Anti-Racism Team Update – July/August 2021

RocACTS – Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society

Third Church, as an active member of this 12-year-old interfaith organization, joins other congregations in the work of dismantling racism. Did you know? During this past year, RocACTS:

  • Partnered with Rochester Monroe County Anti-Poverty Initiative in support of the Fight for $15
  • Contributed to the research of the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity
  • Presented a position paper on the reallocation of police resources
  • Advocated for the passage of Humane Alternative to Long-Term Solitary Confinement legislation (HALT Solitary Confinement)
  • Participated on Police Accountability Board Alliance
  • Advocated for antiracism education in all Monroe County schools
  • Advocating for passage of NYS Wealth Tax
  • Partnered with The Children’s Agenda and the Black Nurses’ Association on a Virtual Candidates Forum

There are Third Church people on every one of the RocACTS task forces. You are always welcome to join a task force and help in this work! 

Education Task Force:

  1. Creating an antiracism report card for all Monroe County School Districts
  2. Working to ensure action on the “Stand Against Racism” pledges made by Monroe County Superintendents on June 9, 2020 
  3. Advocating for districts to designate part of one-time pandemic relief funding for antiracism projects

Justice System Task Force:

  1. Advocates for the passage of Daniel’s Law (named for police victim Daniel Prude), which would create a mental health response council and response unit in the NY Department of Health. Members of the mental health unit would respond to emergency calls relating to mental health crises.
  2. Advocates for reform of the cash bail system, which disproportionately impacts people of color (the 2019 Bail Reform Act was largely reversed just 3 months later)
  3. Advocates for Parole Justice, which would create more fair and meaningful release opportunities for incarcerated people
  4. Advocated for Raise the Age legislation, which raised the age at which an adolescent may be tried as an adult
  5. Advocated for an end to long-term solitary confinement (the HALT Solitary Confinement Act)

Poverty, Jobs & Housing Task Force:

  1. Pursues Universal Basic Income
  2. Campaigns for large employers to meet the standard of $15/hr minimum wage.
  3. Partners with Rochester Tenants Union to help educate legislators and public about the local housing crisis (rising rental rates, lack of decent housing options, eviction threats)


Anti-Racism Rewind 

Listening and learning resources from last month’s Congregational Updates




Learn about the 1921 Race Massacre of Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Drop off plastic and paper bags with handles to Memorial AME Zion Church (549 Clarissa St, Rochester, NY 14608)  on Wednesdays from 3:00-7:00 pm; bags are used to distribute needed food to over 200 families.