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CSA’s free weekly publication, a carefully curated collection of original articles at the intersection of spiritual formation and social action.

What Happens After November 3?

With Kifah Shah, Hardy Merriman, and Andre Henry

We invited the creative team behind the Hold the Line Guide to Defending Democracy to explore tangible steps that the church, people of faith, and ministry leaders can take to ensure a free and fair election.

Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard

By Laura Markle Downton

Inside most of the local jails, state and federal prisons, and detention centers that dot the landscape of the United States, on any given day, tens of thousands of incarcerated adults and youth are held in solitary confinement.

Mass Incarceration: A Gospel Response

By Bishop Ernest McNear and Reverend Lin Crowe
The statistics hang over the cities of America like a thick grey cloud, almost blotting out the light of hope and opportunity. One out of every nine young black males in the United States between the ages of twenty and thirty-four is behind bars.

They Will Not Be Forgotten: The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice

By Kimberlee A Johnson

They were lynched. Mutilated. Dragged, dismembered, drowned. Strangled, stabbed, shot. They were beaten, burned, hanged. And they will not be forgotten.

Thanks to the vision, research, and hard work of the Equal Justice Initiative and its founder Bryan Stevenson, thousands of African American people whose lives were tragically ended as a result of racial terrorism will be remembered.

Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard

By Laura Markle Downton

Editor’s Note: This week, we are reposting CSA staff selections of the most memorable articles of 2017. Today’s selection was chosen by Kristyn Komarnicki, Director of Dialogue and Convening for CSA.

DOJ Ends Private Prison Outsourcing: What’s Next?

By Merrick Korach

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on August 18, 2016 that it will no longer outsource federal prisons to private prison companies, because many of these privately operated prisons have failed to provide adequate mental health and medical attention to their detainees.

Fighting the U.S. Caste Culture

Interview by Harold Dean Trulear
Denouncing our present system as “a caste-like system that locks millions of Americans into permanent second-class status,” Alexander marshals both hard data and human stories to advocate for laws that would reverse our country’s escalating prison population.