Sunday, October 30 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Streaming live from St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
2391 St Marks Way, Sacramento CA 95864
Livestreaming at www.facebook.com/LegalizeCalifornia2016
For people of faith, politics means the way by which we live out the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves. People of faith play a unique role in this election cycle and for this proposition by encouraging civil, respectful dialogue that builds community and offers a hope-filled vision of the future for all people. In particular, Proposition 64 represents a critical opportunity for the faith community to speak out and educate around the need for criminal justice reform. In particular, there are community programs that can better engage young people than incarceration. Many black and brown lives are destroyed because of incarceration and this is an opportunity for the faith community to speak to the moral imperative for supporting Proposition 64.
It is necessary for congregations and church bodies to develop nonpartisan voter education and empowerment programs that promote responsible, thoughtful civic engagement and help people of faith reflect upon how politics has real life consequences.
On Sunday October 30, 2016, Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform (CRMR), in partnership with the California Council of Churches IMPACT, will produce a statewide webcast (live and recorded) from Sacramento at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
The purpose of the live steam is as follows: 1) to directly engage faith communities across California and meet them where they are – but especially African American and Latino congregations 2) help to change the narrative as it pertains to cannabis as an illicit substance and 3) help to educate faith communities about proposition 64 and ending the war on drugs in minority communities. This event will tie in directly with the CRMR field operation by bringing CRMR’s voter universe into the same space, and encourage voters to mobilize on election day in support of proposition 64.
We are asking congregations and other groups to do the following:
- Host our Faith Event livestream at your congregation and spread the word about it.
- Organize a church voter registration drive prior to the registration deadline of October 24, 2016 to ensure that your congregation is 100% registered.
- Invite members of the DPA to your church to speak about Proposition 64 from an educational perspective.
- Organize a nonpartisan voter empowerment and mobilization get-out-the-vote activity for your congregation and community.
- Post education material about proposition 64 on church bulletin boards and include information in your church’s newsletter.
- Allow our volunteers to table at your congregation to solicit volunteers to help in our Get Out the Vote activities.
- Invite your congregation to a CRMR phone bank or host a nonpartisan get out the vote phone bank.
The Rev. Dr. Alan Jones, Pastor St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Sacramento; President California Council of Churches
The Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs, Executive Director Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity; Pastor Los Angeles Filipino American United Church of Christ, Director California Council of Churches
The Rev. Walter Contreras, Vice President of NaLEC, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Latino Pastor at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Member of CLUE, Clergy United for Economic Justice and La Red de Pastores del Sur de California
Rev. Mahsea Evans, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Sacramento, The Ignite Institute at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley
The Rev Kevin Kitrell Ross, Senior Minister/Spiritual Director, Unity of Sacramento
Dale Sky Jones, Oaksterdam University Executive Chancellor
Diane Goldstein, Lieutenant (Ret.) Redondo Beach Police Department, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
Jeff Jones, Patient ID Center, US Supreme Court Defendant US v OCBC
The Rev. Dr. Rick Schlosser, California Council of Churches/IMPACT
Kendra Lewis, California Council of Churches/IMPACT