Jesse Jackson, Meet Occupy Philly
Famed civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson stopped by Occupy Philly this week to start a discussion about bringing more diversity to the Occupy Movement. While he was there, he asked our own Rev. Peter Friedrichs to lead an interfaith group in prayer before the press conference. Check out the video here.
Rev. Jackson came to Philadelphia with the goal of engaging clergy and people of color in a meaningful diversity dialogue. Some people of color had previously felt unwelcome in the Occupy Philly community and Rev. Jackson wanted to discuss the creation of a more diverse movement. They also talked about how the economic justice issues at the heart of Occupy often have a disproportionate effect on people of color.
Before he left, Rev. Jackson made a commitment to link the interfaith working group at Occupy Philly with local African American church leaders in an effort to incorporate more voices into the movement. He also drew a clear connection between the Civil Rights Movement and the Occupy Movement, describing it as a continuation of the same work. Rev. Friedrichs reported that it was inspiring to be in Rev. Jackson’s presence and that the discussion left him energized and hopeful for the broadening of the Occupy Movement.
Rev. Friedrichs is just one of the many UU ministers and lay people across the country that are involved in the Occupy Movement. Join the conversation about Unitarian Universalism and the Occupy Movement at the OccUUpy Facebook group.