In the face of violence, God’s resolve for peace in human communities is unshakable. Deliberate acts to harm or kill innocent people violate God’s intention for human community. God’s commandment is “You shall not murder” (Ex. 20:13).
In proclaiming God’s law, we declare that all people are accountable before God and the community to honor and respect the life God has given.
LEAMNJ urges our government to stem the proliferation of guns on our streets, and homes by supporting legislation to keep firearms from persons with serious mental illness and domestic violence arrests. Working in partnership with Heeding God's Call, LEAMNJ advocates for the elimination of illegal guns in the state. We also work in coalition with faith groups to prevent deaths by gun suicide as a public health crisis in our state.
Further, we support efforts to dialogue with local police forces encouraging the implementation of community policing. Protect our youth from the epidemic of violence through equitable law enforcement, and the promotion of education, social programs, anti-drug programs, and real job opportunities. We further urge congregations to offer vital spiritual and moral resources for replacing fear and violence, with hope and reconciliation in our homes, communities, and nation.
LEAMNJ advocates for building strong anti-violence coalitions in our neighborhoods and communities, one way we do this is by supporting survivors of domestic violence.
We further engage in educational events related to human trafficking in New Jersey. If you have a tip about trafficking or need help, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center anytime 24/7: 1-888-3737-888 or text "BeFree" or 233733.