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Office of Social Justice News | July 2016

New Action Center

It’s now easier for you to advocate to your elected representative! Together with our close partner in Canada, the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue, we’ve set up a new online action center where you can connect with your representative via Facebook, Twitter, email, or phone. We’re also excited to announce that our new system is more seamless for Canada than the previous system. Let’s get advocating!

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CREATION CARE

New Climate Witness Project Webpages

For over a year, the Climate Witness Project (CWP) has supported churches as they learn about and take action on climate change. Now the CWP has a new web presence to help more churches do the same. Learn more about the CWP, explore resources, donate, and learn how your church can get involved at crcna.org/cwp.  

IMMIGRATION

Documented Screening at Wealthy Street Theater

Join OSJ and World Renew for the film screening of Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American. Documented highlights the story and struggle of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. While this film focuses on his experience and life, he represents the 11 million people in the United States without legal status. The film gives insight into the struggles of undocumented immigrants, puts a face on our broken immigration system, and challenges us to reconsider what "American" means. The event is free and open to the public. Click for details.

DO JUSTICE

Two Things Our Human Trafficking Response Must Include

“Trafficked victims and prostituted persons work in the same venues: hotels, strip clubs, pornography, on the street, etc. And the demand for paid access to sex (primarily of women’s and children’s bodies) fuel the overall sex trade, regardless of whether it is trafficking or prostitution.”
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RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Restorative Practices for Congregations Training

A Restorative Practices for Congregations training will be held in Grand Rapids, Mich., Oct. 4-6. Register now (or check for a training for congregations or basic restorative practices coming near you)! A Chicago-area Conference on Restorative Justice will also be hosted at Trinity Christian College on Oct. 1. Register now!

INDIGENOUS JUSTICE

Listening and Learning Trip to Indigenous Reserve

Two CRC members and two CRC staffers are headed to Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation, a fly-in community about 600 kilometers north of Thunder Bay. The community regularly invites people in to listen and learn. The CRC members are participating in the Youth Ambassador of Reconciliation program, developed by the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee and the Office of Race Relations, and have committed to working for reconciliation in their own communities when they return home. Will you keep them in your prayers?

ACTION ALERT

Tell Congress You Support Refugee Resettlement Funding

The U.S. has committed to welcoming 15,000 more refugees in 2017 than in 2016, so it's critical that the increase in refugee resettlement be met with increased funding to ensure that local communities have the resources they need to help refugees integrate and thrive. Urge your members of Congress to provide sufficient funding in current appropriations bills in the House and Senate!

In Case You Missed It

  • Did you know the CRC helped to fight the blood diamond trade and establish the Kimberly Accords? Read this CRC news story to learn more!

  • Looking for summer beach reads? Our staff offer their picks for summer reads with justice themes on Do Justice.

  • Young leaders of all major faiths, including our creation care coordinator Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, came together last month for the New Orleans "Faith Rising" Convergence. Read more here.

  • Action Alert: Tell your Member of Parliament and state legislators to ban the use of prolonged solitary confinement.