On February 16, 2015, 100 of us gathered in the sanctuary of Cathedral of Faith in Bridgeport to dedicate ourselves to this journey of resistance, advocacy, freedom, and power.
Together, we launched FaithActs for Education to fight for our children. FaithActs is Connecticut’s only Black-led, faith-based, education equity nonprofit. We are people of faith building power to get our children the education they deserve.
We are here because eight years ago, Pastor William McCullough’s son was trapped in a Bridgeport school that failed to serve him. Pastor McCullough knew there had to be a better way to get all of our children a high-quality of education. And God gave Pastor McCullough a vision.
And we are here because our Executive Director, Jamilah Prince-Stewart believed in that vision. She left her job to launch this organization, a leap of faith.
We are here because a passionate group of Bridgeport pastors demanded a seat at the table where decisions are being made about our children’s education and called us into existence.
Today, we are more than 100 churches, 11,000 members, and 6,000 committed voters strong.
We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to graduate from college, take care of their family, and fulfill their God-given potential. We build relationships, we build leaders, and we build power through community organizing and civic engagement.
Over the years, we have turned out thousands of voters, demanded stronger governance from the Board of Education and prevented busing cuts for thousands of elementary school students. We have secured millions of additional dollars for public education in Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven.
Every day, when we fight for fair funding at the Capitol, meet with our members to organize around issues in our schools, and commit voters so that our voices are heard in election, we work to realize that vision of educational justice.
FaithActs is proud of our eight years of demanding educational justice for our children. The Bible tells us that the number eight signifies new beginnings. And we know that, in our eighth year, FaithActs is only just getting started.