At All Saints Church one of our core values is putting our faith into action. We believe our personal journeys of faith are informed by and made accountable to the world’s deep needs when we commit ourselves to the courageous and risk-filled work of peace and justice. We take action locally, nationally and globally on issues from hunger & poverty to marriage equality; from ending torture to building interfaith bridges of understanding; from peacemaking to immigration reform; from environmental sustainability to economic justice.
This week’s Action:
Each week we put our faith into action.
This Sunday we are writing our representatives in the state legislature in support of SB 970, which would define and limit the use of solitary confinement on minors at state and county juvenile correctional facilities.
“Juveniles sent to solitary are more likely to reoffend, more likely to commit suicide, and more likely to suffer a lifetime mental illness. Its widespread use is counter-productive and shameful, and this bill will finally bring some common sense restrictions to its practice.” (Quote from Sen. Yee, bill sponsor and a child psychologist)
Please sign a letter to your State Senator and Assemblymember. They are available at the Action Table or you can download them here.
Background Flyer on SB 970
On March 2 we wrote our representatives in the United States Congress in support of two pieces of legislation designed to counteract some of the damage done by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
The two bills are:
- The Government by the People Act in the House, H.R. 20, and
- The Fair Elections Now Act in the Senate, S. 2023.
Both acts would set up a system of public financing for House and Senate candidates by providing matching funds to small donations on the condition the candidate foregoes large donations. Please sign a letter to your Senators and House member.
The letters are available this Sunday at the Action Table, or you can download them here: Sen. Boxer, Sen. Feinstein, House of Representatives. An informational flyer is available here. You can also sign an online petition at People For the American Way.
On February 23 we are petitioned the new FCC chair, Tom Wheeler, to save Internet Neutrality.
A federal appellate court has recently struck down the FCC’s Open Internet Order and internet providers are now free to discriminate—block or slow down—any web site or application they choose. We are asking the FCC Chair to reverse the Bush Administrations deregulation of internet providers and reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service, which will give the FCC the legal framework to regulate it, and implement new open access rules that will save Net Neutrality. Protecting our basic freedom is fundamental to all economic and social justice issues.
Please sign a petition at the Action Table or sign the online petition at Credo Action.
Click on the following links to see more information on this issue:
Net Neutrality Background Flyer
Candace Clement: Five Epic Fails in the FCC’s New Net Neutrality Plan
Paul Krugman: Barons of Broadband
On February 16 we signed a petition to President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security calling for a rule change governing immigration enforcement. This would result in an executive order ending most deportations.
The National Day Laborer Organizing Network, (NDLON), together with named individual petitioners, have submitted a rule-making petition to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking a temporary suspension of deportations for the millions of undocumented immigrants who would likely benefit from near–term congressional action on immigration. The petition requests that DHS issue a rule granting deferred action status to such immigrants. Like the Department’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, (DACA) program, the petition requests temporary deferred action to shield immigrants from deportation and to provide work authorization, but for a much larger class of individuals.
Click on the links to see the full petition and an information sheet with background material and talking points.
On February 9 we are wrote President Obama calling on him to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. The President vowed to reject the Keystone XL pipeline if it would worsen the climate crisis for future generations. We along with many other groups and individuals around the country intend to hold the President to his word.
The State Department just released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and it backed away from its previous claim that the pipeline won't have a significant impact. In fact, it now acknowledges that Keystone XL will have the carbon pollution equivalent to adding up to 5.7 million cars to the roads. Added to the findings of experts from the scientific community, industry analysts, and the EPA, the facts are clear: Keystone XL would significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution, and thus it fails the President’s climate test.
If you would like to track this issue and find additional actions you can take, below are links to some major environmental organizations:
On January 26 we asked parishioners to sign letters to their members of the U.S. House calling for the restoration of funds cuts from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
The U.S. House’s actions in recent weeks concerning the SNAP program for nutritional assistance are deeply disturbing due to the detrimental impact they will have on many Americans who have difficultly feeding their families. This week we ask you to sign a letter to your member of the House asking that they work for the restoration of funds that have been cut from the program.
A copy of the letter to House members is available here.
On January 19 we asked parishioners to sign letters to their members of the U.S. House and a petition to California’s Senators and Congressional Leadership calling for a revival of the Voting Rights Act.
Last year’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder gutted a crucial section of the Voting Rights Act requiring pre-approval of changes in voting law in certain jurisdictions. It has been announced that a bi-partisan group of legislators will introduce legislation next week to restore pre-approval and strengthen the Voting Rights Act. This week we ask you to sign a petition to our Senators and Congressional leadership and a letter to your member of the House asking them to support this legislation.
