Luminary Rev. James Lawson Calls Local 685 to Action

AFSCME Local 685 (LA County Probation Officers) under President Kent Swift, hosted a luminary last week at a general membership meeting: the Rev. James Lawson, an icon of the civil rights movement. 

Everyone appeared mesmerized by the presence of Rev. Lawson, who delivered the invocation before speaking about the plight of the homeless and poor.  He spoke about the need for everyone to "aggressively" work to alleiviate the suffering of poor people and ensure the homeless are sheltered -- because the alternative, he warned, is to commit a sin.

Swift (pictured below with the pastor) invited the special guest when they ran into each other at a Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration earlier in the month.