Doing Justice

picture of crowd at solidarity rally downtown Cleveland

About 200 people gathered on Public Square on August 13 for a peace rally in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia in the aftermath of the horrific events there the days previous. Several members of Heights Christian Church joined with others to sing, pray, listen to speakers and share signs proclaiming peace, justice, and resistance to hate and discrimination. More events are being planned. Stay tuned and consider joining us in speaking out!

Below are opportunities to follow Micah 6:8 (“Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God”).  Please click on the names of events to learn more.

Events:

October 1, 2:00-6:00 pm – Gun Violence: Our War at Home – A gun violence prevention conference. At Church of the Covenant.

October 6 & 7 – Poems of Witness – Workshop with poet John Fox at HCC.

 

Recorded February 23 –  The City Club of Cleveland presents “The Value Gap and the Age of Trump” with Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Ph.D. – Professor Glaube coined the term “value gap,” the “belief that white people matter more than others,” and how this mindset is entrenched within American values, practices, and systems. The above link includes access to both a video and audio version of Dr. Glaube’s talk.

Actions:

Tell the EPA: Do not repeal the Clean Water Rule. The Clean Water Act provides crucial pollution protection for our nation’s waters. Click the underlined link to submit a public comment.

Green America – Tell Darden Restaurants (parent company of Olive Garden) to make its food more healthy, sustainable and fair.

Trayvon Martin’s death 5 years ago sparked a movement. Join us in remembering him.
Link to the #TalkAboutTrayvon Toolkit for White People
Link to #TrayvonTaughtMe Toolkit, designed for people of color

Resources:

Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Resource Guide  – Hate in America has become commonplace. What can we do to stop the hate?

Organizations:

Friends of the Earth – “Friends of the Earth is a bold and fearless voice for justice and the planet. We believe all people deserve to live in a healthy environment.”

Green America – “Our mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.”

The Injustice Boycott – “an organized resistance, driven by local people and activists, supported by passionate believers all over the country and around the world. Just as the Montgomery Bus Boycott lasted for 381 days, we are prepared for this boycott to last as it takes to make change happen. Indeed, we won’t stop until it does.” – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/injusticeboycott

Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) – SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. – Local chapter, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/surjohio/

The Dream Corps – The Dream Corps brings people together to solve America’s toughest problems.

God Before Guns is a multi-faith coalition of individuals and faith communities working to reduce gun violence, through community engagement, education, and advocacy.  We envision a nation in which our faith in God and each other elevates the sanctity of life above the fears that lead to a society armed against itself. Find them on Facebook or Twitter

Charter for Compassion – “Charter for Compassion International provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. Our mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion through concrete, practical action in a myriad of sectors.”

One.org – At ONE, we know that our voices, joined with the millions of other ONE members around the world, can change the realities of poverty, hunger, corruption, and disease that deprive too many of their God-given dignity.