I, as an ordained Elder and Nerice, a commissioned Deaconess in our United Methodist Church, participated in the Poor People’s Campaign for Moral Recovery Caravan on Monday, November 23, 2020. We shared the same calling that we needed to stand up for the people who are marginalized, poor and living in impoverished conditions especially that we’re living in the pandemic.
We participated to join other activists in Sacramento and across the country at thirty-six (36) states in mourning the deaths of more than a quarter million of people due to COVID-19. The statewide caravan was organized by the Poor People’s Campaign for Moral Recovery headed by The Rev. Dr. William Barber, II. The caravan also voiced out the need for another stimulus package to be offered to poor people who are struggling due to unemployment and are struggling to survive.
We experienced that as we were driving around the State Capitol, there were people that shouted at us saying, “You needed to be locked up.”
Activism is not a crime. Activism is one of the ways in proclaiming and living out the gospel that Jesus proclaimed and lived out when he lived and started a movement of changemakers. We, who have experienced hunger, poverty, squatting in lands we didn’t own, discriminated, emigrated here in the United States and yet we continue to experience racism could have the confidence the stand up and join the other voices for equality and equity.
The Children’s Ministry Prayer Challenge Week 3 noted this ministry provoking statement, “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”
As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, let us remember the poor and fight for their human rights since Jesus whom we call our Lord, and our Savior took the side of the poor. May you and I work together in shaping our children and empower the young people who are already organizing and mobilizing to help transform the world and take the side of the poor.
Media Coverage: Protesters At Capitol Demand Relief Package, Mourn Lives Lost To COVID-19 – CBS Sacramento (cbslocal.com)
Sacramento Poor People’s Campaign Caravan march at Capitol to bring attention to those most vulnerable to COVID-19 (fox40.com)