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NBCI Salutes Nelson Mandela - Our African Hero
The voices of White pastors and predominantly White churches and religious groups? Much harder to find.
It will require all responsible civic and legal organizations to do their jobs to reduce crime in our Black communities. So-called "Black on Black crime" is not a trait nor is it characteristic of African American people, but it is a symptom of a greater psycho-socioeconomic racial cloud that hovers on the general society which is driven by poverty and institutional racism.
Is it fair to say that "Black on Black crime" exists when there are other factors that drives this scenario? This proposal will not generate into a philosophical argument on the definition of so-called "Black on Black crime". Those of us who are educated, understand that this is a multidimensional problem that society needs an answer for. The Black Church has come up with an answer and 16 Action Steps that constitute a solution.
The Black Church Will Not Spend Money Where We Are Not Respected
Our goal is to abolish the stand your ground law. The boycott will begin on October 1, 2013. We are urging everyone who has made plans to visit the State of Florida to immediately cancel them.
The Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI said "of course as the Black church we love and respect all residents of the state of Florida. However, we can not continue to financially support a state that has shown such blatant disrespect for our brother in Christ Trayvon Martin.
His tragic end was met with no justice, and as a result we must act to carry his message and that of his family's–that no black child should ever have to fear walking down the street due to the color of his skin. The verdict that came down after the trial of George Zimmerman proved one thing– that now in America there is a license to freely kill our black boys. We cannot and will not tolerate this and will continue our boycott of the state of Florida until justice is served."
We are calling for a total sustained five year boycott of the State of Florida. This boycott will not target any specific product or service associated with the state. We seek a sustained total boycott on all products and services in and of Florida. This includes but is not limited to tourism, theme parks, and any product or service originating in the State of Florida. This boycott will include any entertainment or entertainers. This also includes any and all college and professional sporting events. This means that we are encouraging African Americans and concerned citizens not to attend or support their home teams in Florida. This includes the Marlins as well as the Miami Heat basketball team.
We are also encouraging African Americans to join the National Black Church Initiative savings program and to learn about the critical lessons of financial literacy over the next five years.
All interested participants are invited to visit our program's website: naltblackchurch.com/finance/savings.html