The progressive faith community has long provided moral leadership in the struggle for racial equity and is essential to the success of “My Brother’s Keeper,” an effort that President Barack Obama launched in February to address the persistent racial inequities in educational opportunity, employment, and incarceration among African American and Latino youth and men.
In keeping with this tradition, PICO National Network launched “LIVE FREE: 90 Days of Action to Preach, Pray, and Act to Become My Brother’s Keeper.” This effort engaged tens of thousands of people of faith, trained more than 3,000 community leaders in multiday LIVE FREE boot camps in 15 cities, listened to the testimony and views of communities closest to the pain, and developed policy and programmatic recommendations.
Please join the Center for American Progress and PICO for a discussion of the results of this 90-day listening process and community-based recommendations. As part of a Day of Testimony, prominent faith leaders, formerly incarcerated people, youth, and others directly affected by racial inequality will share testimony and recommendations for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
Rev. Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies, Lifelines to Healing, PICO National Network
Desmond Meade, President, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
john powell, Professor of Law and African American and Ethnic Studies and Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, University of California, Berkeley
Sherrie Deans, Executive Director, Admiral Center, Living Cities Foundation
Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress