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#ReclaimMLK with a new song from Rev. Sekou

We’re excited to announce that in conjunction with St. Louis-based record label FarFetched, FOR-USA has released an album of music by Bayard Rustin Fellow Rev. Osagyefo Sekou and his band.

Listen to the first song on the album, “We Comin,” for free — and pre-order the full album.

Dr. King and the spirituality of nonviolence

As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this coming Monday, I wanted to share with you a compelling radio program exploring the spirituality of nonviolence, featuring FOR-USA Executive Director Rev. Kristin Stoneking.

State of the Union should not invoke Dr. King

As always President Obama is spot on when he celebrates the inherent beauty of diversity and openly rejects the sinister nature of identity/tribal politics. I also appreciate his call for American citizens to wake up and finally retake control of their nation. As he powerfully reminded us, “We the people” are the three most important words in our Constitution.

VIDEO: Rev. Kristin Stoneking speaks out against anti-Muslim fears

Executive Director of FOR-USA Rev. Kristin Stoneking was interviewed this week at a rally in support of Muslim neighbors, meant to dispel Islamophobic fears, in Woodland, California. She made clear the need for everyone to act in solidarity of those being targeted:

Wake up call for human rights: #GiveRefugeesRest

Today, we launched #GiveRefugeesRest — a campaign to affirm the humanity of refugees.

FOR's letter to governors: #GiveRefugeesRest

Last week, FOR sent 31 pillowcases and accompanying letters to each of the 31 governors who supported refugee bans in their states, and the Speaker of the House who advanced federal legislation, as part of the launch of the

#GiveRefugeesRest

The anti-refugee and anti-Muslim rhetoric is out of control. Entire groups of human beings are being marginalized. This needs to stop immediately.

Thank you and happy new year!

You came through in a big way with your support of FOR in 2015.

Thank you!

Now it’s on to 2016, which we embrace with excitement, hope, and faith. In the words of FOR member and theologian Howard Thurman:

Notes from Kabul

They have descended from homes built on the mountainside. Women sit together in the cemetery not to mourn but to wait for the duvet distribution to begin. When I approach them, each woman extends a hand in greeting. Some have the needed small stamped pieces of paper to receive two duvets but most don’t. One of the women tells me about the pain in her chest, her legs. She talks about the war.

Killing Andrew Thomas

On a frequent basis, I get messages from death row inmates. Due to the volume of my work, I can only engage a small percentage of those who write. In early November, I received a request for help from Tennessee. Opening the envelope, I figured Andrew Thomas would get my regrets. I was wrong.