Spring Lobby Weekend 2016: End Mass Incarceration

End Mass Incarceration

This year, Congress could actually take positive steps on mass incarceration -- but we need your help. New legislation, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. But in an election year this legislation will not be approved unless members of Congress hear from their constituents.

Please join hundreds of students, recent grads, and young adults coming to Washington, DC for FCNL's Spring Lobby Weekend. We'll urge our senators and representatives to pass the sentencing reform legislation as a first step step toward ending mass incarceration.

Register now, come to Washington, and find out how you can take an important step toward passing common-sense legislation that will begin to repair our country's broken criminal justice system. For more information, see our toolkit.

Tentative Program

Saturday, March 12

Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC

  • Noon: Registration Opens and lunch (provided by FCNL)
  • 1:00: Welcome and Orientation – Diane Randall
  • 1:15: Opening Keynote: Mass Incarceration – the New Jim Crow
  • 2:30: Tell Your Story
  • 3:15: Digging Deeper Into Mass Incarceration
    Returning Citizens
    Schools to Prison Pipeline
  • 4:30: Worship
  • 5:00: Questions/New Attender Orientation
  • 6:00: Dinner on your own

Sunday, March 13

Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC

  • 8:00: Breakfast (provided by FCNL)
  • 9:00: Worship
  • 9:30: Moving from Prophetic to Powerful, Practical Change -- FCNL
  • 10:00: We are Changing This System: From Crack Cocaine to Sentencing Reform
  • 11:00: Lobby Ask—Sentencing Reform Legislation
  • 12:00: Lunch (provided by FCNL)
  • 12:30: Luncheon Keynote
  • 2:00: Roundtable Discussion—Practical Strategies to Address Sentencing Reform
  • 3:30: Allies You Can Work With
  • 4:30: Introduction to Lobby Training and Planning (optional)
  • 5:30: Dinner on your own (not provided by FCNL)

Monday, March 14

Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC

  • 8:00: Continental Breakfast (provided by FCNL)
  • 9:00: Congressional Staff Panel
  • 10:00: Lobby Training
  • 10:30: Break out by state level groups to plan visits
  • 11:00: Practice in front of group
  • 11:30: State Group Final Planning (extends over lunch)
  • 12:00: Lunch (provided by FCNL)
  • 2:00: Congressional Briefing—State Initiatives on Mass Incarceration
  • 4:00: Who to reach out to when you get home
  • 5:30: Dinner on your own

Tuesday, March 15

Note Different Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation – 212 East Capitol Street

  • all day: Lobbying on Capitol Hill
  • 8:00: Breakfast provided by FCNL
  • 9:00: Senators Brief on Mass Incarceration
  • 11:30: Box lunches available at Lutheran Church
  • 3:00: Program ends

Conversation with Experts

FCNL's Ellen Short spoke with Kara Gotsch, the director of advocacy for the Faith in Action Criminal Justice Reform Working Group. The working group consists of more than 30 faith-based organizations. She works to strengthen sentencing reform efforts and develop new legislation to reduce the impact of the U.S. criminal justice system.

Jondhi Harrell is the director of the Center for Returning Citizens, based in Philadelphia. He is a formerly incarcerated Quaker working to help reintegrate formerly incarcerated people back into society.

For Questions About...

Program and Recruiting

Talk to Ellen: ellen@fcnl.org

Logistics and Financial Support

Talk to Andrew: andrew@fcnl.org

Scheduling a Lobby Visit

Talk to Julia: julia@fcnl.org

Financial Support

If you are an individual interested in financial support, please first complete a registration, which does not require payment. You may indicate you’re interested in support as part of your registration and you will be automatically emailed an application. If you are a group interested in financial support or housing options, please contact Andrew Silva directly at andrew@fcnl.org.

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