Institute of Aspiring Abolitionists: An Educational Initiative by Jason Marque Sole

Please join us on November 15 at 7 pm. Jason Marque Sole is a formerly incarcerated abolitionist. He has been a national restorative justice trainer since 2008, leading circles in jails, prisons and in the community. Jason is currently an adjunct professor at Hamline University in the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Department. His a past president of the Minneapolis NAACP and cofounder of the Humanize My Hoodie movement which challenges threat perceptions about Black people through clothing, art exhibitions, documentary screenings and workshops. If you plan to join in person, please note that masks are required. If you plan to join virtually, the link is:

There is no cost to attend; we hope you’ll join us!

This is a Human Issue

If you have not yet watched, please watch and listen.  This is the story I referenced in church on Sunday morning. It is easy to bring our own bias and filter, but the events at Ferguson this week are spectacles and hearing aids for us to better see and hear of a history of discrimination, oppression, and racism in our country.  While I agree in the full context of listening to the story about this being a human issue, the human issue is deeply rooted in racism.

“And what does the Lord require of you?  To seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” Micah 6: 8

This Is My (Our) Son

From a mom at SOLPC:

This is my son. He loves to play with Transformers, trains and Hot Wheels. He loves the color orange. He loves to eat anything sweet. There is nothing he likes more than swimming or going to the park. He likes church and Sunday school. He is so excited to start kindergarten. We think he is the smartest kid we know.
He’s funny and tries to make friends with every kid he meets. He loves his family and his cousin Jacob. In 8 years he will be a teenager and, here in America, that means he will start to be seen as a threat and dangerous just because of his skin color. Don’t let that happen to my son. He deserves so much more. This has to stop.