|Disappointed by the Platforms & Politics of Both Parties, Calls for Systemic Change
On Wednesday, September 12, the newly formed National Council of Elders (NCOE) will release the Greensboro Declaration, the first statement of the organization since its founding a month ago. The NCOE founding conference was held in Greensboro, NC, site of the historic Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, which represented a major advance in th
e civil rights struggle.
The Declaration will be presented at significant historic sites of struggle and freedom in Washington, DC, Detroit, MI; and New York. Press conferences will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the areas’ respective time zones. The NCOE sees its mission as passing down both its wisdom and missteps to coming generations, especially to young people.
Dr. James A. Forbes ,Jr. , President, Healing the Nations Foundation
Imam Al Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood
Shirley M. Sherrod, Former Georgia State Director of Rural Development, U.S. DepartmenofAgriculture
Father Daniel Berrigan- Peace Maker
Rev. Donna Schapper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church
Father Paul Mayer, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change (IMAC)
( Others to be announced)
The Declaration release will be followed by a conversation – dialogue between the Elders and young people from Occupy Wall St., congregations , schools and other youth groups about nonviolence .