Midweek Message

LABC Update – Saturday, February 26, 2022

Jim Hopkins

February 24, 2022



The stunned nations of the globe are trying to craft a meaningful response to Vladimir Putin’s use of the might of the Russian army to invade Ukraine. The challenge ever before the peaceful of the world is to how to restrain the bullies and abusers in our midst without becoming bullies or abusers ourselves. This is true at the personal, community, national and international level. This essay by Mitch Randall puts that challenge into historical perspective.


From Dr. Monica Eppinger – In interviews with local media, I’m stressing two actions for people to take. 1) Contact your Senators and Congressmen to support the strongest possible sanctions against Russia in response to this invasion. The number for Congress is (202) 224-3121. 2) Contact the White House to safeguard Ukrainian colleagues who now work, and have in the past worked, for the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. We do not need a too little/too late “evacuation of Kabul, part II.” The number is (202) 456-1111. Ask the White House to implement actions to take measures to protect the personal safety of our Ukrainian colleagues who work in U.S. Embassy Kyiv. (In diplomatic jargon, they are referred to as FSNs.)

In other important news, below are excerpts from a statement by the NAACP regarding President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

“The NAACP applauds President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. This is a historic moment for our nation and our community in particular. President Biden has met this moment with an extraordinarily qualified nominee, who has stellar credentials and an impeccable background,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO.

This is tremendously exciting news. We have been calling for this at the NAACP. We need Black women at every level of the judiciary, and especially on the highest court of the land. Beginning with Judge Jane Bolin and Judge Constance Baker Motley, Black women have been highly qualified and exceptional judges — and as such, they have been valuable members of the judicial system and they made incredibly unique contributions.

Since 1789, 115 justices have served on the Supreme Court of the United States, and not one has been a Black woman. The Court decides critical cases impacting the lives of all Americans, ranging from voting rights, economic justice, equal educational opportunity, reproductive rights, environmental justice, consumer rights, and criminal justice. Representation of a Black woman on the highest court of the land is long overdue. Her presence and voice on the Court will undoubtedly enrich its perspective and improve its decision-making.

Prayers for today. I look forward to connecting with you tomorrow.

Pastor Jim

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