Art Cribbs

Art-Cribbs-200The Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs is the executive director of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, a statewide faith-based organization, that advocates for workers and immigrant rights, quality education, and health care.
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Working with interfaith leaders in San Diego County, he participated in public vigils for peace to end wars in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan; joined members of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice in public actions at various locations, including shopping malls and the University of California, San Diego; and, assisted with the annual La Posada bi-national event along the Mexico-United States border.
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He was president of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County and president of Pacific Media Ministry, a television production company that produced local and network programs.
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As a former executive with the international ministries of the United Church of Christ, Dr. Cribbs traveled to more than 20 countries, itinerated and accompanied global partners who visited the United States.

Make America Great

What does it mean to “Make America Great Again?” Some people suggest it is actually code for “Make America White Again.” But, when was the United States white? Never! Was there ever a time when America possessed and presented the characteristics of a “great nation?” If so, when was that time? We may turn to the so-called founding documents of this nation as evidence of a “great” society; but upon full examination and honest assessment a true and clear realization is that the words … [Read more...]

Praying for a Successful Presidency

This must be said without equivocation, “I am praying for the success of President-Elect Donald H. Trump’s tenure in office.” Unlike the Republican Congressional leaders who announced publicly on his first Inauguration Day their singular intention to stymie President Barack Obama’s Administration and to stifle each and every initiative he presented, I want to see Mr. Trump perform at the highest level of civility with wise counsel and above average leadership quality. The success of the … [Read more...]

In Times Like These

Sometimes it seems the world has flipped upside down and is spinning out of control. After taking a few days off to recalibrate my life and set a compass to move forward, I realize the world is no larger than the sphere I can influence. That is, there are very few things I can really manage well and there is almost nothing I can control. As the saying goes, “In life stuff happens.” The recent elections put a lot people in an emotional tailspin. Wednesday following the minority vote that will … [Read more...]

Trump Era Filled With HOPE

The election of Donald J. Trump signals a new era of hope, opportunity, purpose, and education (HOPE). As a political reporter who covered presidential elections for more than 20 years, I have no doubt much of the harsh rhetoric Mr. Trump espoused during his campaign will dissipate into vapor without critical impact. Unfortunately, while his verbal assaults on a variety of people in society may not result in public policy, his words have inspired an increase in actual attacks on Muslims, … [Read more...]

Make America Great

new day in the United States starts now. This new day is really an attitude inspired by events that require our full commitment and action. There is plenty of worry and angst in the air and throughout our souls in this precious moment. But, this is also a time that calls out the best within each of us. We may be tempted to hold back and wait. Or, we may feel compelled to leap into action without the full consideration informed by intelligence, experience, and history. Whatever we do should be … [Read more...]

It’s Our Time Now

Decision Day in America was Tuesday. Today and tomorrow matter! This is the beginning of the future of our nation. Who will we be starting today? What kind of nation are we becoming in the aftermath of this week’s election? Who are WE THE PEOPLE and what is our responsibility in this Participatory Democracy? We heard elected representatives in Congress threaten to hold the nation hostage if their party was not in the White House. For the past eight years WE have suffered the consequences of a … [Read more...]

Which Way America

Hate speech as political rhetoric has saturated the airwaves and filled social media for months leading up to Tuesday’s day of decision for American voters. With the nation focused on the Presidential Election, we must turn our attention to the aftermath of the public’s choice for the next President of the United States of America. Regardless of who enters the White House in January, the release of anger, fear, and hatred remains to be reckoned with by all of us. Given the polarization … [Read more...]

Faith Leaders Go to Jail

Faith leaders from Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties took a tour inside two of the Los Angeles County jail facilities led by the Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs, executive director of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and its Justice Not Jails program. The Rev. J. Edgar Boyd, pastor of First AME Church of Los Angeles, said, “The experience was quite educational. My God, what a waste of youthful energy locked in troubling storage.” Joining the delegation also from Los Angeles were the Rev. … [Read more...]

Asset Forfeiture’s Unintended Poor Victims

Who knew the aggressive law enforcement tool to weaken and discourage organized crime would sweep up unintended poor victims who are unjustly losing their property? Here in California there is proposed legislation to correct this travesty and protect people from the snares of over policing. And whether or not we realize it anyone of us can fall into the trap of losing our home, car, and property. That is why State Senator Holly Mitchell (D – Los Angeles) has spent the past two years pushing … [Read more...]