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Michigan Faith in Action Holds a Series of Public Assemblies Culminating in Lansing, MI
Michigan Faith in Action (MFA) invited clergy, grassroots and other concerned leaders from across the state to engage in building a more moral Michigan using their combined political power as a vehicle. The group welcomed leaders of all faiths to participate in their series of regional Public Leadership Assemblies taking place in Lansing, Battle Creek, Jackson, Flint and Detroit, MI. Participants discussed their concerns for the city and how gaining collective power will improve the overall outcomes.
On Saturday, March 2, 2019, Michigan Faith in Action hosted a Statewide Public Assembly at Trinity A.M.E. Church in Lansing, MI. State and city leaders such as State Representative Kara Hope, State Representative Sarah Anthony and City of Lansing Mayor Andy Schor gathered with local leaders from various Michigan cities to receive responses and plans for future actions on issues impacting state residents. Issues included affordable housing, Raise the Age Initiative, statewide education reform and rebuilding community.
As people of faith, we are compelled to identify the problems that residents of Michigan are facing around social injustices. It is our goal to build power in order to transform communities with solutions created and identified by the community.
Song- “I Woke Up this Morning with my Mind Stayed on Freedom.”
Rev. John Burns, First AME Church of Farmington Hills, MI
State Representative Sarah Anthony, District 68, Lansing, MI
State Representative Kara Hope, District 67, Lansing, MI
Mayor Andy Schor, City of Lansing, MI
Mrs. Gwendolyn Bodiford, Trinity AME Church, Lansing, MI
Rev. Kay Porter, St. Matthew AME Church, Lansing, MI
Rev. Ron Brooks, Brookside United Methodists Church, Jackson, MI
Rev. Chad Parmalee, Chapel Hill United Methodist, Battle Creek, MI
Legislative Win for Michigan
In maintaining our mission to bring together people of faith, institutions, and organizations to build community and address the root causes of poverty, violence and division, Michigan Faith in Action is excited to announce our participation in the national Faith in Action or FIA campaign LIVE FREE.
The Live Free Campaign is a movement of the Faith in Action or FIA of faith-based organizations and congregations committed to addressing the causes of pervasive violence and crime in our communities. We believe that the mass criminalization and incarceration of people of color, coupled with the lack of meaningful and quality opportunities, have contributed to a state of crisis in our country. Live Free is committed to dismantling the mass-criminalization of people of color by mobilizing the faith community to action using the voices of those closest to the pain in order to build communities where all of God's children can live free.