The seven individuals who were arrested at the General Assembly on Tuesday showed great courage and commitment to social justice. They spoke for those who often have no voice, were a visible presence for those our society often treats as invisible, and did justice as they walked humbly.
We are grateful to our colleague, David LaMotte, to Rev. William Barber, Rev. Curtis Gatewood, Rob Stephens, Rev. Kojo Nantambu, Timothy Hodges and Rev. T. Anthony Spearman for their willingness to be advocates for the least of these. Both Rev. Barber, who is a past recipient of our Faith Active in Public Life Award, and T. Anthony, who serves on our Governing Board, have long histories with the Council, while David is our Program Associate for Peace. Those arrested continue a longstanding tradition of non-violent action for a more just society and a willingness to speak truth to power, and I am proud of the Council’s ties to several of them.
–George Reed, Executive Director