A Call to Action! Demand Equity in Covid-19 response!

This message comes from Iman Saffet A. Catovic:

Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Humanity,

Assalamu’alaikum – Greetings of Peace.  I continue to pray that you, your family and community remain safe and healthy during this difficult time and pray for the healing and recovery of all those who are ill and afflicted by this illness – Covid-19/Corona Virus- Ameen!

As you are well aware, the coronavirus pandemic is like nothing we have seen before.  It is clear that we are facing a new set of challenges that will require a variety of well-thought out responses to be successful as we not only seek to survive this current worldwide health crisis, but also to ensure that all of God’s Children’s health and well being is secured and the most vulnerable among us are included in the recovery plan. “Of all forms of injustice,” Dr. King told the Medical Committee for Human Rights, “injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” 

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the March on Washington, he described a “fierce urgency of now.” He reminded a divided nation that we need one another, and that we are stronger when we march forward, together. “We cannot walk alone,” he said. “And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back.” Specifically in his prophetic call he warned a broken and wounded nation,We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

Just over a half century later, Dr. King’s words have renewed meaning.
In the spirit of Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr., as we were reminded on last night’s Faith in Action National Tele-Townhall: Faithfully Demanding Equity, it is our calling as people of faith and moral courage to faithfully demand equity in this moment – equity in testing, in treatment, and in financial support for all people including undocumented immigrants, the incarcerated and detained, and low-wage workers. Will you join us in taking action by calling your senator?

In solidarity

Take care – Allah ma’aakum – God Be With You

Salam – Peace – Shalom

Your Brother in Faith and Humanity,
Imam Saffet A. Catovic
Member of the Statewide Clergy Council and Board Member
(973) 444-7461 (Cell) •  609-256-4118, ext. 701 (Office)
P.O. Box 1317 • Camden, NJ 08105
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