Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, issued a joint statement in May inviting people to a time of prayer, fasting and advocacy. Their call was based on concern about proposals in Congress to cut federal programs that are essential to hungry people in poverty. On the 21st of every month, Eaton and ELCA Advocacy invite Lutherans to pray and fast. The 21st of the month was chosen because it’s the monthly date when 90 percent of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits run out for families. To learn more about the #PrayFastAct action, go to ELCA.org/PrayFastAct.
Gov. Brown signed the California Values Act S.B. 54. California’s stands with its immigrant residents, reducing their fears and protecting them from our state acting as immigration enforcement agents while upholding public safety.
A draft of the new ELCA Social Message on Human Rights is now available! Click on picture to see the draft. On the page, follow the link to a questionnaire to share your thoughts. The comment period for the draft for a social message on human rights has closed. A revised draft will be presented for Church Council to consider for adoption this fall.
LOPP was represented by our Policy Council Chair, Sharon Heck, at signing of AB 617-the Clean Air Bill in Bell Gardens. Assemblywoman Christina Garcia introduced this bill and the signing was in her neighborhood at the City of Bell Gardens Community Youth Center. For more information about the bill and its possible impacts on this neighborhood click here.