"When Will We Ever Learn?" by CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

In a recent "Unite Rochester" blog post regarding the recent attack on Syria by the United States, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle wrote:

"I am a devoted follower of the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. At the heart of those teachings is his view that racism, poverty, and militarism are the greatest obstacles to a democratic society. I was reminded of this "tri-partite" system of evil in light of the recent bombings of a Syrian airbase ordered by President Trump. The President said he was moved by the death of persons as a result of the use of chemical weapons. Granted, the death of nearly 100 persons by chemical weapons was horrific. However, it was the same Donald Trump who, as a civilian critic of President Obama repeatedly said that the US should never intervene in Syria even though over 400,000 Syrian civilians had already been killed by their own government through the use of conventional weapons. Is it the policy of the United States that the death of 400,000 Syrians by conventional attack is acceptable, while the death of 100 Syrians by chemical attack is unacceptable? What makes the attack ordered by Trump even harder to understand is that it did not hamper the war making capacity of the Syrian government. Our attacks have not in any way deterred them from using that very same air field for waging war against their own  people. No runways were destroyed. No war planes were destroyed. In fact, just two days later, the Syrian government used that same airfield to launch a conventional bombing attack against the same town they had attacked with chemical weapons last week.  While the news media spent the last 72 hours focusing our attention on the launching of 59 tomahawk missiles at a cost of $59 million, they have now come to realize that the Trump-ordered attack has changed nothing in Syria. Indeed, it may have made matters worse. One attack will not drive Basheer Al Hasad out of power in Syria, but it may provoke some unanticipated counter- attacks by Syria, Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah. Now comes the inevitable question: If Trump cares so much about the victims of chemical attacks in Syria, will he change his travel ban and allow into the US those Syrian refugees who survived that chemical attack and who are now trying to flee from that terrible war zone? Dr. King was right when he warned that war alone does not solve our problems. It just creates new problems that demand our response, consume our money, and endanger the lives of our military personnel. The world has become a much more dangerous place since the attack ordered by Donald Trump. Does he have a strategy for peace, or just "an itchy trigger finger?"

Register Today! CRCDS Spring Lectures & Reunion, April 17-20, 2017

CRCDS is proud to present the 2017 Spring Lectures and Reunion: "When I was in Prison…Restoring Dignity and Justice" on Monday, April 17 through Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Lectures are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For more lecture week events including reunion, chapel services and meals please call 585-340-9643 or register online at   http://www.crcds.edu/spring-lecture-week/

LECTURE HIGHLIGHTS:

African American Legacy Lecture: Documentary & Conversation featuring the film, "13th". 

Monday, April 17, 2017     7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This Academy-Award nominated film explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the U.S. prison system and disproportionate incarceration of African Americans. Discussion following film.

 


Stanley I. Stuber Lecture: “Life Ain’t What It Used To Be, Part 1” —  Tuesday, April 18, 2017  1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Stanley I. Stuber Lecture: "Life Ain't What It Used to Be, Part 2" —   Wednesday, April 19, 2017    1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Edward L. Hunt, Professor at New York Theological Seminary, is the former Director of the Professional Studies Program at the Sing Sing Correctional facility. A registered therapist and ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Hunt has worked with the criminally insane & troubled youth.


JC Wynn Lecture: “Building Social Movements In A Time Of Polarization”Wednesday, April 19, 2017    7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Speaker: Daniel Hunter, organizer and strategist with the activist training group Training for Change. His book, Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow, is a complementary book to Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. This book will be  available for purchase.


Incarceration Panel Discussion: Part of CRCDS Spring Lectures, "When I was in Prison: Restoring Dignity & Justice"  

Thursday, April 20, 2017    10:30 am-11:45 am

Led by Dr. Joshua Dubler, Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Rochester

Panelists will examine and discuss contemporary and historical incarceration in the United States. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying concrete ways we can improve the current judicial system while addressing issues related to inequity and justice.

Panelists include: Rev. Daryl G. Bloodsaw (D.Min., CRCDS ‘17), Pastor,
First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, NYC, Thomas VanStrydonck,
Deputy Monroe County Executive and retired NYS Supreme Court
justice, and Rev. Karyn Carter, NYS Office of Child and Family Services
(CRCDS ‘00).


