As we mourn the lives of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and police officers, we weep, we pray, we act.
Engage and Share
Download PICO Network's Voter Program Overview to learn how you can get involved with the initiative to reach 100% voter participation.
Watch the sermon Labor Pains???, co-delivered by Jacqui Lewis and John Janka on July 17.
Watch the sermon A Matter of Life and Death and musical selections from Sunday's worship including, "We Are Here," written by Alica Keys and sung by our interracial gospel choir, and songs from our Summer Choir, "The Unclouded Day," "Completely Yes," and "How Can I Keep from Singing."
Check out Race: The Power of an Illusion, an informative website by PBS.
Explore for yourself the Black Lives Matter movement, shaped by three Black women, queer women, and understand the movement’s roots and intentions. The movement is founded in love for love, and it is more than a hashtag.
Share this link about the ongoing struggle for voting rights.
Watch this honest conversation between law enforcement and Black Lives Matter activists, and share in your networks.
Gather and Strategize
Become a Poll Worker in your local election. NYC is hiring! Spread the word.
Be a dedicated accomplice in the Black Lives Matter movement—follow SURJ on Facebook for updates.
Sign this letter written by Jacqui Lewis, Valarie, Kaur, and Michael-Ray Matthews—we will be delivering this letter to #BLM chapters and to police departments around the nation. The letter calls for both valuing Black Lives and decrying violence against the police.
Sign the petition at Color of Change demanding the Justice Department press charges against the two officers that killed Alton Sterling.
Track legislation in your state against police violence at Campaign Zero.
And register to vote at www.vote.org.
Read what The Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, and other Black faith leaders responses to the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Sojourners. And read my blog in The Huffington Post.
Practice self care and self understanding; read this guide for dealing with racial trauma.
Check out this bibliography of "Must Read Books on Race":
America's Orginal Sin, Jim Wallis
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Can We Talk About Race, Beverly Tatum
Coming Together in the 21st Century, Curtiss DeYoung
Dismantlling Racism, Joseph Barnett
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
Jesus and The Disinherited, Howard Thurman
The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
The Politics of Jesús, Miguel De La Torre
Race Matters, Cornel West
The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
White Rage, Carol Anderson