Since 2014, we have been setting aside time the second week of February for Locked in Solidarity, as CCDA’s National Awareness & Action Day on Mass Incarceration. Locked in Solidarity creates the space needed to listen to stories of people in our communities who are directly impacted, to learn about the greater impact of mass incarceration, to pray, and to engage public sector officials who have the power and position to impact change.
We invite you to join us by hosting events in your community.
Get started with your event!
Reading through the LIS toolkit will give you a great basis for where to start with an event. You can do something as simple as a one-time screening of When They See Us, 13th, Just Mercy or Dominique Gilliard’s video series on Rethinking Incarceration and have a discussion afterwards. Or you can do a full on week long series of events, including an open mic night, testimonies from those formerly incarcerated, preaching your Sunday sermon around justice, etc. We have preaching guides below. More ideas are available in the toolkit and in the resource lists below.
Check out these resources to help educate and strengthen your community’s collective understanding of the issues around mass incarceration and how to get involved in collaborative change.
“It Takes a Community” Sermon Guide by Rev. Dr. Kevin Riggs
Sample Sermon of “It Takes a Community” by Rev. Dr. Riggs
Video Overview of “It Takes a Community” by Rev. Dr. Riggs
Abolishing Death Penalty Sermon Guide by Rev. Dr. Riggs
A Prayer from Death Row by Pastor Kevin Burns
Death Penalty Fact Sheet
Rethinking Incarceration Videos & Discussion Guide
Color of Change’s “When They See Us” Guide
Campaign for Youth Justice “When They See Us” Guide
Just Mercy Discussion Guide by Dominique Gilliard
Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why it’s Killing Us
(books, videos, articles, websites, small group resource)