No matter what your political leanings, if you have concerns about how the vulnerable are being treated in the current political climate (especially regarding health care), you may want to reach out to your Senators:
Rob Portman, 216.522.7095 or 202.224.3353
Sherrod Brown, 216.522.7272 or 202.224.2315
If you want a little pastoral support, you may want to check out a recent (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time) homily on the topic. You have an opportunity to speak for the voiceless.
Concerned about fear of and hate and violence toward members of faith traditions different from your own? "Be the change" you want to see in the world! Meet your Muslim neighbors and other members of the interfaith community. Join us as we learn about, share, and celebrate the rich diversity of our different cultural and faith traditions with tea and treats!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12
7 to 9 PM (registration at 6:30)
St. Malachi Parish Hall
2459 Washington Avenue (W. 25 & Detroit)
RSVP by July 10 to Stephanie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trump's proposed budget announced:
On Monday the White House announced he will seek a $54bn hike in spending on tanks, ships and weapons systems while cutting foreign aid, environmental programmes and domestic agencies by the same amount. The US already spends more on the military than the next eight countries combined.
Is this how we should spend 54 BILLION DOLLARS??
We already have the worlds' largest military by far. Do we really need more massive weaponry?
Wouldn't our money be better spent on the sick, the poor, the disabled -- or even on our crumbling infrastructure? Perhaps we could even repair our roads, bridges, subways, mass transit systems, water systems, electrical grids etc.
It's your money we're talking about here. Please tell your Congressional Representative and your Senator what you think.
10 ACTIONS / 100 DAYS
We did it! On January 21, over 5 Million of us worldwide and over 1 Million in Washington, D.C., came to march, speak and make our voices heard. But it doesn’t end here - now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes - it’s time to get our friends, family and community together and make history.
We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
EVERY 10 DAYS WE WILL TAKE ACTION ON AN ISSUE WE ALL CARE ABOUT, STARTING TODAY.
Thank you for your prayers and support for the Women's March Saturday, January 21, both in Washington, DC, and Cleveland and other cities across the country and around the world!
Women's rights are human rights.
Here’s the information about the Women’s March in Cleveland:
Women's March in Cleveland
Saturday, January 21 at 10:00am
Public Square, Cleveland
We will meet at Public Square in Cleveland at 10 a.m. with guest speakers from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. At 11 a.m. we will begin our march up Ontario St. eventually arriving at City Hall/Willard Park and then circle back to Public Square. Then, we will end the event with information on how to stay involved. In solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, we will march in Cleveland. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Click here to RSVP.
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On January 21, 2017 we will unite
for the Women's March on Washington
We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
Because women's rights are human rights
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us--immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault—and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
HEAR OUR VOICE. more information
We asks you to consider taking this direct action...
OHIOANS TO STOP EXECUTIONS
Ohio Does Not Need Executions!
The first execution in nearly three years is scheduled for January 12, 2017. Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed as punishment for his murder of Sheila Marie Evans. By any measure this was a terrible crime for which he must be held accountable. We can do that without killing him.
Please call Governor John Kasich to urge him to commute Ronald Phillips’s sentence to death by incarceration, NOT execution – by changing his sentence to ‘Life in prison with no possibility of parole.’
Gov. John Kasich 614-466-3555
Please also send a note in the postal mail:
Governor John Kasich Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117
If asked, please make the following points:
● Ronald Phillips has already served 24 years on Ohio’s death row
● His co-defendant receive a lesser sentence and has died in prison
● A true life without parole sentence was not available until three years after this crime occurred. It is possible that a jury would have recommended that sentence if available
● Please also note that executions should not be allowed to resume in Ohio until the recommendations of the Supreme Court Task Force on the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty have been implemented. These 56 recommendations are intended to make Ohio’s death penalty more fair and accurate.
In the three years since the last execution in Ohio, there has not been a spike in violent crime in Ohio or nationally. No prisoners on Ohio’s death row have escaped or killed anyone in prison, and the public is not clamoring for a resumption of executions. In fact, dangerous criminals are being held accountable and the public is being kept safe from them without resorting to executions. Nationally and in Ohio, the use of the death penalty is trending downward.
Meanwhile, the legislature has yet to consider most of the 56 recommendations of the Supreme Court Joint Task Force on the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty. These recommendations were intended to ensure fairness and accuracy in Ohio’s death penalty. To date, most have not been discussed in any legislative forum.
For readers in the Cleveland area: The Community of St. Bridget works with the Brecksville UCC's ministry to supply a local food pantry. When you come to liturgy, won't you please consider bringing non-perishable food items to contribute? How to remember? At the grocery store, pick up a few extra items (canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, soups and canned stews, tuna, pasta and sauce are all good choices) and bag them separately. Leave them in the car and you'll have them when you come to church!
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