Washington, District of Columbia, 20017 United States

Mission Statement

Catholic Mobilizing Network [CMN] is the only national organization that mobilizes Catholics and all people of goodwill to value life over death, to end the use of the death penalty, to transform the U.S. criminal justice system from punitive to restorative, and to build capacity in U.S. society to engage in restorative practices. Through education, advocacy, and prayer, and based on the Gospel value that every human is created in the image and likeness of God, CMN expresses the fundamental belief that all those who have caused or been impacted by crime should be treated with dignity. CMN works in close collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and lives the Spirit of Unity of the Congregation of St. Joseph, as a founding member of the Congregation of St. Joseph Mission Network.

About This Cause

In 2005, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) launched the Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty. In 2008, a collection of activists, murder victims’ family members, representatives from prominent Catholic organizations, and women religious—including Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ (author of Dead Man Walking)—came together to brainstorm how they could support the bishops’ campaign. As a result, the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, launched Catholic Mobilizing Network in January of 2009 to implement the bishops’ campaign to end the death penalty and to promote restorative justice.

CMN is the only national faith-based organization working full-time on the abolition of the death penalty and serves as the national hub for Catholic advocacy in the movement. Over the past ten years, CMN played a critical role in state death penalty repeals in Illinois (2011), Connecticut (2012), Maryland (2013), Nebraska (2015), Delaware (2016), Washington (2018), New Hampshire (2019), and Colorado (2020) as well as the execution moratorium in California (2019). CMN works closely with Catholic, faith-based, and secular partners and is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as well as a founding member of the Congregation of St. Joseph Mission Network. As an independent 501(c)(3) that collaborates closely with the institutional Catholic Church, CMN’s respected leadership on this issue lends itself to cultivate the moral stance to end the death penalty. All of CMN’s strategic activities align with its goals to educate, advocate, and amplify.

Educate: CMN is the go-to Catholic organization for information about the death penalty and restorative justice. Its diverse educational resources, thriving social media presence, and leadership at numerous national conferences undergird its broad and impactful education and advocacy reach.

Advocate: CMN leverages Catholic leadership and influence in state campaigns to repeal and limit the use of the death penalty by mobilizing Catholic communities. CMN has established the necessary foundations for the role of Catholic advocacy in the broader restorative justice movement. It will continue to collaborate with an already-active, vocal and thriving base of grassroots supporters. Furthermore, CMN is the premier national organization that creates a faith-based public forum for dialogue on the critical intersections between restorative justice and capital punishment.

Amplify: CMN has a proven and effective record of raising up powerful Catholic voices for justice and mercy in national faith-based and secular print and media outlets, national conferences, and in strategic alliances. Through a regular cadence of press releases, impressive earned media, regular interviews, active social media, national prayer vigils, published books, speaking invitations, and partnerships, CMN has reached millions of people with its message of mercy and restoration. CMN is often one’s first step in engaging in advocacy or education around capital punishment and in learning more restorative approaches to harm and violence.

415 Michigan Ave Ne Suite 210
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
United States
Phone 2025415290
Twitter @CMNEndtheDP
Unique Identifier 471793715