Parliament Co-Hosts “Addressing Systematic Violence Against African Americans in Contemporary America”

June 4, 2020

On Thursday June 4th, the leadership of Religions For Peace (RFP), the Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR), United Religions for Peace (URI), and Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) co-hosted and participated in the program, “Addressing Systematic Violence Against African Americans in Contemporary America”.

The program provided attendees with an opportunity to learn about contemporary dehumanization of African Americans in our nation and how to contribute towards systematic change to address this pandemic and featured the participation of Rev. Aundreia Alexander (Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace at National Council of Churches), Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer (General Minister and President of United Church of Christ, Chair of National Council of Churches), Imam Khalid Fattah Griggs (Vice President for Social Justice and Civic Engagement of Islamic Circle of North America), Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith (Founder of Crazy Faith Ministries), and Rabbi Jonah Pesner (Director of Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism).

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In the closing of the program, leaders from the leadership of RFP, PoWR, URI, and ICNY for a special reading of the statement “This Perilous Moment: A Statement from Religious Leaders and Communities on the Crisis of Racial Injustice and Inequity and the Current Protests”.

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Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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