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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:57 pm 
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Reading the last page of this thread, it brought to mind a poster I recently saw on Facebook.


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http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local-mosque-raises-funds-to-send-officers-through-training-camp

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Officials in Inkster noticed a problem with the lack of diversity in the Police Department.

The department currently has 26 sworn-in officers, and only nine of them are black, including the chief.

Inkster’s Chief Riley discovered it wasn’t the lack of black applicants, but the fact that Inkster, unlike larger departments, doesn’t pay the seven $7,000 cost to go through training.

“You got almost six months in the academy. Who is going to pay your bill? Who will pay your medical? Who's going to feed your family? I said 'That's problem,'” Riley said.

Chief Riley reached out to Mayor Nolen who quickly contacted .......


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CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER TO KEYNOTE 2017 CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE - National LGBTQ Task Force

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The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced that Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Creating Change Conference, the nation’s largest gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) activists and allies. Barber, who serves as the President of the North Carolina NAACP and is best known for leading the “Moral Monday” movement, will speak in front of thousands of attendees on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

“We are facing a pivotal moment in the history of our nation—one where we must work even more closely together to defeat the opponents of progress. Dr. Barber is a leader who brings an amazing array of people together for change. We are very excited to hear his inspirational words as our keynote speaker at Creating Change 2017,” said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director.

In 2013, Barber began organizing weekly “Moral Monday” protests at the North Carolina Capitol in Raleigh against Governor Pat McCrory and the legislature’s attempts to roll back major advances in civil rights, education, healthcare, and voting rights. The protests began with a small group of clergy and activists and grew to thousands the following months. The Moral Monday protests have since inspired similar movements in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and elsewhere, in response to lawmakers seeking to deny historically marginalized communities their basic rights, legal protections, and critical human services.


The conservative Christian right was never, ever, about "morality". Their Trump vote in upwards of 81% only underscores that.

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The conservative Christian right was never, ever, about "morality". Their Trump vote in upwards of 81% only underscores that.

I wasn't really surprised by their vote (since I saw it coming from first-hand anecdotal accounts), but I am disappointed.


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Statement by Major Christian Organizations on President-Elect Trump’s Policy Agenda and Political Appointments - National Council of Churches

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Together, we represent millions of Christians in the U.S. who believe in the power and possibility of healing and unity for our nation. We have grave concerns about a proposed policy agenda that, if enacted, would put the most vulnerable among us in jeopardy. Throughout Christian scriptures, we are instructed to care for the poor and the most vulnerable. The Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, has given more than 30 million people access to affordable health coverage. While working to improve the ACA will benefit all Americans, repealing it without simultaneously offering a replacement is reckless and unnecessarily endangers the health of millions of people. This is certainly no way to make America great.

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In addition, we are deeply troubled by choices President-Elect Trump has made for his Cabinet, particularly for Chief Strategist, Attorney General, and National Security Advisor. Stephen Bannon, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions and Michael Flynn epitomize extremist, racist and fringe world views that we believe are morally inconsistent with Christian principles of loving neighbor and antithetical to American values of “liberty and justice for all.”

These objectionable nominees represent a bygone era of hatred that we have denounced and worked tirelessly to eradicate. Their corrupted credentials, which include condoning and supporting racist, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, xenophobic, and anti-Muslim ideologies, are not only unacceptable but they should disqualify them for service as public officials. We urge the President-Elect to protect the integrity of our nation by replacing these nominees with candidates who represent shared American values for the common good.

Before he takes the oath of office, we call on President-Elect Trump to preserve, protect and defend our nation by enacting a policy agenda that will improve the lives of the most vulnerable, not put them at greater risk. We urge President-Elect Trump to preserve, protect and defend our nation against people who have a documented history of racial hatred, bigotry, and xenophobia. We encourage President-Elect Trump to preserve, protect and defend our nation by doing the hard work it will take to unify our country and move us toward a just, sustainable and equitable future that lives up to the ideals and promise of America.


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Talladega College is very likely not going to budge their position on participating in the inaugural parade, even though they have to raise the $60K to go. :problem:

But we could have expected this protest from UCC brass. The HBCU is a longtime affiliate of the United Church of Christ.

UCC leaders call on Talledega College to avoid participation in Presidential Inaugural Parade - United Church of Christ

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The national officers of the UCC, which is a longstanding investor and supporter of Talladega College, are concerned about the impact of Hawkins decision on the legacy of the institution of higher learning "founded by two formerly enslaved people of African descent who understood the education of black children as essential to the permanence of newly established liberties," the letter states. "It seems incongruent that a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) with such rich and significant history would now agree to participate in the inaugural ceremonies of a man whose political platform and proposed cabinet appointments are the antithesis of the very principles on which Talladega College was founded."

