Oakland Police Chief, Vice Mayor join Good Friday action

Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick (right) and Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington greet church representatives in front of City Hall.   

St. John's and St. Augustine's, Oakland have been meeting for six months to discuss racism, white privilege, and injustices in our communities. This conversation was intensified in Lent in a joint series call "Unbound Together." Over 60 people consistently attended each week in Lent. We watched 13th (a documentary about systemic racism) and read Jim Wallis' America's Original Sin. Mostly we shared stories and decided that this conversation should lead naturally to action.

Good Friday procession from Oakland City Hall to police headquarters

We arranged for a Good Friday procession from Oakland City Hall to the Oakland police headquarters, and we were able to get Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington and the city's new police chief, Anne Kirkpatrick, to join us. As word got out, representatives from Corpus Christi Catholic Church, St. Paul's, as well as representatives from a Baptist church, a Unitarian church, and two Methodist churches also joined with us. ABC News had a segment on this action on Friday's 6 p.m. news.

Praying for peace and healing in front of Oakland Police Department headquarters

 

Rectors with Vice Mayor and Police Chief

Photos: John Seals