Community: Community Involvement, Civic Engagement
Our goal is to improve community relationships. This is encouraged through:
- Identifying Elected Officials: Mayor, Senator, Assembly person, Council person, District Leader, Police Chief, District Attorney, and Clergy Liaison. This is important in advocacy for legislation that benefits the community.
- Voter rights Voter Education/Supporting candidates whose causes align with identified mission.
- Attending Community Boards, Town Hall Meetings, and Rally’s within your church community. Include all officials mentioned above, in collaboration with community members to ensure accurate representation and effective planning. Discuss trainings and how the locals can participate in developing curriculums to train police.
- Collaborating with already established organizations (existing Depts. within our church (health ministries, food pantries, exercise, scholarships etc.), BLM, NAACP, other denominations to accomplish goals).
Economic Empowerment & Financial Freedom
Our goal is to increase black owned businesses in our communities, circulate and centralize funds for the development of our neighborhoods.
- Identify current Black owned businesses in your state/neighborhood. Develop a list of these businesses to distribute to community members. We want to provide information and encourage action.
- Black owned banks/credit unions. Encourage support of banks/unions by beginning with minimum $50-100 (adapt as is needed some may not have that) to open an account.
- Workshops and Trainings..
- Financial Freedom: Our goal is to empower those within our communities to establish and rebuild our businesses.
Our goal is to provide education, utilizing all communication tools (snail mail, social media, email) in the educating of our people of our history, as well as pertinent laws, policies, and regulations that impact us. We want to encourage reading and research.
- Schools. Becoming active in public and private schools, speaking to the youth, distributing literature. Asking school leadership to implement a Black History Curriculum in schools. Advocate for schools to create and teach this curriculum to Black and Brown kids.
- Provide educational tools and resources for each community surrounding Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Addictions, Gambling.
- Develop and shape an Adventist Social Justice Theology. Collaborate with Pastor’s who can produce a comprehensive document to support our position and involvement in social action.
- Lobby local and state boards of Education to ensure that there is diversity in the teaching staff in local districts and that there is resource equity.
Our aim is to establish unity internally and externally, within our churches and communities.
- The church community goal includes increased dialogue with leadership around the history of regional and state divides, poor representation in higher leadership, and concrete steps to addressing hurts in the past, making reparations and uniting our multi-racial community.
- Work with local pastors, leaders, conference, union, division and GC officials to create an action plan to address racial divide within our churches and encourage leaders to develop Social Justice Depts.
Health & Wellness
Our aim to restore healthy communities through preventative care.
- Health Education: Our food is killing us. We need to provide healthy alternatives for maintaining our health. Promoting exercising. Churches with space can host community exercise classes for free. Cooking classes for free. Utilizing our unique health message.
Our aim is to develop positive pro-social, recreational, and youth development programs within our communities.
- Encourage education and literacy amongst our youth through after school programs and mentorship.
- Build partnerships with schools to lecture and raise awareness of community issues with school.
- Create activities for law enforcement officers and youth to interact and build relationships
- Encourage youth to learn trades, employment opportunities that do not need degrees.