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Jesus was incarcerated pre-trial


05 April 2020

Thank you to everyone participating in our online Palm Sunday action. Today, on the first official day of our #DecarcerateChrist campaign, we already exceeded our original $2,000 goal!

Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to set a new goal of $5,000. This number is significant because approximately 5,000 people are locked up in Cook County Jail on a given day.

$5,000 represents the average amount of money required to be released.

Even $5 or $10 can be the difference between an accused person celebrating Easter at home or being imprisoned in a jail with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the midst of a public health crisis.


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Over 2,000 years ago Jesus was unjustly arrested and incarcerated pre-trial.  Today, in Cook County over 2,000 people – mostly Black and Brown people – are trapped in jail during a global pandemic, just because they cannot afford bail.

Scripture tells us that whatever we do to our most vulnerable siblings, we do to Jesus.

As we celebrate Palm Sunday safely from our homes, waving palms and crying out, “Hosanna!” our joy is tempered because we know that Christ is incarcerated in the Cook County Jail.  

This Holy Week we must #DecarcerateChrist.

We are partnering with the Chicago Community Bond Fund to raise money to get one of our incarcerated siblings #OutbyEaster.  Our goal is $2000 to guarantee the release of one person who needs our help.

Go to our fundraising page. Give what you can, and invite your friends. Even $5 or $10  can be the difference between celebrating Easter at home, or being imprisoned in a jail with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the midst of a public health crisis.

The mission of the Gospel is about liberating captives and setting people free. Let’s make this Easter the one where we break the bonds of injustice and #DecarcerateChrist.

[In Spanish]

Hace 2,000 años Jesucristo fue detenido y encarcelado antes del juicio. Hoy en día en Cook County, más que 2,000 personas – mayormente personas de color – están encerrados durante una pandemia global, simplemente porque no tienen la capacidad de pagar la fianza.

La Escritura nos dice que cualquier cosa que hacemos para nuestrxs hermanxs más vulnerables, lo hacemos para Cristo.

Mientras nosotrxs celebramos el Domingo de Palmas / Domingo de Ramos desde nuestras casas, con cantos y hosanas, nuestra alegría está moderada porque sabemos que Cristo está recluido en la cárcel de Cook County.

Esta Semana Santa, debemos #DecarcelarACristo.

Estamos trabajando juntxs con Chicago Community Bond Fund (Fondo Comunitario de Chicago para Fianzas) para juntar dinero para que unx de nuestrxs hermanxs encarceladxs esté #FueraParaPascua. Queremos juntar $2,000 para garantizar la liberación de una persona que necesita nuestra ayuda.

Entre en nuestra página de recaudación de fondos.  Contribuya lo que pueda e invite a sus amigxs. Sólo $5 o $10 pueden ser la diferencia entre celebrar la Pascua en casa, o ser encerrado en una cárcel con casos confirmados de COVID-19 en medio de una crisis de salud pública.

La misión del Evangelio tiene que ver con liberar a lxs cautivxs y emancipar a la gente. Esta Pascua, Dios nos invita a romper las cadenas de la injusticia y #DecarcelarACristo.

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