Victory in Fort Wayne: No-cost testing site in one of the hardest-hit communities
Faith leaders and residents of Fort Wayne urged city and county officials through phone calls, emails and online action to establish a no-cost coronavirus testing site in Fort Wayne’s racially diverse Southeast side. Their organizing efforts worked and the city announced plans for the first no-cost testing site on the Southeast side. The news came just hours before the Race, Health, & COVID 19 in Allen County digital town hall with Fort Wayne Councilors Michelle Chambers, Glynn Hines, and Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, Allen County Councilor Sheila Curry-Campbell. Watch the WPTA 21 news coverage.
This win is a great first step in promoting racial equity in Allen County. The Allen County Chapter of Faith in Indiana is still calling for a local contact tracing program that promotes racial equity and community trust. Research shows when people are hired directly from the communities in which they work people will be more willing to respond. A locally hired contract tracing program is culturally competent, creates jobs, and should include support services, so people who do test positive can safely access shelter, food, and treatment.
Clergy and faith leaders outraged by police violence in Indianapolis
We are outraged over the death of Dreasjon Read, a young black man who was shot and killed after a police chase on Thursday and whose death was live-streamed on Facebook. Over the weekend, three more people - including a pregnant bystander - were also killed by police.
In response, Indianapolis young people are already mobilizing and marching in the streets with their broken hearts and collective grief on display. Faith in Indiana clergy and faith leaders have a moral obligation to wrap our arms around our young kinfolks. More than 50 clergy from across the state are meeting today to uplift the work that Indianapolis young people have started and to help chart a set of policy demands that will curb gun violence. Special guests Pastor Mike McBride, Pastor Traci Blackmon, and Rev. Dr. Freddy Haynes will join us for this critical conversation. Need the registration link? email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosie Bryant, lead organizer for Faith in Indiana said, "We are committed to holding Mayor Hogsett accountable to concrete reforms, like: a progressive discipline policy, ongoing and robust de-escalation and procedural justice training, putting a moratorium on high-speed chases by police, and implementing national best practices in the city’s Gun Violence Intervention Program. We know what it takes to save lives. It’s beyond time to take action.”
You are Invited: Who Cares for Us Digital Town Hall with Mayor Joe Hogsett
Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Join us on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. for the #WhoCaresForUs Digital Town Hall via Zoom. Hoosiers—no matter our race, religion or zip code—care deeply about our families. We've seen healthcare workers, public school employees, janitors and more step up during this crisis and keep us safe. Now let's make sure our mayors and governor invest in testing, contact tracing, healthcare and paid family leave for all.
Join mayors and state legislators from across Indiana to learn how we can act together to protect and care for all of us.
A call to protect and care for all Hoosiers during the COVID-19 crisis
All Hoosiers, whether we’re Black, Latino, or White, newcomer or long-time resident, will need help to stay well and get through this unprecedented public health crisis. We pull through by pulling together. Add your organization to the Indiana Cares platform and join us in calling on our elected leaders to act aggressively to slow the spread of the virus, and protect and care for all of us, no exceptions.
Victory in Indianapolis! 800 people returned to their families from jails
More than 54 diverse clergy and faith leaders met with Mayor Joe Hogsett on May 5 to discuss steps local and state leaders can take to promote racial equity in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We celebrated major organizing wins including the release of more than 800 incarcerated people to their families and three new testing sites with a commitment of more to come. We also lifted up the need for a contact tracing program that hires people from the community and proposed the city establish a $5M Gap Fund to provide economic relief for people who don’t qualify for existing state and federal safety net programs.
This meeting with Mayor Hogsett was the latest in a series of meetings that Faith in Indiana leaders have organized with public officials across the state. We are urging elected leaders to act now to make sure testing, treatment and financial support reaches communities of color, those hardest hit by COVID-19.
We pull through by pulling together, like we’ve done in the past. Faith in Indiana encourages community members to join us at one of our weekly virtual calls of connection and action, so we can lead together.
Register for a weekly organizing call with your chapter:
Now, like never before, we need our faith leaders equipped and connected so that we can faithfully and quickly lead in response to the growing needs of Hoosiers.
Because of the increased need for community support, good information and public leadership, the clergy teams of Faith in Indiana have decided to hold weekly COVID-19 response calls. All clergy, ministers, imams and religious institution leaders are encouraged to join us at one of these weekly virtual calls of connection and action.
Clergy will meet every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Join your clergy caucus call by county:
In this episode of the Prophetic Resistance podcast, Nicole Barnes, Director of Voter Engagement and Operations for Faith in Indiana, along with organizers from across the Faith in Action network share their learning about organizing in an election year.
The Masks for the People project aims to provide masks in an effort to address the lack of preventive care and resources being made available to our nation's most vulnerable Black people. Through the project, our Faith in Indiana LIVE FREE campaign, in partnership with local churches will work to distribute more than 20,000 masks and hand sanitizer to Black communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Link to the donate button
A Workshop for Clergy: Funerals and Grieving during the Pandemic
On Thursday, May 21, at 4 p.m. ET, join Faith in Action for this workshop for clergy designed to meet this moment of pandemic. Clergy will learn best practices for holding funerals during the quarantine, develop ideas for providing support and consolation to those grieving in isolation and understand how to care for clergy unable to be with dying members and grieving families.
Faith in Indiana has moved all meetings and one-to-ones into the virtual world! We are now using a platform called Zoom for the majority of our meetings. We realize that some of our leaders may not feel comfortable using this new platform yet, and we want to help you get confident! We are offering open virtual office hours so that you can ask low-tech questions and get some practice. Pop into our 'virtual office hours,' any time between 3 and 5 p.m. ET on Thursdays or 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Fridays.
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