The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Florida church leaders speak

After George Zimmerman was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., the Florida Council of Churches said in a July 15 statement that "many minority families and the documented statistics of Florida's criminal justice system show a long-standing, continual disadvantage against young African descent and Hispanic males." Signers said public policies have resulted in a school-to-prison pipeline and that for Florida's future "as a sustainable economy ... we must remove the suspicions and prejudice that linger on from the days of slavery and Jim Crow." Signers included then Florida-Bahamas Synod Bishop Ed Benoway and the council's executive director, ELCA pastor Russell Meyer.


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