Graylan Hagler

Graylan Hagler Reverend Graylan Hagler has a great love for Washington, DC; its people and culture. He believes that we must continue to organize for justice.
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I am Graylan Hagler and I’m running for an at large DC City Council seat because of my great love for Washington, DC; its people, culture, and the fabric of her diverse neighborhoods. I want to bring a servant spirit onto the DC City Council that represents ALL of the citizens of the city, and to bring forth legislation and policies that will uplift ALL of our citizens, restore the public trust, and empower and uplift the voices of every single citizen and resident. I am currently the Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ where I have served since 1992. I have served as National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice of the United Church of Christ. I have also served on the national board of Witness for Peace and on the administrative board of United For Peace and Justice. I helped to found the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation (NACA) that is the largest non-profit mortgage and neighborhood stabilization organization in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of families have been able to purchase a home and have been saved from foreclosure by this organization. My work in Washington, DC is characterized by fighting to rid the city of payday lenders, keeping congress from imposing the death penalty on the city, working to keep school vouchers out of our city, raising the minimum wage, and seeking to make our neighborhoods a safe place to live. I stood up against the EXXON Corporation after they acquired property at North Capitol and Riggs Road, NE. EXXON wanted to build a super gas station but the community rallied seeking to build housing. After ten years we were successful in acquiring the property and built subsidized senior housing on the land. Today North Capitol at Plymouth offers a home to sixty-nine residents at affordable rents. The property has a waiting list however that could fill the building five times over which illustrates the need for more affordable housing and opportunities of this kind. I will fight for more affordable housing and employ strategies to keep residents in the city. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and attended public schools in Baltimore. In 1968 the riots broke out and many corner store owners fled the city. Through great efforts my parents put together money to buy the store where "the book" was kept on us. "The Book" was a form of grass-roots credit that was extended to working people by many corner stores. Buying the store meant that I worked 12 hour days on the weekends and during school breaks. This is where I learned to work hard and developed a deep appreciation for education because school breaks and vacations meant that I would work in the store for 12-13 hours until school resumed. School was my break! Therefore after high school I studied for one semester at Hampton Institute (University) and from there went to Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. I was a religion major in college and graduated in 1976. After Oberlin I attended The Chicago Theological Seminary and earned my Masters of Divinity degree. I have pastored in Chicago, Boston, and now Washington, DC. My ministry has always been a ministry of justice, community organizing, focusing on government to do the right thing for people, demanding honesty and integrity from elected leadership, and fighting and working for the least in our society. I need your help to bring to a halt the "pay to play" culture that continues to grip the Wilson Building. It was during my organizing and work around ridding the city of payday lender and the Large Retailer Accountability Act that I witnessed that lobbyists had greater access to elected officials than the people who elected them. I want to work to restore citizen access, to help create a city of opportunity and justice, where all are welcomed and NONE are neglected. Will you join with me in fighting for what is right? Together we can make the difference. Together we can bring about the change we need and want to see.

Operating as usual

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12/06/2020
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Plymouth UCC Inspirational Teachings - The teaching message at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.

12/04/2020
Faith Strategies

Faith Strategies

ANC Tyrell Holcomb, ANC 7F filed a nomination for an historic landmark at 3701 Benning Rd., NE. He wanted to honor a slaughterhouse and slaughter the hopes of returning citizens. His nomination was an attempt to slow down or stop the building of a state of the art (men’s halfway House) Residential Reentry Center on that site. We don’t have a men’s center in DC currently so it would have been a real tragedy for Holcomb to have won the nomination - he didn’t! He lost in a 7-1 decision. Truth and not falsehood stands. How many “Trump-like” ploys will Holcomb engage in. A lie is always lie...stop lying!

Join us for the Don't Mute DC March and Rally on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 2 pm.  A Petty Politicians try to keep o...
11/20/2020
Current Campaigns

Join us for the Don't Mute DC March and Rally on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 2 pm.
A Petty Politicians try to keep our Returning Citizens out we demand that they come home!

http://www.faithstrategies.org/current-campaigns-and-actions/

A March and Rally for Reentry on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 2 pm CORE DC has been working with the faith community to bring their services and programs to Washington, DC. CORE based out of Broo…

11/17/2020

We have a so-called Pres. who won’t concede defeat, marauding white supremacists roaming the countryside, militia groups, schools shutdown as well as the economy and COVID-19 rages on - I guess we’re the S-hole country now!

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11/15/2020
10am-11-15-2020-Story Time-Rev. Garrick Jordan

10am-11-15-2020-Story Time-Rev. Garrick Jordan

Plymouth UCC Inspirational Teachings - The teaching message at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.

10/26/2020
BABY GET OUT AND VOTE!

Vote!

BABY, GET OUT AND VOTE! A WORD for My People. Please listen. Please dance. Please share. FROM Dr. K (Karen M. Wilson-Ama'Echefu, PhD*), Here is a word that i...

