Learn to do good, seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. ISAIAH 1:17
Our public policy advocacy activities are rooted in the moral teachings of the Bible and the diverse religious traditions of our members and interfaith partners. In collaboration with our faith partners, we advocate for the common good and for the well-being of all Oregonians. We believe that a healthy society provides for the well-being of all, particularly the poor, the young, the old and those who are ill. We strive to live out the words of Jesus: “... whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
The common good is dependent upon well-functioning democratic institutions, a strong, well-funded safety-net, and an ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, violence-reduction, and the advancement of peace, justice and human dignity. Our policy work is guided by a “Statement of Social Principles and Concerns.”
Protect Family and Community Well-Being by Standing with Our Immigrant Neighbors
Provide a Safe, Stable Place for Everyone to Call Home
Inclusivity Ordinances: Keep families together, maintain trust between local law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve and respect constitutionally defined powers by enacting local ordinances that ensure public money, personnel, and equipment are not used to enforce federal immigration law. Ensure that local governments provide services and benefits based on need, not one’s federal immigration status, except as required by law.
Homelessness Prevention: Prevent homelessness and discrimination by enacting a just-cause eviction standard, which would permit landlords to only evict tenants on reasonable grounds, such as nonpayment of rent or other violation of the lease. Adequately fund homeless shelters and rent assistance through the Emergency Housing Account (EHA) and State Housing Assistance Program (SHAP).
Promote Environmental Stewardship and Social Justice by Combating Climate Change
Cap, Price and Invest; Transportation Options: Put a price on climate pollution that takes into account equity issues, while reducing global warming levels consistent with scientific consensus. Invest in climate-wise transportation modes and planning.
To view a complete list of other issues EMO is supporting, download EMO's 2017-2018 Legislative Priorities.