May 13, 2017

African American Clergy to Hold Press Conference on Community Response to Trump Administration; EPI Director Among Speakers

On Monday, May 18th, African American Clergy will gather in front of the United Methodist Building to respond to President Trump’s question to African American communities on the campaign trail: “What do you have to lose?”

Leaders from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Progressive National Baptist Convention and Church World Service will speak out on issues of police accountability, educational inequity, rising unemployment, increasing healthcare costs, and hateful speech and actions towards minorities and women.

Clergy will highlight in particular how Black communities have been crippled by the rollback of police oversight by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the move to privatize public education by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and the neglect of famine in Sudan and South Sudan. Faith leaders will unite to reject the President’s immoral policies that denigrate and destabilize African American communities.

Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness said this of the urgency of this moment: “On the campaign trail in 2016 Trump boasted: ‘What do you have to lose? I will straighten it out. I'll bring jobs back. We'll bring spirit back… We'll straighten it out.’ Since then he has had little to say to African Americans and has done nothing to address issues pertinent to the AA community. Be president for all: stand against racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism and homophobia. Be a president that we can respect and follow.”


Monday, May 15 at 12 p.m.


United Methodist Building,

100 Maryland Ave. NE

Washington, D.C. 20002


Rev. Dr. Timothy D. Boddie,

General Secretary, Progressive National Baptist Convention

Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland Tune,

Director, Ecumenical Poverty Initiative

Rev. Jimmie Hawkins,

Director, Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rev. John L. McCullough,

President and CEO, Church World Service

Rev. Kip Bernard Banks,

Senior Pastor, East Washington Heights Baptist Church of Washington DC

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