President Hawkins, in announcing his controversial decision to allow the Marching Tornadoes to participate in the 58th presidential inauguration, said Thursday Jan. 5 that this is about more than Donald Trump.

"We respect and appreciate how our students and alumni feel about our participation in this parade," Hawkins told the New York Times. "As many of those who chose to participate in the parade have said, we feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power."

The UCC officers indicated that "we can certainly understand, under normal circumstances, why the leadership of any educational institution would be proud of an invitation to participate in the Presidential Inauguration," noted "these are not normal circumstances and, as you know, Talladega College is not just any educational institution."


Though the Marching Tornados are only ~5 years old, Talladega is Alabama's oldest HBCU.

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Talladega College is very likely not going to budge their position on participating in the inaugural parade, even though they have to raise the $60K to go. :problem:

But we could have expected this protest from UCC brass. The HBCU is a longtime affiliate of the United Church of Christ.

UCC leaders call on Talledega College to avoid participation in Presidential Inaugural Parade - United Church of Christ



Though the Marching Tornados are only ~5 years old, Talladega is Alabama's oldest HBCU.


Turns out Harry Coaxum, the board chair, is a Trump Tower customer

http://www.loopnorth.com/news/trump0313.htm

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:54 am 
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Lol NOW the Evangelical Baptists want to hop aboard the band wagon. Using "religious liberty" of all things.

BJC’s Amanda Tyler: Trump Executive Order on Immigration a “Back-Door Bar on Muslim Refugees” - Baptist Joint Committe on Religious Liberty

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Today’s action is a back-door bar on Muslim refugees, telling an entire faith group that they are not welcome on our shores. Any attempt to ban Muslim refugees based on their religion betrays our values and sends the un-American message that there are second-class faiths. Our country, founded by immigrants who established religious freedom as a bedrock principle, is better than this. A threat to anyone’s religious liberty is a threat to everyone’s religious liberty, and we as Baptists stand with those facing religious persecution around the world, regardless of their faith.


This barely goes under "Amen Corner". These people voted 81% for Trump. Now they are seeing the light, I suppose.

Citing Religious Liberty, Evangelical Leaders Blast Trump's Muslim Ban - NPR

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Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, criticized Trump's proposal on Monday, warning his "reckless, demagogic rhetoric" was an affront to religious freedom.

"As an evangelical Christian, I could not disagree more strongly with Islam. I believe that salvation comes only through union with Jesus Christ, received through faith," he wrote in an op-ed. "As part of the church's mission, we believe we should seek to persuade our Muslim neighbors of the goodness and truth of the Gospel. It is not in spite of our Gospel conviction, but precisely because of it, that we should stand for religious liberty for everyone."

Moore, who has been critical of Trump in the past, explained more in an interview with NPR on Tuesday that religious freedom for all — and not just Christians — is a bedrock of evangelical beliefs.


Moore at least understands that Evangelical kids are leaving the SBC and other stick-up-their-butts conservative Christian denominations, and at least he gets conceptually that the numbers over the coming couple generations do not benefit groups like the SBC.

So, I guess this is something.

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100% - 81% = 19%

They're welcome to board the bandwagon. If they see the light.


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A Word from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño - United Methodist California-Nevada Annual Conference

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In the morning, I will also be sending letters to mosques and Muslim religious leaders throughout our area to let them know that we stand in solidarity with them.

Tomorrow, and in the days and weeks ahead, I ask you to join me and others – contact your local masjid (mosque), Muslim community, and interfaith alliance; ask how you can demonstrate solidarity; invite your friends, fellow worshipers, neighbors, and family to join you; register your event online; and amplify on social media with #WeAreAllAmerica #NoBanNoWall.

Be sure to also use the hashtag #UMC so we can see United Methodists engaging in their interfaith communities! Your solidarity action can be anything from a human chain, to a press event, to a vigil, to simply yourself expressing that you stand with Muslim and refugee communities. This guide will help you in planning your action and building community.

Our United Methodist Social Principles state:

We urge policies and practices that ensure the right of every religious group to exercise its faith free from legal, political, or economic restrictions. We condemn all overt and covert forms of religious intolerance, being especially sensitive to their expression in media stereotyping. We assert the right of all religions and their adherents to freedom from legal, economic, and social discrimination.

The executive action targeting refugees and Muslims comes on the heels of other orders last week aggressively targeting immigrants. United Methodists have been responding publicly to these executive orders by taking a stand in word and deed against the exclusion and Islamophobia they promote.

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Episcopal Statement: Council of Bishops, African Methodist Episcopal Church - AME Church

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President Trump has demonstrated that his word is not to be trusted or believed. On election night, he said it was time to unify the nation and committed to do his part to bring about this unity. Yet his actions have caused bitter divisions and fear among many. He has appointed Steve Bannon, former head of Breitbart Publishing which has spoken and written racist rants against minorities and Jews, as his Chief Strategist and nominated Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the US Attorney General.

