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“Hangin with Bishop James Nelson & Stephen Powell at Lifelines Megafest catalyst dinner.”




“Wow! Check out the crowd of MEN!!! at Megafest – signing up to join the PICO Network Lifelines to Heal movement”





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I am not a threat. I am the future,” said 12-year old Donald Mouton during the Stockton, California prayer rally and send-off for the California leg of the Lifelines to Healing bus tour.

Last week, as the nation neared the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, Lifelines to Healing leaders boarded buses from four corners of this country. Bus-riders included college students, clergy, returning citizens and parents who lost children to gun violence.  As we headed to Washington, D.C., our goal was not only to commemorate a dream, but to ignite a movement to realize that dream in our generation.

Check out and share photos, videos and news articles of this powerful week!

In Sanford, Florida, Oakland, California and Newtown Connecticut, we stopped to honor lives lost to gun violence – holding prayer vigils in the hometowns of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and the slain students and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary.

We witnessed healing take form in the impromptu pick-up basketball game between a group of young men and the police from Camden, New Jersey. We saw dedication embodied in Robert Bryant, an 80-year old retired history teacher participating in the lengthy night walk in Camden, New Jersey, because of his passion to keep his community safe.

We embraced unity as our California bus-riders joined the PICO California pilgrims – aspiring Americans walking 285 miles for citizenship – praying together at the women’s prison in Chowchilla, California.

And we experienced hope in Donald Mouton as he said, “I have a dream when they see me, they will see God. Because God is in me, and I am love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I am not a threat. I am the future.”

The Lifelines to Healing bus tour was also featured in Jet magazine, the front pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Denver Post. Click here to read those articles and more.

Indeed, we are all God’s children – we are all the future. Let the Healing begin.

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Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour 2013

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour 2013 – Kick Off in Miami

In the week leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Lifelines to Healing is embarking on a 15-city national bus tour that will culminate in Washington, D.C. Lifelines to Healing is a campaign of the PICO National Network.

Convened in direct response to the outcry following the unjust killing of Trayvon Martin, the tour will build awareness around the persistent disparities that exist between King’s dream and the realities of being a person of color in 2013.

People of faith will travel across the country training, praying and building a movement to humanize and value the lives of all of God’s children.

Find out how you can get involved in the tour.

Across the country, people of faith are already leading campaigns to create safer communities through sensible gun laws, and other measures to keep youth of color from filling up our jails and prisons, and working to create more educational and employment opportunities in the communities that need those opportunities most.

In 1963, Dr. King called on America to understand the “fierce urgency of now” and challenged the nation to move toward a path of racial justice.  Today, Pastor Michael McBride, who leads Lifelines to Healing, is challenging the nation to truly value black and brown life.

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Instagram

Join the movement & text “Lifelines” to #69866

Lifelines to Healing Bus Tour in the Press:

Miami Times: “Get on the bus for jobs, youth, and pride”

Jet Magazine: Bus Tour Celebrates March On Washington Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Kickoff and Rally


The Lifelines to Healing Campaign stands in solidarity with the Pilgrimage for a Pathway Citizenship as they embark on a 21-day, 285 mile journey, walking on behalf of the 11 million aspiring Americans seeking a pathway in this country.

Pray with us family, that justice will prevail.

Check periodically for updates on this amazing journey!

Congressman Jeff Denham, speaking at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson on Friday night, committed to supporting and advancing an earned pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. Friday’s event marked the end of the fifth day of PICO California’s Pilgrimage for a Pathway to Citizenship. Congressman Denham’s public commitment came in response to a question asked by Pilgrim Adriana Hernandez, a resident of Patterson. He also agreed to reach out to party leadership and other members of the California delegation to urge a vote on a pathway to citizenship.

Pastor Mike McBride featured on San Francisco Foundation

Pastor Mike McBride and Lifelines To Healing were featured on The San Francisco Foundation’s website today. (The San Francisco Foundation is an incubator for community investment, original ideas, and passionate leadership.)

At the Koshland Program, it’s all about solutions that begin at the local level, with deep local understanding. That’s why we’re elated when we learn of community leaders like West Berkeley Koshland Fellow, Reverend Michael McBride, was among the 12 faith leaders who met with Vice President Biden last month to give recommendations for his comprehensive plan to lower gun violence. We know that our deep investment in enhancing leadership, and building neighborhood solutions, is strengthening not only our region, but the good of our entire country.

For Michael, running the Lifelines to Healing Campaign is organic, coming out of his many years of work in West Berkeley as Pastor of the Way Christian Center, and Executive Director of BOCA-Berkeley Organizing Communities to Action ( an affiliate of PICO), and now in leading Lifelines, a national movement of the PICO network of faith-based organizations and congregations committed to addressing the causes of pervasive violence and crime in our communities, and advocating for policies and resources that contribute to the healing of our communities.

From becoming a pastor at a church, to running a local nonprofit, to now leading a national campaign, we’ve watched Michael’s passion and leadership continue to soar. The Koshland Program’s support, capacity building, training, and access to philanthropic success, have been part this recipe for success.

Today, Michael is among several of our Koshland fellows in the Bay Area region who are working together on alternative and innovative solutions to reduce violence in low income communities. From Old Skool Café in Bay View to Dig Deep Farms in Ashland/Cherryland, fellows are coming together to share strategies, approaches, and best practices on violence prevention and to describe their “recipe” for success.

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