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National Faith Leader Cries for Justice and Peace following Kenosha Shootings


August 26, 2020


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

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

National Faith Leader Cries for Justice and Peace following Kenosha Shootings

Kenosha, Wis. — In Kenosha’s protests following Jacob Blake’s shooting by police, vigilantes shot and killed two protestors while injuring another. Armed militia, unaffiliated with any government agency, have been reported.

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

“My heart is with the people of Wisconsin crying out for justice and facing violence — particularly with the families and friends of the two children of God fatally shot down in the street last night. My prayer is that no more blood will be shed. Most of the protests happening in Kenosha and throughout the country are peaceful gatherings of families and neighbors crying out for justice. We are calling on city officials to listen and respond to demands of protestors. We are also urging lawmakers to investigate the role of militia groups.

“We know that Black lives matter to God, and the violence inflicted upon Jacob Blake and so many others by police is a sin. We all deserve to live without fear of racist police brutality or vigilante violence. The denunciation of knees on necks and paralyzing shots in the back must lead to defunding police and investing in priorities that affirm Black lives instead of taking them.”


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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