June 2021 Newsletter



Season of Action Highlights

Together, over 1,800 people held 54 meetings with legislators, 6 public actions, and many canvass days to build a more just and equitable Indiana.

Thank you Congressman Carson!


Carson joins Faith in Indiana to fight for path to citizenship

Indianapolis - On Tuesday, May 4, Congressman Andre Carson made it clear that he stands with Faith in Indiana and the 5 million undocumented essential workers who have kept our families safe, fed, and healthy during the pandemic.

During Faith in Indiana’s Freedom Together Town Hall, Congressman Carson pledged to lead the Congressional Tri-Caucus -- which is composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) -- in pressuring the Biden Administration to include a pathway to citizenship for 5 million essential workers in his Build Back Better Plan.

We want to make sure Congressman Carson knows how grateful we are. Use the buttons below to share your thanks with the congressman and say you want a pathway to citizenship for our undocumented neighbors.



Community Wins Law Enforcement Reforms in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne - Justice is a government that cares for us, funds our futures and realizes our dream of a city where we can all thrive, no exceptions. A year after young people who took to the streets in grief after the murder of George Floyd were met with tear gas and rubber bullets, Mayor Tom Henry announced his public safety and racial justice reform plan.

The ‘Moving Forward Together’ Plan includes many Faith in Indiana recommendations including the hire of two social workers to help people in crisis get the care they need rather than end up in jail, procedural justice and implicit bias training for all law enforcement officers, instituting all of the #8can’twait safety policies like requiring de-escalation, duty to intervene, transparent reporting, banning chokeholds, and others. 

“We have the power to rewrite the rules to make Fort Wayne a place where all of our children have the chance to grow up and all of our people have the chance to grow old,” said Rev. Karen Staton, Faith in Indiana Pastor of  Destiny Life Center “These are important steps forward and we must not stop until deadly force is a last resort and law enforcement is accountable to all the communities it serves.”



St. Joseph County Officials pledge to #FundOurLives with Crisis Response Center

South Bend- On Sunday, May 16, more than 300 Faith in Indiana leaders came together to call on our representatives to dedicate at least 10% of the $125 million in recovery funds coming to St. Joseph County to support a robust crisis response network.

One by one, our elected leaders -- Sheriff Bill Redman, Oaklawn CEO Laurie Nafzinger, St. Joseph County Health Officer Dr. Bob Einterz, and St. Joseph Commission President Andy Kiostelney --  pledged to do their part to put a plan in place by the end of the year to build a crisis response center and establish mobile response teams, so our loved ones can get the care they need, rather than end up in jail.


Become a Sustaining Member of Faith in Indiana

It takes all of us to build the future we want. By committing to give monthly, $10, $25, $50 -- an amount meaningful to you --  we can sustain our effort to build a just and equitable Indiana. Will you become a sustaining member, today?

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Congratulations, Rosie!

We're so incredibly proud to announce that Faith in Indiana's Lead Organizer, Rosie Bryant, has been named as one of Indianapolis Business Journal's Forty Under 40!

Under Rosie's leadership, Faith in Indiana's organizing team has done extraordinary things, moving mountains to make our state and our communities safer and more just for all of us, regardless of the color of our skin or the size of our bank account.

Read more about Rosie here:



Do you want a career that can change the world?

We’ve accomplished incredible things together, friend, and as our collective power grows, so too must our staff. We’re currently looking for two more people passionate about social justice to join our powerhouse organizing team.

Please help us spread the word far and wide about the open positions below:

Organizer, Immigrant Coalition

The Organizer will lead with members of our Immigrant Coalition in Indianapolis to win bold pro-immigrant policies at the local, state, and national levels. For example, this year we are working to end ICE detainers in Indianapolis, advance Freedom to Drive legislation, push for inclusive COVID relief, and secure a path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Organizer, Black Church Coalition

The Organizer will lead with members of our Black Church Coalition in Indianapolis win structural reforms that promote the well-being and safety of Black people at the local, state, and national levels. For example, in Indianapolis our work led to dramatic drops in incarceration, civilian control of law enforcement policies, and implementation of the nation’s most effective strategy to reduce gun violence.


Pandemic Assistance Programs

Now, more than ever, the pandemic has shown us that we are dependent on one another and that it takes all of us -- Black or white, Latino or Asian, native or newcomer -- to keep our communities safe and prospering.

That’s why we came together to fight for housing, healthcare, and economic support for families across Indiana.  We want to make sure those of you who fought for these victories are at the front of the line.  Check out the opportunities below and share them with your friends and networks, so we can all get the care and support we need.

Rental Assistance

Marion County

If you live in Marion County and are struggling financially, you may qualify for up to three months rental assistance, including late fees. Funds can be spent on back rent still owed or upcoming rent payments (or both) and families who received assistance through the program in 2020 are eligible to apply again for 2021.

Households at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) that have experienced a loss of income and are at risk of housing insttability are eligible to apply. Priority is given to households below 50% AMI and/or residents who have been unemployed. for90 days or longer.

Mortgage Relief

Marion County

Assistance for homeowners in Marion County who are struggling financially is available through the Indy Affordable Modification Program (IndyAMP). IndyAMP allows owners to remain in their homes, become current with their mortgages, and lower their monthly payment by refinancing mortgage debt at a blow-market interest rate for up to 30 years.

IndyAMP is open to existing Marion County homeowners who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, are looking to refinance a home they currently reside in, and owe between $20,000-$200,000 on the property. Borrowers must have no late payments in the 12 months (30 days or more late) prior to March 2020, but the program is open to those still struggling to pay their mortgage because of COVID-19.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Access to quality, high speed internet is no longer just a luxury -- it’s a necessity. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

Child Tax Credit

Starting July 15, millions of families will become eligible to receive monthly payments of up to $300 per month for each child in the household. The payments are a part of the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan and should continue through the end of the year.

Payments will be based on your most recent tax return, either from 2020 or 2019, and the age of your children as of December 31, 2021.



Robert Earl Smith Ph.D.

Faith in Indiana mourns the loss of great community leader. Robert Earl Smith, 74, of Granger, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 after a long battle with Leukemia.

Robert was a founder of Faith in Indiana's St. Joseph County Chapter. His work advanced more responsible policing, jail diversion, and racial equity. Robert served in leadership at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, NAACP, and the president of the MLK Sr. Men's Club, NAACP. Robert has touched so many lives. We will remember his perseverance, wisdom, love of justice, quick smile and chuckle. Our hearts go out to his wife, Sheila and his family.



Prophetic Resistance Podcast

Grounded in our diverse faith traditions and hosted by Faith in Action’s own Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, the Prophetic Resistance Podcast explores what it means to embody love in the face of fear, to show up like hope in seasons of despair, to stand ready to be light in the darkness and water in a parched land.

In each episode, listeners will learn from the stories, traditions, and wisdom of our beloved community of freedom-fighters, justice-seekers, and faith leaders. Each month, Rev. Matthews and his guests investigate how - in this moment - leaders of faith and moral courage can cultivate prophetic resistance rooted in revolutionary love.


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