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Jesse Jackson, Meet Occupy Philly

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Nov 22, 2011
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Rev. Peter Friedrichs, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and others in the Quaker-sponsored interfaith tent. (Credit: Ashlee Espinal/Philly.com)

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.

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Rev. Friedrichs and his Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt made it all the way to the cover of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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. Peter Friedrichs is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County. Read more about his work at Occupy Philly in his blog posts (here, here, and here).

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.

One Response to “Jesse Jackson, Meet Occupy Philly”

  1. [...] Association. Folks from the campaign have been a presence at several occupy sites, including Occupy Philly.   There is also a facebook group for UUs and other interested in exploring ways to get involved: [...]

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