On Friday morning, September 25, a group of Catholic “pilgrims” from Brockton and Lynn will travel to Philadelphia to join Pope Francis in calling for the compassionate and dignified treatment of all people, including people in poverty, immigrants and people convicted of crime. These pilgrims are leaders in their parishes and in their community organizations, ECCO, BIC and MCAN. They are working on issues of social justice, just as Pope Francis has called for.
Job NOT Jails Coalition leaders from all over Massachusetts will join these pilgrims for a prayer vigil at 9:45 a.m. at South Bay Correctional Facility and then send them off on their journey to see Pope Francis.
The Jobs NOT Jails Coalition is working on state legislation called the Justice Reinvestment Act to reduce mass incarceration and fund jobs creation here in Massachusetts.
We stand in solidarity with Pope Francis, who will visit a jail while in Philadelphia and who consistently challenges the “Economy of Exclusion”, and our “Throwaway Culture”. No one is disposable. We are tired of being shut out, knocked down and locked up!
For more information contact:
Isabel Lopez at BIC: (617) 306-1365 firstname.lastname@example.org,
Alexandra Pineros-Shields at ECCO (781) 592-6167
Lew Finfer at MCAN: (617) 470-2912 LewFInfer@gmail.com
*BIC and ECCO are members of the Massachusetts Community Action Network and the
National PICO National Network