Gamaliel leaders Head East to Hear Pope Francis Speak Truth to Power

Posted by: Gordon on 9/21/2015
Asamblea leaders departed early Monday morning to news coverage of their "pilgrimage"

Speak truth to power. In a phrase, that's what Gamaliel leaders expect Pope Francis to do while he is in the U.S. It's also part of their own agenda in heading east this week to hear him speak and for meetings of their own.

“He is going to bring refreshing ideas into how we treat the least of those in our community, he is going to make people think twice about the equity issues that continue to haunt us,” says Rev. Willie Brisco, president of affiliate MICAH and the African American Leadership Commission.

Brisco is traveling to Washington, D.C. to hear Francis speak, as is a delegation from Asamblea de Derechos Civiles. “Why in this day and age the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. It’s not just about a visit but about a world figure bringing attention to the some of the issues in our communities and the country.”

Leaders of Asamblea de Derechos Civiles are driving to Washington and Philadelphia to bring their message of immigration reform to the visit. Just a few weeks ago they were in Iowa to push back against presidential candidates’ harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric.

“We are driving 20 hours to see the Pope because we believe he can help in immigrants’ struggle to for freedom,” Asamblea President MariaElena Gutierrez told a reporter. “We’ve already invested so much time in this work, 20 hours is nothing.”

Asamblea founder Pablo Tapia said the point of the trip is to “speak the truth about the families torn apart, and the women and children who languish in prison while the rich and powerful profit off of our oppression and take inspiration from Pope Francis to carry our mission forward.”

See more about their trip here and here

Washington Times (9-24-15)

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