09/15/2020

Middle East peace? Don’t be fooled this is a business deal and not a justice deal. How do you make peace or normalize a thug state without Palestinians being part of the process?

10am-Give Us Wisdom-Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler
07/26/2020
10am-Give Us Wisdom-Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler

10am-Give Us Wisdom-Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler

Plymouth UCC Inspirational Teachings - The teaching message at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.

Sign the Petition
07/24/2020
Sign the Petition

Sign the Petition

Black Lives Matter for Returning Citizens, Support a Residential Reentry Program in Ward 7

07/23/2020
Awan “Big G” Glover, Backyard Band

Hi all, I just wanted to reach out to let you know we are close to 500 signatures on our petition! Thank you so much for your support! Will you help us get more support by sharing this petition with at least ten other people? Let us say that Black Lives Matter even for our returning citizens. Put your signature onto the movement.

Here’s a link to share https://www.change.org/p/dc-ward-7-community-black-lives-matter-for-returning-citizens-support-a-residential-reentry-program-in-ward-7-3e992413-0c34-4d89-bdca-a65e53c6a676

Big G Invites us to sign the petition supporting the Men’s Residential Reentry Facility in Ward 7

10am-Rev. Kenneth King, Teaching
06/21/2020
10am-Rev. Kenneth King, Teaching

10am-Rev. Kenneth King, Teaching

Plymouth UCC Inspirational Teachings - The teaching message at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.

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I am currently the Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ where I have served since 1992. I have served as National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice of the United Church of Christ. I have also served on the national board of Witness for Peace and on the administrative board of United For Peace and Justice. I helped to found the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation (NACA) that is the largest non-profit mortgage and neighborhood stabilization organization in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of families have been able to purchase a home and have been saved from foreclosure by this organization. My work in Washington, DC is characterized by fighting to rid the city of payday lenders, keeping congress from imposing the death penalty on the city, working to keep school vouchers out of our city, raising the minimum wage, and seeking to make our neighborhoods a safe place to live. I stood up against the EXXON Corporation after they acquired property at North Capitol and Riggs Road, NE. EXXON wanted to build a super gas station but the community rallied seeking to build housing. After ten years we were successful in acquiring the property and built subsidized senior housing on the land. Today North Capitol at Plymouth offers a home to sixty-nine residents at affordable rents. The property has a waiting list however that could fill the building five times over which illustrates the need for more affordable housing and opportunities of this kind. I will fight for more affordable housing and employ strategies to keep residents in the city. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and attended public schools in Baltimore. In 1968 the riots broke out and many corner store owners fled the city. Through great efforts my parents put together money to buy the store where "the book" was kept on us. "The Book" was a form of grass-roots credit that was extended to working people by many corner stores. Buying the store meant that I worked 12 hour days on the weekends and during school breaks. This is where I learned to work hard and developed a deep appreciation for education because school breaks and vacations meant that I would work in the store for 12-13 hours until school resumed. School was my break! Therefore after high school I studied for one semester at Hampton Institute (University) and from there went to Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. I was a religion major in college and graduated in 1976. After Oberlin I attended The Chicago Theological Seminary and earned my Masters of Divinity degree. I have pastored in Chicago, Boston, and now Washington, DC. My ministry has always been a ministry of justice, community organizing, focusing on government to do the right thing for people, demanding honesty and integrity from elected leadership, and fighting and working for the least in our society. I need your help to bring to a halt the "pay to play" culture that continues to grip the Wilson Building. It was during my organizing and work around ridding the city of payday lender and the Large Retailer Accountability Act that I witnessed that lobbyists had greater access to elected officials than the people who elected them. I want to work to restore citizen access, to help create a city of opportunity and justice, where all are welcomed and NONE are neglected. Will you join with me in fighting for what is right? Together we can make the difference. Together we can bring about the change we need and want to see.

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ANSWER Coalition U. S. HANDS OFF VENEZUELA RALLY at Lafayette Park, NW, Washington DC on Saturday morning, 16 March 2019 by Elvert Barnes Photography Reverend Graylan Hagler https://www.flickr.com/photos/perspective/40450010293
Rev just fueling a fire that's already burning out. #racismsucks
Here's one of the photos that I took of REVEREND GRAYLAN HAGLER at the HATE NOT WELCOME NO UNITE THE RIGHT 2 Counter Demonstration Rally at Freedom Plaza in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC on Sunday afternoon, 12 August 2018 at
Speakers: at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC May 30th 2017 for Veterans on the March, Stop Endless Wars, Build for Peace Rally Rev. Graylan Hagler, VFP President Barry Ladendorf and Code Pink Founder Medea Benjamin https://youtu.be/ysxNf5rQY18 Peace at Home, Peace Abroad