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Intro: "The mission, which is being called 'Occupy the Dream,' will start on Monday, January 16, 2012, in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday holiday. On that day, Dr. Ben Chavis announced recently during a press conference at the National Press Club, pastors who are part of the Occupy the Dream movement will connect with the well-known Occupy Wall Street group to hold protests at Federal Reserve banks in 10 cities around the nation."

Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC during his 'I Have A Dream' speech,  08/28/1963. (photo: AFP)
Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC during his 'I Have A Dream' speech, 08/28/1963. (photo: AFP)



Black Churches to Energize Occupy

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

05 January 12

 

he mission, which is being called "Occupy the Dream," will start on Monday, January 16, 2012, in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday holiday. On that day, Dr. Ben Chavis announced recently during a press conference at the National Press Club, pastors who are part of the Occupy the Dream movement will connect with the well-known Occupy Wall Street group to hold protests at Federal Reserve banks in 10 cities around the nation.

The strategy will be to raise the consciousness level of African-Americans, starting in church pulpits, by spreading the message of income equality, economic justice and empowerment, leading up to the January 16 events. "It starts in the pulpit and then we're going to go to the community at large," he said.

Led by Dr. Ben Chavis, civil rights leaders announced the formation of Occupy the Dream, an organization to mobilize Americans around the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who sought to wage war on poverty, unemployment and economic injustice. Dr. Chavis announced that the first major march of Occupy the Dream would also take place on Martin Luther King Day, January 16, in Washington, DC.

Dr. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore - which has 10,000 members, joined Dr. Chavis and leading advocates of Occupy Wall Street at the National Press Club, where they rallied their followers.

Launching the movement, Dr. Bryant explained the crisis now facing many Americans in stark, but eloquent, terms:

Ladies and Gentlemen, in just a few days, about 200,000 of our sons and daughters will be returning back to the United States in a large way indicating the end of the war in the Middle East. Regrettably they are going to be coming to another war. It's not going to be a War on Terror as indicated by then-President Bush. It's not even going to be a War on Drugs implemented by Nancy Reagan or a War on Obesity by Michelle Obama - but they're going to be coming into a war on poverty - a war on poverty, unemployment and economic inequality and greed has in fact ravaged our nation down to its core.

Sgt. Shamar Thomas and David DeGraw of Occupy Wall Street also read a statement welcoming the civil rights and religious leaders to the movement. It included the following:

The Occupy Wall Street movement is about people coming together to say "enough is enough." Our families have endured economic oppression for too long. The Occupy Wall Street movement draws its strength from people of all different walks of life, with opinions across the political spectrum, coming together to find common ground and unite against the global financial interests that have bought control of our government.

Dr. King's vision of economic justice is an edifying example of what we intend to achieve. The Occupy movement has become a powerful force by occupying communities throughout the country. The time has now come for us to embody the spirit of Dr. King and for us to "Occupy the Dream."

Occupy the Dream will not end on January 16th. This will be the first of many actions leading up to a mass gathering in Washington, DC, to be held April 4 - 7.

For more information go to http://www.occupydream.org/

 


Pastor Jamal Bryant: Occupy the Dream

Dr. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, spoke at the National Press Club, where he joined civil rights leaders and Occupy Wall Street activists to rally support for Occupy the Dream. This is an excerpt of his speech.


Occupy the Dream

To honor Rev. Martin Luther King's birthday, Occupy Wall Street is privileged to welcome African-American clergy as they join the movement to address economic inequality and social injustice.


Scott Galindez was formerly the co-founder of Truthout, and is now the Political Director of Reader Supported News.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

 

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+16 # colvictoria 2012-01-05 08:07
Pastor Jamal Bryant you are a true prophet shedding light to the silence of Black Churches. All Christians must rise up and be true to the message of Christ. He stood up to the Sanhedrin to the corruption and the injustices of his time and was imprisoned and later assassinated. It is time to mobilize all people who have a belief in a higher power. We need to stand for truth, for justice, for the poor and the disenfranchised and be critical of our leaders no matter what color they are. The people will prevail and yes WE SHALL OVERCOME!
 
 
+6 # jimyoung 2012-01-05 12:56
The picture of the reflecting pool stirs thoughts of what a stack of $1 bills equivalent to the $7.77 trillion secretly lent/guaranteed to or for the banks (not the total $29 trillion provided for them) would look like. It would fill the reflecting pool with a pile 422 feet higher than the 555'5" Washington Monument only partially shown in the back ground. The total height of 977' is almost as tall as the pool is long.

Imagining that pile of $1 bills, secretly lent, and more than half the size of our GDP, seems a bit uneven in the fairness department.
 
 
0 # LessSaid 2012-01-06 10:10
Unfortunately, the Black church and most other churches leadership is part of the elite. Just ask where most of them do their banking. One of the banks that will keep coming up would be 'Bank of America'. The Black church and many Black organizations buy into capitalism big time. Therefore, they have a conflict of interest in their goals and faith. Also, if this side of the OWS get too much attention, Paster Jamal Bryant, personal character will be put on display in an effort bring down this movement. He isn't the best person to use as the face for this action.
 
 
+1 # Dog Man 2012-01-08 11:09
Don't let the bastards get you down.

Anti-religion creeps are not spokesmen for the Occupy movement. No way.

More likely they are rightie shills, sent out by dirty tricks operations to befoul pro-democracy web sites.

Remember this quote? "Democracy isn't the solution to our problems. Democracy is the problem."

Oh. That's not exactly how Reagan phrased it. He and his crowd didn't like Dr. King or Gandhi either.
 

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