As protests continue in many parts of the country in response to the Zimmerman verdict and we hear calls for Justice Department to act, we’re also seeing concerted efforts from many faith leaders to act on the racial disparities unmasked by this case – and the reactions of some Americans to it. On this week’s State of Belief, to talk about how the faith community is responding to the Trayvon Martin case is Pastor Mike McBride, who in the past has spoken movingly about his work in fighting gun violence in this country, especially in hard-hit minority communities. Pastor McBride is the director of the PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign, which aims to address the root causes of violence in American cities. He’s also the author of a recent Huffington Post piece on Trayvon Martin and race on America:  “It’s Not the Verdict, It’s Our Values.”
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