Ongoing issue activism is central to the
work of MovementForward, Inc. In an effort to afford effective, unifying and conciliatory advocacy, MFI responds to public crises involving civil and human rights matters. The primary focus of our activism is to give voice to the voiceless by bringing public attention to injustices while also promulgating lasting solutions to potentially divisive controversies.
The “One Congregation One Precinct” (1C1P) initiative, MFI’s signature program, facilitates positive, ongoing partnerships
between local law enforcement agencies and diverse congregations of every faith tradition. This includes organizing various crime and violence prevention/solving efforts, hosting public safety briefings,
providing cultural and sensitivity trainings, conducting officer appreciation events, holding community safety workshops, and hosting forums focused on bettering the relationship between cops and citizens.
FREEDOM RIDES PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX INITIATIVE
The “Freedom Rides” Prison Industrial Complex Initiative takes students, community leaders, clerics, scholars, governmental officials and journalists on educational and research visits to various correctional facilities for the purpose of increasing public awareness regarding our nation’s prison industrial complex. This initiative also works to educate, inform and inspire inmates about post-prison educational and employment opportunities.
The “Community Conversations” Series forums are inspiring, motivational discussions that bring together thought leaders, community volunteers, students, and other civic leaders for empowering discussions and strategy sessions around a given (high-profile at the time) subject matter that may then lead to collaborative efforts and targeted projects to address a specific controversy, racial/cultural tension, rash violence and/or other violate situation.
The Crisis Intervention Team is comprised of trained MovementForward, Inc. affiliated leaders, crisis intervention experts, and other respected citizens who work in tandem with neighborhood, civic and governmental leaders to craft strategic, targeted responses to specific controversial and potentially riotous incidents that arise where someone’s civil or human rights may have been violated so as to insure peace and civility amongst local denizens.
& GALA CELEBRATION
The “Torch Awards” gala celebration, held annually in April to mark the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honors women and men who carry the “Torch” of leadership in their respective fields of work by advancing Dr. King’s principles and legacy. During the inaugural event slated for April 2017, the Torch Awards will be presented by well-known, historic civil rights luminaries who have long committed themselves to social justice, fairness and racial harmony. Sponsored by various major corporations and other businesses, this is MFI’s primary event fundraiser.
These weekly, televised rallies are spiritually inspiring, politically enlightening, and socially engaging forums held every Saturday morning. The purposes are: to provide MFI members and the public with updates about ongoing efforts; to plan and mobilize for the next week of direct action targeted at specific purveyors of economic and political injustice(s); to serve as a central organizing venue for our ongoing initiatives and projects; to facilitate business, employment and vendor relationships between members and various partners; and to receive a motivational message of hope and self-help in a social justice “church like” environment. As faith is an essential part of the lives of many Americans, our Forward Faith Forums combine inclusive and interfaith theology with social justice to effect progressive economic, educational, and social policy. The forums are full of personal and business development opportunities, music and artistry, inspiration and fellowship.