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Contact: Rev. Katie Romano Griffin at kromanogriffin@cedarlane.org or call 301-493-8300, ext. 204
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WASHINGTON: On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 1 p.m. EST, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church will welcome Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival and President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach for a visit and press conference in support of Doña Rosa Gutierrez Lopez.

After almost five months of separation from her U.S.-born children while she resides in sanctuary at Cedar Lane, Doña Rosa continues to await due process to reclaim her life and be reunited with her children, the youngest of which has Down Syndrome.  She, along with support from Cedar Lane and Faith in Action campaign DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, have advocated consistently on her behalf with interfaith vigils, deliveries of letters of support to Members of Congress, and attempts to deliver a Stay of Removal request to ICE offices in Maryland and Virginia.

To support her at this critical juncture, Rev. Barber has offered to meet and pray with her at Cedar Lane. He will then share a public statement of support at a press conference at 1 p.m. EST.

The event is being organized by Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church. For more information, please contact Rev. Katie Romano Griffin at kromanogriffin@cedarlane.org or call 301-493-8300, ext. 204.

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President & Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival; Bishop with the College of Affirming Bishops and Faith Leaders; Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary; Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the author of three books: Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing; The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and The Rise of a New Justice Movement; and Forward Together: A Moral Message For The Nation.  He has been called to speak at the Democratic National Convention (2016), and has served as president of the North Carolina NAACP (2006-2017), and currently serves on the National NAACP Board of Directors. Bishop Barber is also one of the recipients of the 2018 MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Grant. For more information on the Rev. Dr. William Barber visit www.thebreachrepairers.org.


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