An Open Letter to the Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot, and Governor Bruce Rauner: Statement of Solidarity with the #RememberRekia Campaign with the Demands #DontPayDante and #SaveCSU
As Unitarian Universalists, we are a multiracial faith community that celebrates many theologies with a diverse way of interacting with the divine. We are called at this critical moment in Chicago to put our principles into practice.
We, the undersigned Unitarian Universalists of the Chicagoland area and UU bodies of governance, rise in solidarity with Black organizers of the #RememberRekia campaign. We are appalled that not only has our city continued to employ the police officer who murdered 22-year-old Rekia Boyd despite having admitted to the killing. We are, also, equally troubled by the lack of funding to Chicago State University, a predominately Black university with a 71% female student population. It is clear to us that the institutionalization of anti-Blackness disproportionately harms Black women.
As people who have committed ourselves to value the inherent worth and dignity of all people; to promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; and to affirm the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process in society at large, we believe we must divest from institutional practices that perpetuate anti-Black racist violence, such as police brutality, mass incarceration, and racial profiling, and instead invest in mental health care, education, and restorative justice programs.
We have a theology that supports the individual and the collective. Allowing the state to have more power than the people violates our values and sense of community. We abhor systemic racist violence by the police and our educational systems, and our faith calls us to action.
We proclaim that Black lives matter everywhere. Black communities deserve more than the right to survive, they deserve the right to thrive. In its current state, Chicago does not provide an environment where Black lives are valued and where Black futures are deemed worthy of investment.
We join in the #RememberRekia campaign and demand that you #DontPayDante and #SaveCSU.
Chicago Chalice Connection
UU Action Network of Illinois
UU Prison Ministry of Illinois
Individual Signatories by Congregation
Beverly Unitarian Church
Rev. Karen Mooney, Minister
Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist
DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church
Rev. Tom Capo, Minister
First Unitarian Church of Chicago
Rev. Teresa Schwartz Co-Minister
Rev. David Schwartz, Co-Minister
Arianna Lambie, President
Mary Clare Bietila
Ma Kristina DeGuzman
Betty V. Holcomb
Ms. Kennie James
Denis R Koehn
Richard C. Pardo
Bette H. Sikes
Irene K Vitullo
Wendy Van Keulen
Peoples Church of Chicago
Rev. Jean Siegfried Darling, Minister
Second Unitarian Church of Chicago
Rev. Adam Robersmith, Minister
Rev. Darrick Jackson, Meadville Lombard Theological School
Kellie C. Kelly
Third Unitarian Church of Chicago
Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, Minister
Unitarian Universalist Church of Hobart
Rev. Alan Taylor, Minister
UUs at Large
Rebecca Nelson, Chicago
Kevin Pujanauski, Chicago
David Reid, Chicago
Kenyatta Rosemond-Brand, Evanston
See more information on the campaign at: https://rememberrekia.wordpress.com/
2015 Action of Immediate Witness – Support the Black Lives Matter Movement