RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities) is an organization made up of congregations from throughout Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield. Founded in 2002 (Bon Air Presbyterian being one of the founders), we use the power of large number of organized people to solve critical community problems. We are not a direct service provider, rather we are a grass-roots, direct action, multi-issue organization.
Dr. Martin Luther King describes best in his letter from a Birmingham Jail the premise for which RISC was founded and works today:
Actually, we who engaged in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of light and air, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.
25,000 households in Richmond without an affordable safe decent place to live, and 65 families grieving for those killed needlessly by gun violence in 2020 alone – that is tense. We did not create it, rather we are bringing it into the open to expose it. Using Dr. King’s same tactics of direct action, we will not rest until we have cured these terrible injustices.
As always during this time between the start of the new year and our Nehemiah Action, there have been quite a few issue-related meetings. And while many of our Network Members commit to the four big Assemblies, congregation-level gatherings, and nothing more, some of our Network Members are very much eager and willing to participate in these smaller issue-related meetings (see http://www.riscrichmond.org/ calendar for more details).
Key meetings for RISC engagement on the calendar over this season of active action, include:
- Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – 7:00 PM (Virtual via Zoom) – Community Problems Assembly
- Monday, March 14, 2022 – 7:00 PM (location TBD) – Rally for Clergy, Team Leaders and Network Members
- Tuesday, April 5, 2022 – 7:00 PM (location TBD) – The Great Nehemiah Action Assembly
- Monday, June 13, 2022 – 6:30 PM (location TBD) – Celebration!
All meetings will be virtual contact for zoom links: Barbara Jacocks firstname.lastname@example.org