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National Faith Leader Applauds Executive Orders Promoting Racial Equity


January 26, 2021


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123

Austin Schuler, aschuler@faithinpubliclife.org, (540) 280-3393

National Faith Leader Applauds Executive Orders Promoting 

Racial Equity 

Washington, D.C. — President Biden issued four executive actions today promoting racial equity, including a directive to the Department of Justice to not renew contracts with private prison operators. 

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life:

“Today’s racial equity executive actions signed by President Biden are a positive moral step toward dismantling systemic racism and honoring the dignity of people our country has long denied. The United States has a long and sinful history of racist policies and practices targeting Black people, Native people, and people of color. I applaud President Biden for this down payment on the promise of justice for all of God’s children.

The decision to scale back the federal government’s use of private prisons is an important first step toward rolling back the system of mass incarceration that disproportionately harms Black families and communities.  

As people of faith, we must continue to hold our leaders accountable to using policy to root out systemic racism and creating a fully just, equitable nation for Black people, Native people and people of color.” 

Faith in Public Life is a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality and the common good. Together, we are leading the fight to advance just policies at the state and federal level. Our network of 50,000 leaders engage in bold moral action that affirms our values and the human dignity of all.

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