Black Lives Matter Demands for Action in Santa Barbara
In partnership with CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice) of Santa Barbara, St. Mike's is working toward the demands for action presented by Black Lives Matter SB on May 31, 2020. We hope to transform Santa Barbara into a city where Black lives are respected, Black history is honored, and Black leadership is valued. This is where we can start. Please add your signature to the prepared emails below:
1. We demand that SB City Council adopt a resolution condemning police brutality and declare racism a public health emergency.
Email Mayor Cathy Murillo and city council members:Email
2. We demand transparency and accountability from the SB Police Department:
No more "community conversation" without changes to policy and practices. No more internal investigations of misconduct. Create a civilian review board, with members selected by the community. Prioritize mental health services and rehabilitation.
3. We demand transparency and accountability from the SB County Sheriff: Update use of force policy to center de-escalation. No isolation/quarantine for inmates attending court or contacting their lawyers. Reduce jail admissions by redirecting people to community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment services.
Email Sheriff Bill Brown:Email Email the Board of Supervisors:Email
4. We demand protection and preservation of Black landmarks, rather than monuments to white supremacy:
St Mark AME, Friendship Baptist Church, and Franklin Neighborhood Center have been symbols for Black unity and peace. Prioritize the restoration of these spaces and name their Black creators.
Join area residents, faculty, staff and other students for worship in a liturgical tradition. Every Sunday morning at 10:30am we gather to hear sacred readings from the Bible, a short sermon and communion. A small choir made up of students, faculty and associates leads us in joyful song. Students serve as greeters, readers, choir members, acolytes, altar guild members and Eucharistic ministers. Our service is meditative and casual. The word Eucharist comes from a Greek word meaning "thanksgiving." Our Sunday worship service is a time for us to come together in community and give thanks for the great blessings of God in which we all share. Whoever you are, and wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at God's table. Take some time out of your busy week to reflect, pray and deepen your spiritual life in community!