I am obsessed with Ancestry.com. Last night I clicked back through the generations, following a family line I didn't know existed a week ago, and found out that Matoaka "Pocahontas" Powhatan is my distant aunt once removed! Unbelievable!
It got me thinking: we really are all connected.
What would the world be like if we all knew our roots? How would we approach things like race, poverty, and class? How would our approach to issues like urban violence, fair wages, health care reform, and immigration reform change?
Family looks out for one another. Family offers mercy, grace, and relief. Family seeks justice for one another.
Maybe that's why Jesus said, "Just as you did these things to the least of these who are my family, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40)
Jesus stood in solidarity with the hungry because they are his family.
Jesus stood in solidarity with the thirsty because they are his family.
Jesus stood in solidarity with the immigrant because they are his family.
Jesus stood in solidarity with the poor because they are his family.
Jesus stood in solidarity with the sick because they are his family.
Jesus stood in solidarity with the imprisoned because they are hisfamily.
Two weeks ago, NY Faith & Justice convened an extremely diverse and influential group of 20 faith leaders from New York and Los Angeles to meet with Senator Charles Schumer's office (D-NY) and press for justice for our family members--the immigrants within our borders.
Now, we invite you to join us!
Monday, May 17 @ 12 noon
26 Federal Plaza, Manhattan
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Rally and Civil Disobedience
You can just attend the rally, or you can choose to join the civil disobedience action as well. Click here to find out more and sign up for civil disobedience training this week!
Plus, scroll down or click these links for more practical ways you can stand in solidarity with your family this month!
- May House Concerts with Tracy Howe!
- Farmworkers and Small Farms: A Conversation about the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act
- Donate now to help us continue to stand in solidarity with family!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. And don't forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, the nyfj blog or the nyfj calendar for up to the minute action alerts, program changes, and details.
Lisa Sharon Harper
Co-founder and Executive Director
New York Faith & Justice