The Interfaith Coalition for Justice in our Jails grew out of the Live Free table of Faith in Action East Bay (FIAEB) The Live Free Table wrote a report titled
In 2019, encouraged by formerly incarcerated advocates, we began a campaign among 11 congregations to advocate for Medi-Cal reinstatement for those whose insurance is suspended or terminated
while they are in jail.
We formed the Interfaith Coalition for Justice in our Jails to expand our membership and our voice
in pursuit of that goal.
We seek to hold the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and the Board of Supervisors accountable
for conditions in the jail.
Today the table of FIAEB has about 40 congregations and 15 schools as members - all of which share
a passion for racial justice and economic equity.
ICJJ is proud to be an independent table of FIAEB.
Religious leaders representing over 15 congregations, synagogues, and mosques at the May 2022 ICJJ rally in front of the Board Of Supervisors to honor and protest the 68 people that had died in Santa Rita Jail by that date.
As People of Faith...
"My faith commands action to relieve suffering and end unjust imprisonment. Incarceration of people challenged by homelessness, mental illness, or substance use disorder is unjust and oppressive.
It offends my conscience that the burdens of unaffordable housing, inadequate behavioral health care, and over-incarceration fall most heavily on People of Color. As a Jew and daughter of immigrants, I cannot stand idly by. "
Myrna Schwartz, Kehilla Synagogue
What It Means to Be a Member
~ The name of your group will be displayed on the ICJJ website and monthly newsletter. There are no dues.
~ Your congregation or group will identify a contact person to receive ICJJ newsletters and announcements and distribute them to your members.
~ You’re invited to participate by joining one of our ongoing campaigns (link to campaign page)
~ You’re invited to join us for one-time actions like speaker forums, vigils, and advocacy letter writing projects.
~ Any member is welcome to attend ICJJ's monthly general meetings. Attendance at the general meetings is encouraged, but not required.
To inquire about membership, please contact us.