The Common Good


Source: SojoNet
Date: October 15, 2007

For Immediate Release

Monday, October 15, 2007

Contact: Jack Pannell, Sojourners, 202/745-4614,

*******MEDIA ADVISORY******


Hundreds of faithful people expected to join <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Cleveland church pastors, government and political leaders for a public march and witness on domestic poverty.

WHAT: Public March and Witness against Poverty

WHEN: Sunday, October 21, 2007, starting at 1:30 P.M.


REV. DR. MARVIN MCMICKLE, Antioch Baptist Church, Cleveland

TOM ALLIO, Executive Director -Cleveland Diocesan Social Action Office


JIM WALLIS, best-selling author and executive director of Sojourners;

Other participating faith leaders include:

REV. DR. LARRY MACON, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Oakwood Village

REV. MAX RODAS, Ministry Director of Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center, an

umbrella organization addressing the root causes of systemic poverty

BISHOP F.E. PERRY, Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Cleveland

REV. TIM EPPINGER, God's Tabernacle of Faith Church, Cleveland

REV. MYLION WAITE, Director, Ashland Theological Seminary, Cleveland Center

REV. ROMAL TUME, Clergy Strategic Alliance

REV. PAUL SADLER, Mount Zion Congregation Church, Cleveland

WHERE: March Begins promptly at 1:30PM:

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113

Public Witness and Rally at 2:00PM

Mall C, in front of City Hall

Strawbridge Plaza

Background – Culminating a conference on politics and spirituality in downtown Cleveland, several hundred faithful people and church, civic and government leaders will come together to speak out against the issue of poverty, particularly within the city of Cleveland. The march will begin outside the hotel entrance of the Renaissance Cleveland hotel at 1:30 P.M. All participants will march through Cleveland to end up at Mall C in front of City Hall where a public witness will then be held. Reverend Marvin McMickle, Tom Allio, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones and noted author Jim Wallis will all speak to the issue of poverty in Cleveland, considered one of the poorest cities in the country, and will call for legislative reform. Numerous other local faith and community leaders will participate in the Witness.

These events are free and open to the public. The march and witness are sponsored by the Politics and Spirituality: Reviving Our Spirits, Transforming Our Politics Conference, which is put on by Sojourners and the Center for Action and Contemplation.

For more information about the Public Witness and March, call Gini Lohmann Bauman at (614) 432-0346. Information about the Witness and other events connected to the Politics and Spirituality Conference can also be found at

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