Interfaith Alliance of Iowa has worked since our beginning to challenge hate, bigotry, and violence. In the last few years, our country has seen a significant increase in extremists, including white supremacists, and their messages of hate and actions of violence. People have been targeted because of their religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, country of origin, and more.
Faithful Voices for Racial Justice, a project of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, was created to start conversations, promote learning, work together, and take action. Visit the FVRJ website here.
With the urgency and energy in this moment, faith and ethnic communities across Iowa are committed to engaging in addressing racism and engaging in antiracism and racial justice work.
- In this moment in time, it is important to intentionally focus on the racism that has uniquely impacted the Black community in our country for centuries. The work must be respectful of and in consultation with leaders and members of the Black community ensuring their voices are centered whenever possible.
- Intentional, antiracism work focused on historical and current racism against the Black community does not diminish nor ignore the fact that other communities are impacted by racism. Faith and ethnic communities must also work to understand and address all racism, including racism perpetrated against people and communities of color, Latinx, Hispanic, Indigenous, Asian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and other ethnic communities.
- The white community, in general, has much work to do in understanding and addressing racism, including the continued privilege it benefits from through systemic racism. The white Christian community, in particular, has specific work to do, including understanding its historical responsibility with racism.
- Collaborative work across racial and religious divides is critical to building relationships and to garner the full power of faith and ethnic communities across Iowa.
Faithful Voices for Racial Justice is a project of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. If you would like more information or would like to join the work, please contact Connie Ryan.