Mission & Social Justice

As agents of God’s justice, healing, and love the Mission and Social Justice Commission of The Riverside Church in the City of New York seeks to transform individuals, communities, and systems of racial, economic, social, and environmental oppression.

June 10: Rev. VanHook appears on Voting Issues in USA. Episode #91 of Sree’s daily global show:


On May 25th, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officers.  For seven minutes, George laid on the street while officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao held their knee on his neck as he was struggling to breathe.  He lost consciousness and yet they continued to strangle him.  After the murder, officers called his death a “medical problem.”  This was a blatant and disgusting cover up to prevent accountability for their brutal act of police violence.  Police continue to hunt down Black folks in cities across America and we refuse to sit silent!

Rev. VanHook comments on the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery:

We are committed to joining Color of Change in calling for further action from Mayor Jacob Frey and County Attorney Freeman and invite you to do the same. Below is a copy of the petition to Mayor Frey and County Attorney Freeman. Please visit this link to sign the petition:

Petition

Dear Mayor Jacob Frey and County Attorney Michael Freeman,

I am outraged and disturbed by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers.

For seven minutes, George Floyd and bystanders cried out and pleaded for his life as your officers choked him to death in broad daylight. This is an act of police violence committed on an innocent, unarmed Black man. No one deserves what happened to George. And it’s up to you to grant justice.

I’m calling on you, the Mayor, to 1) block their pensions and 2) ban them from becoming police officers ever again. And County Attorney Freeman must immediately charge all four officers with murder. We’re counting on you to secure justice for his family.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Mission & Social Justice Events

1:00 PM

Theatre of the Oppressed

Sunday, July 5

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6:30 PM

The Sharing Fund of The Riverside Church

Monday, July 6

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1:00 PM

Maranatha Fellowship Meeting

Sunday, July 12

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1:00 PM

Theatre of the Oppressed

Sunday, July 12

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2:00 PM

Beloved Earth Community

Sunday, July 12

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6:30 PM

Mission & Social Justice Commission Meeting

Monday, July 13

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1:00 PM

Latino Ministry

Sunday, July 19

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1:00 PM

Theatre of the Oppressed

Sunday, July 19

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1:00 PM

Theatre of the Oppressed

Sunday, July 26

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1:00 PM

Prison Ministry

Sunday, July 26

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6:30 PM

Mission & Social Justice Commission Meeting

Monday, August 10

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1:00 PM

Latino Ministry

Sunday, August 16

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Live Justice Now

Live Justice Now is an ongoing initiative of Riverside’s Mission & Social Justice ministries as we take action in response to the great need for truth, justice, and compassion in our world. Be sure to visit our Live Justice Now page for all the latest justice news, activities, and actions you can take part in.

MSJ Ministries & Initiatives: