Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 3/7/19
We hope many of you joined Spirit Led Justice Alliance organizational representations for Ecumenical Ministries Interfaith Day of Action this past Monday. It was heartwarming to see people of faith filling the halls of our state capital with a special shout out to the large youth contingent from the Muslim Educational Trust!
This week we have two actions to invite you to participate in. One comes to us from our Farm Worker Ministry Northwest colleagues. It is about a national campaign and there is local action we can take to support it.
The second is another thank you to the Oregon legislature for passing the Senate Bill Medicaid funding package.
And please do join us in two weeks for our Interfaith service. We are blessed to have Sufi Sheikha Arifa Byron join us again, so be ready for chant, mediation and dziker (dance prayer). Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 pm at Grant Park Church, 2728 NE 34th. There are two front doors, please use the one on the right go down a short hallway, make a right, and the first door you see will be us.
We can win this working together, peace and justice will prevail!
So many blessings,
Rabbi Debra Kolodny for the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance
Join Farm Worker Ministry Northwest in a Day of Contemplation and Action!
Join people of faith and conscience from across the nation to pause and reflect on how farm workers continue to face well-documented conditions of sexual violence, forced labor and other abuses. Earlier today groups from across the Northwest will spend 15 minutes in contemplation, and we’d invite you to join with us in doing that now, or when you can today.
And from the stillness, we will move into action! Please join us in participate in support of a critical campaign that is being led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).
This time of spiritual contemplation and action by people of faith comes as nearly one hundred farm workers and scores of students and community leaders are preparing to march on The Ohio State University on March 8 to urge the school to cut ties with Wendy’s for its failure to put human rights on the menu.
Help us lift a load moral voice in support of this call for justice from right here in Oregon!
• Take a store managers letter to your local Wendys. Download and print a copy HERE.
• Sign the Boycott Wendy’s Petition.
• Post a moral message or prayer on social media tagging @Wendys @National Farm Worker Ministry #faith4fairfood #fairfoodnation
• Let National Farm Worker Ministry hear from you! Go to this google form and share that you prayed, that you reflected, that you made the call, that you delivered a letter, that you signed a petition and/or that you posted on March 7th. Let Wendy’s hear that farm workers deserve better!
Thank Oregon Legislators for Passing Medicaid for All
We did it! Last Thursday morning, the Oregon Senate passed HB 2010, the Medicaid funding package. The thousands of letters this community sent lawmakers in support of the bill helped push it over the finish line. On behalf of all the vulnerable Oregonians who rely on Medicaid, THANK YOU!
Please reach out to your legislators to thank them for their YES vote, or to urge them to support Medicaid in the future if they voted no. Click the button below to be taken to a tool that will show you how they voted and give you a suggested email to send them with one easy click!
Click hear to read from Roberta and Eddie and why they need Medicaid to survive! And with your advocacy, you helped show them they’re not alone. A huge community of people supports them and took action to keep the program running!
And know that there’ll be more to do in coming months. We’re hearing that lawmakers may propose increasing the price of tobacco to help finish funding Medicaid. Big tobacco hates that idea. We’ll need your help to push back on Big Tobacco, and continue to support people like Roberta and Eddie!