Sen. Sessions has a history of racial indifference and as US Attorney for Alabama had a controversial record as it related to decisions regarding racial matters. Sen. Sessions was so controversial that the US Senate would not confirm him for a federal judgeship almost 30 years ago. If Mr. Trump was serious about unification, why would he select these two persons for major positions in his administration? The Council of Bishops calls upon President Trump to remove Stev Bannon as his Chief Strategist and opposes confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

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How does anybody in the Trump political organization, or any Republican politician backing Trump and voting to dump coal ash into a river talk about "bringing the country together" with a straight face? They're sociopaths...that's how. Sociopaths can do it, they do it with ease and alacrity...it's what sociopaths do. They don't lie to keep from hurting another's feelings, they don't lie to get out of trouble...they lie with a straight face to manipulate and exploit others in order to get what they want.

So...bring the country together. Nope...not me. No more diddle shitting around trying to understand some redneck motherfuckers "disenfranchisement." The culture war is finally here...which side are you on?

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How does anybody in the Trump political organization, or any Republican politician backing Trump and voting to dump coal ash into a river talk about "bringing the country together" with a straight face? They're sociopaths...that's how. Sociopaths can do it, they do it with ease and alacrity...it's what sociopaths do. They don't lie to keep from hurting another's feelings, they don't lie to get out of trouble...they lie with a straight face to manipulate and exploit others in order to get what they want.

So...bring the country together. Nope...not me. No more diddle shitting around trying to understand some redneck motherfuckers "disenfranchisement." The culture war is finally here...which side are you on?

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They think only they are "the country". The rest of the 74% of us are not "the country" to them.

They are elitists.

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200 rabbis and cantors protest Donald Trump @ NYC

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Police officers arrested several rabbis who staged a protest on the street outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Central Park West in Manhattan Monday night. About 200 rabbis and cantors protested the White House's temporary ban on immigration from seven countries. The rabbis marched to the location and then about 20 of them sat down in the road. Officers warned them that they would be arrested. Also Monday, Amnesty International held a protest outside the Department of Homeland Security's New York office in Lower Manhattan. They demanded a repeal of the executive order temporarily halting arrivals from the seven majority Muslim countries.

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Human Dignity and LGBTQ Rights: A Statement by The Jewish Theological Seminary - JTSA

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Today, The Jewish Theological Seminary joined an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of a diverse group of religious leaders and institutions supporting the rights of transgender students to use public school restrooms consistent with their gender identity. As the intellectual and spiritual fountainhead of Conservative Judaism and a preeminent institution of Jewish higher education in North America, JTS is compelled to act in the face of state and federal actions which undermine the Jewish principle of human dignity (kevod haberiyot) as it relates to our LGBTQ students, teachers, family members, neighbors, and all those targeted in the larger community.

As we at JTS celebrate the tenth anniversary of the decision to admit LGBTQ students to our rabbinical and cantorial schools, we are chagrined to find that the rights and security of those community members are newly under attack from the very government entities and institutions to which we are all entitled to look for protection. We are particularly distressed that the White House and Department of Justice have reversed existing government positions that provided protections to members of the LGBTQ community, in spite of President Trump’s earlier statements supporting LGBTQ rights. A Justice Department that fails to advocate on behalf of vulnerable minorities subject to discrimination and even violence forfeits the right to be known by that name.


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http://www.ted.com/talks/megan_phelps_roper_i_grew_up_in_the_westboro_baptist_church_here_s_why_i_left

Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left

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What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.


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Happening this weekend. Gang's all here - I know some ppl in here.

Revolutionary Love: Disruptive Ethics to Dismantle Racism

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Now is the time for leaders—ethical leaders—to lead. Leaders who feel called and equipped to make America well, to make America just, to make America safe for all of those who are on the margins. Leaders impassioned to work for a healed and whole nation that is a faithful global neighbor. Join us as we strategize across generations at Revolutionary Love: Disruptive Ethics to Dismantle Racism at Middle Church in NYC, April 28–30, 2017.

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Happening this weekend. Gang's all here - I know some ppl in here.

Revolutionary Love: Disruptive Ethics to Dismantle Racism


what happened in Berkeley yesterday?

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what happened in Berkeley yesterday?


Start here viewtopic.php?p=358632#p358632

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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 11:55 am 
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Seems like an interview with Daryl Davis belongs in this thread:

This Black Musician Explains Why He is Friends With White Supremacists


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something big is happening here

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North Carolina’s Rev. Dr. William Barber is stepping up to help lead the New Poor People’s Campaign! After spending over a decade at the center of a broad and powerful coalition of organizations in his home state, and after spending the last year traveling the country leading “Revivals” and moral and political organizing trainings, this campaign is where he’s called to focus his energy and leadership:.............

