Faith Leader Letter to help prevent gun violence – sign on today

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon invites Oregon faith leaders from all religious backgrounds and all parts of our state to sign onto a letter in support of two bills currently being considered in the Oregon Senate. Read the letter we wrote with our partners at Lift Every Voice Oregon to express support for two important measures that … Continue reading Faith Leader Letter to help prevent gun violence – sign on today

Youth Justice bill passes – hooray!

EMO is encouraged by the news that today our State Senate passed the important reforms of SB 1008, the Juvenile Justice sentencing bill. Below is the press release from Senator Jackie Winters, sponsor of this important bipartisan legislation: Oregon Senate Passes Legislation Giving Youth Offenders a Second Look SALEM, Ore. – Today, the Oregon Senate … Continue reading Youth Justice bill passes – hooray!

Keep acting for justice!

Upcoming Justice Events and Trainings – Spring 2019 Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition – April 3, 2019 – Webinar Training Series on Prison Ministry – “Recruiting Volunteers to Ministry to the Incarcerated and their Loved Ones” Restorative Dialogue Facilitator Training – April 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 – City of Beaverton, Beaverton Center for Mediation and Dialogue Roman … Continue reading Keep acting for justice!

EMO supports Justice Reinvestment Accountability and Equity Act

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon supports the Accountability and Equity Act (HB 3064). As we state in our public testimony on the bill, here’s why: Justice Reinvestment has been a success, saving the state funds, advancing public safety, and investing in local victim services.  Importantly, it has reduced the number of lives impacted by imprisonment. The … Continue reading EMO supports Justice Reinvestment Accountability and Equity Act

Lift Every Voice: Why EMO wants to prevent gun deaths.

A statement by Rev. Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey, of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.  Remarks shared in part at Lift Every Voice Oregon press conference January 17, 2019. Photos from LEVO rally and vigil on January 27, 2019. EMO is an association of Christian congregations, denominations, organizations and interfaith partners. Our members and partners reside in every corner … Continue reading Lift Every Voice: Why EMO wants to prevent gun deaths.

Portland State University students explore “why prisons?”

EMO’s Communities of Support and Accountability (CoSA) is excited to serve once again as the community partner for a senior capstone class at Portland State University (PSU), under the professorship of Dr. DeEtte Beghtol Waleed. Through a series of presentations and conversations with the seniors in her class, we will guide the students toward creating … Continue reading Portland State University students explore “why prisons?”

Justice for Migrants: Beyond Labels

Standing at the prison fence This past Sunday, I participated in the interfaith worship service held just outside the fence to the federal prison at Sheridan, Oregon, hosted by IMIrJ and concerned clergy. It was a powerful time to remember the long traditions our religious teachings gift us with, about showing hospitality for migrants, honoring … Continue reading Justice for Migrants: Beyond Labels

Criminal Justice Sabbath: It’s all one struggle

The nation’s eyes are on our justice system. The traumas children and parents are facing at our border are heart-breaking. Their stories should transform our legal system, our foster care system, and our politics. Sadly, we know that it is not only kids at the border who are separated from their parents by incarceration, nor … Continue reading Criminal Justice Sabbath: It’s all one struggle

Historical context for the prison abolition movement

A recent article “Think prison abolition in America is impossible? It once felt inevitable” in the Guardian newspaper lifts up the history of movement for prison reform and abolition. Read this article not only for ways public debate about criminal justice reform has shifted since the start of US “wars” on crime and drugs, but … Continue reading Historical context for the prison abolition movement