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On Sunday, July 10th All Saints Church gathered for a truly extraordinary day of witness — living out our continued commitment to dismantling the interlocking oppressions of systemic racism and the culture of gun violence. In our praying, marching and preaching — in our singing and in our silence — we came together in order to move forward into a better future.

IMG_7749We know that this is long haul work. We know we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us in the struggle and we are committed to preparing the way for those who will come after us. We also know that the reason we say #BlackLivesMatter is because all lives matter — and until we become a nation where we ACT like all lives matter  equally #BlackLivesMatter reminds us to be the change that will make liberty and justice for all not just a pledge we make but a reality we live.

Our Racial Justice Resolution provides both the framework and outline for the work ahead.

To interrupt racism in all its manifestations at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural level as well as to the work of recognizing, understanding, appreciating and celebrating both our similarities and our differences.

And item Number One on the list of things we resolve to do is:

“Educate members to be articulate public advocates for the elimination of racism.”

As a step in that direction, here is a beginning list of suggested resources which we will expand in the days and weeks ahead:

Articles, Videos, Blogs:

Something More Is Required, But What? – Michelle Alexander
What’s Wrong With ‘All Lives Matter’? — Judith Butler and George Yancy
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone – Zelda Kennedy
The Push For Peace:  Race, Police and How to Move Forward — Bryan Stevenson
#BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens – School Library Journal
Is Reconciliation Possible? – Dr. Valerie Batts
On Making Black Lives Matter – Roxane Gay
I Went To A Black Lives Matter Protest Last Night And Had Privileged Thoughts — Emily Barker

Book List:

The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
Between the World and Me — Ta-Nehisi Coates
White Like Me – Tim Wise

And stay tuned for updates on upcoming forums, small groups and listening sessions as we to journey together into God’s future.
For more information on the Racial Justice Resolution contact Ada Ramirez at aramirez@allsaints-pas.org or 626.583.2734