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Legislative Priorities

Legislative Priorities

Legislative Priorities for the 2017-2018 Oregon Legislature
• Protect Family and Community Well-Being by Standing with Our Immigrant Neighbors (Inclusivity Ordinances)
• Provide a Safe, Stable Place for Everyone to Call Home (Homelessness Prevention)
• Promote Environmental Stewardship and Social Justice by Combating Climate Change (Cap, Price and Invest; Transportation Optio ns)

Read EMO's 2017-2018 Legislative Priorities.

Faith in Action
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is committed to bringing the voices of people of faith into the policy-making process at the Oregon Legislature and beyond. Our advocacy is designed to create systems, institutions and public policies that promote peace, justice and a life of possibility for all people. View EMO's Statement of Social Principles.

The goal of our public policy advocacy program is to empower people of faith with the tools they need to put their faith into action. A central focus of our advocacy work is to be a voice for those who live in poverty and a voice for civil rights and social justice. We advocate for housing, health care, and hunger relief as fundamental human rights. We believe that the scriptural mandate to "love your neighbor as you love yourself" calls us to acknowledge the dignity of all people and to resist the denigration of any person or group in our society. We also hear a biblical call to environmental stewardship, and believe we have a moral obligation to ensure that the earth and its natural resources are available for our children and their children for many generations into the future.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon will be at the Capitol monitoring legislation and advocating for policies that are consistent with our social principles. Through our advocacy network, we will provide parishioners with timely information on legislation, key votes and opportunities to meet with legislators and participate in rallies. We will also help arrange meetings with legislators on behalf of local congregations or clergy. We encourage you to invite our public policy staff to meet with your members to discuss issues of social concern.

"You are called to raise up the foundations, to repair the breaches, to restore the streets to live in." Isaiah 58:12


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