The Live Free Campaign is a movement of the PICO National Network of faith-based organizations and congregations committed to addressing the causes of pervasive violence and crime in our communities. We believe that the mass criminalization and incarceration of people of color, coupled with the lack of meaningful and quality opportunities, have contributed to a state of crisis in our country. 

Live Free is committed to dismantling the mass-criminalization of people of color by mobilizing the faith community to action using the voices of those closest to the pain in order to build communities where all of God’s children can live free.

 

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The 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets SERMON SERIES will help you craft a sermon, lead a prayer, or facilitate a Bible study about seeing one another as made in the image of God, how racism and implicit bias are waging violence against those whom God loves, and our calling as people of faith to work for justice. The 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets GROUP CURRICULUM is created to help you host a conversation or training with your friends, family, small group, or house meeting. Together, you can learn and talk about the violent consequences of racial bias in our culture and media, and create a plan together for how you can combat the violence in your community today.

The 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets SERMON SERIES will help you craft a sermon, lead a prayer, or facilitate a Bible study about seeing one another as made in the image of God, how racism and implicit bias are waging violence against those whom God loves, and our calling as people of faith to work for justice.

The 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets GROUP CURRICULUM is created to help you host a conversation or training with your friends, family, small group, or house meeting. Together, you can learn and talk about the violent consequences of racial bias in our culture and media, and create a plan together for how you can combat the violence in your community today.

TAKE ACTION Today: Join us in calling for justice against the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Alameda County Sheriff. ‪#‎JusticeForMario‬ On July 15th, less than 30 minutes after asking for help, Mario Michael Martinez suffered an asthma attack in his cell at Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail. The failure of the Alameda County Sheriffs to respond cost him his life. This wasn’t the first incident of abuse or neglect with Mario; he has previously been beaten by prison deputies who also cut his braids, for which he filed a grievance. We know that far too often we are losing the brown and black women and men to the hands of the same three actors: District Attorneys, Sheriffs, and Corporations that are profiting from the misery of black and brown bodies.  

TAKE ACTION Today: Join us in calling for justice against the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Alameda County Sheriff.

‪#‎JusticeForMario‬

On July 15th, less than 30 minutes after asking for help, Mario Michael Martinez suffered an asthma attack in his cell at Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail. The failure of the Alameda County Sheriffs to respond cost him his life.

This wasn’t the first incident of abuse or neglect with Mario; he has previously been beaten by prison deputies who also cut his braids, for which he filed a grievance.

We know that far too often we are losing the brown and black women and men to the hands of the same three actors: District Attorneys, Sheriffs, and Corporations that are profiting from the misery of black and brown bodies.

 

Approaching the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th, we face a current political and social climate that continues to belie Black and Brown humanity - where, without impunity, the young black body of Mike Brown lay in the street for over 4 hours in the blazing summer heat. As we continue to mourn, we also believe we are called to lean into a ministry and theology of resistance, reclaiming the hope and power inherent in our prophetic faiths, giving us courage and healing for the days ahead. During this Week of Righteous Resistance, we are inviting you to wrestle with the principalities and powers that manifest themselves in racial prejudice, systemic evil and violence, and religious apathy and complicity.  

Approaching the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th, we face a current political and social climate that continues to belie Black and Brown humanity - where, without impunity, the young black body of Mike Brown lay in the street for over 4 hours in the blazing summer heat.

As we continue to mourn, we also believe we are called to lean into a ministry and theology of resistance, reclaiming the hope and power inherent in our prophetic faiths, giving us courage and healing for the days ahead.

During this Week of Righteous Resistance, we are inviting you to wrestle with the principalities and powers that manifest themselves in racial prejudice, systemic evil and violence, and religious apathy and complicity.