The community organizer-turned political visionary will be honored at Stony Point Center’s Farm-to-Table Gala on September 22, 2019, for her audacious efforts to bring front line concerns into the halls of power.
The Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center is pleased to announce that our sixth annual Living Traditions Award will be presented to Pastor Cori Bush — mother, nurse, pastor, activist and innovator in the struggle for racial justice. Pastor Cori emerged as a community leader through her work on the front lines of the Ferguson Uprising in Missouri, and the groundbreaking electoral campaigns she has waged since have brought the issues from the streets into the mainstream political sphere.
The Living Traditions Award was established in 2014 to honor the work of an individual or group that exemplifies the values of the Community of Living Traditions: justice, peacemaking, earth-consciousness and radical hospitality.
A native of St. Louis, MO, and herself a victim of police assault, Pastor Cori’s work in the Ferguson Uprising included front line protesting, clergy solidarity and medic support. Seeing first-hand the need for proper representation and better legislation for all, she went on to run a groundbreaking campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and then for the family-held first congressional seat of Missouri in 2018. Her campaigns’ centering of everyday people inspired thousands to engage in the political process, and she was one of the four candidates featured in the award-winning documentary Knock Down The House, directed by Rachel Lears and produced by Jubilee Films.
She now speaks around the world on nonviolent struggle and the often invisible wounds of racism and other forms of structural injustice. She has supported the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s border mobilization for Faith Leaders, and is one of the key leaders in the FOR Truth and Reparations Campaign, an initiative to extend the demand for reparations into a call for deep spiritual healing and fundamental systemic change. Pastor Cori is a co-founder and co-director of the Truth Telling Project, has worked as a Nonviolence 365 Ambassador with the King Center, and in 2017 was elected the first vice-chairperson of the Missouri Democratic Party Progressive Caucus. She has been honored for her activism with numerous awards including the 2015 “Woman of Courage” Award from the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and the 2018 “Community Activist” award from the Missouri Association of Black Ministers.
“For me, Pastor Cori’s journey exemplifies how our call for sanctuary can and must be for all vulnerable populations,” said CLT Muslim Cohort member David Ragland, who worked closely with her in the streets during the Ferguson Uprising. “Her work brings together the common ground between Black people and all people of color, immigrants, the homeless, those suffering from physical and mental health concerns, women and especially single mothers.”
The Community of Living Traditions will present the sixth annual Living Traditions Award on September 22, 2019 at the Farm-to-Table Gala, a harvest festival and fundraiser to support the continued development of Stony Point Center as fertile ground for organizing in the areas of social and economic justice, peacemaking, earth-care, and radical hospitality. As recipient of this award, Pastor Cori will receive $1000 to support her continued work towards a more just and sustainable world, as well as a voucher for complimentary day use of Stony Point Center’s conference facilities.
Stony Point Center is a national conference center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Lower Hudson River Valley of New York, that offers affordable accommodations and a welcoming environment for activists and visionaries of all stripes to convene, discern, learn and plan. The campus is also home to an intentional multifaith community called the Community of Living Traditions, which strives to put in practice the legacy of hospitality and strategic nonviolence embedded within our religious traditions.
For more information about Pastor Cori’s work, visit www.coribush.org
For more information or to purchase tickets to the Farm-to-Table Gala, visit www.stonypointcenter.org/gala