After much advocacy for eviction protections, Fresno students, resident leaders and partners celebrated the passage of an Eviction Protection Program, which allocates $750,000 to provide legal counsel to Fresno tenants facing unlawful evictions, mediation services between tenants and landlords, and…
Mass policing and mass incarceration do not create safer communities. Instead, we must move to fully examine the root causes of criminal activity and violence and commit to dismantling the social determents that drive these behaviors.
Faith in the Valley joined a coalition of partners who are following the lead of the unhoused community to bring needed housing solutions to the Central Valley, uniting students, unhoused community members, clergy and residents.
Faith in the Valley is partnering with Advance Peace and the Fresno Black Metro Chamber of Commerce to lead a cohort of 20 hard-to-reach youth in Fresno who are learning about and acting on the intersections of restorative justice, pollution and environmental justice.
Last December, our participatory defense team began working with the teen in detention, his family and Ashok. The team, composed of Faith in the Valley grassroots leaders and congregations, works to accompany individuals facing criminal charges and their families. To support this young person, the team created a “socio-bio packet” highlighting the stories gained from talking to him and his community. When submitted, the packet provided the court with a more humanizing picture of his life and circumstances.
Our partners joined us to hold a press conference in Fresno highlighting the arrival of the Biden Administration's temporary Child Tax Credit and calling on elected representatives to make the benefit permanent.
In this next installment of our Faith in the Valley Justice Interview series, we talk with Dr. Karen Crozier about what it was like growing up in Fresno and what drew her to a life of serving the church.
The most recent youth shootings involved a 15-year-old in southeast Fresno on Nov. 15, and a 13-year-old boy from central Fresno on Nov. 24 — two areas highly impacted by gun violence. The city has seen a steep climb in gun violence this year with 63 homicides. Marcel Woodruff, lead organizer with Faith in the Valley, said the most active pockets of town are known to have some of the worst air quality in Fresno.
Andy Levine, deputy director of Faith in the Valley, said he was troubled by Hall’s claim that movement to re-imagine funding for the police is causing an uptick in violent crime. “That is just unprofessional,” Levine said. “The truth is the reason why violence occurs in our community is because we have funded so heavily the police departments in our city and our country at the expense of other, more pro-active things, in our community.”
Advance Peace is dedicated to ending cyclical and retaliatory gun violence in American urban neighborhoods.