Thursday, July 6, 2017

Chicago Ministers to Voice Concern About Feds Coming Into City

New York, NY —  On July 13 at 10 a.m., Rev. Al Sharpton, President and Founder of National Action Network; Rev. Ira Acree; Rev. Marshal Hatch and other local clergy and activists will meet at the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 4301 West Washington Blvd., Chicago, to present concerns regarding federal intervention and control of the city.  

Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network officially announced the Ministers March for Justice from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to the Department of Justice on Monday, August 28, 2017. One thousand ministers of all denominations will convene in Washington, D.C. to reaffirm their commitment to the social justice movement and stand in solidarity with the spirit and legacy of Dr. King. Clergy will hold the Trump Administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions accountable in the wake of an increase in hate crimes, mass incarceration, and discrimination.

According to Rev. Al Sharpton, President and Founder of the National Action Network, “We are in grave times that call for vigilance and a mobilized effort to confront the administration around issues that are taking us backwards. Faith leaders will be summoned to reaffirm the call to their congregations that faith will drive the movement for justice in today’s times.”

On August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Fifty-four years ago, a clarion call for voting rights and economic justice was issued by Dr. King and today under the current administration many of the same issues are prevalent—voter disenfranchisement, economic disparity, discrimination, and the need for criminal justice reform.

In Chicago in 2016, Rev. Hatch delivered the eulogies of double police homicide victims Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier at New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. No charges were brought against the police officer.
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