March Forth event jumpstarts justice awareness
Written by Anthony Moujaes
March 5, 2014

The United Church of Christ, in partnership with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Unitarian Universalist Assocation, challenged everyone on March 4 to March Forth for justice.

March Forth, an annual, day-long campaign, is the first step in permanently raising awareness of a wide range of justice issues every March 4. In communities across the country, on the steps of a Colorado courthouse, and in local congregations, people made public witnesses for justice.

Many people reported how they Marched Forth on March 4 via social media, using the hashtag #MarchForth.

Jane Feagans-King, who lives in the St. Louis suburb of Metro East, Ill., took her advocacy for voting right to elected officials.

Pastors from the UUA and UCC March Forth in Colorado.

Kierstin Homblette, of Denver, wrote on Facebook, "Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ clergy joined together this morning on the steps of the Colorado capitol to proclaim our support for the freedom to marry for all loving couples in our state! This was a part of the joint UCC/UUA/DoC March Forth campaign, encouraging collaboration across our denominations on issues of social justice and also in support of the Why Marriage Matters Colorado campaign, which just launched yesterday."

At Franklinton Center at Bricks, the UCC’s justice and retreat center in Whitakers, N.C., families, congregations, community organizations and elected officials gathered for a conversation on how to work together to improve the quality of life in Eastern North Carolina’s rural communities. The topics discussed included economic justice, food insecurity, public education, health disparities, voter education and community violence.

The UCC Disabilities Ministries called on people to stop using the ‘r-word.’ The ministry invited its Facebook followers to instead find a respectable word for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Chris Davies marches against mass incarceration in Connecticut, calling it "the new Jim Crow" law. She took time to tweet facts from Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness.

Some people used March Forth as an opportunity to highlight the need for justice work on multiple issues. Justin Gibson was one of those, as the Illinoisan proclaimed his call for fairness on Twitter.

By the end of the day, thousands of people had participated in the March Forth effort, and are already marking their calendars for next year.

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