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SDPC Goes to London

Carruthers and SDPC delegation to participate in the Black Church Activism and Contested Multiculturalism in Europe, North America and Africa Conference, London, England-

Faith Leaders Opposed to Prison Privatization

Several months ago I was blessed to meet a young man, Marcus, whose story is not unlike so many young African American young men who find themselves on the other side of a prison cell.

A Message From the General Secretary: SDPC Celebrates: UMC Divests from Private Prisons!

Dear Family,Laura Markle Downton, Criminal Justice Grassroots Coordinator with the United Methodist Church, has wonderful news to share:

General Secretary’s Message – New Beginnings!


Many peoples shall come and say, “Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the home of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” (Is 2:3, NRSV)

As we enter the Holy season of Advent, The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference (SDPC) joins you in steadfast proclamation that God is with us. 2011 has been replete with many injustices and challenges all around us, so much suffering in the land of plenty and the
materialistic distractions and distortions of this Holy season. Yet, we believe God is with us!  

For the past several months, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference staff and board have been blessed to partner with Michelle Alexander, legal scholar and author of the ground breaking book The New Jim Crow, to continue in the spirit of Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement.

In partnership with Alexander, and many others around this nation, our collective work has crystallized into a clear vision and plan to expose the many injustices, racial and class bias embedded in America’s criminal justice system- the To Be Free At Last Movement.

The To Be Free At Last Movement is a human rights movement committed to breaking the cycle of division, exclusion, racism and caste in America and indeed the world.

With vision…By Faith…Through Action…we continue to move forward. We are especially empowered by this season of Advent and the legacy of Rosa Parks to broadly share our vision on the To Be Free At Last Movement, this day, December 1, 2011.

Please take time to read and distribute the To Be Free At Last covenant &brochure. Explore our website (www.tobefreeatlast.net) to
sign on to our covenant, and let us know how we might work together to carry forth our fight for global justice and human dignity for all.

God is with us! 

“We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.”

We hope to see you at the 2012 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference!

Register Online today!


Human Trafficking and For-Profit Prisons:

The issue of privatization of prisons has reached a new and intolerable level of risk for state and local governmental complicity in humantrafficking.  The offer by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to public entities, local, state and federal, to buy their prisons under certain terms and conditions as a strategy to address budget deficits, undermines fundamental
principles of democracy and human rights.   The conditions include a 20 year management contract plus an assurance that the prison would remain at least 90% full.

This proposal strikes at the heart of a democracy grounded in human rights and compassion within ourcriminal justice system – our beliefs in fair and just punishment, rehabilitative and restorative justice, death and dying with dignity.   We must act strategically and collaboratively.


Click On These Links For More Information: 

Letter From Harley Lappin

ACLU Press Release on CCA Offer

Faith Community/Organizations’ Letter to Governors

Huffington Post Article on CCA

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