PCIC's Education Action Team met with education advocate & former TUSD candidate, Jen Darling, and Selena Llamas, representative from Expect More Arizona. We discussed in depth the actions of the Legislature, and put forth a plan to educate our congregations and member institutions, then take action through building relationships for change.
Have you ever been stopped by the police because the tint of your car windows was too dark?
Or because you look Latino?
Or because you were wearing a hoodie?
Well, many of the 40+ folks that gathered today for interfaith house meetings told stories of just such stops and harassment. Meeting co-chairs Rev. Elwood McDowell, Pastor of Trinity MBC and Rev. Delle McCormick, Pastor of Rincon Congregational UCC, lead the discussion.
The session was sponsored by the Tucson Clergy Against Racial Profiling (TCARP) group and PCIC and attended by clergy and leaders from Rincon UCC, Trinity MBC, St. Cyril’s Catholic, The Good Shepherd UCC, St.Philip’s Episcopal, Rising Star MBC, PCC Adult Education, Congregation Or Chadash, Iglesia Principe de Paz, and Most Holy Trinity Catholic.
Next steps included suggestions to invite police to attend, research actions with public officials, and expanding the house meetings to other faith and non-faith locations and to include more youth. A planning team will meet on March 12th at 9am at St. Cyril’s to move the suggestions forward.
PCIC and the young Dream students of ScholarshipsAZ co-sponsored a workshop on DAPA – Deferred Action for Parental Accountability on Sunday afternoon at St. John the Evangelist Church on the Southside.
Over 50 members of St. John’s and local residents attended. Here, Ana Hernandez and Alejandra of Scholarships AZ and Attorney Moe Goldman are responding to questions from the audience. PCIC leaders at St. John’s Leonard Basurto and Pat Alvarez made sure all the area schools and churches were invited to the event.
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