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Metro IAF Statement on Police Killing of George Floyd

June 5, 2020

The last minutes of George Floyd’s life evoke the 22nd Psalm:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
And are so far from my cry
And from the words of my distress?
O my God, I cry in the daytime but you do not answer;
By night as well, but I find no rest.

 

So, too, do our thoughts go to our own memories of Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray--sons of our cities: New York, Cleveland, and Baltimore--black men murdered by police brutally, callously. Our anger and rage rise again.

The white officers’ knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes while he pleads for his mother evokes 400 years of kidnappings, lynchings, rapes, family separations, slavery and forced labor, share cropping, equity stripping, unjust imprisonment, medical experiments, job discrimination that denies the humanity and full citizenship of black Americans.

As we watch protesters in Minneapolis and other cities across the country, we know their lamentations must be shouted, must be heard, must not be silenced. For it is only in giving voice to the pain and suffering of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the thousands of other black people killed in our cities and millions scarred by racism that we might ever begin to imagine a new future.

The shouts must be louder, broader and much longer before this can come to pass though. And we must listen; we must take account. We must relate to the many people who are suffering. In so doing, we must ask: How is God speaking in the streets? What new message, what good news do we hear?

METRO IAF NON-PARTISAN GOTV EFFORTS

Metro IAF sister organizations Common Ground, Greater Cleveland Congregations, NC Congress of Latino Oranizations and ONE Wake are inviting us to help them in their strictly non-partisan efforts to Get Out The Vote!

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  1. Ask any family, friends & colleagues who live in North Carolina, Ohio & Wisconsin to vote - document your commits & follow up information on our Voter Turn-Out Form. You can find the VOTER TURN-OUT FORM HERE Short video of How-To fill out VOTER TURN-OUT FORM HERE and Conversation Guide HERE;
  2. Ask your family, friends & colleagues if they can ask 3-5 of their family or friends to vote (have them fill out the Voter Turn-Out Form);
  3. Sign your congregation and/or organization up to do the same;
  4. Join Metro IAF organizations CG, GCC, NCCLO & ONE Wake virtually and help them directly with their non-partisan phone banking needs (see how you can help directly HERE).

 

Metro IAF is a 501(c)(3).  Metro IAF and its affiliates are strictly non-partisan and are not aligned explicitly or implicitly with any candidate or party.  We do not endorse or support candidates for office.

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In Memoriam: Rev. Jeff Krehbiel, IAF Leader, 1992-2017 Ministry of Formation and Persistence

“…And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says: And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night?  Will he delay long in helping them?  I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”  Luke 18: 6-8
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                CONTACT: Angelo Roefaro

October 23, 2015                                            202-380-5990