It’s morally lazy to hope for things turn out better without doing anything to adapt to the present reality. In fact, the word “hope” lately seems to mean accepting horrible situations as given, resigning to let things happen, and abandoning principles because acting on them takes too much effort.
Despite his ultra-radical leanings, Lay has been almost entirely excised from modern history books. “The wildness of his methods of approaching antislavery is part of it,” Rediker says. “He was extremely militant and completely uncompromising.” This level of abolitionist militance was unprecedented, and only began to become common after the 1830s. Lay sits outside of the standard narrative of the movement, and his disability and lower socioeconomic status make him difficult to place in a clear historical model. “He just didn’t fit the story,” Rediker says.
Food As The Front Door: Father Divine, The Peace Mission Movement & Radical Ministry For Our Time - Faith+Lead
“The spirit of the Peace Mission Movement provided inspiration to a ministry that I established in 2015 called the Black Church Food Security Network. Launched in the midst of the Baltimore Uprising, which erupted after the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police, we strategically link Black Churches and Black Farmers to create a Black-led food system rooted in justice and communal self-determination. We do this by helping congregations to start gardens on their land and by organizing miniature farmers markets inside churches on days when they worship. The markets feature Black farmers and food business owners. In addition to the garden and markets, we are preparing to start delivering produce boxes for subscription from Black farmers later this Fall.”
"Dissenters will launch on January 2nd, 2020.
We’re gathering three dozen Black and Brown, queer, trans, and working class students from across the country in Chicago for our 4-day Launch Training. If you chip in today, you’ll train these incredible new leaders in strategy, messaging, direct action tactics, and resilient movement culture. Your donations will cover travel, nourish us with good food, and buy art supplies so founding Dissenters can absorb the skills they need to go home and launch local campaigns across the country."