DR. MARVIN A. MCMICKLE'S REACTION TO INDIANA'S RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle recently shared his views with Rochester, NY's Public Broadcasting media outlet WXXI on Indiana's controversial law that will allow the opportunity for discrimination and bias in workplaces, churches, and other services around that state.

Please read his statement here:

http://wxxinews.org/post/local-reaction-indianas-religious-freedom-restoration-act

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. JIN YOUNG CHOI ON RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Dr. Jin Young Choi, CRCDS Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, recently completed a Postdoctoral fellowship program seminar in Theological Education at the Louisville Institute/Louisville Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.The three-day seminar, held on Feb. 22-25, 2015, focused on Public Theologians.

Dr. Choi has had a prolific year and, in addition to teaching, published several essays and articles. Her book, "Embodying Mystery: Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark," is scheduled for publication by Palgrave Macmillan, NY, later this year.

For a complete listing of Dr. Choi's curriculum vitae, please click here: http://www.crcds.edu/faculty-2/jin-young-choi/

DR. MARVIN A. MCMICKLE'S THOUGHTS ON BLOODY SUNDAY, 50 YEARS LATER

Following is an essay written by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle and published in the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog on March 7, 2015:

I was deeply moved by the speech delivered by President Barack Obama on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama and the battle for voting rights in this country. How remarkable that this country has changed as much as it has in the last 50 years. Those who were born in America in the last 30-35 years cannot imagine the racial practices in this country that were rigidly enforced both by law and by brute force.

They cannot imagine my great-great uncle, Edward Doneghy who was shot and killed at the voter registration office in Danville, Kentucky on November 7,1930 simply because he was a black man attempting to register to vote in the United States of America. It is hard to imagine how this nation moved from the murder of Edward Doneghy to the election and re-election of Barack Obama. That remarkable journey would not have been possible without the events that unfolded on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. However, as President Obama pointed out in his speech today, once again voting rights for all Americans are again under attack. Many states, including North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia, Indiana, and several others immediately established voting restrictions after the U.S. Supreme Court weakened key provisions of the very Voting Rights Act that had led to our nation's first African American president.

It is almost as if many of our conservative Republican neighbors seem determined not to let another African American or another progressive politician be elected to our nation's highest office. Of course, the president also noted that far too many Americans, including African Americans fail to vote on Election Day, and in doing so dishonor the memory and the sacrifice of those who bled on the Edmund Pettus Bridge and those who died to gain the right to vote for African Americans and later for women.

The best way to push back against those who want to limit voting rights is to be sure that every person registered to vote does so on every Election Day. Beyond that, pressure must be exerted in states across this country to resist and refuse to accept the changes currently being made regarding the right to vote. The idea that these changes are designed to prevent voter fraud is bogus to the core, since no significant instances of voter fraud have ever been discovered in any of those states. Restrictions in voting rights are not about protecting our democracy; they are about intentionally limiting those who are allowed to participate in our democracy. When you consider restrictions on voting rights along with another U.S. Supreme Court ruling that has allowed unlimited financial contributions to flow into political campaigns from anonymous donors, you can see that democracy itself is under attack.

Just as brave people fought to protect voting rights 50 years ago in Selma, people across America will have to call upon their courage to fight that same battle again today.

To view or comment on this essay online, please click here: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/unite/2015/03/07/bloody-sunday-fifty-years-later/24575715/

 

RETIRED ROCHESTER CITY POLICE CHIEF JAMES L. SHEPPARD LEADS FORUM AT CRCDS

On Monday, March 2, 2015, members of the public joined students, staff and faculty to hear retired Rochester City Police Chief James L. Sheppard discuss police policy, procedures and training in reference to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. and recent controversial minority altercations with police.

In a student-inspired Question-and-Answer forum, Mr. Sheppard talked about assessing and handling potentially dangerous situations as well as the challenges police officers and citizens face.

To view news coverage of this forum, please click here: http://www.rochesterhomepage.net/story/d/story/former-rpd-chief-addresses-police-use-of-force-deb/36799/PiN3JSAxpkyAP8-vcUQQJg

 

 

 

 

THE FERGUSON REPORT: PANEL DISCUSSES POLICING AND COURT PRACTICES

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, Evan Dawson, host of WXXI's "Connections," a local NPR talk show, interviewed three prominent leaders including CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, who discussed racial bias and police and court procedures following the Department of Justice's Report on Ferguson, released one day earlier.

Mark Concordia, Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Roberts Wesleyan College and Marvin Stepherson, retired Rochester city police officer and Roberts Wesleyan professor joined Dr. McMickle for an in-depth, hour-long discussion.

To listen to the audio from that broadcast, click here:

http://wxxinews.org/post/connections-ferguson-report