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Statement from Gamaliel on behalf of George Floyd and the many others whose deaths were denied justice

Justice may be blind, but justice apparently is not colorblind. Too often and for far too long people of color have been on the wrong side of justice because purveyors of justice, often White, have used their privilege to lift the proverbial blindfold over one eye and make judgments based on the skin color of both victim and perpetrator.


It is particularly unnerving, unconscionable, pernicious, and intractable when the perpetrator(s) continue(s) to be members of law enforcement, notably the largest violent gang in America. Since the inception of slave patrols, “law enforcement” has been able to manhandle and mishandle people of color, particularly African Americans, with impunity. Those who have tried to introduce reforms within the police rank and file have been met with cynicism, sarcasm, rebuke, and sometime firings.


Brianna Taylor was murdered; George Floyd was murdered; Eric Garner was murdered; Danquirs Franklin was murdered!  Armand Aubrey was murdered and too many other Black men and women were murdered with the denial of justice. We don’t need White people to get woke for one can be awoke but not aware. We need them to be self-conscious and convicted in their own privilege and complicity, to the point where they are willing to make the same corrective sacrifices that took the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Mark Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Viola Liuzzo. Only then can we begin to dismantle racist structures.


Every District Attorney in this country who in their cowardice will not prosecute rogue officers should resign or be fired at the ballot box. When officers like Derek Chauvin, who can remain on the force with numerous accusations of misconduct on his/her record, it indicates something is wrong with the system. But that news is not new.  Did it require the death of George Floyd to finally lead to Chauvin’s firing?  What will stop the next Derek Chauvin?


The answer is a murder charge, conviction, and a just sentence. That is what will send a strong message to all who want to mishandle and mistreat Black and Brown individuals and turn a blind eye to White suspects guilty of doing far more.  As long as this nonsense continues, we will invoke the people of faith to call on the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Ishmael and the One who is one with Jesus Christ to execute justice where we seem to continually fall short.


One final note—Gamaliel’s Minnesota affiliate Asamblea de Derechos Civiles is on the front line in Minneapolis.  Please pray for and invest in the success of their organizing in this community ravaged by violence and racism and desperately in need of justice.


May justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty river!

Rev. Dr. John C. Welch, Chair, Gamaliel Board of Directors

Statements from Gamaliel Affiliates

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Remembering Those We’ve Lost

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a terrible toll on communities all across this country and the globe.

It has also taken a toll on the Gamaliel Network—a special kind of community for justice.

In an effort to remember those in our affiliates who have led the fight for racial and economic equity and

the end of structural racism, we are sharing their names (and photos where available) below.

 If you know of a Gamaliel leader who has died as a result of the pandemic, please share

that with us by contacting

In Memoriam

Robert Reese

MOSES, Michigan

Rev. Victoria James

WeROC, Michigan

William M. 'Bill' Cleary

Action of Greater Lansing, Michigan

WISDOM (Gamaliel in Wisconsin) is offering a 5-week leadership training to its members via Zoom

June 3, 2020

WISDOM (Gamaliel in Wisconsin) is offering a 5-week leadership training to its members via Zoom.  The series covers several essential themes from Gamaliel Leadership Training. …

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Statement from Gamaliel on behalf of George Floyd and the many others whose deaths were denied justice

May 29, 2020

Justice may be blind, but justice apparently is not colorblind. Too often and for far too long people of color have been on the wrong…

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Gamaliel launches a new organizer development initiative and hires Organizing Director

May 28, 2020

As many of you know, at the last meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Gamaliel was awarded a Catholic Campaign for Human…

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Let’s accelerate our efforts to move people out of jails, prisons, and detention centers

May 14, 2020

Join the Gamaliel Transformational Justice campaign team as we accelerate our efforts to reduce the number of people held in our jails, prisons, and detention…

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This Mothers’ Day let’s take action to make a pathway to citizenship a reality for our immigrant mothers!

May 8, 2020

#JusticeforDACAMoms #JusticeforUndocuMoms On Sunday, May 10, millions of people in the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, and parts of Europe and Asia will celebrate Mothers’ Day. …

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Undocufund has been reactivated to respond to needs of immigrants during COVID-19 pandemic!

April 28, 2020

I received word over the weekend from Susan Shaw, Executive Director of our affiliate in Sonoma County, North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP), that it had…

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National Strategic Priorities

Gamaliel affiliates work on local and state issues that are agreed upon in a democratic process. National issues are chosen through a national issue process established by the Council of Presidents that involves a vote by all Gamaliel member organizations. Currently, Gamaliel’s national issues are:

National Tables

Gamaliel Training

Gamaliel is an Organizing and Training Institute

The Gamaliel Network been established to train leaders and organizers for the increasingly difficult task of building strong, stable and effective institutionally-based power organizations that can transform congregations and communities.

Affiliate Directory

With 44 affiliates in 15 states, Gamaliel works to build strong metropolitan and statewide organizations. National staff provides consulting, training and support to leaders and staff in local organizations.