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Clergy Takes Congress to Lunch


Clergy joined interfaith partners for a staged protest on Capitol Hill.

By Jill Goddard

On January 21, 2015, Unitarian Universalist clergy joined Bend the Arc in a staged interfaith die-in during lunch in the Longworth cafeteria on Capitol Hill in front of members of Congress and their staff.

This demonstration was meant to bring the issues of the #BlackLivesMatter movement (from police brutality and militarization to racial injustices everywhere) directly to Congress’s table—specifically calling attention to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and others. And that is exactly what they did.

Nearly 50 clergy members and people of all faith backgrounds acted together to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s brave and peaceful activism.

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Jill Goddard

Jill Goddard was the former Public Relations Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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