When the Wisconsin Council on Families and Children released its Race to Equity report in 2013, it revealed the wide racial disparities in socio-economic status, educational achievement, and incarceration in Madison and Dane County. Police shootings across the country and here in Madison exposed the troubled relationship between police forces and the African-American community. A group of Grace members began meeting early this year to explore how we might engage issues of policing, racism, and criminal justice.
Prison, Jail, and Re-entry
Building a More Just Community
In the fall of 2015, we sponsored a series of talks around issues of the militarization of police, mass incarceration, and racial justice. Videos of all three speakers are available:
Other Resources and Opportunities:
MOSES. MOSES is an interfaith, non-partisan organization that unites congregations, non-profit organizations and individuals to build a better community. They join together to take action on social justice public policy issues, especially mass incarceration in Wisconsin.
Founded by the Rev. Alex Gee, Jr., and other community leaders, Justified Anger is a response to the profound racial disparities in our community. "The goal is to create a movement that will unite leadership, vision, policy, and strategy to identify the gaps in services and areas of need, and then plan and implement a long-term strategy to improve the lives of minorities in Madison, resources available, and the damaged image of the state as unfriendly for minorities."
An important reading list on African-American history, religion, and racism has been compiled under the hashtag #CharlestonSyllabus. Divided into various topics, the books and articles listed are an essential starting point.