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Families First

No matter where we come from or what our color, most of us work hard for our families. But today, Indiana families are hurting.

  • Today, 70% of Indiana jobs don’t pay enough to live on.
  • The leading cause of death for young black males is homicide.
  • Incarceration rates are at an all-time high and rising faster here than any other state in the last two decades.
  • The opioid crisis ravages our state, while life-saving medications remain out of reach for many.

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 everyone thrives.

Through the Families First Campaign, an initiative of Faith in Indiana and Act Indiana, thousands of people of faith and good will are building independent political power grounded in their faith values. In towns big and small, we are calling our representatives, visiting them in their offices, attending town hall meetings to voices our concerns, and showing up to vote on Election Day. By taking collective action, we lift our faith voice to advance our Families First agenda.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

We work towards a criminal justice system that promotes healing and redemption, and shifts resources away from the mass criminalization of Black people, immigrants, and poor families. We support an end to the cash bail system, so people’s freedom doesn’t depend on ability to pay. We want people who are mentally ill or suffering from addiction to receive treatment, not jail. We endorse reforms to ensure police and law enforcement officials are accountable to our communities.

We can keep our communities safe without mass incarceration. Faith in Indiana endorses gun safety measures like universal background checks and a ban on civilian access to military assault rifles. We work to implement strategies to reduce gun violence that offer a genuine path out of street life to the small number of people responsible for shootings.

Our restorative justice work is aligned with the LIVE FREE Campaign of the Faith in Action Network.

IMMIGRANT INCLUSION

Faith in Indiana believes in the American promise of freedom and opportunity. As people of faith, we are called to welcome people who travel far from home to make a better life for their families. Our organizing work builds leadership skills for immigrants and religious minorities. We endorse policies that give everyone access to healthcare, education, and driver’s licenses, regardless of immigration status. We support a path to full citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants. We oppose policies that menace immigrant communities and separate family members from each other.

Our immigrant organizing work is aligned with the LA RED Campaign of the Faith in Action Network.

HEALTHCARE FOR ALL, NO EXCEPTIONS

No matter where people live, what they look like, or what’s in their wallets, everyone gets sick. At some point in our lives, we all need affordable quality healthcare. But today, political elites, drug corporations, and powerful lobbyists are standing in the way of our health. Faith in Indiana is organizing for a healthcare system where everyone has access to good, affordable healthcare.

CARING ECONOMY

We imagine a world in which workers earn enough money to provide for their family, people can be at the bedside of a sick family member or home with a newborn baby without fear of losing their jobs, and all of our children receive excellent education, from preschool to college, without taking on debt. Faith in Indiana is working toward an economy that puts families first.

FAIR DEMOCRACY

Without a functioning democracy, we can’t win any of the changes we want. That’s why Faith in Indiana is organizing to build a fair and inclusive democracy that puts people at the center of politics. We support fair redistricting, automatic voter registration, an end to voter ID, and other reforms to make it easier for people to be vote. In order to bring our democracy to life, we train grassroots leaders to get involved in political affairs, from neighborhood conversations to the state’s highest offices.

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