly for more aggressive action since Governor Murphy's executive order signed on Good Friday, March 10, 2020. Instead, our loved ones have received inhumane treatment and an unjust death sentence at the hands of the uncompassionate bureaucracy of New Jersey state custody. Despite the rising death toll, Governor Murphy has yet to say any of the incarcerated names at his daily briefings. His silence and the inaction of the Department of Corrections and the New Jersey Legislature is a death sentence by default.
GOVERNOR MURPHY SAY THEIR NAMES!!!
Ricky James Tonny Kock Peter Shanley Chart Chavalaporn Frank Silvera Michael Wilson Abdul Aziz Farrakhan William Prell James Trotman Carmelo Herrera Timothy Moorman Qahhar Saabir Vito Nigro Calvert Buchanan Elias Chalet Thomas DeGroat William Conway Roberto Rivera Robert Livingston N'namdi Azikiwe David Brown Darrell Parks Morgan Youngblood Candido Casarez Michael Bright Calvert McKenzie Tiffany Mofield Denise Nagrodski Anthony Brown Rory S. Price Robert Brown Kevin Ellington Vincent Kurczewski Charles Ullery Larry Yellock Andrew Dixon Jose Roman Ricardo Williamson Artis Kato
As we grieve during this time, we remember the words from the prophet Isaiah: "He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners." What happens when this prophetic vision of freedom is unjustly denied? What happens when the right to a flourishing and humane life is taken away? We demand justice.
The families are heartbroken that state leaders failed to heed experts' warnings and properly respond to the healthcare and living needs of those incarcerated.
In lieu of flowers or cards, the families request your support in the fight for justice to protect others, so their loved ones' lives are not lost in vain.
1. Let everyone out both adults and youth who max out a year from the start of the pandemic.
2. Grant compassionate release to the elderly and ill.
3. Release people who have been incarcerated for over 30 years and those for substance use and give them help instead.
Salvation and Social Justice seeks to liberate public policy theologically by building Black faith-rooted communication strategies, advocacy, and public education campaigns, to lift up poor, underserved, and traditionally oppressed communities with a particular focus on racial justice through abolition, restoration, transformation, and coalition.
Our Theory of Change
Historically African Americans guided by Black freedom faith narratives were at the forefront of the abolitionists and civil rights movements. Douglas, Tubman, Truth, Parks, X, and King are just a few of the most recognized. Much of the organizing of these movements also took place in sacred Black faith space. According to pew research 75% of African Americans identify as Christian and report going to church at least 2-4 times per month.
Black people are the targets of the New Jim Crow, the new slavery of mass incarceration, police brutality, concentrated poverty, poor educational opportunity, economic disparity, voting rights discrimination, and poor healthcare access and delivery. Our theory of change recognizes that when Black people of faith are engaged in freedom faith narratives, and sacred Black space is used, abolition, liberation, and transformation is inevitable. Practically, the most efficient way to reach a critical mass of Black people is through what is still a huge influencer and driver of Black culture and thinking; the Black church.
The prophetic call of our ancestors did not call for slavery or Jim Crow reform but rather ABOLITION!
- Abolish Youth Prisons, the Drug War & Mass Incarceration, and Police Brutality
- Abolish School & Housing Segregation – Concentrated Poverty
- Abolish Racial Wealth and Health Disparities
Restoration & Transformation
SandSJ fights for restorative justice principles to transform the systems that are plagued with institutional racism.
- Faith-Rooted Restorative Alternatives to Policing & Incarceration
- Treating Addiction Through Public Health Not Criminal Justice
- Affordable Housing, Health Care as a Human Right, Economic Opportunity