These past few days have been very dark ones for our nation and people of good will regardless of their color.
Once again we are confronted with the reality that black life has little or no value in our country. Trayvon Martin has not received justice nor have hundreds of other Trayvon's, living and dead, who are the victims of violence or of a racist judicial system.
We must first of all, pray for all victims of violence, for the family of Trayvon Martin and all families, who grieve the loss of the children, and for our country that is still very much divided along the lines of race.
It is time for men and women of faith to act...to stand for justice...to march for freedom...to stand our ground for the truth of the gospel.
As we mark the 50th anniversary of the first March on Washington on August 28 1963, we must remember that Dr. King's dream has yet to become a reality. Our children are still being judged by the color of their skin and not the content of the character.
We have an opportunity to join with Chicagoans of every background on Saturday, July 20 at the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn beginning at 12 noon to say to the Martin Family that the fight for justice is not over and to say to the Justice Department that we demand justice for Trayvon and for his family.
This is our moral responsibility as people of faith...
"TO ACT JUSTLY AND TO LOVE MERCY AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH OUR GOD."
LET US STAND STRONG. LET US STAND UNITED AS ONE!
Sister Anita Baird, DHM
Office for Racial Justice