Don't Just Take my Word for It
Pastor Lenny Ducan's sermon is more important than mine, as the things happening in the world around us affect him more directly. You should listen to his words, and watch his short facebook video that is a call to action.
David dances naked in 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19, and Herod has a party in Mark 6:14-29. Although we should party in church, both of these Biblical parties are not without complications. Listen to learn some Bible stories, and to see how they might relate to life today.
If You're ready to Do More
We all can't be activists, and we all can't leave our lives and go to events. However, many of us can share our resources with those working for change in the world. I invite you to share your resources generously with these two groups.
Black Lives Matter Chicago's demands for Harith Augustus (Found at this link.)
No justice, no peace!
Come out Monday at 6 to demand justice for Harith “Snoop” Augustus. He was shot and killed in South Shore. he was a barber, beloved community member, and father of a 5 year old daughter. He was shot 7 times in the back because officers said he was “exhibiting the characteristics of an armed man”
When people began to protest at the scene on 71st and Jeffrey, CPD responded by aggressively pushing the crowd. They jumped their own barricades to beat protesters with batons. There were 100 police officers using full force against peaceful demonstrators. People were shoved and attacked, and some people were arrested. Check out this twitter thread from Nader Issa, Suntimes Reporter, for videos and pics from Saturday night: https://twitter.com/naderdissa/status/1018284580250488832?s=21
-the release of the officer’s name
-her immediate arrest
-the release of the names of all officers that attacked protesters last night and their arrest
-drop the charges against all protesters
From Monica Trinidad at this link.
His name was Harith Augustus, but went by Snoop. He was a local barber in the South Shore neighborhood. He had a 5 year old daughter that he often brought to work with him. He was shot and killed by CPD today.
As soon as I arrived to the scene and starting giving hugs to friends, the cops rushed their own barricade and charged at us, batons swinging in the air. I was shoved to the ground while running away, but others got it extremely worse, including dear friends and co-organizers of ours.
What You Can Do Right Now:
1) Donate to Black Lives Matter Chicago. Any and all donations received will be used to bail any folks out. All remaining will be donated to the revolving bail fund by Chicago Community Bond Fund. PayPal.me/BLMCHI
2) Go to the vigil tonight (7/15) at 5pm. 71st and Chappel, where Snoop was killed.
3) Come to a press conference about yesterday’s shooting and the brutality that followed on Monday morning at 9am at 71st and Jeffrey.
4) Keep working and organizing towards a world without police.
There are groups working toward solving community problems without violence and militarized police. They advocate for things such as mental health response teams, and building up resources in communities so that people have options outside of violence to get ahead or feel safe in life. The link below is a facebook post of mine with MANY more resources on this topic. I know the topic is new for many people, so please do your research before you judge.
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