“Justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.”
-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Live Justice Now is a monthly initiative of The Riverside Church’s Mission and Social Justice ministries. Each month we will suggest actions that both respond to current events and challenges of our day, and advocate for greater justice for communities most vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
Our nation and world are experiencing a great need for truth, justice, and compassion. In response, Riverside is committed to providing faithful Christian witness and action. Please join us as we put our faith to work and follow the words of the prophet who told us what God requires: do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).
For more information about Live Justice Now events and actions from Riverside’s Ministry of Social Justice, contact Daniel Conover.
FIGHT POVERTY, NOT THE POOR!
POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN @ RIVERSIDE
Riverside’s participation in the national Poor People’s Campaign is up and running! Join us in this important movement to call out poverty, racism, militarism and the war economy, and ecological devastation and shape public policy that is “morally defensible, constitutionally consistent and economically sane” (Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II).
The campaign is chaired by Dr. Barber and by the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. Riverside’s Church Council and Mission and Social Justice (MSJ) Commission have unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed the Poor People’s Campaign!
Phase One of this multi-year effort will be “40 Days of Action.” For six Mondays beginning May 14, It will feature coordinated demonstrations in 40 state capitals, including Albany.
There are ways for everyone to be involved, from phone banking to risking arrest for “nonviolent moral fusion direct action.” We encourage you to:
*Register your interest by emailing email@example.com
*Join the Poor People’s Campaign online at poorpeoplescampaign.org or by filling out a form available at the MSJ table at Sunday fellowship hour
*Whether you are sure or just exploring participating in a Monday direct action in Albany, take the training (required). A great opportunity will be May 2 at The Interchurch Center, just across 120th Street from Riverside Church. Training is from 1-4 p.m. but you might also want to attend the day-long conference (9-5), “Multi-Faith Strategies for Non-Violent Direct Action.” Registration required, with a $20 donation toward conference costs requested: http://interfaithcenter.org/mmr35/
*Read the campaign’s “Souls of Poor Folk Audit,” released April 10. http://www.ips-dc.org/
LIFT EVERY VOICE & VOTE
Having an informed, activated electorate is central to every just and thriving democracy. And it is the responsibility of our government to represent all its people. For this to happen we must ensure that every eligible citizen is registered to vote.
Do you have a couple of hours a month to help get members of the Harlem/Morningside Heights community registered to vote? If you have ANY interest and want to learn what you can do to help get out the vote contact the Mission and Social Justice Department at 212.870.6909 or firstname.lastname@example.org. And/or stop by the MSJ and Education Commission voter registration and volunteer tables at Sunday fellowship hour.