Seeking Justice

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation (The last words of John Lewis)

The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prior Events
Stoneham Justice Gathering for Elliah McClain, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery (Video by Stoneham TV)

Resources on Fighting for Racial Justice

Backlash to the Protests:
About 93% of Racial Justice Protests in the US have been Peaceful from CNN
Black Americans Report Hate Crimes, Violence in Wake of George Floyd Protests and Black Lives Matter Gains from USA Today
The Inevitability of a White Backlash to the George Floyd Protests from Milwaukee Independent
Why Black Christians are Bracing for a ‘Whitelash’ from CNN

Recommended Articles & Audio on the Church & Racial Justice
Where the Black Church Is in the Black Lives Matter Movement from Christianity Today
Black Lives Matter in the Bible from Christianity Today
5 Ways White Churches Can Work for Racial Justice from Missio Alliance
I Have Only One Hope for Racial Justice: A God Who Conquered Death from Christianity Today
Why Talking About Systemic Racism Can Be Difficult For Evangelical Pastors from NPR
Evangelical Christians Grapple With Racism As Sin from NPR
White, Black, and Blue: Christians Disagree Over Policing from Christianity Today
Racial Reconciliation Conferences Don’t Work from Huffington Post

Recommended Books on Racism in Policing & Criminal Justice
The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America 2nd Edition
Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment
Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People

Recommended Articles & Audio Related to Protest
Understanding the Social Movement Cycle from On the Media
Why Protest Movements Are ‘Civil’ Only in Retrospect from NY Times
James Baldwin: How to Cool It – 1968 Q&A on race in America from Esquire
Parents Of Sandy Hook Shooting Victim Hope Protesters Will Hold Out For Real Change from NPR

Recommended Articles on Native Americans Killed by the Police
The Police Killings That No One Is Talking About from In These Times
Native Americans: The Forgotten Minority in Police Shootings from CNN
Why Are So Many Native Americans Killed By Police? from Newsweek
Native Americans Deserve More Attention in the Police Violence Conversation from Urban.Org

Recommended Articles & Audio on Policing those with Disabilities & Mental Illness
The Overlooked Reality of Police Violence Against Disabled Black Americans from The Takeaway
The Toll of Police Violence on Disabled Americans from The Guardian
Half Of People Killed By Police Have A Disability From NAMI of Illinois
Don’t Shoot, I’m Disabled from BBC News

Learn to do what is good.
Pursue justice.
Correct the oppressor.
Defend the rights of the fatherless.
Plead the widow’s cause.
-Isaiah 1:17