Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 4/18/19
The Oregon legislature is working overtime this session on many issues of deep concern to people of faith.
We also have the opportunity to support researchers and activists working on several important issues! This week we invite you to:
• Fill out a survey on houselessness, either as one who has experienced it or as an ally
• Write a public comment for the US Commission on Civil Rights that will affect Immigrants subject to detention in Oregon
• Call or write to your legislators to urge them to hold DA’s accountable and create the legal support for responsible gun use and
• Participate in the annual meeting of Health Care for All Oregon to secure Single Payer Funding here in Oregon
We are looking forward to seeing you next month at our Interfaith service at Grant Church on May 21 at 7.
Rabbi Debra Kolodny for the Spirit Led Justice Alliance
Support Right 2 Survive in Portland!
The survey is for anyone with lived experience of being houseless, and advocates and allies are invited to fill it out too. Please click here to fill out the survey before April 26!
Submit Comments in Support of Immigrant Rights!
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a public comment session on the condition of immigration detention centers and status of treatment of immigrants in detention, including children last week.
The Commission’s 2015 report, With Liberty and Justice for All: The State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities, addressed the status of detained undocumented immigration children. In July 2018, the Commission voted to reopen its investigation on the conditions of immigration detention, and appointed a Subcommittee to examine the issue further. The Commission seeks to hear from members of the public, including advocates, legal experts, affected persons, and other individuals who wish to speak on the issue.
The Commission welcomes written comment submissions for consideration; email to email@example.com by May 13, 2019.
Take Action with The Spirit Led Justice Alliance to Support these Bills!
1. Support the ACLU in Holding our District Attorneys Accountable!
Many Oregon district attorneys have no policies guiding how to prosecute people or carry out the core functions of their office. Policies can make the difference between whether a crime victim gets services, whether a young person has a second chance at life, and whether people are treated fairly in the system, regardless of what they look like or where they live.
This is unacceptable. House Bill 3224 requires DA offices to develop a range of policies to bring much-needed consistency to our system, and tear down barriers that DAs use to hide their policies from the public so we can hold elected district attorneys accountable.
HB 3224 is through the first committee and is headed to the House Floor.
2. Make Oregon Safer from Gun Violence!
Senate Bill (SB 978) has strong provisions like raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 for gun purchasers, requiring gun locks for transfer of guns and storage where children may be present or liable for injuries caused, restricting concealed carry from public buildings, and making “ghost” or printed guns unlawful anywhere. Other provisions increase fees for permit applications and require hospitals to report information about gun related injuries for analysis by OHP.
House Bill (HB 2013) prohibits those subject to court protective orders (e.g., for stalking or domestic violence) from possessing firearms, including those already in possession, within 24 hours of the charge.
You can see letters of support from Lift Every Voice Oregon HERE.
Both bills will make a real difference in Oregon and we encourage you to e-mail, write or call your legislative leaders as well as the leadership of the House and Senate.
Attend the Health Care for All Oregon Annual Member Meeting & Conference
June 8, 2019, 10am-3pm
First United Methodist Church, Eugene, 1376 Olive St.
Featuring: Senator James Manning and Keynote: Dr. Joe Jarvis, author of “The Purple World: Healing the Harm in American Healthcare”
Registration Coming Soon at hcao.org