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Justice and Advocacy Program

We are the advocacy and public policy arm of the The Lehigh Conference of Churches. The purpose of the LCC Justice and Advocacy Committee (J&AC) is to engage advocates for justice in meaningful, theologically-based discussion which may lead to public statements or action. Through the Justice and Advocacy Network, we invite churches, church committees and individuals to partner with us and each other in addressing social justice issues of concern to the local community.

The LCC focus areas are Hunger, Homelessness/Housing, At-Risk Youth, and Mental Health. From time to time, J&AC organizes local workshops on justice issues, such as our annual Food/Hunger workshops in partnership with Bread for the World each spring; and fall workshops on immigration reform (2007), Health Care (2008), Homelessness (2009), Jobs, Workers, & Economics (2010), the Growing Economic Divide (2011), Affordable Housing (2012), and Criminal Justice / Restorative Practices (2013, 2014), Fair Legislative Redistricting (2017,2018), Support for Local Immigrants (2017,2018), Healing Communities Training (2018).

We have also organized several informal gatherings "Congregations in Mission: Finding Common Causes" for missions/outreach/social concerns committee members from different congregations to get acquainted with each other and to form new partnerships where there are common interests.


Criminal Justice Reform in the Prison System
The Color of Justice:Incarceration

April 4th, 2019
May 16, 2019 (Thursday, 7:00-9:00pm) NCC Bethlehem Campus
Incarceration.” Confirmed speakers include: John Wetzel, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections; Joe Welsh, attorney; Bonita Crowe, former employee of Northampton County, (and others TBA).
Location: Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020 in the College Center, David Reed Community Room (Rm.220).
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Criminal Justice Reform in the Prison System
The Color of Justice: Bail Reform

March 30th, 2019
April 3, 2019 (Wednesday, 7:00-9:00pm) NCC Bethlehem Campus
Bail Reform.” The featured speakers will be District Attorney John Morganelli; defense attorney Gary Asteak; Nina Reynard, Chief of Pretrial Services in Northampton County; Dr. Michael Pittaro, Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice; Melvin Geiger, Returning Citizen; and Panel Moderator, Shanita Hubbard.
Location: Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020 in the College Center, David Reed Community Room (Rm.220).
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Criminal Justice Reform in the Prison System

February 7th, 2019

March 11, 2019 (Monday, 11:45am-1:30pm)
“Criminal Justice, the Color of Money”
How the criminal justice system discriminately favors those with financial resources. Guest speakers include PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro, President Judge of Lehigh County, Ed Reibman, and Northampton County Judge Craig Dally. This is a “Kick Off” luncheon for Criminal Justice Reform in the Prison System to promote our subsequent 3 part forum series on: Bail Reform, Incarceration and Re-entry.
REGISTER HERE ($25 includes lunch). Organized by Easton NAACP and CACLV.
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Wells Fargo & Co – illegal and unethical practices

December 12th, 2018

Here’s what you should know if you do business with Wells Fargo & Co.


Lehigh Valley Homelessness – Barriers and Resources

November 28th, 2018
  • Bill White’s editorial and blog provide an overview of current homeless sheltering programs in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. That includes the winter shelter at the Allentown YMCA, Salvation Army, Sixth Street Shelter, Family Promise, Rescue Mission; Safe Harbor in Easton, and Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering Program. Evidently, the Lehigh Valley Rapid Results 100 Day Challenge on Homelessness is focused on Allentown only.
  • The LVHN Street Medicine team provides healthcare for homeless folks in the Lehigh Valley. The team sets up clinics at soup kitchens … read more »

Cancel Governor Wolf’s new dehumanizing prison policies

October 19th, 2018

  Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) policies instituted in September in response to the drug crisis in prisons have violated prisoners’ rights, restricted access to educational materials, and delayed people’s correspondence with loved ones on the outside.
  On October 19, partly in response to public feedback, the DOC announced changes to some of the offensive policies listed in this on-line petition to Governor Wolf and described in news reports (below). A summary of recent DOC policy changes is posted here, and there is additional information linked to the DOC homepage: www.cor.pa.gov. … read more »


Hazleton Integration Project

June 21st, 2018

Healing Communities Training – Lehigh Valley

April 30th, 2018

Healing Communities

June 23, 2018 (Saturday, 9:00am–4:00pm) – at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethlehem, PA

There are many ways groups and congregations can engage in creative prison and restorative justice ministry, not only inside prison but in churches and communities, too. With scores of inmates being released and returning as citizens every day, the need is urgent for churches to reach out to them–and also to victims–to offer help, hope and restorative healing. A valuable ministry that has seen success nationally is now coming to Pennsylvania to help churches respond to this need. … read more »


End Mass Incarceration – Lehigh Valley

April 6th, 2018

POWER Northeast – End Mass Incarceration Lehigh Valley working group
meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month, 6-8pm at 916 W. Turner St., Allentown. For more details and other events related to Mass Incarceration, see justice.ppjr.org .


“Reclaiming Our Democracy: Rally to End Gerrymandering” – April 16

April 6th, 2018

Fair Districts Pa – Thursday, April 16, 2018 – State Capital Building
There will be buses from Lehigh Valley and other parts of the state.
Bus fare is $20. For details, see www.fairdistrictspa.com/events



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