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Calls to Action


Calls to Action

Preventing Gun Violence
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon supports measures that promote responsible gun ownership in our society. This commitment grows out of witnessing an increase of death and injury caused by guns in our neighborhoods, places of worship, shopping malls and schools. Through EMO’s collaboration with the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence, we join other like-minded organizations focused on ending the public health crisis of gun violence in Oregon through the expansion of criminal background checks for gun purchases. For more information, contact the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence at www.oapgv.org


For Humane & Just Immigration Reform
"When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God."
         - Leviticus 19:33-34

"It is my hope that our elected officials will ... enact immigration reform that respects our common humanity and reflects the values - fairness, compassion and opportunity - upon which our nation, a nation of immigrants, was built."
         Cardinal Roger Mahony
         Archdiocese of Los Angeles
         March 22, 2006

Learn what your faith informs you on immigration. Join the national debate and help foster a humane and just approach to immigration laws. Contact your member of Congress and share your faith with them. 

June 2012 Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law: Faith Community Response
Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, "Statement on Supreme Court Opinion"
National Council of Churches, "Arizona ruling avoids racial profiling issue"
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, "Bishops greet Supreme Court decision on immigration with hope, caution"
American Jewish Committee, "Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Arizona Immigration Law"

Immigration Resources and Organizations List

Resources and Tools for Learning More about Immigrant Rights Issues
League of Women Voters Immigration Study, Position & Background Papers: The League of Women Voters has information on Immigration Issues. Go to their Reforming Immigration page.

The National Immigration Forum has a lot of useful resources available at www.immigrationforum.org/.

The Justice for Immigrants Web site, located at www.justiceforimmigrants.org/ has a lot of useful information, including a section dedicated to educational materials for Catholic Parishes.  On that page you can find a link to a good sheet on Immigration Basics, and lots of other good materials.

A Resource Guide prepared by the American Immigration Lawyers Association on “Making the Case for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, is quite well done.  You can find it at www.aila.org/resourceguide. The overall website is at  www.aila.org/. 

The National Immigration Law Center has many useful resources at their website, www.nilc.org/.

"Listen to the Children/ Escuchemos a los niños Conversations with Immigrant Families/ Conversaciones con familias inmigrantes," published by Judson Press, 2011.

Religious Statements and Resources on Immigration Reform


Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ)
Formerly the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement (ONSM)
The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) is an interfaith coalition of individuals, faith leaders and congregations, called by their faith and conscience to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters residing in the United States.

The IMIrJ is committed to lifting up the voices of our immigrant brothers and sisters, working for just and humane immigration reform, and the transformation of the social and economic systems that perpetuate the poverty in immigrants’ home countries that drives much of the migration to the United States. They also seek ways to build relationships of solidarity between faith community members and immigrants – relationships that have the power to change hearts and minds and transform our communities.

The work of IMIrJ consists of providing prophetic hospitality to immigrant families affected by immigration enforcement, Love Has No Borders Campaign to take action for immigrant justice, and leading transformational educational and leadership opportunities for volunteers.

To find out more about the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, go to imirj.org.


Praying and Acting for a Moral Budget
"If you want peace, work for justice," said Pope Paul VI. The "Sermon Project," originated by Oregon PeaceWorks (OPW), is a way to build a movement for peace and justice within any congregation of faith. It calls upon the congregation to examine the values expressed in the priorities of the current federal budget with the values of the congregation's faith, especially as it pertains to world peace and the poor. If this examination reveals conflicting values, the congregation is encouraged to take action appropriate in their faith's traditions.

Leadership from the pulpit or the pew
OPW encourages pastors and other religious leaders to give sermons about the moral implications of the federal budget. Educational activities as a follow-up to the sermons are encouraged. For example, group discussions, letter writing parties to Oregon's Congressional delegation, meetings with that congregation's U.S. Representative or Senator's staff are great follow-up activities.

Lay members of the congregation can take the lead as well by organizing a forum, panel discussion, study group, discussion group or other educational activity using materials that OPW or Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon are happy to provide. Some of these materials can be viewed from the following Web sites:

Here's how it works
You and your congregation do some or all of following:

    - Give a sermon on whether federal budget priorities adequately reflect your faith's values
    - Publish information in your congregation's bulletin
    - Contact Oregon PeaceWorks or Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon for materials that can be circulated to the congregation
    - Organize a presentation, forum or discussion for your congregation to examine how well federal budget priorities reflect your faith's values
    - Take action appropriate to your faith's traditions and inform your U.S. Representative and Senator of your congregation's activities on the federal budget

Oregon PeaceWorks & Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon can provide the following to assist your congregation:

    - Written information, lectionary suggestions and references to your religious leader
    - Written information for you to pass out to those interested in your congregation
    - A speaker or discussion leader on the federal  budget for your group
    - A sample bulletin article on this subject
    - Assistance such as planning activities

Oregon PeaceWorks can be contacted in Salem at (503) 371-8002. Peter Bergel, executive director, can be contacted at pbergel@igc.org.

Dowload "Prayer for a Just Budget"


Abolition of the Death Penalty
EMO facilitates safe and respectful dialogue and opportunities for personal discernment and action on the subject of the death penalty. EMO works with organizations such as Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty to build a movement in Oregon. The goal of the convening is to determine as a state what steps are presently needed to advance the movement.

For more information, please contact Britt Conroy, Public Policy Advocacy Associate at (503) 221-1054 or bconroy@emoregon.org or visit Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. For death penalty statistics, visit the Death Penalty Information Center.


Fighting Hunger in Oregon
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is committed to relieving hunger in Oregon through ministry, collaboration and advocacy for policy changes that address the root causes of hunger.

Resources:
- National Hunger Statistics

- Religious Texts on Hunger: Statements on and about Poverty, Hunger, Helping and Charity from The Tanakh


Tax Justice
The last economic recession has shown the instability and unfairness of Oregon's tax system. Taxes are a social investment used for the common good. Over the past decade, the tax burden has shifted from wealthier individuals and large businesses to working people and small businesses. More and more, we are taxing income from work, making it much more difficult for working people to get ahead. Further, Oregon's unbalanced tax system causes government services to be unreliable due to over-dependence on the income tax. We need to reform the tax system so that it is fair to working Oregonians and small businesses, and it reliably funds important public services.

Read EMO's article on Tax Reform in Oregon. Download EMO's Tax Reform Bulletin Insert or Tax Reform Study Guide.

Federal Resources:

Oregon Resources:

Further Readings on Alabama's Tax Reform Effort
Hamill, Susan Pace. The Least of These: Fair Taxes and the Moral Duty of Christians. (Sweetwater Press: 2003). Contains Law Professor Susan Pace Hamill's master's thesis in theological studies at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School. The thesis, entitled "An Argument for Tax Reform Based Judeo-Christian Ethics," inspired Alabama Governor Bob Riley to propose restructuring the tax structure to help the poor. Despite being a Bible Belt state, Alabama voters resoundingly defeated the proposal in the Fall of 2003.

 

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