United Methodist Women's Racial Justice Charter was adopted by General Conference in 1980.
In the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the killing of 43-year-old Eric Garner, the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the killing of 28-year-old Akai Gurley by Officer Peter Liang, United Methodist Women calls for redoubled efforts to make the criminal justice system accountable to all communities equitably. Racism is imbedded in every institution in our society. As a result of historical racial bias, black and brown communities face disproportionately negative impacts in every area of life, including within the criminal justice system. We see all of these incidents as part of the ongoing legacy of systemic racism that includes racial profiling, biased sentencing policies, over-policing, use of excessive force against communities of color and more.
Our hearts ache for the many African-American lives that have been taken in communities across the nation, not just since the killing of Michael Brown. United Methodist Women stands in solidarity with communities of color around the nation that are primary targets of state and vigilante violence. We affirm the need to take action that honors our Methodist tradition of challenging the status quo when the norms of our society do not honor all human beings as children of God. We remain committed to and call for prayerful action to end the brutality of systemic racism in our institutions, churches and society.
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