HAMILTON, NJ -- Well-known Hamilton Pastor Dr. Joseph E. Woods of the Saint Phillips Baptist Church has issued “A Call to Action” and announced a "Father’s Day Unity March & Peaceful Protest." 

Woods said the Call is "in response to the constant disregard for Black life as witnessed through injustice, inequality, and inequity, from the local through the national levels" and noted that last week the words "Kill N***ers" on several streets in Hamilton Township.  

“I believe prayer and peaceful protest is a proper response to addressing the injustices that we have seen with police brutality in our nation in instances like what happened to George Floyd and many others," said Woods. "The numbers grow daily. However, I firmly believe that there must be a purpose and plan beyond the protesting in order to see the needed transformation and change.”

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The "Call to Action" seeks a “Five Point Call to Action Strategy."  It is aimed at affirming the significance, beauty, importance, and value of Black life; promoting unity amid diversity as we love all our neighbors; engaging in prayer and peaceful protest; issuing a challenge to engage in purpose beyond protesting; and establishing a task force to implement the strategy.  

Woods will lead the “Father’s Day Unity March & Peaceful Protest" on Sunday, June 21 at noon.  The march will begin at Saint Phillips Baptist Church located at 445 Parkinson Avenue and travel to the Hamilton Township Police Division Headquarters located 1270 Whitehorse Mercerville Road. 

Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin and Council members Rick Tighe and Pat Papero will attend part of the event.  

Woods will cast the “Five Point Call to Action Strategy” in front of Police Headquarters. Since he was a teenager marching along his father, he has organized peaceful protests.

Woods has pastored at The Saint Phillips Baptist Church for a decade and is known as “A Bridge to Cross You Over” serving both Christ and the community for one-hundred and two years. 

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