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Pauline Hassan Burkey

Community Organizer


Favorite quote or scripture related to justice: 


Is not this the fast that I choose:
    to loose the bonds of injustice,
    to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
    and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
    and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
    and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you,
    the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
    you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

Isaiah 58: 609

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” –

Frederick Douglass

“Grace is Messy”

Pastor Ken Burkey

What called you to ACT?

I come from a direct service and development background, where I was comfortable building programs and systems that helped those at the margins.  When the opportunity for organizer came about, I really didn’t understand what it meant to be an organizer or what it meant to organize a congregation or community.  I feel that organizing works on the root causes by disrupting the systems that create injustice.  I’m excited to grow with my community and unlock our power. I am drawn to ACT specifically because it is faith based and my faith tradition mandates me to do the work ACT does to glorify God and the vision he has for our world.

Favorite Book: 

Americana, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

Favorite thing about Sacramento: 

The culture of integration and inclusion.