A Mighty Stream: An Interfaith Community of Sacred Activists for Racial Justice

 

“But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”

Amos 5:24

 

EquaSion is developing a new program to address racial injustice through interfaith involvement. We intend to organize and unite Cincinnati’s diverse communities of faith into a moral force that will take action, individually and collectively, privately and publicly, spiritually and materially, to advance the cause of racial justice through sacred activism, including education, dialogue, community-building, and advocacy for policies and legislation which remediate systemic inequities. We welcome the participation of faith-based organizations of all traditions in Greater Cincinnati.

Organizations wishing to participate in AMS:
Pledge form
Advisory Board Members

To launch A Mighty Stream’s community education component, EquaSion in conjunction with our community’s spiritual and civic leaders is sponsoring two webinar series: one focusing on racial inequities in a variety of quality of life systems, and the other on the perspectives of our diverse faith communities on racial justice.

Racial Inequities Series:

“Racial Inequities in our Criminal Legal System” (aired on March 3rd) View the Video Recording
“Racial Inequities in our Health Care System” (aired on May 6th) View the Video Recording

Faith Perspectives on Racial Justice Series:

“Faith Perspectives of the Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and National Baptist traditions”. View the Video Recording

Faith Perspectives of the Episcopal, Buddhist, Native/Indigenous, Non-Denominational Christian, and Baha’i traditions
View the Video Recording

 

An important aspect of the AMS program is its promotion of volunteer opportunities for the interfaith community (AMS Participants) to engage in sacred activism for racial justice, which includes advocating for policies and legislation which remediate systemic inequities. It informs its Participants via the issuance of “AMS Sacred Activism ALERTS.” The general public is invited to join the AMS Participants in participating in the advocacy opportunities noted below.

**AMS Sacred Activism ALERTS**

* Oppose Ohio HB 294 as suppressing voter participation:

The AMS Reviewing Team* has considered the request from the Cincinnati NAACP, found below, and forwards it on to you as an opportunity for the interfaith community to further the cause of racial justice as it relates to voting in Ohio. We’ve welcomed and reviewed the NAACP request to oppose Ohio HB 294, and in solidarity with it and other civil rights organizations, we, too, are of the opinion that the negatives of this bill far outweigh any positives.

Although negotiations on the details of HB 294 are ongoing, too many facets of this bill in its current form are not in the public’s best interest. Therefore, after careful review, the AMS Reviewing Team recommends calling your state representatives now to oppose those aspects of the bill that would suppress voting rights and cause unnecessary confusion. We also recommend contacting the bill’s co-sponsors, Rep. Bill Seitz and Rep. Sharon Ray, to express opposition to the bill’s current formulation. Contact info for Representative Seitz: (614) 466-8258; https://www.ohiohouse.gov/members/bill-seitz/contact. Contact information for Representative Ray: (614) 466-8140; email: Rep69@ohiohouse.gov.

To learn more about Ohio HB 294

We urge you to read over and share these resources for more detailed information about this proposed legislation that is currently in the Oversight Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives:

* “Bill analysis” of HB 294 from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and “Talking Points” provided by the A. Philip Randolph Institute-Ohio State.

* Ohio Voting Bill – Message Guidance

* Sample social media toolkit

The time for AMS’ sacred activists to weigh in – is NOW! Nearly two dozen other states have already enacted similar legislation deemed by many to be restrictive of voter access and detrimental to the political participation of minorities. Time is of the essence.

We thank you and your members for considering this request to advocate and please let us know if you have additional thoughts about this piece of legislation. Your sacred activism is greatly appreciated!

*= AMS Reviewing Team:

Rev. Dr. John Ivey, Aasees Kaur, Andrew Musgrave, James Buchanan Ph.D., Tammy Bennett, Esq., Allison Reynolds-Berry MSW, Justin Kirschner and Chip Harrod (chip.harrod@gmail.com)

cc: Bishop Marvin F. Thomas, Sr., Rabbi Gary P. Zola Ph.D., Co-Chairs

A Mighty Stream Michael W. Hawkins, Esq., President, EquaSion