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Rising to A Moral Economy

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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We live in a world of economic extremes: American billionaires added more than $1 trillion in wealth throughout the pandemic, while millions of families now risk eviction. Unfortunately, that gap will continue to grow if we don’t pass policy deliberately crafted to reduce inequality. This deplorable state of affairs violates the abundance God created for us to share. In this conversation, we’ll explore a variety of policy solutions that could help rebalance this cultural mess. We’ll particularly focus on the ongoing eviction crisis, and examine how public housing, increased minimum wages, community land grants and collective action can make a difference. Plus, we’ll discuss how theology has been complicit to constructing these economic disparities, and the spiritual changes religious communities must make to help build systems that equitably distribute the resources God wills for all.

Jacqui Lewis will be joined by Jawanza Williams. This conversation is part of the Freedom Rising Salons, a year-long conversation series that features thought leaders, organizers, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.

Jawanza Williams
Jawanza (he/they) is a Black, radical Queer, Prison Abolitionist, Socialist, Community Organizer. He is a native of Beaumont, Texas. They are Director of Organizing for Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY), and were recognized by City & State New York in 2021 as one of the 50 top activists to watch.

This conversation is made possible through sponsorship by the Middle Project, an organization that unites progressive leaders who are ready for a revolutionary and prophetic way of using power and resources to act locally and think globally to heal the human family. The Middle Project takes its strength and approach from the progressive faith traditions that have played a major role in America’s greatest democratic achievements: the abolition of slavery, civil rights, universal suffrage, and the anti-war movement.


December 15
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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