Black Lives Matter

We at Tikkun Magazine urge you to read Rabbi Lerner’s impassioned plea on Huffington Post to stand with African Americans this Sunday morning when they have called for a Solidarity Sunday in suport of the position that Black Lives Matter. It’s a nonviolent and sweet way to show solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters, many of whom have felt largely abandoned by the rest of society as they listen to equivocal statements from President Obama and denials that there is any problem of racism by many in the media and politics. If you live in the Bay Area, look below for some relevant places to attend church services that morning [though many of us, like myself, are not Christian--but solidarity requires going to one of the major places in which African Americans will be seeking support this weekend as the media switches the focus, leaving behind the ongoing problem of American racism,  to focus (importantly) on the torture crimes of the Bush and Obama Administration--can you believe that Obama, through his Sec. of State Kerry, tried to convince the Senate not to release this report 'at this time' which would have left it in the hands of a Republican Senate that would have never released it?].

We have made that solidarity a theme of our Reclaim America conference that afternoon Dec. 14 from 1:00 -7:00 p.m (along with the larger focus on developing a strategy to take back the country from those in the new Congress who seek to defund social programs and cripple the implementation of environmental regulations).

It’s not too late to join the hundreds who have already signed up for the conference–go towww.spiritualprogressives.org/reclaimamerica. So, to make this clear, we urge you to respond to the Progressive Baptist Convention and go to a nearby African American church, and then if you are in Northern California to come to the Reclaim America conference starting at one that afternoon at the University of San Francisco’s McLaren Hall.

But even if you don’t do either, please read Rabbi Lerner’s article on Black Lives Matter on the front page of the Huffington Post today (Wednseday, Dec. 10).

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If you live in the Bay Area, please consider going Sunday morning, before our conference, to one of the following:

If you are going to be at our conference in S.F. at 1, you might find it most convenient to come to the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco at 1399 McAllister Street (just east of Divisadero) for their 10 a.m. service.  Pastor Amos Brown has expressed a warm welcome to our potential attendees.

If you live in the East Bay, please consider going to the 8 a.m. service at the Allen Temple Baptist Church at 8502 International Blvd. in Oakland (their later service will be over far too late to then make it over to a key part of our conference which begins at 1 p.m. in S.F.). Their pastor J. Alfred Smith, Jr. has expressed a warm welcom to our potential attendees. They request that we wear black that day in mourning for all the victims of police violence against African Americans.

Other progressive African American Congregations, in the East Bay inlude the following:

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Pastor. Dr. George Cummings Imani Community Church Oakland
Pastor Dr. Charlie Haymes Beebee Memorial Cathedral C.M.E Oakland
Pastor Harold Mayberry First A. M. E. Church Oakland
Pastor Michael Smith McGee Ave. Baptist Church Berkeley
Rev. Michael McBride The Way Christian Center Berkeley
Pastor Alvin Bernstein Behtlehem Missionary Baptist Church Richmond
Pastor Kamal Hassan Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church Richmond
Rev. Hubert Ivery St. Mark’s United Methodist Orinda

 

 

