The Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ is part of a denomination that believes God calls us to be justice-makers and peace-keepers. The SCNC-UCC is united in fighting racism, anti-blackness, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, homelessness, classism, healthcare inequality, poverty, and many other oppressions which reside in our country and the world.
We recognize that August 28, 2020 will mark 57 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and delivered his esteemed I Have A Dream speech.
This year, there will be tens of thousands gathering in Washington D.C., and virtually all around the world, to commemorate this day in history. We recognize that there is still work to be done, and that we are still fighting for the same opportunities and freedoms from oppression that Dr. King spoke of so many years ago. There will be many social activists and human rights organizations converging onto Washington, both in person and online, to be in solidarity with our Black siblings who still face violence from law enforcement, job discrimination, and other manifestations of white supremacy in a nation that claims “Freedom and Liberty for All.”
As stories of police brutality and lynchings have filled our newsfeeds, we have seen the faces of Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Anthony McClain, and countless other human beings killed because of the systemic racism in our country. Now, we see, yet again, news of another unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back while getting into his vehicle with his children. We, the SCNC-UCC, denounce white supremacy in all of its many forms and call for justice. We see that Dr. King’s dream has not yet been realized and we must continue to push for true equity for all.
Our conference remains in solidarity with anyone making the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., as you feel God’s call upon you to bring about a necessary change within our nation and the world around us. May you travel in peace and may the Love of Christ surround you in your safety and wellbeing. If you are unable to join the march in person, you can find more information on joining virtually here: https://2020march.com/schedule-of-events/
In God’s peace & Christ’s blessings,
Rev. Dr. Felix C. Villanueva, Conference Minister