LGBT Lecture: “When Faith Kills: A Report From The LGBTQI Jamaican Front Lines”

Thursday, April 20, 2017     7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Speaker: Maurice Tomlinson, Esq., Attorney and LGBTI human rights advocate. Mr. Tomlinson, a senior policy analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, is active in LGBTI issues in his native Jamaica & challenges anti-gay laws in the Caribbean. In 2012, Maurice received the inaugural David Kato Vision and Voice Award, which recognizes individuals who defend human rights and the dignity of LGBTI people around the world.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRCDS Stands in Support of our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Members of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, including faculty, students and alumni/ae attended a "Rally Against Anti-Semitism" yesterday in Brighton, NY, joining almost 150 people to decry hate crimes taking place locally and across the nation against the Jewish community. Coverage from this event is included here: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/top-stories/2017/03/12/brighton-jcc-closed-due-to-bomb-threat.html

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle is attending a press conference this afternoon condemning racism, prejudice and intolerance and standing in support with members of the Interfaith community of the Greater Rochester area.

Dr. McMickle published a blog post today in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle entitled, ""No Time for Silence" calling all of us to action. Read his message here:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2017/03/13/marvin-mcmickle-no-time-silence/99124342/

 

 

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: "Making Rochester White Again in Pittsford and Brighton"

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle addressed the distribution of racist literature in two affluent Rochester, NY suburbs in his most recent Democrat and Chronicle Unite Rochester blog post. Read the post here:

"It has been two weeks since a group of white supremacists began passing out leaflets in the middle of the night in Pittsford and then in Brighton announcing their desire to make Rochester great again. When you go to their web site you find out how they plan to make their wish come true; they will make Rochester great again by making Rochester white again. There can be little doubt that this group is a local expression of the sentiments unleashed in the broader American society by Donald Trump’s announced intention to Make America Great Again. I will leave until another time the absolutely unfocused nature of what Trump means by make America great again. The assumption is that the greatness he has in mind resides somewhere in a past where women and minorities had not yet achieved the opportunities they now enjoy.. It is amazing how some people’s glorious past was somebody else’s terrible memory of oppression, exploitation, and suffering. I don’t want to make America great again as much as I hope to see America finally become the land of equal opportunity that has been its promise since its founding in 1776. Meanwhile, here in Rochester I am intrigued by the fact that the leaflets about making Rochester white again are being passed out in two predominantly white suburban communities. One would think that if there was some concern about making Rochester white again that those leaflets would be passed out somewhere in Rochester where most of the African Americans reside. Of course, that is the problem isn’t it? If those midnight messengers came into Rochester they might actually run into some Acrican Americans who might take great offense at the message on those leaflets. To the credit of the people of Pittsford and Brighton, they have expressed outrage over someone targeting their communities for this kind of message. I wonder why those who advocate this idea of making Rochester white again are only willing to spread their message in the middle of the night when there is less chance of them being identified? That was the practice of such hate groups as the KKK who did most of their hate-mongering in the dead of night. It is probably because, like most bigots, their ignorance is exceeded only by their cowardice. My address is 1100 S. Goodman Street in Rochester. Let’s see if the people behind these leaflets has the nerve to come to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School at any time of day with their message of hate and intolerance. I will let the whole community know about it if they do."

Click here to view the blog online: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2016/10/09/making-rochester-white-again-in-pittsford-and-brighton/

 

 

Local news reporter interviews CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle regarding distribution of racist flyers

Rochester, NY WHEC-10TV reporter Rachel Spotts interviewed CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle last week after the discovery of racist fliers in a nearby neighborhood. The flyers utilized the tagline, "Make (Rochester) Great Again" and directed people to a white supremacy website.

Dr. McMickle was asked about the movement's motives and possible outcome. He said,  "We're not going back to anything. We're not going back to the 50s. We're not going back to the 60s. We're not going back anywhere. So, you'll just have to get used to the fact that the world has changed and neither Donald Trump nor [the racist website] can turn back the clock."

See the televised interview here:

http://www.whec.com/news/racist-fliers-left-in-pittsford/4269999/