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Community Activists Call Attention to Government’s Apology for Slavery and Jim Crowism

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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March 21, 2017

Contact: Ted Hayes
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Activists, Talk Radio Hosts Hold “Day of Love & Reconciliation For Healing”

Not Knowing Government’s Act of Contrition and Good Faith Keeps the Races Apart, Say Organizers

Year-Long Campaign Begins on Eve of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Assassination Anniversary With Goal of Creating National Awareness of Government Apology for Slavery, Institutional Discrimination by 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death

Los Angeles, CA – In an effort to promote racial healing, talk radio hosts nationwide are teaming with community and civil rights activists on Monday, April 3, 2017 to begin a campaign aimed at drawing attention to the federal government’s recent but largely forgotten acknowledgement of and apology for slavery and subsequent discriminatory policies.

“In 2008, Congress made history by officially apologizing for chattel slavery in the United States and the subsequent Jim Crowism that plagued black people after emancipation. Everyone knew about the poor treatment, but few know about the rare act of contrition by our government and its intention to heal our nation,” said community activist Ted Hayes, a key organizer of the Day of Love and Reconciliation for Healing. “In my own experience, people knowing that this apology happened goes a long way in changing the minds of people holding negative opinions about America because of its treatment of the black community.”

This year-long effort begins with the April 3 Day of Love and Reconciliation For Healing. Hayes and others will work with talk radio hosts of all political leanings to draw attention to HR 194, a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 29, 2008 that “apologize[d] to African Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow” and “expresse[d] its commitment to rectify the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African Americans under slavery and Jim Crow and to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future” A similar resolution was passed by the U.S. Senate almost a year later.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hres194/text

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061803877.html

This congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crowism constitutes one of only a handful of times the U.S. government formally apologized for past actions. In doing so, Congress finally and formally acknowledged (describing devastating effects of what happened), apologized for and sought to improve upon that state of black American in the wake of chattel slavery and generations of discriminatory Jim Crow laws.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-times-united-states-officially-apologized-180959254/

This national acknowledgement of the apology was initiated by Hayes, a community activist, and talk radio show hosts– Mike Seigel and C.L. Bryant. They are joined by civil rights activist Reverend Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 3 is the day before the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968, and this campaign to promote awareness of the congressional apology aims to inform as many Americans as possible in the year before the 50th anniversary observance of Dr. King’s death.

It is the hopes of the organizers that talk radio hosts and their audiences will read and discuss the content and the meaning of the congressional apology for slavery.

Organizers note this official act, made just prior to the election of the nation’s first black president, has been mistakenly overlooked. Increased knowledge of it, they point out, can significantly change the dynamics in the national narrative of race relations.

Hayes said: “We are hoping that this year-long campaign that begins on April 3 and culminates on the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s departure from our earthly plane will provide us the opportunity to finally address the race matters in a more balanced, hopeful way. When I have personally enlightened people about the fact that the government has apologized and committed itself to working with the descendants of those who were once enslaved, it changes their perspective and helps our society heal.”

Talk radio hosts participating in this event are asked to read all or portions of the resolution and invite callers to share their reactions about it. Hosts are encouraged to discuss how this may alter their opinions about race relations and how they might bring this up at their churches or community gatherings. In particular, for those in districts represented by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, they may wish to engage with local lawmakers about how the resolution impacts their constituents.

Talk radio hosts interested in participating in the April 3 Day of Love and Reconciliation For Healing, or participating at a later date, are encouraged to contact Ted Hayes by phone at (424) 248-4219 or by email apologyforgiven@gmail.com. The same contact information should be used for requesting surrogate guests.

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Fr. Pavone grateful for Pope Francis’s statement on abortion forgiveness

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Date: November 21, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and also Pastoral Director of the worldwide ministries of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More, issued the following statement this morning:

“The announcement of Pope Francis that he is extending indefinitely the faculties of priests worldwide to absolve those who repent of the sin of abortion is something we at Priests for Life both expected and gratefully welcome.

“We are privileged to facilitate the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry about which Pope Francis has personally expressed to me his enthusiastic support and gratitude. Likewise, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a joint project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life) is one of our projects which, through the power of testimony, invites people to take hold of God’s mercy after abortion.

“We who oppose abortion do not oppose those who have abortions. Rather, we embrace them with mercy and forgiveness. We have ministered to people who have had as many as 25 abortions, and we see that it impacts the entire family: parents, grandparents, siblings, and beyond.

“We will continue to provide training for clergy and laity alike regarding the wounds abortion brings and how to lead people to healing.

“Those who are looking for opportunities for healing and reconciliation after abortion can go to our special website www.AbortionForgiveness.com.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Fr. Pavone Welcomes Church’s “eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions”

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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Date: September 1, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and also Pastoral Director of the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, and also of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the largest mobilization of those who have had abortions, issued the following statement this morning:

“All of us at Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard, and Silent No More welcome the letter our Holy Father issued today, indicating his compassionate concern for those who have had abortions, and making it easier for them to obtain the absolution of a priest. This step does not mean that forgiveness wasn’t available before. However, it simplifies the process outlined in Church law whereby, in certain circumstances, the priest needs to get authorization before giving absolution. In the Jubilee Year, priests will not need to delay that absolution, provided there is repentance.

“We welcome this concrete expression of the Church’s eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions. We who oppose abortion do not oppose those who have had abortions; rather, we welcome them with mercy and compassion. A very large part of our work at Priests for Life is to extend the urgent invitation to healing. We oversee the work of Rachel’s Vineyard (www.RachelsVineyard.org), a retreat program which constitutes the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion and which enjoys the personal and enthusiastic support of Pope Francis.

“Moreover, through our Silent No More Awareness Campaign, through which mothers, fathers, and entire families witness to the pain of being involved in abortion and the joy of God’s healing, we echo that invitation to healing through the testimonies of those who have found it. They share these testimonies in churches, at rallies, and in the media (see www.SilentNoMore.com).

“I have spoken with Pope Francis on five occasions specifically about our work of healing those who have had abortions, and healing even abortionists who have killed tens of thousands of children. We at Priests for Life will continue to train and encourage our brother priests to be the heralds of mercy and compassion in the face of abortion. Truth and compassion are not in tension; they are both aspects of the same God. To treat someone with compassion includes sharing with them honestly the truth they need to hear, and to be fully truthful includes revealing the reality of compassion and mercy,” stated Fr. Pavone.

The relevant portion of the Pope’s letter today is as follows:

“One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life. The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfill this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence.”

The full letter is at http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2015/09/01/0637/01386.html#ing

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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