The Interfaith Hunger Coalition was honored to participate in "Witness for the People," at the New Mexico State Capitol. The event, organized by Interfaith Worker Justice-New Mexico, was held on January 20, the first day of this year's 60-day session for the New Mexico State Legislature and the day after Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday commemoration. Rev. Dr. James Forbes was the featured speaker at the gathering, held in the Rotunda of the Roundhouse. Several faith leaders offered a brief reflection at the end of the event, including Rev. Bert Scott from the Interfaith Hunger Coalition.
In the words of Monsignor Óscar Romero of El Salvador
Praying and expecting everything to come from God and not doing anything yourself is not praying...When people can contribute something of themselves to improve the situation and ask God for the courage to do so, then there is prayer.
So we pray today and we insist that our legislators and Governor have the courage to develop and fund policies and programs that lift New Mexicans out of poverty and ensure that everyone has enough.
People's Response: Today we hope against hope. With the God of history we will work to make all things new!
Here is a video of the full event.