Los Angeles, California

April 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Macedonia Baptist Church
1755 E 114th St
Los Angeles, CA 90059

What: A Community-Wide Justice Revival and Rally
When: Tuesday, April 4th at 7 pm.
Where: Macedonia Baptist Church, 1755 East 114th Street, Los Angeles


justice not jails

justice for allMartin Luther King…Fifty Years Later

In the United States, mainstream media tackles racial and ethnic issues in a way that does little more than drive ratings, garner clicks and increase revenue. When the killing of Tamir Rice was captured on video and went viral, in my naivete, I expected awareness to lead to a tidal wave of change . So much for sunlight being the best disinfectant.

Every few years “Race” gets listed as a topic that Americans say they care about. It briefly takes center stage in mainstream media, only to be relegated to the back pages when public interest wanes. And it’s not just the mainstream media that gives it short shrift – in fact, the media is simply a reflection of the greater society.

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a powerful speech entitled, “A Time to Break Silence”. That speech marked a departure for King. In it, he draws parallels between between domestic policy and foreign policy – between racism and war. Many argue that it was his most powerful message. Delivered on April 4, 1967 from the pulpit of the Riverside Church in New York City, not far from where I grew up in the Bronx, Dr. King addressed the notion of American exceptionalism and called for an end to the Vietnam War. Exactly one year later, he was assassinated.

In the 50 years since King’s groundbreaking speech, little has changed. The core elements of the crisis he addressed 50 years ago are still with us—racism, materialism (hypercapitalism), and militarism. Many of us have come to understand the connectedness of all of these “isms.” But until we’re able to mobilize a movement, is it rational for us to expect a material change in the next 50 years?

This April 4, Justice Not Jails and the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will be honoring the fiftieth anniversary of King’s call to action with a renewed call to work for justice in these times of heightened uncertainty.

timothy murphyThere will be a full program but one of the core pieces of the event is a panel discussion that addresses the connection between the racial and ethnic problems in the United States and our role on the international stage.  We’ll also address steps that can be taken to move further down the road towards true equality.

We invite you to attend this event, “Acting in the Spirit of Dr. King.”

Sharon Kyle

Organizers: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity • Justice Not Jails
Cosponsors: LA Progressive • Progressive Christians Uniting • AME Ministerial Alliance • Amity Foundation • Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries • Bishop R. Guy Erwin, PhD, ELCA Southwest California Synod • Californians for a Responsible Budget • Council on American-Islamic Relations • Drug Policy Alliance • LA Council of Religious Leaders • Rev. R. Guy Erwin, Ph.D. Bishop, Southwest California Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism • South Coast Interfaith Council • Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ • More To Come…