............As Rev. Dr. King said as he was building the 1967-68 Poor People’s Campaign, “Disinherited people all over the world are bleeding to death from deep social and economic wounds. They need brigades of ambulance drivers who will have to ignore the red lights of the present system until the emergency is solved.”

Rev. Dr. Barber has answered the call to help lead brigades of ambulance drivers to heal the deep wounds of racism, militarism, and poverty. He has taken up the call to finish the unfinished business of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and build a Poor People’s Campaign for today.

Grassroots impacted leaders from El Paso, Texas, Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana, Aberdeen, Washington, Lowndes County, Alabama, Flint, Michigan, Elkhart, Indiana, Burlington, Vermont, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Missouri, Marks, Mississippi, Charleston, SC, Salinas, CA, Pine Ridge Reservation and so many places across the country are excited to work side by side with you, Rev. Barber, as you help lead the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. It’s time for a revolution of values. The Poor People’s Campaign is on! Forward Together Not One Step Back!


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interesting article

Why The Lord’s Prayer Is Bad News For Many Christians

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I’ve been thinking about the Lord’s Prayer, Matthew’s version of it anyway. For a long time I believed it was about… I’m not exactly sure what I thought it was about. My Sunday School teacher called it “the model prayer,” by which she meant that when we prayed we were supposed use it as a kind of template. But now that thought is a little scary to me.

I grew up believing that the Lord’s Prayer operated as some kind of celestial code that would… again, I’m not exactly sure what I thought it would do. Suffice it to say, though, I was pretty sure the Lord’s Prayer was important and that it dealt with God and heaven and stuff.

I imagined, for instance, that...........


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Another WN rally, chock full of conservative white terrorist leaders, is happening this weekend. This time in Charlottesville, Virginia. It's said to be the largest outreach in a decade. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=20819

Congregate Charlottesville has put out a call to clergy members for a specific counterprotest.

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On August 12, hundreds of white supremacists from around the country will rally with white nationalist leaders for hours in our most prominent public park. From information that these groups are presenting and sharing online we have concluded that there is an extremely high potential for physical violence and brutality directed at our community.

We need your help - we don’t have the numbers to stand up to this on our own.

This is a local event, but white supremacy is a national problem, and the way we respond on August 12 will have national implications as we move through these trying times. It is our hope and prayer that your congregations will commission you to join us in this movement to confront white supremacy.

As faith leaders in Charlottesville, we are committed to nonviolent direct action, standing in solidarity with community members and groups such as Black Lives Matter and Showing Up for Racial Justice. We do not want a repeat of July 8th - we want to grow forward in number and in narrative to visibly counteract this hate, proclaiming with our bodies and our sanctuaries that God rejects white supremacy, and that God is present with those hurt, angered, afraid and confused by this massive national event in our small town. We call on 1,000 clergy and faith leaders to join us on August 12th.


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Rev. Barber: Trumpvangelicals are using faith to bring us to the brink of nuclear war

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There is a better gospel: one of justice, of inclusion, of love.

........While few white evangelicals are as extreme as Jeffress, the roots of the reactionary Christian nationalism we are witnessing in America go back to this nation’s original sin of genocide and race-based slavery. The violence required to steal this land from Native Americans and build an economy on stolen labor was not only un-Christian, it was inhuman. Yet people of faith suppressed their conscience, rejected the plain reading of Scripture that teaches of the God of justice releasing slavery and letting the oppressed go free, and silenced their prophets for generations, hardening their hearts against the very truth that could have set them free. We deceive ourselves if we believe that America has healed from this spiritual wound. We carry it with us always.........

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an interfaith explicit condemnation of white supremacy and the policy agenda that supports and empowers it.


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Love Over Fear Call to Conscience

"On Saturday, Aug. 26th at 7:00 p.m. the Moral Movement and its fusion coalition partners invites all people of conscience who are committed to nonviolent love, justice and resistance to join us in support of Congregate C’ville, a group of faith leaders in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Love Over Fear Call to Conscience.”

While a vast majority of Americans have condemned the violence in Charlottesville on August 12, the “Love Over Fear Call to Conscience” aims to make clear that condemning acts of racial violence is not enough. White nationalists staged a violent confrontation in Charlottesville because they have been emboldened by politicians who endorse white nationalist policies. We who believe in freedom and justice must make clear what a moral agenda for the common good looks like.

The “Love Over Fear Call to Conscience” will include a sermon by Rev. Barber and a call to action, where local clergy and faith leaders will read an open letter to America, inviting other communities to join them to not only reject the ideology of white nationalism but also embrace an anti-racist, pro-justice agenda. "

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