Dear Committed Supporters of the #JeremiahJusticeJune12 action at the White House:
“Repairers of the Breach,” the Prophetic organization headed by Reverend Dr. William Barber, has now set up a Website to gather the names and contact information for people from many outreaches and communities who support and who intend to take part in the White House action on June 12. We encourage you to click to their landing page with sign-up and petition and add your name and information.
Thanks for your support, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Washington.
(Rabbi Arthur Waskow)
PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER VIA THIS SHALOM CENTER REGISTRATION AFTER 5/23/19 2:45PM. INSTEAD, REGISTER VIA REPAIRERS OF THE BREACH. THANK YOU.
We know God hears the cries of God’s people who are suffering increasingly under the vengeful leadership and harmful policies of our current administration. Policies that ignore the cries of poor and sick people, children, immigrants and refugees, women, and, even yet, the cries of the lands torn open and polluted. We, as a nation, have lost our way.
In such moments, God’s call to action is made known through the voice of the prophets:
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression.” (Isaiah 58:1)
Join Faith Leaders on June 12 in Washington DC to: Cry Aloud and Attend Justice!
As President Trump and his administration let the nation suffer, we must lead with a unified proactive and creative response that is not confined by “Right” or “Left”, Democrat or Republican, but is rooted in the clear moral Center of right and wrong. It is time to warn the nation and call this administration to repent of their sins.
The Constitution, which remains the common basis for our shared life, our covenant, is being attacked in broad daylight. The administration is defiantly refusing to submit to congressional oversight or to acknowledge the venality confirmed by an investigation of its inner-workings.
Extremist leaders driven by the idols of racism, greed and power have broken the covenant.
With each slash at the 14th amendment and denial of people’s very existence, this administration breaks the covenant. With each border agent commanded by our rulers to rip families apart; with each attempt to deny health care to millions of people; with each pipeline leaking death to communities across this country; with each ballot denied and voice defiled, this administration breaks the covenant.
The prophet Jeremiah proclaims God’s orders when the leaders in a land abandon the covenant:
“Go to the royal palace and deliver this Message. Say, ‘Listen to what God says, O King of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne—you and your officials and all the people who go in and out of these palace gates.
This is God’s Message: Attend to matters of justice. Set things right between people. Rescue victims from their exploiters. Don’t take advantage of the homeless, the foreigners, the orphans, the widows. Stop the murdering!
If you obey these commands, then kings who follow in the line of David will continue to go in and out of these palace gates mounted on horses and riding in chariots—they and their officials and the citizens of Judah. But if you don’t obey these commands, then I swear—God’s Decree!—this palace will end up a heap of rubble.” -Jeremiah 22:1-5
Friends, it is time for us to go together to the palace gates with a clarion call:
· Stop the weaponization of judicial appointments!
o Attend to the 14th Amendment, the bedrock of equal protection under the law. Uphold the constitution.
· Stop mandating a census question designed to ensure millions are uncounted!
o Attend to the 140 million poor and low wealth.
· Stop the abuse of executive power to pollute our communities with pipelines and privatizing public resources!}
o Attend to our water and air.
· Stop the assault on the Affordable Care Act and on health care for women and children in poverty!
o Attend to the health of your people.
· Stop the brutal treatment of the stranger at the southern border! Stop warehousing children in detention camps! End child detention.
o Attend to compassionate and humane immigration policies that affirm the divinity within all human beings.
Instead of covenantal leadership for justice, compassion, healing and the empowerment of all, these sinful acts of the current administration pursue subjugation: subjugation of racial, religious, ethnic, and gender minorities; of women; of children; of the suffocating middle class, workers, family farmers, the poor, and people who fall sick; of immigrants and refugees; of the free press; of the Constitution; even of Earth, our common home. This hate-filled subjugation violates the Covenant. It must not stand.
We are asking you to join us outside the White House on June 12th.
Just after Ramadan, Shavuot and Pentecost, hundreds of faith leaders will journey to DC. Of those hundreds, some may hear the call upon their spirits to engage in nonviolent moral action. Some may be called there as witnesses. But all are needed to bear witness together in this moment.
The Scriptures do not call us to ideological purity tests or to precisely worded positions on each aspect of sensitive topics. Instead, Jeremiah calls to us at the heart of our deepest religious convictions and the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution: love, justice and equal protection under the law.
We cannot be divided.We cannot be complacent.
We must act so that people are called to a moral awakening. In the wake of the new post-Mueller report reality, we must deliver a moral report.
June 12th becomes a bridge between the sacred festivals of the Abrahamic communities. The Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Interbreathing that gives life to ALL traditions, all communities, all life-forms, is speaking through us.
We must journey toward freedom and awaken this country once more. It is time. June 12th.
Bishop William J. Barber II, Moral Monday Architect, President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach
Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, Associate General Minister, United Church of Christ
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Director of Social Justice Organizing Program, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, Ameer/President, The Muslim Alliance in North America
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Director, Kairos Center
Rabbi Dr. Arthur Ocean Waskow, Director, The Shalom Center
Minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Director, School for Conversion
To join with us, press the Register Now button and enter your contact information there. After you have signed up, you will receive specific details on precisely where and when in Washington we will gather on June 12.
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