A copy of the letter to House members is available here. You can also sign an online petition at People For the American Way. A link to a USA Today news article on this is available here. A blog post with comments on the proposed legislation from the NAACP and Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network is available here.
On January 5 we asked parishioners to sign letters to their members of Congress supporting a social and economic justice agenda in the new legislative session and, specifically, support the renewal of extended unemployment benefits.
Congress failed to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program before they left for vacation. The result? Three days after Christmas, 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans lost their unemployment benefits. If Congress doesn't act now, 2014 promises to be a very bad year for the long-term unemployed. 3.6 million more people will lose what little income they have. This doesn't make it any easier for them to find jobs. It means evictions, foreclosures, children without school clothing. And it means money taken out of a still-fragile economy.
Sign letters to your member of the House, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein. You can also sign a petition supporting extended unemployment benefits at the following website: Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.
On December 22 parishioners signed letters to Congress asking that they oppose granting “fast-track authority” to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty (TPP).
The TPP is a major international corporate trade agreement being negotiated by our government and a dozen other nations largely in secret. Granting the Trans-Pacific Partnership such fast-track authority without fully vetting is undemocratic, and would allow this trade agreement to bypass much of the legislative process, including public hearings and amendments, before coming to a vote. Trade agreements like this have major environmental, human rights, and economic justice implications that must be fully reviewed before approval.
Sign letters to our members of Congress and for more information about this trade agreement. Here are letters to House Members, Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Boxer. You can also use this link to CREDO Action for this.
Here are links to the following fact sheets and articles:
Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know about the Trans Pacific Partnership
Fact Sheet: Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority
Article: The People Can Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Article: Why Do We the People Have to Read TPP on Wikileaks?
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD)
On November 10 we asked that you contribute to relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
On September 8 and 15 we asked you to raise your voices on the impending military action in Syria and contribute to relief for victims of the Syrian civil war through ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development). You can still take action through the links below.
To donate online to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) use this link to the ERD website.
If you saw the wonderful presentation by Sr. Diane Donoghue of Nuns On The Bus in the Forum on June 16 and would like to support their efforts at immigration reform, you can do so by going to www.nunsonthebus.org.
On February 2 we sent letters to the LA County Board of Supervisors asking them to renew support for Homeboy Industries. If you would like to learn about Homeboy Industries or donate to them, you can use the links below:
Los Angeles Times article on Homeboy Industries
Donate to Homeboy Industries
Find Your Representatives
You can find your member of the United State House of Representatives at www.house.gov.
You can find your member of the California State Assembly at www.assembly.ca.gov.
You can find your member of the California State Senate at www.senate.ca.gov.
You can find your member of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors at http://rrcc.lacounty.gov/OnlineDistrictmapApp/.
Volunteer for the Action Table
If you would like to help with the Action Table ministry by giving 15 or 20 minutes of your time after one of the Sunday services, please use this Doodle link to sign up. Thank you.
For more information, visit the Peace & Justice pages and explore where your deep gladness meets one of the world’s deep hungers – and join us in putting your faith into action.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "Obamacare," is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.
One of the great peacemaking challenges of our time is the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and All Saints Church’s long standing commitment to peace with justice has called us into that challenge.
We asked the Rev. James Lawson, a key strategist and organizer of the Civil Rights Movement, and close advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to teach us about nonviolence in a very successful Lent study group of over 100 people. Many All Saints members also participated in a series of workshops he led on Nonviolent Civil Disobedience. Economic Justice and Nonviolence Working Groups emerged separately out of these sessions, and were later combined to maximize capacity and collaboration. This group was mandated to create opportunities for Peace & Justice ministries to implement principles of both economic justice and nonviolence in their work of service, advocacy, and equipping.
All Saints Church stands firmly against torture. We have joined forces with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture to urge Congress to create an independent commission of inquiry into investigate U.S. torture policies and practices.
We are -- all of us --in some sense immigrants and sojourners, strangers in a strange land seeking a homeland. Some of us or members of our families have personally experienced hardships and, at times, unspeakable indignities, in coming to America.
At All Saints Church we are committed to the proposition that peace and justice making are not options for the world’s great religions. Rather peace and justice making are central mandates for us all the world’s great religions.
All Saints Church is proud to have been in the forefront of the struggle for marriage equality in the State of California just as we have been in the forefront of LGBT equality in the Episcopal Church.