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ICUJP Friday Forum
June 14th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  
Photo Credit: Robert Corsini/Videocratic Media

Remembering Rev. James Lawson


Event Description:

Rev. James Lawson Jr.
(September 22, 1928 – June 10, 2024)

Along with Rev. George Regas, Maher Hatout, Rabbi Leonard Beerman, and many other leaders in Los Angeles, Rev. James Lawson was one of the primary catalysts for the creation of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.

From his early work with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, to his work conducting nonviolence training workshops for the SCLC Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to his training of future leaders of the Civil Rights Movement such as Diane Nash and John Lewis, Rev. Lawson was at the epicenter of changes that still reverberate through this country. His organizing of the Nashville sit-ins of department stores and lunch counters in the city were nails driven through the coffin of the Jim Crow South.

Rev. Lawson's activism did not stop there - in 1974, he became pastor of Holman United Methodist Church, where he served until retiring in 1999. Along with his work at Vanderbilt University and his founding of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements, he was also active in CLUE: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and the ACLU of Southern California, and next year will be the opening of the UCLA James Lawson Jr. Worker Justice Center, part of the UCLA Labor Center.

Here is a link to a recent talk by Rev. Lawson for Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace on Nonviolence & Peace.

Join the conversation with our speakers:

Bonnie Boswell
 is currently the producer/reporter for Bonnie Boswell Reports and Bonnie Boswell Presents on KCET.

Ms. Boswell is also the executive producer of Bonnie Boswell Presents: “Saving Moms,” a feature-length documentary on maternal health in America that premiered on KCET in March, “Bonnie Boswell Presents: A Conversation with Pastor James Lawson and Attorney Bryan Stevenson,” “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a film about her uncle that aired on PBS” and “Seeds of Peace,” a feature-length documentary that aired on NBC.

Bonnie was previously the community reporter for NBC-LA, the producer/co-host of “Lawson, Live,” a national talk show featuring legendary civil rights leader, Pastor James Lawson, an associate producer for ABC’s “20/20,” and a broadcast editorialist for WNBC-TV, New York. She has been a guest on NBC’s “Today” show, MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” “PBS NewsHour” and National Public Radio.

Bonnie is a graduate of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert Corsini's work has appeared in dozens of programs for major networks, cable outlets and in a wide range of independent projects including PBS, NBC, CW, Discovery Networks, Fox Sports Net, Hallmark Channel, Fox Family, TV Guide Channel, Epix, Reelz and for non-profits such as the Inner-City Games Los Angeles and the Rosenberg Foundation in San Francisco.

He created Videocratic Media in 2014 to channel his deep creative skillset into producing meaningful non-fiction stories from concept, through development, production, and post, relying on his long list of creative collaborators in the U.S. and around the world and team-building skills, to deliver high-quality broadcast video content.

Robert is a Los Angeles native, a graduate of UCSB, and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. He and his family are long time residents of Mt. Washington, North-East Los Angeles.

Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

Vanderbilt University - James Lawson Institute

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)

7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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Facilitator: Steve Rohde

** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **

June 21st: Normon Solomon

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ICUJP Friday Forum 06/14/24
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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If there is anything that we have learned in the almost 23 years since Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace was formed, it is that Justice and Peace do not just sprout up like weeds - it is soil that has to be constantly tended and worked, straining muscles and soiling clothes. But with that work and perseverance, the yield is bountiful and can feed multitudes.

From bearing witness (as well as hoods and prison garb) at our annual Guantanamo protest at the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, to working towards getting unhoused people a roof and stability, to visiting and speaking truth to local, state, and federal officials, we understand that "peace" is not a nebulous presence in the ether - it is always about PEACEMAKING, or as the writer Austin O'Malley wrote, "practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers." 

Justice and Peace are WORK, and ICUJP has been doing that work with our partners for over 23 years:

All-Saints Pasadena Safe Haven Bridge to Housing Ministry

The Silencing of Palestinian Voices

Drop LWOP Coalition and SB 94

Thank you for being a partner in our fight for inclusion, equity and justice for all — will you join us in our future work by making a special gift to ICUJP today?

Please join us in our ongoing work to open doors with dialogue and compassion, and to make change with diligence, creativity, and open hearts and minds.



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