In 2021

This week marked a watershed moment in the movement for racial justice as Derek Chauvin – the officer who killed George Floyd, sparking nationwide protests – was convicted of second-degree murder. But this is only accountability for one – there is still so much to be done in pursuit of justice for all. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, will look into the assault on transgender rights in Texas, the state of climate activism amid the pandemic, and the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Millions across the nation breathed a sigh of relief at the conviction of former officer Derek Chauvin, in a system that so often seems unable to hold those with the power of life and death accountable. Welton welcomes Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to speak on Chauvin’s trial and what it means for the racial justice movement, especially at this contentious period in our nation’s history.

The Religious Right is waging a reprehensible, national attack on transgender children, working overtime in state legislatures to deny these youth access to health care and even sports. Rev. Angela Williams will join Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss the anti-trans laws being implemented in states such as Texas. Angela is the senior outreach and faith coordinator for the Texas Freedom Network’s Just Texas initiative.

With Earth Day having just passed, Welton will talk with Tori Goebel, national organizer at Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, about the work the group is doing during a pandemic, and and what else must be done to protect our planet for future generations.

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