Justice and Witness Ministries responds to the call of Christ through public witness, policy advocacy, issue education, and grassroots empowerment to build a more just, compassionate and inclusive world. TheUCC Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet) is our denomination’s grassroots advocacy network composed of individual members and local UCC congregations across the country. Our work is grounded in General Synod resolutions, and formed by a biblical understanding of prophetic ministry.
Join the network and you will start recieving weekly action alerts, like the ones below.
It has been a year since the tragedy at Sandy Hook & we still do not have a federal law to requires a background check before most gun purchases. We can & must do better. On 12/13 join faithful activists in calling for laws to prevent gun violence
According to a Pentagon study over 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact occurred within the U.S. military in 2012. Take action to support survivors of military sexual assault. Call on your Senator to support the Military Justice Improvement Act.
How will our churches support and extend an extravagant welcome to our veterans? Pray, learn and take action to strengthen the medical, clinical and social services that support our Veterans and their families.
As we observe the Churches Week of Action on Food call for a long-term commitment to fight hunger, strengthen agricultural production, and give hundreds of millions of children and families food security so they can grow, develop, and learn.
Political brinksmanship has lead to a government shutdown. Tell Congress that political infighting is no excuse for failing to maintain the vital functions of our federal government! Congress must pass a short-term budget agreement.
This week the House is planning to vote on the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, which proposes cuts of $40 billion from SNAP. Take action to protect hungry families in your community and bolster this vital program.
As the Obama Administration responds to use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria, call on President Obama today to halt any military response before fully exhausting diplomatic and humanitarian solutions.
The right to vote is a value that transcends partisanship. Contact your members of Congress and urge them to work toward restoring needed protections against voter discrimination by updating and strengthening the Voting Rights Act.
Congress is in the early stages of writing the federal budget but already things look grim. Urge Congress to write & pass a budget that creates jobs, strengthens the economy, maintains the safety net, and invests in our future.
Guantanamo detainees have been on a hunger strike since February to protest their indefinite detention. Dozens of the prisoners at Guantanamo continue to be held despite having been cleared for release. Take action - Ask the President to close GITMO.
We have a moral obligation to reclaim the political process for all people, not just those with the power of money on their side. Contact your legislators and urge them to cosponsor the Sanders-Deutch Amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling.
Congress is writing the farm bill right now. The House has proposed catastrophic cuts to these essential hunger-relief programs. We must act now to ensure that programs for hungry families are preserved!
During the Mission 4/1 Earth Campaign, UCC advocates called on President Obama to protect the eco-system and indigenous communities of Bristol Bay. Now we have an opportunity to advocate for the permanent protection of this vital water system. Act now!
As immigration reform moves through the Senate it is important that we continue to let our legislators know what policies and principles are priorities for us as people of faith. Please join us in take action for just and compassionate immigration reform!
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a measure to end discrimination in employment decisions based solely on perceived sexual orientation, has again been introduced in 113th Congress. Urge your legislators to support ENDA!
The Safe Chemicals Act (S. 696) works to address the issue of toxic substances in our environments by giving the EPA more authority to regulate chemicals. Urge your elected officials to support this bill.
More than 780 million people around the world live without sustainable options for improved water. It is time to make a serious commitment providing water access in ways that sustain God's people and planet.
This is a critical week in the U.S. Senate for legislation that would begin to address the terrible toll of gun violence in this nation. For the first time since 1994, we have the opportunity to pass meaningful legislation to help end gun violence.