PEACE & JUSTICE
"...learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow."
PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Our shared ministry is to address injustice, inequality, and stewardship. We lift up each issue to our congregation and community for discernment and action. *We are a nonpartisan committee.
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE TO POLICING POLICIES
Our committee sent letters to the mayors or our 3 bordering towns, Franklin Township, North Brunswick Township, and South Brunswick Township.
We called on them to take advantage of 3 opportunities for action:
Pass a resolution condemning police brutality
Join the national Mayor's Pledge on reforming Police Brutality Policies
Review and Reform policies with a focus in 8 areas
MAYORS' CHALLENGE PROGRESS REPORT
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP MAYOR PHIL KRAMER
Signed the Mayor's Pledge
Forwarded our 8 policing policy factors to the director of Public Safety
NORTH BRUNSWICK MAYOR FRANCIS WOMACK III
First of the 3 towns to pass a resolution
We continue to await response from the committee's action letter.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK MAYOR CHARLES CARLEY
Sent a note thanking us for our inquiry.
We continue to await any actions.
WEBINAR SERIES: PROTEST TO POLICY
The prophet Moses called for the liberation of his people in the midst of plagues. In fact, the plagues were used by God as a means to dismantle the chokehold the Egyptian power structure upon the children of Israel.
Several weeks of protest (in the midst of a pandemic) in the wake of George Floyd’s murder has fundamentally transformed the movement for Black Lives. It is a movement of liberation from the chokehold of unjust policing upon Black communities.
The fatal shooting of Maurice Gordon and the disturbing findings in the Force Report and most recently the Comptroller’s report on state police, reminds us these issues are present at home. Now like no other in history has there been an awakening around the wicked insidious spiritual nature of structural racism, especially in militarized and unaccountable policing.
Salvation and Social Justice’s theory of change is rooted in the power of the Black church and liberation theology to shape narrative and motivate lasting change. Therefore, our response is to prophetically demand meaningful policy change to abolish abusive policing here in New Jersey.
We are still in the season of Pentecost. The spirit of Pentecost is grounded in revolution. We're witnessing a profound time with many revolutionary movements on the horizon. Protests are the necessary spirit of awakening that creates an environment in which policymakers must respond.
~Rev. Dr. Charles Boyer