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April 8 Action Items

Call state legislators to support undocumented Californians. Make the phonecall to your assemblymembers and senator’s offices found at findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov It’s likely that you will speak with a staff member. They will relay your message to their state member.  Hello ______________, My name is ___________ . I am calling today as your constituent and as a member of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy, CA. I urge you to include undocumented people, families, seniors, and children in any COVID-19 related legislation this year. I support retroactively expanding the CalEITC to ITIN filers. I also support the Health4All expansion to undocumented seniors, and paid family leave and job protection for immigrants. How can we live with ourselves if we leave people out in this time of crisis? Documentation status does not trump essential human rights to health, safety, livelihood, and home. [Use this opportunity to share any stories you may have that support the need for this relief in your district.] Please do not forget our immigrant neighbors in this time of need. Thank you so much for your time. Goodbye. 2. Sign a letter to include immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in all federal COVID-19 recovery plans A message from our partners at AMMPARO: Dear friends, I hope you are all…
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Census 2020: Who are we?

Reposted from ELCA Advocacy on April 1, 2020 On this National Census Day, commit to complete your form – but also encourage the community as well! Undercounting is a significant issue among groups which benefoit most form anti-poverty programs and from greater representation in decision-making. “Hard to count” individuals in census experience include persons residing in rural areas, young children, LGBTQIA persons, people experiencing homelessness, people who do not speak English, indigenous peoples and racial and ethnic minorities. “An accurate count ensures that resources more justly go where they are needed most. It is also critical for representation I the political process as census information determines electoral maps,” says the Rev. Amy E. Reumann, Director of ELCA Advocacy. Before in-person census takers are scheduled to facilitate this once-every-10-years count, let’s encourage everyone we can to complete the census online, by mail or by phone – accessed at 2020census.gov. The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census. Use these voices of Lutheran leaders, also available on social media @ELCAadvocacy, to help encourage the most accurate count possible.   “The Central States Synod encompasses two states (Kansas and Missouri), large metropolitan centers, small towns and rural communities, places where the population is growing with thriving businesses, and wide open spaces…
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Why do Lutherans get involved in politics?

How do we do God’s work in public life? What is good government anyway? To address these questions, our church has drafted a Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy. From March 20 to May 20, ELCA members are invited to provide feedback on a draft of the message. We want to hear from YOU, your CHURCH, and your SYNOD about this draft social message. What’s missing, what do you find insightful, where could there be greater depth? Read the message here and leave comments here. Virtual discussions by synod are on the horizon–we’ll keep you posted. This writing project was requested by the 2019 Churchwide Assembly and authorized in November 2019 by the ELCA Church Council [CC19.11.47w]. It will be considered for adoption at a June meeting of the council. Social messages are teaching documents of the ELCA focused on particular social topics. They are intended to focus attention and urge action on timely, pressing matters of social concern to church and society.  To learn more about the social message and the process of its creation, please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” document. 
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Third COVID-19 Stimulus Package

ELCA Advocacy Office in Washington, our partners at Lutheran Services in America (LSA), and our ecumenical and interreligious partners are working feverishly to communicate our values in a now-stalled in the U.S. Senate third Covid-19 Stimulus Package. I am writing with two immediate advocacy needs where your personal voices may make a difference. We are working to amplify priorities for LSA that can be found in their alert below at the end of this email. LSA may be preparing a special communication for you later today to help you to communicate with your members of Congress. Attached are lists of the members of Congress who particularly need to hear from us on their priorities. Your calls to Senators and your representatives is urgently needed also for our ELCA advocacy for low wealth communities, immigrants, people who are incarcerated and those who are losing income, employment, housing and more. Our longer list of priorities is here. Top line messaging is below. The Capitol Switchboard can connect you to any of your members at 202-224-3121. ELCA Advocacy asks that you lift up the urgency of responding now along with the following: Thank you for your bi-partisan efforts in passing the previous two Covid-19 packages. Economic stimulus measures should focus first on…
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COVID-19 Action Alert

Lawmakers are poised to vote on legislation to combat COVID-19. Call today to support the most vulnerable in our communities.   ELCA ADVOCACY   ·  MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 Today, the House may revote on a second emergency aid package H.R.6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act which would provide paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expand food assistance and unemployment benefits, and require employers to provide additional protections for health care workers as our communities prepare and address the spread of COVID-19. The package comes as many of our houses of worship, ministries, businesses and communities grapple with challenging circumstances in the wake of the virus. Our commitment to love our neighbor requires that in addition to social distancing and handwashing precautions, we advocate with and on behalf of those who will suffer most from this disruption, that their needs be front center in our national response. The House bill, though it falls short of response to other emergency needs such as providing direct funding for people struggling with homelessness, would help protect those of us in the greatest need and who are particularly vulnerable to the virus. Now, Congress must quickly consider the funding request and send the bill to the president’s desk. In times of struggle, many…
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Census 2020: Get Counted

California is vulnerable to an undercount: 29 million Californians belong to one or more groups that have been historically undercounted This number is equivalent to 72% of the state’s nearly 40 million residents Hard-to-reach people include renters, young men, children, African-Americans and Latinos If there’s an undercount of the state population, California may lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as billions of dollars in federal funding for school lunches, Medi-Cal, block grants for affordable housing, and other programs with funding streams based on population. Sources: Californians and the 2020 Census from the Public Policy Institute of California California 2020 Census Explained, by Judy Lin at CalMatters The Following was First Posted on February 24, 2020 by ELCA Advocacy. Our communities are significantly shaped by census data, and Census 2020 will update these numbers for the first time in 10 years. The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census to encourage the most accurate count possible. “Funding for over 100 federal programs, many of which combat poverty and hunger and support people in need, are distributed based on population,” says the Rev. Amy E. Reumann, Director of ELCA Advocacy. “An accurate count ensures that resources more justly go where they are needed most. It…
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