Presiding Bishop joins Poor People’s Campaign’s massive online demonstration

first_img Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaks to the National Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering on June 20, 2020.[Religion News Service] — With COVID-19 restrictions preventing an intended in-person rally in Washington, D.C., at least a million supporters of the Poor People’s Campaign reportedly tuned in on June 20 to watch a mix of live speeches and pre-recorded clips of liberal religious leaders calling for a “moral revolution” and the enactment of a sweeping policy agenda focused on the poor.“We are gathered today to call for a radical redistribution of political and economic power, a revolution of moral values to demonstrate the power of poor and impacted people banding together, demanding that this country change for the better,” said the Rev. Liz Theoharis, a Presbyterian minister who co-chairs the campaign with the Rev. William Barber, a Disciples of Christ minister and pastor in Goldsboro, North Carolina.Her remarks to the National Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering were introduced by Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., who planned the original Poor People’s Campaign in 1968. The rally invoked the Poor People’s March on Washington of that year, the last major event called by King before his assassination in April 1968.Bernice King, who runs the King Center in Atlanta, said she was joining the modern iteration of the campaign to “stand with the 140 million poor people and low-wealth people urging America to address with the fierce urgency of now the big issue of poverty and race.”Representatives for the Poor People’s Campaign said that more than 1.2 million people viewed the gathering via Facebook Saturday morning, and nearly 200 different groups — including houses of worship — hosted the stream on their Facebook pages. The event was also broadcast on MSNBC and various radio stations. Organizers planned to broadcast the event three times over the weekend, hoping to accommodate religious participants who are observing different sabbaths on different days.The Rev. Alvin O’Neal Jackson, executive director of the event, said the campaign was dedicated to addressing five “interlocking evils and injustices” plaguing the United States: “systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, the war-based economy and the false moral narrative of religious nationalism.”Viewers also heard from low-income Americans who discussed their struggles with health care access, wage inequality, labor rights, voter suppression, racism, police brutality, homophobia, climate change, militarism, indigenous rights and immigrant rights, among other issues.“At one time, poverty was a temporary condition,” said Claire, a woman from Flint, Michigan, who didn’t share her last name. “You were on a down slope for a minute, but you could bounce back up. We can’t bounce back up today. It’s permanent. We’re not going back to the factory and building cars and trucks like we once did.”A man named Curtis, who described himself as a “poor, white, gay Christian,” said the “war on the poor in this country seeks to blame the poor people for their circumstances.”Their accounts were bolstered by short pre-filmed talks from faith leaders such as the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church; Sister Simone Campbell, head of the Catholic social justice lobby Network; Valarie Kaur, a prominent Sikh activist and author; Linda Sarsour, Muslim activist and co-chair of the original 2017 Women’s March; Rabbi Sharon Brous, head of the Ikar Jewish community in California; and Wendsler Nosie, former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.“I come here as a Muslim because my faith teaches me that I must stand with the most vulnerable people in my society,” Sarsour said in a clip taken from a past Poor People’s Campaign rally. “My God doesn’t just tell me to go pray in the mosque. This that we’re doing today is an act of worship, because my God is a practical God.”Brous echoed Sarsour in her own talk, citing Judaism’s approach to debt forgiveness.“The oldest and the boldest formula for economic justice comes straight out of the Hebrew Bible,” she said. “In the 50th year, the jubilee year, the great shofar is sounded and two things happen: all of the slaves are freed and all property reverts back to its original owners. This is a holy reset button … Fifty years after the assassination of Dr. King, we declare a jubilee.”The stream also featured short talks from celebrities such as entertainers David Oyelowo, Wanda Sykes, Danny Glover and Jane Fonda, as well as vice-president-turned-climate-activist Al Gore.“We already know that poverty and systemic racism are completely and tightly linked with the climate crisis,” said Gore. “The climate crisis is already causing massive human suffering around the world and … it disproportionately affects the vulnerable — that’s particularly true for low-income families, communities of color, the elderly, children, the mentally ill, the homeless and those with preexisting conditions.”Barber and Theoharis, calling their campaign a “fusion movement” that has drawn unions and low-wage workers in addition to activists and faith leaders, were apparently emboldened by recent protests against the killing of George Floyd, the black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer.The Rev. William Barber speaks at the National Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering on June 20.“The worst mistake we could make now, with all of this marching and protesting in the street, would be to demand too little,” Barber said.Among the policy demands the Poor People’s Campaign unveiled on Saturday morning were a single-payer universal health care system, free tuition at public colleges, an assault weapons ban, ending inequalities in the criminal justice system and granting Washington, D.C., statehood.While their goals were overtly political and echoed the policies put forth by liberal Democrats, organizers insisted that their organization was nonpartisan. President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was repeatedly criticized, but he was rarely mentioned by name, with speakers focusing instead on what they framed as systemic issues.Barber said his passion for eradicating poverty, including policy proposals, is rooted in his faith.“Now I know somebody’s out there saying, ‘Well, did you get that from the Democrats? Did you get that from the progressives?’ No, I got it from the Bible,” Barber said. “Jesus said that every nation is going to be judged by how it treats the poor, how it treats the least of these, how it treats the sick and the hungry and in prisons. I got it from the prophets that Jews, Muslims and Christians honor. Isaiah 10 said: Woe unto those who legislate evil and rob the poor of their rights and make women and children their prey.”This story was originally published by Religion News Service. 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Wellington City Council has another executive session to discuss interim City Manager; but takes no action

