CALL TO ACTION for STL Congregations during MLK Weekend: Jan 12-15
Dear all St. Louis Congregations,
We believe congregations can strengthen communities and families. As a united organization composed of member congregations throughout the St. Louis metropolitan region, our mission is to put faith into action by developing leaders who move their congregations, organizations, and communities to change public policy for the common good.
As a faith leader, you believe in a higher faith and to live a life of dignity and purpose for all of creation. Last April 4, 2023, the 55th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, MCU and partner organizations across the state launched the NON-PARTISAN Missourians for Healthy Families and Fair Wages Campaign. We know the story; Rev. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee while organizing sanitation workers to earn better wages so they could have safer and working conditions to have safer and better lives. Fast forward to today, many working Missourians desire the same thing: a working wage and healthier lives.
The campaign is simple: we are collecting signatures for a petition that will give Missourians a chance to vote for a state-wide $15 dollars an hour minimum wage and allow workers to earn paid sick time off. Signing this petition DOES NOT mean you agree with the petition itself, but simply means you believe Missourians should have a chance to say yes or no during our fall 2024 election. As such, this petition is not “political” but rather provides an opportunity for citizens to practice their democratic rights and voice their values for justice.
During this MLK weekend, MCU organizers and leaders will be collecting signatures throughout the counties of Missouri’s Congressional Districts 2 and 3 which includes: South and West County, St. Louis County, St Charles, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford, Franklin, Warren, Montgomery and several other counties. Our simple request this MLK Weekend, is that YOUR CONGREGATION receives approval to allow an MCU Organizer or Leader to visit your congregation and collect signatures following the end of your worship service that weekend.
As believers around the nation and the world celebrate and honor MLK this January 2024, we hope our local congregations will take this opportunity to embody the values of love, justice, and equality that he championed throughout his life. Thank you for considering our call to action for JUSTICE to follow in the words by Rev. King, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere, we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
DeMarco K. Davidson