Tell us your stories of confronting racism

How have you, or your community, or anyone you’ve seen responded to racism and worked to embrace your anti-racist identity as God ordained ministers of reconciliation?

Pastor Tracie Hunter touched on so many systems where racism is so clearly entrenched. We are so grateful for her courage and we praise our God who strengthens her in this fight for her good name and for the calling that God has given her to reform the corruption in the juvenile court system in Hamilton County, Ohio. We started telling our own stories tonight at the Shine Bright Peace and Justice Project bimonthly Zoom call, but we need more!

What have you seen the Brethren in Christ Church in your neighborhood doing to respond to racism with our prophetic voice, action and prayer? Please tell us more stories in the comments!

On the zoom call we thought one thing we could do together as the Peace and Justice Project would be to contribute to Pastor Tracie’s legal defense fund:

Go to traciehunterlegaldefensefunds.com and make a donation to pay off court costs or for Tracie’s ongoing legal defense.

You can also support her in these ways:

Send a letter to Dave Yost Ohio Attorney General, Ohio Attorney General,
30 East Broad Street, 14th floor,
Columbus, Ohio 43215
requesting an investigation into the appointment of Merlyn Shiverdecker and Scott Croswell as special prosecutors by Joe Deters when both lawyers were Joe Deters’ personal attorneys. Joe Deters had a personal vendetta against Judge Hunter that was publicly known. It was a clear conflict of interest when Joe Deters secured a public contract for them to indict Judge Tracie Hunter. He hired them in violation of ORC 2921.43, Having An Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract. 

Deters also hired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine’s son to work in the prosecutor’s office at DeWine’s request, in violation of ORC 2921.42. Deters and DeWine both secured public contracts for their family and friends, but were involved in prosecuting Judge Tracie Hunter under that statute, although evidence proved she did not secure any public contracts for family or friends.

Also send a letter to the Attorney General of the United States of America, William Barr Department of Justice requesting an Equal Protection Violation and Discrimination investigation into the unlawful prosecution of Judge Tracie Hunter, pursuant to the 14th Amendment.

Also send a letter of grievance to: Joseph M. CaligiuriOffice of Disciplinary Counsel The Supreme Court of the State of Ohio,
250 Civic Center Drive, Ste. 325
Columbus, Ohio 43215-7411
and request an investigation into the appointment of Merlyn Shiverdecker and Scott Croswell as special prosecutors by Joe Deters when both lawyers were Joe Deters personal attorneys. It was a clear conflict of interest for Joe Deters to secure a public contract for his business associates to indict Judge Tracie Hunter. He hired them in violation of ORC 2921.43, Having An Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract. 

Prosecutor Joe Deters also hired Justice Pat DeWine’s son in violation of ORC at DeWine’s request, in violation of ORC 2921.42. Deters and DeWine both secured public contracts for family and friends, but were involved in prosecuting Judge Tracie Hunter under that statute, although she did not secure any public contracts for family or friends.

The prosecutors dismissed nine felony charges they filed against Judge Hunter after computer forensic experts determined they tampered with computers to unjustly prosecute Judge Hunter, but were never charged with filing false charges against her that they knew to be false when filed.

Also write a letter to Justice O’Connor demanding Judge Hunter’s law license be reinstated for lack of due process and discrimination in treatment when they failed to suspend Justice Pat DeWine for securing a public contract for his son with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
Tel: 614.387.9000

And keep shining bright, in Jesus name!