Friday, July 22, 2016

First Congregational Church of Montclair Sept 9 Solidarity Statement

July 2016 To All NJ Area Organizations and Individuals in the Struggle for Justice,

 First Congregational Church of Montclair is writing to express solidarity with all who fight for freedom throughout New Jersey and the country to bring attention to issues of mass incarceration in US prisons and detention centers. As a congregation passionate about fighting for social justice, we want to support the movement to end mass incarceration and improve the rights of the currently incarcerated. As such, FCC is a member of a local task force working to bring attention to the issues of mass incarceration and to end solitary confinement in New Jersey. Prisoners across multiple states have issued a call for a strike on September 9, 2016, which is the 45th anniversary of the Attica State Prison Uprising.

FCC wants to show solidarity with the striking prisoners by this letter of support and by attending educational rallies, marches, and protests in New Jersey in support of this movement. For more information on FCC, please see our website at For more information on Decarcerating the Garden State, please see the website

In Peace and Justice,
Rev. Ann Ralosky and First Congregational Church of Montclair

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