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Office of Social Justice News | April 2016

The CRC in D.C.

Earlier this month, OSJ, Faith Formation Ministries, and World Renew attended Ecumenical Advocacy Days, in Washington D.C., with an intergenerational group of 36 CRC and community members. The group learned about the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, which would reinstate the full protections of the original 1965 Voting Rights Act, helping to combat discrimination and voter disenfranchisement.

The group also had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and to advocate for the act. As Christians, we strive to show God’s reconciling love at all times and in all places. God often speaks of our purpose to rebuild, restore, and renew all that is broken. We are called to work to end the brokenness in our communities, in our nation, and in the world as a whole. Join this group of advocates in working to ensure full protections at the polls before the November elections!

Write to your members of Congress in support of the Voting Rights Advancement Act.

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RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, S. 2123, currently in the U.S. Senate, needs your support! The Senate has not taken it up after it was reported out of committee in October 2015 — and moving this bill would be an important first step in addressing the myriad problems in our criminal justice system. Email your senator in support of S. 2123 today.

IMMIGRATION

Blessing Not Burden in Iowa

Northwestern College and Dordt College students invited OSJ and World Renew to present the Church Between Borders simulation and timeline. Nearly 150 people learned more about the brokenness in our immigration system and how to advocate for a just system. World Renew and OSJ also hosted a Blessing Not Burden community lunch in Sioux Center, where pastors, community leaders, and organizations discussed how immigrants are blessings to their communities.

DO JUSTICE

#CRClistens: Finding Grace on the Internet

“The Internet is a place to listen to painful stories and grapple with my own privilege and defensiveness…. It is a uniquely twenty-first century process of sanctification, if you will.” Participate in the series by subscribing and using the hashtag #CRClistens!

INDIGENOUS JUSTICE

Aboriginal Sunday in Canada

Aboriginal Sunday is coming up in Canada! The deadline to order your bulletin inserts and covers is April 29—order these materials from our partners at the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee here. (If you’re in the U.S. and are looking for worship resources related to Native American issues, contact us, and we would be happy to assist you.)

CREATION CARE

The Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund was created in 2010 to provide a way for developed nations, wealthy corporations, and individuals to support developing nations as they repair the damage already done by our changing climate and as they reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. has committed $3 billion to the fund by 2020, and Canada has pledged $2.65 billion. Learn why people of faith should care about the Green Climate Fund here.
 

ACTION ALERT

Thank Your Representative

The Global Food Security Act passed the House with bipartisan support! See how your representative voted here. This is an important victory for ending hunger and malnutrition! Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to thank your representative for their vote.

In Case You Missed It

  • Action Alert: Support refugee resettlement and oppose an anti-refugee bill, H.R. 4731: write to your member of Congress today!

  • Phase One of the CRC Climate Witness Project brought together 35 congregations and 200 Climate Witness Partners to learn more about climate change and educate others. Read what's in store for Phase Two here!