Action and Advocacy

The parish of Trinity Church Wall Street is committed to protecting the vulnerable and striving for peace and justice in our country. Areas of focus include issues surrounding immigration and refugees and the question of Rikers Island. We invite all community members, neighbors, and partners to join us as we stand with the oppressed and work for justice. Learn about upcoming actions and events below.


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MLK Weekend of Service

January 18-21, 2019: A Weekend of Service Honoring MLK

Friday, January 18, 2019

10:00am: Join neighbors to pack Trinity’s daily Brown Bag Lunches at St. Paul’s Chapel.

12:15pm: Sign up to distribute Brown Bag Lunches at St. Paul’s Chapel.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

9:45am: NYC Women’s March
Join Trinity Parishioners and staff for the third annual Women’s March in New York City as we raise our voices for justice and equality! We will meet at the Parish Center (56 Trinity Place) for a light breakfast and travel together to join the march. For more information or to RSVP, email

12:15pm: Sign up to distribute Brown Bag Lunches at St. Paul’s Chapel.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

10:00am: “Songs as Protest”
An intergenerational event at the Whole Community Learning Hour at 14 Vesey St. following the 9:15am service.

11:15am: Guest Preacher - the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Trinity Church’s Theologian in Residence, the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, will preach at the 11:15 am worship service in St. Paul’s Chapel. Dr. Douglas serves as Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and is author of “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.”

12:45pm: Join neighbors to pack Trinity’s daily Brown Bag Lunches at St. Paul’s Chapel.

1:40pm: Sign up to distribute Brown Bag Lunches at St. Paul’s Chapel.

Monday, January 21, 2019

10:00am–12:30pm: This is America: An Experiential Learning Activity at St. Paul’s Chapel
“This Is America” offers an opportunity to better understand and reconsider poverty. Through exercises and simulations, volunteers take on the role of a family living in poverty trying to survive from month to month, based off research from Community Action Network and US Census Data. The hour-long simulation will be followed by a facilitated discussion and debrief about race and poverty in America. The program is appropriate for ages 11 and older and will be followed by an all-community lunch at 12:30 pm. Volunteers should note this is a simulation and not a game. RSVP is requested, not required at For more information, email

Families with children under 10, please join us at 12:30 for the community lunch and at 1:30 for a family-friendly Brown Bag Lunch pack.

12:30pm: Community Meal at St. Paul’s Chapel – all are welcome.

1:30pm: Sign up for the Family friendly lunch pack at St. Paul’s Chapel.


Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Book Talk with Author David Blight
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | St. Paul's Chapel

The voice of Frederick Douglass has never been more relevant or necessary. Join the Rev. Phillip Jackson, Vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street, as he hosts a Q&A with David Blight, followed by a reception and book signing. This is one of the author’s only public appearances in New York City. RSVP for this event.

Scene & Unseen: Facing Race Through Film

February 8-9, 2019 | St. Paul's Chapel

The weekend includes a full day of talks, panels, and reflection groups exploring how the primary narrative medium of our time can spark cultural change. Film screenings of Do the Right Thing and Blindspotting will be followed by panel discussions on cinema’s role in fostering dialogue and igniting transformation towards healing and reconciliation. Featuring Keynote speaker Melissa Harris-Perry.

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Ending Punishment for Poverty

The Mass Bail Out will post bail for hundreds of women and children awaiting trial, many of whom are held at Rikers Island and can’t afford bail. As the Rev. Winnie Varghese explains, cash bail is a broken system, a punishment for poverty. Hear why she and others from our Trinity Church Wall Street community are partnering with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to support this historic action. Join us at


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Previous Actions


October 3: Mass Bail Out Training
September 25: National Voter Registration Day
31 de julio & 7 de agosto: Conozca Sus Derechos
July 31 & August 7: Know Your Rights
July 23: Community Care and Mental Health Forum and Information Session
June 30: End Family Separation NYC Rally and March
June 24: Pride March
June 20: World Refugee Day
June 12: Advocate for Cash Bail Reform
June 12: Orlando Remembered
June 11: Seven Deadly Sonnets and Other Stories: A Poetry Reading with Pádraig Ó Tuama
June 2: Youth Over Guns March
June 1: Raising the Pride Flag
April 17: Question of Rikers Island Breakfast
March 24: March For Our Lives
January 30: Trial of Officer Who Shot Deborah Danner
January 20: Women's March


November 1: NYC Interfaith Vigil for Peace
October 28: Undocumented: What Do Faith Communities Need to Know?
September 26: National Voter Registration Day
September 5: Fight for DACA!
August 15: Welcome in Action: Education, Advocacy and Outreach
June 26: Keep Children Covered
June 25: NYC Pride march
June 20: World Refugee Day
June 16: NYC Pride Rally
June 15: Mayoral Candidates Forum & Interfaith Iftar
June 13: LGBT Monthly Meeting & Discussion Group
June 12: Orlando Remembered
June 10: NYC Interfaith Iftar Saturday
June 1: Pride Flag Raising
May 6: Riverkeeper Sweep
May 1: Rise Up NY
April 29: Climate March in Washington, DC
April 22: NYC March for Science
March 28–29: City of Refuge
March 16: March to Protect Immigrant New Yorkers
March 10: Standing with Standing Rock
March 9: Jericho Walk in Support of Immigrants