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — After another 30-minute executive session Monday evening, the Wellington City Council has still not named an interim city manager to replace Roy Eckert, who was fired recently. Yesterday evening was a work session so a vote would have been impossible anyway.Last week. after the regular meeting the council talked about naming an interim for 15 minutes, but then adjourned and decided to try again Monday. There is the possibility the council will not have an interim director.Before going into executive session Monday councilman Vince Wetta asked two city department heads, Shane Shields and Jason Newberry, what their thoughts were on having an interim manager. Those two would be prime candidates to be in that position, and at least one may apply for the city manager job.Both said they said they believed someone should be appointed as the interim.Newberry said he and Shields had talked about the situation, and they both plan to do their jobs regardless of who is selected as the interim.Shields said it would not be a problem to do his current job of finance director and be the interim city manager at the same time which he did in 2014 the last time the city was in this position.Currently, Newberry is running the day-to-day operations and Shields is taking care of the financial aspects. Newberry said it would be good to have someone in charge for things that come up from time to time.Also, at the work session Monday, the city council heard from Anna-Marie Keena with the Kansas State League of Municipalities, who told the council her organization has a program to help cities find a city manager.At a cost of just over $5,000, the league could do the recruiting and initial screening, and help the city through the process.She said the city would still set the time line and criteria.She said the league would review all the applicants and would pick the top ones for the city to consider, and the city could choose the last few finalists from there. Council members would still have access to all the resumes submitted.The cost for the service would be $5,280, which she said was a discounted rate since the city is a member.She would give each council member a survey to fill out to find out exactly what they want, and she would compile that information and use that in the search.She recommended using Skype for the first interview before finalists are chosen to bring in for personal interviews.Keena said the process usually takes about three months, but the city could set any time line it likes. She said she is not a headhunter, but would market the city to potential candidates.The last time the city did this was 2014 and they had 54 initial applicants.The agreement would be a year long contract, so if the council did not find a candidate it liked among the initial candidates, it could begin again.She said it would take some the load off the staff, and council members, by taking care of the marketing and initial screening.She said Wellington would be attractive to someone wanting to build their career. Since it offers a lot of services, it would be a place that would give a city manager a lot of good experience.They could also involve other people in the secondary interviews, and let the public meet the finalists if they chose to.The council also heard a preliminary report on the budget for the coming year. They will have to have the budget done by August 1, to meet legal deadlines.The council will have a special work session on the budget at 5:30 p.m. June 27.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 217 weeks ago Anna Marie-Keena was very politically correct in the manner in which she called the City Manager of Wellington a stepping stone position (which it likely is). I’m just curious if she’ll offer advice on a smarter severance package in case the City Council and Mayor get an itchy trigger finger and fire the next hiree, too. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Jane Cole · 217 weeks ago Not to be picky but the opening statement implies, at least to me, that the council didn’t do what they should have last night. While i don’t agree with some of what this council does, who does, naming an interim city manager out of a work session would be illegal. I would expect that statement after a regular City Council meeting but not a work session. I hope that, during this time of change, people on all sides of this issue could come together and work together for what is best for this community. The backbiting and name calling needs to stop. This isn’t Burger King and you don’t always get to “Have it your way.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 217 weeks ago Is James Jordan eight years old? Please explain to him what a paragraph is. He is, by far, the worst writer I have ever read. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 217 weeks ago Please people we have a DIAMOND Candidate all ready on the city payroll. There is no doubt we could not find a more dedicated individual than Shane Shields to run our city. He comes from a very fine family and him and the mrs’s have done an outstanding job raising their own. He has grown up right here in front of us all nothing to hide from anyone. He is very honest and knows exactly how this city should be run. He knows the laws, he knows the people, How can I put it so everyone knows HE IS EXACTLY WHAT WELLINGTON NEEDS. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 217 weeks ago It sounds as though this partnership with the League of Municipalities is exactly what the City needs to help with this search, and the rate is much less than what I’ve seen other Cities spend on this kind of search in the past. Win-Win. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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