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Or consider attending Sunday morning services at any of the following congregations in the West Bay
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Min. Imam Q. Al-Amin San Francisco Muslim Community Center San Francisco
Rev. J.P. Alexander St. Peter’s Missionary San Francisco
Rev. Anthony Anderson Ascension Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Stephen Bailey Olivet Baptist Church San Francisco
Pastor Gary Banks Without Walls Church San Francisco
Rev. Vance Barnes Mount Gilead Baptist San Francisco
Rev. Forrest Beiser Glad Tidings San Francisco
Rev. Ayisha Benham Wright Chapel A.M.E San Francisco
Rev. Jeff Brammer St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church San Francisco
Pastor Walker Brandon Jr. Union Springs Baptist San Francisco
Dr. Amos Brown Third Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Fredrick Brown New Antioch Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Joseph Bryant Jr. Calvary Hill Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Ishmael Burch Jr. St. Andrew’s Baptist San Francisco
Dr. Dwight Carathuers Matthews First Union Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Samuel Carr True Vine COGIC San Francisco
Rev. Daniel Carter Lady of Lourdes San Francisco
Rev. Larry Cotton Faith Temple COGIC San Francisco
Rev. Phillip Cousin Jr. Bether A.M.E Church San Francisco
Rev. John Cox Love Chapel COGIC San Francisco
Rev. Gerald Criswell New Life Flowwship San Francisco
Rev. Staci Current Jones Memorial United Methodist Church San Francisco
Rev. Henry Davis Jr. Rhema Word San Francisco
Rev. Kinwood De Vore Metropolitan Church of Christ San Francisco
Rev. Yul Dorn Emanuel COGIC San Francisco
Rev. David Douglas Holy of Holy Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Alonzo Eison Hicks Temple COGIC San Francisco
Rev. Calvin Ellsion Second Union Baptist San Francisco
Rev. Charles Estes New Stranger’s Home Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Dwayne Fisher Galilee Baptish Church San Francisco
Dr. Samuel Fivecoats First Apostolic Faith Church San Francisco
Bishop Yvette Flunder City of Reguge San Francisco
Rev. Ted Fraiser Voice of Pentecost Church San Francisco
Father Paul Gawlowski St Paul of the Shipwreck Cath. Churhc San Francisco
Rev. Richard Gazowsky Voice of Pentecost Church San Francisco
Rev. A. Ray Gentle Cosmopolitan Baptist San Francisco
Pastor Mcihael Gilmore New Providence Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Roland Gordon Ingleside Presbyterian Church San Francisco
Rev. Lawrence Hart Paradise Missionary Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Lane Hawkins Neighborhood Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Willie Jackson Greater New Light Batist Church San Francisco
Rev. Login James James Memorial COGIC San Francisco
Rev. Harlan Jones Missionary Temple C.M.E Church San Francisco
Rev. Calvin Jones Jr. Providence Baptist Church San Francisco
Pastor Theon Jonhnson Glide Memorial Church San Francisco
Rev. George Jurond Paradise Baptist Church San Francisco
Bishop Franzo King St. John African Orthodox Church San Francisco
Dr. Norman Knight Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist San Francisco
Rev. Louise Knox Bell Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church San Francisco
Bishop James Langston Jr. Hamilton Memorial COGIC San Francisco
Rev. George Lee Shiloh Full Gospel Church San Francisco
Rev. Aubrey Lewis Third Baptist Church San Francisco
Pastor Ernest Lewis Rainbow Seventh Day Adeventist San Francisco
Rev. Robert Lucas Broad Street Baptist San Francisco
Dr. James McCray Jr. San Francisco
Rev. Eric McGee Zion Hill Missionary Baptist San Francisco
Rev. Arthur McKay Trinity Baptist San Francisco
Rev. Keva McNeil Bayview Tabernacle Baptist San Francisco
Rev. Fred Muse Jr. El Bethel Missionary Baptist San Francisco
Dr. James Noel New Liberation Presbyterian Church San Francisco
Rev. Karen Oliveto Glide Memorial United Methodist San Francisco
Rev. Don Phillips Greater Gethsemane COGIC San Francisco
Rev. Harold Pierre Pilgrim Community Church San Francisco
Rev. Paul Preston Mt. Trinity Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Mervin Redmond St. John Missionary Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Kenneth Reece Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Shad Riddick Metropolitan Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Kenneth Sampson New Home Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Will Scott St. Cyprians Episcopal Church San Francisco
Rev. Fletcher Sims Fellowship Bible Church San Francisco
Rev. Andrew Smith Little Bethany Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Howard Smith True Gospel Baptist Church San Francisco
Elder Robert Smith The Greater Good Shepherd San Francisco
Rev. Ronald Smith Pentecostal Temple COGIC San Francisco
Rev. Mary Stewart Community Assembly of God San Francisco
Pastor Gordon Thomas Christ Missionary Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Jeffery Timms Community Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Floyd Trammell Jr. First Friendship Institution San Francisco
Rev. Arelious Walker True Hope COGIC San Francisco
Rev. Billy Ware St. Paul Tabernacle San Francisco
Rev. Marlon Washington Matthew Zion Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Edwin Watkins Mt. Zion Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Cecil Williams Glide Memorial Methodist San Francisco
Elder Jervis Williams Calvary Apostolic San Francisco
Rev. Leroy Williams Mt. Herman Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Michael Williams St. James Missionary Baptist Church San Francisco
Rev. Cecil Williams Jr. Allen Chapel, AME San Francisco
Rev. Jackey Wilson Evergreen Baptist San Francisco
Rev. Christopher Zacharias First A.M.E. Zion Church San Francisco

 

 
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One Response to Black Lives Matter

  1. Vira Eison October 27, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Black Lives Matter. Stumbled on this article someone. Was saddened to see this movement has been going on for so long (the need, that it. here it is 2016..) but delighted that people can come together from all religions and backgrounds for a worthy cause. I am not religious by any means, but am so thankful for this Rabbi. He is truly a gift to the world.

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