Published : Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 5:50 PM
A coalition of community and religious organizations will hold the 16th Annual Palm Sunday Peace Parade on March 25 to focus on issues such as police accountability, rent control, moving to 100 percent green energy, and averting war with North Korea.
With the theme “Jesus’ Poor People’s Campaign,” a number of churches and community groups in Pasadena will march from the Reformation Lutheran Church at 570 Orange Grove Blvd. to the corner of Garfield Avenue and East Colorado Boulevard between 3 and 5 p.m. on Palm Sunday.
Organizers said the parade will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign and support its relaunch as a New Poor People’s Campaign nationwide. The parade will also attempt to address local issues pertaining to economic, racial, and environmental justice as well the funding of education, housing, and health care.
“This campaign aims to build a broad and deep national moral movement – rooted in the leadership of poor people and reflecting the great moral teachings – to unite our country from the bottom up,” Rev. Dr. William Barber, founder of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina, said.
Pasadena’s Palm Sunday Peace Parade has taken place since 2003 and has attracted as many as 200 participants each time with music, speakers, and activities for children as well as adults.
This year’s parade will feature Allison Henry, an advocate for the Pasadena Tenants Union and rent control; Skip Hickambottom, attorney and member of CICOPP, a Pasadena organization advocating police accountability; and Sue Park and Hyun Hur, Mennonite pastors and founders of ReconciliAsian, a Korean peace group.
Tom Brady, chair of EDEN, the environmental ministry of All Saints Church, will speak about Pasadena 100, which is promoting 100 percent green energy for Pasadena.
Participants will also learn about ways to support the upcoming 40 days of action for the Poor People’s Campaign in California that begin in May. Stephen Longfellow Fiske, author and activist musician, will provide music during the parade, along with Fidel Sanchez, a Salvadoran activist musician.
Organizers of the Palm Sunday Peace Parade include the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Jesus for Revolutionaries, Orange Grove Friends (Quaker) Meeting, Pasadena Mennonite Church, Reformation Church Pasadena, First Congregational Church of Pasadena, Progressive Christians Uniting, Knox Presbyterian Church, Urban Village of Pasadena, Maryknoll Affiliates of Los Angeles, Maryknoll Sisters, Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, Montrose Peace Vigil, and All Saints Church in Pasadena.