Richmond, CA. On Saturday, March 6, 2010, I marched and sung hymns with an estimated 1,000 people through the heart of Richmond to New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ. There we formed a prayer circle around two city blocks and prayed for peace in Richmond after a brazen shooting at the church during worship service on Sunday, February 14, 2010.
I believe God heard our prayers.
I also believe God helps those who help themselves. That is why I am overjoyed the religious community has come together to speak with one voice against violence in our community.
This effort known as Operation Richmond led by Bishop J.W. Macklin and others is timely. The depravity of recent crimes in our community, including the gang rape at Richmond High School, is a sign of a deeper problem. There is a moral crisis in our community.
Although the religious community is not perfect, along with others it is uniquely qualified to help us through this crisis. As such, I look forward to working with other faith leaders and laypersons without regard to religion or denomination for a better West County.
By Attorney and County Supervisor Candidate Mister Phillips