ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of January. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, including Mark Carlson’s update from California, visit ELCA Advocacy’s Blog!
ELCA Advocacy, Washington D.C.
#FOR SUCH A TIME: The January day to #PrayFastAct is Sunday, Jan. 21! This month, we are mindful of major programs that help curb poverty, namely Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, and the good they provide for those in the greatest need. People of faith have been champions and voices of support for anti-poverty programs for decades, which continue to serve as a backstop to ensure a minimum level quality of life and security. Be on the lookout for a shared statement from ELCA Advocacy and the Episcopal Church later this month!
HUNGER AND THE FARM BILL: Lutherans from across the country will travel to Washington, D.C., in January for the annual ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering to discuss and take action to address the impact of hunger in communities. The event occurs as lawmakers begin to discuss reauthorizing the Farm Bill, legislation that sets critical agricultural, conservation, energy, rural and hunger policies. While hunger leaders meet with their lawmakers on January 23, ELCA Advocacy will encourage our national advocacy network to stand in solidarity with these advocates by contacting Congress via the Advocacy Action Center. Continue reading “ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of January”
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: The December day to #PrayFastAct is Thursday, Dec. 21! This month, we focus on our commitment to supporting Sustainable Development Goals by engaging in prayer, fasting and advocacy for a just world. During this Advent season, we are directed to God’s steadfast resolve for peace and the signs of God’s reconciling love and restoration at work in our troubled world. As we await the arrival of the Prince of Peace, Lutherans and Episcopalians around the country, alongside churches’ leadership, are praying, fasting and committing to advocate together in support of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals as part of our ecumenical “For Such a Time” campaign.
In honor of United Nations Migrant Day, which is December 18, ELCA Advocacy has created a postcard ‘ask’ to deliver to Congress as a collective action we can take on that day. The postcard is linked below. We are asking Welcoming Congregations and other congregations and individuals to share this card and collect the bottom tear-off and do one of 2 things:
If you are planning a collective action on that day, deliver it to either a senator or Congressperson’s office OR
Send them to ELCA Advocacy to deliver to Congress.
Please send them to:
ELCA Advocacy Office
122 C St NW #125
Washington, DC 20001
The California Natural Resources Agency has implemented the Urban Greening Awards –the grant program is distributing $76 million statewide to projects that transform the urban environment into places that are more sustainable, enjoyable, and effective in creating healthy and vibrant communities by establishing and enhancing parks and open space, using natural solutions to improving air and water quality and reducing energy consumption, and creating more walkable and bikeable trails. These grants are Funded by Cap and-Trade revenues and often benefit disadvantaged communities. Click on the link to view the awards.
The Trump Administration released on November 3rd what is likely the most comprehensive report to date on environmental degradation. Based on overwhelming evidence of global warming, the report states that human activity is the primary cause of the earth’s rising temperature. It also shows the virtual certainty of intensifying and increased frequency of severe high temperature and extreme precipitation events. The harmful consequences of environmental degradation caused by global warming disproportionately impacts our brothers and sisters living in poverty who are least equipped to adapt.
On 10/12/2017 Governor Brown signed a large number of justice bills. They represent forward movement on many fronts. People deserve opportunities to grow and change, rebuild their lives, and return home.
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.