- Faith Leaders & Our Role in the COVID-19 Crisis
- Indiana's Race-Class Narrative Project
- Season of Encounter: Sacred Conversations on Race & Faith
- Health Impacts of Mass Incarceration on Indiana's Children
- Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity
- The People's Agenda to End Mass Incarceration and Mass Criminalization in Marion County
Indiana’s Race-Class Narrative Project
The goal of Demos’ Race-Class Narrative (RCN) project is to develop an empirically-tested narrative on race and class that resonates with all working people and offers an alternative to—and neutralizes the use of—dog-whistle racism.
Faith in Indiana partnered with Demos in 2018 to research connections between race and class and how specific messaging resonates with all people, while other types of narratives divide people along lines of race.
The findings form the basis of our messaging as we mobilize and activate working-class people of all races, women and people of color to get out and vote, run for office and drive change toward racial and economic equity in Indiana.
Race-Class Indiana: A Winning Progressive Narrative Faith in Indiana
Season of Encounter: Sacred Conversations on Race & Faith
Today, certain politicians exploit racial anxiety to divide working people and undermine faith in government for all—and rig the rules to benefit the wealthy few. Decades of voter suppression, gerrymandering, and voter-alienation have left regular people in Indiana marginalized from political power.
For Indiana’s families—Black, White, and Latino—the consequences are devastating.
- While corporate profits are at an all-time high, 70% of Indiana jobs don’t pay enough to live on.
- The leading cause of death for young black males in our state is homicide.
- Incarceration rates are at an all-time high—rising 32% in just two years—the largest increase of any state in the last two decades.
- The opioid crisis ravages our state.
Our religious traditions remind us that it doesn’t have to be that way. By joining together with people from all walks of life, we can create a just and inclusive Indiana where everyone belongs and every family thrives.
The Path Forward
Together we are building a faith movement to reshape Indiana’s priorities and advance a moral budget in 2021 that divests from incarceration and invests in families. We encourage our faith and community partners to shape this agenda and grow our collective power to enact our values. In 2020 we will:
- Invite 10,000 people to weigh-in on priorities for a moral budget for 2021
- Engage 52,000 voters of color, women, and youth to vote
Meet with 50 elected officials and candidates on our Families First Agenda and bring home change in our
Health Impacts of Mass Incarceration on Indiana’s Children
Promoting Social, Emotional, and Developmental Health and Well-Being in Early Childhood
RESEARCH PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The IRL Indiana team investigated (2016-2019) the impact of mass incarceration on the social, emotional, and developmental, health and long-term health equity of Indiana’s young children. The research included surveys and focus groups with members of communities affected by incarceration. Preschool directors and direct care providers were also surveyed and participated in focus groups to learn about their experiences and needs in serving children who have an incarcerated parent.
- Angela Tomlin, PhD
- Shoshanna Spector, BA
- Karen Ruprecht, PhD
Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity
This report from the National Academy of Sciences features Faith in Indiana (then known as Indianapolis Congregation Action Network, or IndyCAN) as one of nine community examples of promoting health equity nationwide.
The section featuring IndyCAN in-depth begins on page 261.
From the Preface
Our nation’s founders wrote that all people are created equal with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Therefore, the principles of equality and equal opportunity are deeply rooted in our national values, and in the notion that everyone has a fair shot to succeed with hard work. However, our nation’s social and economic well-being depends in part on the well-being of its communities, and many are facing great and evolving challenges. Across the country there are communities with insufficient access to jobs, adequate transit, safe and affordable housing, parks and open space, healthy food options, or quality education—the necessary conditions and opportunities to fully thrive. This lack of opportunity is particularly evident in the disparities that exist in health status and health outcomes between different zip codes or census tracts.
The People’s Agenda to End Mass Incarceration and Mass Criminalization in Marion County
Marion County has a long history of overly aggressive policing and prosecution strategies that have entangled far too many Black and Latino men and women in the criminal justice system, without making the community safer. County officials have long failed to follow best practices for preventing violence, diverting people out of the criminal justice system, and reducing the number of people behind bars.
Annual Summaries and Voter Reports2018 Annual Summary
Faith in Indiana brings people together across race, faith and place to advance new narratives and a bold agenda, for racial and economic justice in Indiana. In 2018, through faith voters, faith voices and a faith vision, we lowered recidivism in Indianapolis by 10 percent, blocked two immigrant detention centers, protected health care and much more! (View annual report)2016 Annual Summary
IndyCAN is changing the narrative around race, equality and opportunity for all in Indianapolis! In 2016, we empowered 1,304 Hoosier residents — marginalized families, returning citizens, faith leaders and more — to make real change in our state. Our annual summary highlights our major accomplishments, including wins for economic dignity, criminal justice reform and immigrant inclusion! (View annual report)2015 Annual Summary
IndyCAN had much to celebrate when looking back on 2015. We prayed. We voted. We acted! We saw the power we can generate when we come together, united in our faith and our belief that all men and women are created equally in the image of God. (View annual report)