Cleveland Reparations Vigil (in-person)
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice hosted Repair and Redress: A Vigil for Reparations (In-Person) on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at St. Aloysius – St. Agatha Parish in Cleveland, OH. People in the parish church and school community, sisters, the Cleveland NETWORK Advocates Team, justice-seekers, and NETWORK staff made a powerful, holy stand for reparations for Black Americans and called for an H.R.40-style reparations commission by Juneteenth.
Reverend Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries (United Church of Christ), The United Church of Christ led the opening prayer and gave stirring remarks.
You can click here (or on the image below) to watch some of Rev. Blackmon’s remarks.
Want to learn more about Cleveland’s NETWORK Advocates, who are volunteer justice-seekers rooted in the community, or about future reparations events and actions? Contact Catherine Gillette, NETWORK Grassroots Mobilization Organizer or Sister Eilis McCulloh, HM, Grassroots Mobilization Fellow.
Thank you for organizing this. I have been reading Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle, by Shannen Dee Williams. I have visiting the gold-laden Catholic churches of Salvador da Bahia, built by people who were enslaved and wondered why reparations have never been paid.