I enjoy good political theater. And the August 23 Sacramento Area Congregations Together community meeting on homelessness held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church was political theater at its finest. A packed church with more than 300 focused and passionate people, plus a pinch of preaching and a bucket of data, equals sophisticated pressure put on elected officials. It does not get much better than that.
Other political players such as business groups and unions have a fiduciary responsibility to their constituencies, causing them to have a narrow focus, such as getting a tax break or a wage increase. Conversely, ACT is comprised of 56 different religious and neighborhood groups, representing 60,000 families, and therefore can take on big societal issues such as reforming the criminal justice system or ending homelessness.