Protests for Racial Justice

‘Scholar strike’ for racial injustice includes divinity school professors

By Adelle M. Banks — September 8, 2020

(RNS) — Faculty at Yale Divinity School, Vanderbilt Divinity School and Brite Divinity School ‘are participating in teach-ins,’ an organizer said.

Biden, in Kenosha, says U.S. confronting ‘original sin’

By Bill Barrow, Will Weissert, Scott Bauer — September 3, 2020

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — “We’re finally now getting to the point where we’re going to be addressing the original sin of this country, 400 years old … slavery and all the vestiges of it,” Biden said at Grace Lutheran Church, where he met with community leaders.

Army makes history promoting Black woman chaplain to colonel

By Adelle M. Banks — September 3, 2020

(RNS) — Chaplain (Col.) Monica R. Lawson said: ‘just in case you didn’t figure it out, it took us 245 years for this moment to happen.’

Kenosha prayer vigil at ELCA church calls for confession, lament and justice for Jacob Blake

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 3, 2020

KENOSHA, Wis. (RNS) — About 200 people — including the head of the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States — gathered Wednesday (Sept. 2) at a prayer vigil in Kenosha to confess and lament the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

World Vision convenes yearlong racial justice initiative for church staffers

By Adelle M. Banks — September 2, 2020

(RNS) — More than 950 individuals have registered to attend free monthly sessions that will feature Asian, Black and Latina experts on cross-cultural and multiethnic relations.

Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo defends decision to host campaign for Kyle Rittenhouse

By Roxanne Stone — August 31, 2020

(RNS) — Meanwhile, more than 12,000 people have signed Faithful America’s petition calling on the Christian crowdfunding site to take down the Rittenhouse campaign.

Christian fundraising site has earned over $250,000 for alleged Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

By Roxanne Stone — August 29, 2020

(RNS) — The site, similar to GoFundMe, describes itself as the ‘#1 free Christian crowdfunding site,’ and has categories for campaigns that include ‘Mission,’ ‘Medical,’ ‘Memorial,’ and ‘Church,’ among others. 

Rev. Al Sharpton, families of police shooting victims join march on Washington

By Adelle M. Banks — August 28, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I want this country to know that even with your brutality you can’t rob us of our dreams,’ the civil rights activist said.

Damaged Kenosha church: ‘We would rather lose 100 buildings than one more life to police violence’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 28, 2020

(RNS) — That’s a commitment the pastor said comes from the congregation’s Unitarian Universalist beliefs.

Sports bring joy to our lives and are a balm to our souls. Racial justice is more important

By Simran Jeet Singh — August 28, 2020

(RNS) — NBA players used their platforms over the summer to bring attention to racial injustice. So it came as no surprise when, in the wake of Jacob Blake’s murder, the players spoke up. 

Kirk Franklin: On supporting COVID aid, fighting racial injustice, boycotting TBN

By Adelle M. Banks — August 26, 2020

(RNS) — The gospel artist said he continues to be ‘very vocal about the lack of the church’s voice in social issues.’

March on Washington events to focus on racial justice, police brutality, voting

By Adelle M. Banks — August 25, 2020

(RNS) — The 1963 event about economic empowerment and civic engagement is being echoed amid a new political climate.

Police shooting of Jacob Blake prompts calls by faith leaders, governor for reform

By Adelle M. Banks — August 24, 2020

(RNS) — A Muslim group called for ‘immediate action’ against the officers involved in the shooting of the man Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers identified as Jacob Blake.

Amid escalated police presence, Episcopal church offers sanctuary to protesters in Pasadena

By Alejandra Molina — August 23, 2020

PASADENA (RNS) — More than 10 protesters wound up spending the night at All Saints Church after the Rev. Mike Kinman said a brief standoff with police ensued outside the church.

Body cam video released in 2017 police killing of Muhammad Muhaymin Jr: ‘Allah? He’s not going to help you’

By Aysha Khan — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — Advocates are intensifying demands that Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the killing.

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