Race and Power in America - Gamaliel Foundation

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Race and Power in America

June 8-11, 2015 Detroit

221 North LaSalle Street Suite 1320 Chicago IL 60601 Telephone: (312) 357-2639 www.gamaliel.org gamalielnetwork gamalielnetwork [email protected] Follow the Race and Power Summit on social media: use hashtags: #racepower15 and #gamanetwork

Pastor T. Ray McJunkins, president of Faith Coalition for the Common Good in Springfield, IL, spoke at a rally for fair education funding. Members of Gamaliel of Illinois and other students and leaders from across the state backed him up at the rally in the state capitol in November.

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Special thanks to the hard working staff of affiliate MOSES for hosting us in Detroit!

Race and Power in America

Table of Contents Opening Letter: Race and Power in America ............................ 1 Discernment Process ............................................................ 2 Discernment Process Continued ............................................ 3 Allies and Partners ................................................................ 4 Agenda ................................................................................. 5-6 Important Dates .................................................................... 7 About Gamaliel ..................................................................... 8 Gamaliel Leaders .................................................................. 9-13 National Staff ....................................................................... 14 Board of Directors ................................................................. 15

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In December, Gamaliel clergy and other leaders joined Metropolitan Congregations United of St. Louis and allies in Ferguson to respond to the verdict exonerating New York City police in the Eric Garner choking case. The action drew national media attention.

RACE AND POWER IN AMERICA Rev. John Welch

Gamaliel Board Chair Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Welcome to Gamaliel’s Race and Power in America Summit. I am delighted that you chose to join us as we embark on the process of rebuilding America through reshaping the narrative in this country around race. Whether you are a panelist, a workshop leader, or summit participant, your involvement these next few days begins the igniting of a historic shift. The Gamaliel network has been successful in winning local actions and national campaigns, fighting for equity and justice. But what we have realized, in retrospect, is that our victories, though significant, have not yielded systemic change because the elephant in the room – structural racism, had not been explicitly and openly challenged. Community disinvestment, neighborhood dissections by highway overpasses, union busting, educational achievement gaps, inequitable funding for public education, unjust school disciplinary policies, mass incarceration, deportations, low-wage jobs, and even community redevelopment pivot on the issue of race and African-Americans and Latinos are and have been the prime targets. Whether it was during slavery and Jim Crow or the Bracero Program, power brokers advanced this country on the backs of people of color through selective disenfranchisement. They continue to do so even today through wage suppression, capitalism and corporate socialism by such methods as personification of corporations and the hijacking of democracy through vehicles such as Citizens United. The Gamaliel net-

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work is poised to lead in discussions and actions against racial discrimination in all forms and begin the creation of “God’s Commonwealth.” This 4-day summit is just the beginning of a long yet tenuous battle for justice. Our goal is the eventual eradication of structural racism and significant reduction of concentrated poverty. I invite you to join or partner with us for as long as it takes to realize this goal. As we move fo