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Locked In Solidarity

Hebrews 13:1-3 reminds us to remember the prisoner as though we ourselves were in prison. We are told to remember and to identify with those who are in prison, waiting to be released, hoping to not be forgotten by those from whom they are separated. In our CCDA communities, we recognize the effects of mass […]

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DACA has been rescinded

Dear CCDA Familia, It is with deep sadness I share the news that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been repealed. President Trump had the opportunity and the power entrusted to him by the American people to value human lives over political campaign promises and keep DACA in place. This misguided decision to […]

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Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga

Dear Brothers, Sisters, Allies: Yesterday morning, July 24th, Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga of the Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo la Roca de Poder Asambleas de Dios was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles.  Pastor Carias: Is an Evangelical Assemblies of God Pastor Is married to a US Citizen with two citizen children ages […]

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Hispanic Evangelical Leaders Send Letter to DHS Secretary Kelly

In celebration of Pentecost Sunday national leaders request meeting and seat at the table around immigration security & policing Hispanic Evangelical leaders from four national organizations: Esperanza USA, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, the Christian Community Development Association and Bread for the World sent a joint letter today to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly. […]

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John-Mark Hart’s Story

For a couple of decades I’ve been watching my friends and neighbors suffer due to our nation’s broken immigration system. I was slow—inexcusably slow—to join the work of changing this system. But over time the accumulation of painful memories became too substantial for me to ignore, especially the memories of my friend José. About nine […]

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I walk for my son

We walked into the apartment and the air was thick and stood still. Everyone sat frozen, avoiding our eyes. His sister stared at the television, his step-dad worked vigorously at a spot on the table. His mom was the only one… eyes locked. “Ven, siéntate, necesitamos hablar,” she managed. He grabbed a banana off the […]

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Chauncey Shillow’s Story

Abre tu boca por los mudos, por los derechos de todos los desdichados.” — Proverbios 31:8 I met Evelyn when she walked into my theatre class five and a half years ago. At that time, I did not know how much she would give to me, those students, or their school. Now I know that […]

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Brad and Kim Bandy’s Story

We’re in a world where phrases like ‘elevator pitch’ and ‘return on investment’ land deeper than business plans and seep into our spiritual beings. We find ourselves surfing the waves of social issue to social issue—trying to stay afloat, never letting ourselves be immersed with the understanding that every ‘issue’ is made up of the […]

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Defending the Vulnerable

As two Southern California leaders living out CCD in our communities, we are intimately aware of the issues surrounding the broken immigration system. Robert is both an immigration attorney and professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA. Erica has worked in youth development in South L.A. and currently mentors student activist. Together […]

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Set the Captives Free

Set the Captives Free

Mobilizing Christians to End Mass Incarceration by Miea A. Walker, MSW and Rev. Dr. Shawn Casselberry The United States calls itself the land of liberty yet we have more people incarcerated than any other nation. Christ came to set captives free yet many Christians do not see ending mass incarceration as a discipleship priority. This […]

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Locked in Solidarity

The beginning of a new year can be a time of reflection – for most. A fresh start or clean slate to make resolutions, to recommit to the work we are doing, the opportunity to begin again. But for many in our communities, the impact of incarceration looms regardless of new seasons. Men, women, and […]

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Camino Devotional 11: August 30, 2016

LECTURA: ISAÍAS 53:2b-4 (NVI)2 No había en él belleza ni majestad alguna; su aspecto no era atractivo y nada en su apariencia lo hacía deseable. 3 Despreciado y rechazado por los hombres, varón de dolores, hecho para el sufrimiento. Todos evitaban mirarlo; fue despreciado, y no lo estimamos.4 Ciertamente él cargó con nuestras enfermedades y soportó nuestros […]

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In Legacy of César Chávez: Robert Chao Romero

Inspired by César Chávez and the Chicana/o civil rights movement of the 1960’s, I am walking El Camino to declare that Jesus loves and cares for immigrants, and that our broken immigration system desperately needs to be reformed.   On March 17, 1966, Chávez and the farmworker community embarked upon a famous march from the […]

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