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.
You can read more media coverage of the event:
- The Washington Post: ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters stage ‘die-in’ in Capitol Hill cafeteria
- The New York Times: Protesters Stage ‘Die-In’ at Capitol
- The Guardian: Black Lives Matter protesters interrupt lunch with 'die-in' on Capitol Hill
Interested in learning more about the #BlackLivesMatter movement?
- Visit the #BlackLivesMatter website to learn about the history, momentum, and movement.
- Check out resources compiled by Standing on the Side of Love that creates a framework for Unitarian Universalism and racial justice.
- Take the New Year’s Revolution pledge in support and solidarity for all black lives.