Last night, over 550 ACT leaders from Lifelines of Hope and the Diocesan Immigration Support Network came together to take a powerful stand against gang violence and for improving the partnership between law enforcement and the faith community. ACT leaders pressed the deputy chief of police, sheriff captain, chief of probation, and City Councilmember Jay Schenirer for commitments to expand the Ceasefire program citywide, expand the partnership between law enforcement and faith leaders, and to explore a local detainer policy to prevent unnecessary deportations. Over 15 clergy attended the event as well, leading the celebration of Ceasefire’s powerful first year results: 70% reduction in violence between targeted gangs and a 58% drop in violence in the neighborhood where Ceasefire has been implemented.
ACT leaders received strong commitments from their invited guests to continue support for Ceasefire and seek additional funding for expansion. The sheriff department also committed to explore a detainer policy to prevent unnecessary deportations. ACT leaders and community members pledged to increase night walks, to vote, and to share with residents what happened at the action.
Congratulations to our incredibly dedicated leaders and staff who made it happen!
By Alicia Ross, Executive Director, Sacramento ACT