A group of congregants, with leadership from the Justice Council Coordinating Team, have decided that we will gather with many other People of Faith for Sunday’s rally against the alt-right, white supremacy, and anti-Semitism at the August 27th rally and protest.
We will assemble at the first Congregational Church of Berkeley at Dana and Channing between 12:15 and 12:30 on Sunday then process together down Channing to the Civic Center where we will join others in front of old City Hall on Martin Luther King. We will be accompanied by a singing group led by Betsy Rose called Occupella.
There have been meetings between several of the groups that will be protesting and the mayor’s office and the Berkeley Police Department to lessen the likelihood of violent confrontations. We understand that people have valid concerns and fears about violence erupting. Our understanding is that the people of faith will be processing into the Civic Center if it is safe to do so.
We encourage everyone to bring the following: water, snacks, and a bandanna or something that you could put in front of your face in the unlikely case of teargas. If there are others that you want to be buddies with, let us know. We want to make certain that everyone has 2 buddies before we leave from the church for the Civic Center.
Please let the justice council coordinating team (firstname.lastname@example.org) know:
~ If you will be attending
~ Tell us if you have buddies or not
~Your cell phone number and any special needs you have
~Have you attended a recent non-violence training?
We will assign buddies if you don’t have one or two, and will share your information among all of you. Please call each other ahead of time or just connect at 12:15 on Sunday at the faith group assembly location. We are marching and protesting in the spirit of Martin Luther King and many others who have come before us to stand against hate and for justice.