Chicago’s “Palm Sunday Takeover” for F.A.I.R. C.O.P.S.

What could it look like to put your faith and church community into action on local justice issues?

March 20, 2016 – Urban Village Church/South Loop​ and churches across Chicago in solidarity with Community Renewal Society​ took part in the “Palm Sunday Takeover,” an action initiative by people of faith who want to follow their biblical tradition and act for justice on Palm Sunday. Churches across the city “occupied” local police stations to call for passage of the FAIR COPS Ordinance (#CRSFairCops) and to recognize that #BlackLivesMatter. Our aim is to end police brutality.

“I’m encouraged to see my church living out its call to fight racism,” said ESA Associate Fellow for Racial Justice Darren Calhoun​ when reflecting on his participation in the event. “It’s critical that people of faith seek and find their own role in dismantling broken and oppressive systems. Having my pastor, who is white, speak out on injustices that most often happen to black and brown people affirms to me that I am loved and that he’s not turning a blind eye to injustice when it matters most. I was also proud that for some who attended this was their first time participating in a call to justice action.  I witnessed people pushing past uncertainty and fear by using their faith to impact our city.”

Also in attendance were members of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)​, an organization that endeavors to equip and train white people to be allies and advocates on racial justice issues.

Share your thoughts in the comments section below: How has God been prompting you to put your faith into action?

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