Dear Sisters & Brothers,
On June 19, 1865 – more than two years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – the Black community in Galveston Texas learned that they were free.
The war was over, but the struggle was not. Today, Juneteenth 2020 we are still in the struggle for Black Lives and Black freedom. The countless names of unarmed Black people executed by state sponsored terror reminds us of our inextricable connectivity to our ancestors.
George Floyd’s murder has fundamentally transformed the movement for Black Lives. The preventable deaths in our prisons due to COVID-19, the fatal shooting of Maurice Gordon, and the disturbing findings in the Force Report, reminds us that these issues are present at home in New Jersey.
Our voices have been lifted in protests demanding liberation. We are in a Kairos moment of liberation from the chokehold of an abusive predatory criminal justice system. We are in a Kairos moment of lifting the weight of systemic racism off our backs.
Isaiah and the prophetic tradition require we “cry loud and spare not.” Salvation and Social Justice’s theory of change is rooted in the power of the Black prophetic tradition. Our work is to demand liberating policy that abolishes systemic racism and white privilege in all of our institutions.
Over the next three months, Salvation and Social Justice will be squarely focused on:
· Decriminalizing cannabis and disrupting opportunities for police interaction.
· Decarcerating our prisons by fighting for the release of the ill, the elderly, drug offenders, ending mandatory minimums, and giving time served during the coronavirus.
· Dismantling the systems of power and community control by defunding the police and prisons, and demanding accountability.
· Diverting funds to public health, education and economic development in Black communities.
We need you to join our liberation movement this Juneteenth! Your gift of $19 a month, your one-time gift of $190, $1,900 or your contribution of any size, will add your name to our list of stakeholders. Your contribution will help us continue this critical work. #19onJuneteenth.
This is our time. With your help we can break down and build up structures to advance justice and equity.
Thank you for partnering with us in this liberating work!
That’s the Salvation and that’s the Social Justice,
Reverend Dr. Charles F. Boyer