RABBI DEBRA KOLODNY

AS THE SPIRIT MOVES US

Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 1/9/19

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019

Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 1/9/19

This coming week we have the opportunity to speak out at Portland City Council TWICE, make our voices heard at NORCOR, send letters both to Salem and to our City Council and register for the eagerly awaited Interfaith Advocacy Day in March.

While we look forward to the day when there is little work for us to do, that day is not yet here. And as the sages remind us in Pirke Avot: “You are not required to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist!”

Together let us remain firm in our resistance to hard heartedness and oppression and say yes to compassionate solutions! (A new chant at our next action: We WON’T desist, we WILL resist!)

As usual, we ask that you invite your colleagues and associates to join us by sending this link to 10 of your friends.

And finally, we are disappointed to tell you that our search for a new location for our interfaith service has not yet met with success. We are committed to the time of third Tuesday evenings from 7-8 pm. Might your sanctuary be our new location? If so, please contact me asap, at RabbiDebra@AstheSpiritMovesUs.com and we will hope for a gathering on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 pm.

So wonderful to be on this journey with you!
Rabbi Debra for the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance


Attend a Public Hearing to Stop ICE at NORCOR!


Wasco County Courthouse

511 Washington Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058

Thursday, January 10, 2019 1-4 pm

Gorge ICE Resistance is hosting a rally at the Wasco County Courthouse to support a law suite to kick ICE out of NORCOR!

Public hearing begins at 1:30 for the case of 4 taxpayers from Wasco County against the NORCOR public jail for violating Oregon’s sanctuary law (ORS-A820) by jailing immigrants for ICE who are awaiting hearing regarding their immigration status. Come and join us on the courthouse steps before the hearing and show your support of these brave members of our community who are taking the jail to task over it’s inhumane practices holding immigrants who do not belong behind bars. NORCOR’s actions go against the spirit of our state sanctuary law and that law is now being tested in court!


Show your Support for Continued Funding for the Portland United Against Hate Coalition!

Wednesday, January 16, 3-4 pm, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd floor

Learn about the impact that PUAH has had in its first 15 months of operation and show your support for funding the community facing organizations that are training Active Bystanders, serving targets of hate violence and securing reliable data to show the true breadth of the hate crisis in our area!


Contact Your Legislator to Urge Support for Stable Homes for all Oregonians!

Help us lift a moral voice in support of the residents of Milwaukie!

Milwaukie should be a place where everyone can find safe, secure, affordable housing at every income level. But unfortunately that’s not true. It’s been nearly two years since the city of Milwaukie declared a housing emergency. Since then the community continues to struggle with high rents and no-cause evictions.

Hard working people can’t find affordable housing. Families are losing their homes though extreme rent increases and no-cause evictions. Hundreds of children are homeless. In other cities, when a landlord makes big rent increases or evicts people without cause, they are required to pay a relocation fee. This common sense protection means that people who lose their homes through no fault of their own have basic resources to help them relocate. Click hereto complete the form and contact your elected official today!


Support a Just  Solution to Portland’s Housing Crisis! Join Compassionate Change!

Compassionate Change District Portland is a consortium backed by 21 local groups who have come up with a kind, democratic and workable plan that is a stark contrast to the Enhanced Service District model of increased security patrols and “sweeps” currently adopted by downtown merchants.

Sleeping on the streets threatens our houseless neighbors’ personal safety, health, and their ability to work or get an education. And for businesses, the housing emergency creates tensions over trash, waste, sidewalk obstructions, and more.

There are many solutions. Not all are created equal.  A deeply flawed fix is heading for a Portland City Council vote on January 17. This proposal has had no input by the majority of communities involved: the houseless, renters, and homeowners. The Central Eastside Industrial Council will ask permission to create an Enhanced Service District to run private security patrols and street cleanups.

Click here to sign a letter to the Mayor and City Council in support of the holistic approach that 21 local groups support!

Stay tuned for the time of the City Council meeting on Thursday January 17 when you can show up in opposition to the ESD proposal and support of Compassionate Change.


Register and Save the Date for the Oregon Interfaith Advocacy Day!

Monday, March 4, 2019 – Registration begins at 7:45, program from 9 am- 4pm

Registration & Morning Session: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem Afternoon Session: Oregon State Capitol

Click here to sign up to join with concerned people of many faiths from around the state for “Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities.” Attend issue briefings and workshops on advocating for compassionate legislation on climate, criminal justice, health care, housing, hunger and immigration. Lunch will be provided and together we will march to the State Capitol to make our faith voice heard in meetings with our state legislators. We provide talking points and make all necessary appointments for you!

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