United Church of Christ

JPANet November 2019 Newsletter

November Newsletter

Getting to the Root of It

Getting to the Root of It

We’ve asked UCC advocates to help us unpack the complex justice issues that we’re working on. This month Sandy Sorensen, Director of the DC Office, highlights the significance of the upcoming election, and how we as UCC members can play a role.

Our Faith, Our Vote, Our Voice

Elections matter – local, state or national, in a presidential election year or not. The outcomes of elections influence the policies that impact our daily lives – be it health care, education, transportation, student loan debt, clean water, and much more.  Election Day 2019 is reminder that a pivotal presidential election year is right around the corner. The stakes are even higher for November 3, 2020. The challenges before our communities, our nation, and our world are immense. (Read more).

 


Justice Events

Join a Back from the Brink Organizing Call - November 13

Join UCC and other advocates in a national organizing call to learn more about Back from the Brink's five-point policy platform to prevent nuclear war. The call follows a webinar in September that drew participants from 37 states (a  video recording of the webinar is here.) The organizing call will be held Wednesday, November 13 at 5 pm PST/ 8 pm EST. Click here to register!

School of the Americas Watch Gathering - November 15-17

Bridging the Past and Present. Join thousands of activists in Ft. Benning, GA to stand against the School of the Americas/WHINSEC and mark the 30th anniversary of the Central American University (UCA) massacre. Together, we recommit ourselves to never forgetting the violence that our communities have been subjected to, not only in word, but in action. “BASTA – NO MAS! ENOUGH – NO MORE!” For more information, click here.

World Toilet Day - November 19

Did you know that more people in the world have a cellphone than have a toilet? Sanitation is a global development priority. Find more information and resources from Global Ministries.

Save the Date for Ecumenical Advocacy Days – April 24-27, 2020

Around the world, the marginalized communities are experiencing the impacts of the climate crisis most profoundly. Women and children in these communities suffer the most along with all those who are disproportionately affected by hunger, poverty, and the structural history of colonialism and racism. EAD 2020 will focus on this intersection between climate change and economic injustice as together we gather to “Imagine, God’s Earth and People Restored!”  Join us at EAD 2020 and plan to join a UCC pre-event on Friday April 24th. 

 


Justice in Action

Together in Hope: An Advent Action Calendar

During Advent, we anticipate and prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ. We can use this time of waiting and anticipation to take action around issues that are of concern to our global partners, particularly those in Southern Asia. The calendar will be available in mid-November at www.globalministries.org/southernasiainitiative. 

Webinar: Worker Justice is Climate Justice - November 14

As the climate movement pushes our society toward becoming fossil free, how can we ensure that the transition happens in a way that is just and fair for workers? The next Creation Justice Webinar will feature two leaders of organizations addressing this question. The webinar will be on November 14th, but register even if you can’t make it, and we will send you a video. Sign-up now!


Justice Resources

The Pollinator

The Pollinator is a digital platform of the UCC for the sharing of ideas and inspiration. Its focus is the building of a faith-filled and faith-rooted movement for the care of creation

Witness for Justice
Looking for up-to-date social justice commentary? Check out Witness for Justice, a weekly editorial opinion column written by the staff of Justice and Witness Ministries.

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