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Pax Christi USA Statement on Killing of Michael Brown

Posted by Ken Butigan
08.18.14

Pax Christi USA is a Campaign Nonviolence endorsing organization. We support its statement on the killing of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, MO:

Another victim of violence, another unarmed young Black man executed because of the color of his skin, another family torn apart by grief, another town dealing with fear, rage and chaos…when is enough, enough?

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO stands as a stark reminder of the reckless disregard of human rights in our country by profiling groups of its citizens, and the serious lack of interracial justice in the U.S.

Pax Christi USA calls for prayers for Michael’s family and friends, a non-violent resolution and accountability for the execution of this young man and a reconciliation with justice for the community torn apart by this senseless act.

We invite you to lend your support to the members of the Ferguson, MO community:

▪    by signing the petition at http://www.colorofchange.org

▪   for those in the St. Louis area….to connect with Ferguson residents who are asking for a nonviolent investigation and transparency of this unjust situation

▪    by examining the structures, policies and attitudes that created and escalated the violence

▪    by writing letters and Op/Ed pieces for your local newspapers

by asking your local parish community for a specific Prayer of the Faithful for strength and courage for the Brown family for the coming weekend

 

Also:

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou’s powerful Facebook posts from Ferguson, MO here and here.  Also, see his interview on Democracy Now! here.

Susan K. Smith’s Fellowship of Reconciliation blog entitled “Ferguson: Dispatch from the Field.”

Dennis Kucinich article on Huffington Post entitled Steps to Challenge the Militarization of the Police.

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Metropolitan Community Church Global Moderator, “Pull Back the Curtain on Race-Based Policing”

 

Click here to see Pace e Bene / Campaign Nonviolence resources on:

Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Training

Restorative Justice

Trauma Healing

And click here to see Pace e Bene / Campaign Nonviolence tools for nonviolent change

 

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