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ADVISORY: Faith, Community Leaders to Report on ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative, Make Recommendations for Future Action

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Contact: Tanya Arditi
Phone: 202.741.6258

Washington, D.C. — At 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday, June 6, PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing campaign will release a new report highlighting four primary recommendations for the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, the culmination of 90 days of action and training.

The report will be released at an event highlighting the lessons learned and stories told in the 90 days since My Brother’s Keeper launched. Participants at the event, which will be co-hosted by the Lifelines to Healing campaign and the Center for American Progress, will also make recommendations for the future of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and discuss the work that still needs to be done to address the particular issues facing men and boys of color.

In February, coinciding with the announcement of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, the Lifelines to Healing campaign launched “LIVE FREE: 90 Days of Action to Preach, Pray, and Act to Become My Brother’s Keeper.” This effort engaged tens of thousands of people of faith and trained more than 3,000 community leaders in multiday LIVE FREE boot camps in 15 cities. The boot camps and 90-day effort highlighted the testimony and views of the communities and individuals most affected by gun violence and mass incarceration.

PICO’s Lifelines to Healing campaign is a faith-based effort to reduce gun violence and end mass incarceration in our nation’s urban communities. My Brother’s Keeper is an initiative launched by President Barack Obama to address the persistent racial inequities in educational opportunity, employment, and incarceration among African American and Latino youth and men.

This event is open to the media.


A day of testimony in which prominent faith leaders, formerly incarcerated people, and youth will share stories and offer recommendations for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.


Welcoming remarks:
Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Rev. Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies, Lifelines to Healing, PICO National Network

Testimonial panel:
Bishop Noel Jones, Senior Pastor, City of Refuge Church
Oswaldo Santos, H20 Productions
Michael Tubbs, Stockton City Councilman

Policy panel:
Rev. Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies, Lifelines to Healing, PICO National Network
Desmond Meade, President, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
john powell, Professor of Law and African American and Ethnic Studies and Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, University of California, Berkeley
Sherrie Deans, Executive Director, Admiral Center, Living Cities Foundation

Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


Friday, June 6, 2014
12:00 p.m. ET – 1:30 p.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005

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For interview requests, please contact Heather Cabral at, 202.776.7700, or 202.550.6880.


PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are nonpartisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at

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