What is the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity?
We are a California organizations that connects clergy and people of faith to the work of social justice. We work to make the criminal justice system more just, and the immigration system more fair and humane. In the last two years, we trained 1,500 people of faith to take leadership roles, engaged 140 congregations and partner organizations, and reached more than 35,000 people with a message of hope, love and resilience.
Where are you located?
We work in 3 main areas: Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Inland Valleys (San Bernardino and Riverside counties).
What kind of work do you do?
We provide opportunities for people of faith to engage in public life — both those who are directly impacted by racism, poverty, discrimination and criminalization, and those who are allies. We offer trainings, education and opportunities for action for everyday people to develop their leadership ability, and we help engage them in a larger social movement for racial justice and human rights. You are welcome to join us!
Can you explain your organization’s name?
Integrity means wholeness, and it is central to our vision because it points to the importance of respecting the wholeness of every individual, every family, and every community. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote about the importance of human wholeness. “The gospel at its best,” he wrote, “deals with the whole person, not only their soul but their body, not only their spiritual well-being, but their material well being. Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of people and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.”
What is the history of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity?
We adopted our current name in 2015, but we grew out of two organizations that began in the mid-1990’s: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of California (CLUE-CA), which supported unions, worker centers and low-wage workers, and the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (ICIR) which advocated for immigrant rights in the state of California.