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Thu Apr 19, 2018, 04:55 PM

SURJ Showing up for Racial Justice

From the site:

We are living in times that call for prophetic imagination and a courageous willingness to “practice the world we wish to see,” as adrienne maree brown says in Emergent Strategy. These times also call for honest reflection on the ways we as white folk participate in the perpetuation of racism and can repent, literally to go back and walk a different way.

In that spirit, SURJ-Faith is organizing a campaign that asks faith/spiritual communities to examine our relationship to policing and police violence. This campaign is an act of accountability to people of color who are asking white people to join them in imagining and taking action toward a world without policing, and is also aligned with the Vision for Black Lives.

To read more, and to find links to groups all over the US:


Edited to add: one such story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/?utm_term=.685608d5271c

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Thu Apr 19, 2018, 05:44 PM

1. This story:

Churches make a drastic pledge in the name of social justice: To stop calling the police

The churches call their drastic approach “divesting” from policing. They say that one headline after another about policing around the country shows that it’s necessary — most recently, events include a notorious call to police about two African American men at a Philadelphia Starbucks and the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, shot eight times as he was holding an iPhone, not a gun.

The project of divesting is organized by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a nationwide organization that tries to get white Americans working on behalf of racial justice. The four Unitarian and Protestant churches that have joined so far include three in the Bay Area and one in Iowa City. The Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ has signed on to recruit from among its member churches, and the Bay Area churches are talking to more congregations in their area, from denominations including the Disciples of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Thu Apr 19, 2018, 05:46 PM

2. It is great to see all of these groups working toward progressive goals.

SURJ, the Moral Monday Movement, and many others.

I call them fellow progressives.

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