ELCA Advocacyhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/Living Earth Reflections: November 2014Mary Minette, Director of Environmental Advocacyhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/106http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/106<div class="ExternalClassA928F1457CE540E3A2BB3BD0CE621E53"><p>&quot;<em>Happy are those who consider the poor, the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive; they are called happy in the land. You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.&quot; – Psalm 41&#58;1-4</em></p><p><strong><img alt="mary1.JPG" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/mary1.JPG" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;153px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;left;" />Last week I was invited to speak at a Congressional briefing on the International Climate Negotiations in Lima, Peru, which are set to take place in December 2014. During this briefing, participants discussed the September Climate Leaders' Summit in New York and looked to future opportunities for governmental, private sector, and civil society cooperation on climate change. I was asked to give the faith community's perspective on the upcoming meeting in Lima. For this month's reflection, I would like to share with you my statement from this event&#58; </strong></p><p>The faith community is pretty diverse, but one of the things we have in common is an increasing concern about the impacts of climate change. Why? A common element in many faith traditions is a sense that the earth is God's creation and that we are called to be good stewards—that sense of stewardship leads us to be concerned by the changes that all of us can observe in weather patterns around the world, changes that scientists tell us are the result of human-caused climate change.</p><p>Another common element shared by numerous faith traditions is concern for our neighbors, and particularly for the most vulnerable—children, the elderly, those who live in poverty. We see that climate impacts such as more severe storms, long term drought, flooding, sea level rise, are falling hardest on those who lack the means to adapt and recover—people in developing nations and in low income communities in developed nations.&#160;People of faith are among the first to respond when disaster strikes, and among the last to leave as lives are rebuilt.&#160; Faith-based organizations are serving in communities in New Jersey where elderly residents on fixed incomes are struggling to rebuild their lives post-Sandy.&#160; Faith-based organizations are working in the Philippines to help communities rebuild from the devastation of Supertyphoon Haiyan.&#160; </p><p>We know how climate change is impacting our neighbors, and who bears the greatest responsibility—not those who are suffering the most from its impacts, but rather those of us who live in developed countries.&#160; </p><p>Both our sense of failure as stewards of God's earth, and our sense of responsibility for those who are suffering from the impacts of climate change and for climate change itself lead us to see this as perhaps the greatest moral challenge of our time.</p><p>The faith community has been engaged in the UNFCCC process since the very beginning—the World Council of Churches has sent a delegation to every COP; faith based development <img alt="20140921_131146.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/20140921_131146.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;148px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;right;" />NGOs have been engaged for many years as well.&#160;However, with the Climate March in New York this past September, faith engagement and support for a global climate change agreement may have reached a tipping point.&#160;Thousands of people marched in NY out of their faith—we crowded into an entire city block during the march staging.&#160; Lutherans and Hindus, Muslims and Methodists, Catholics and Baptists joined together out of a shared concern for our future.</p><p>Following the summit, several faith based campaigns were launched to mobilize around the need for a global agreement on climate change&#58; the OneVoice campaign will hold vigils around the world during Lima in a <a href="http&#58;//www.ourvoices.net/lima">campaign called &quot;Lights for Lima&quot;; </a>the Lutheran World Federation has an <a href="http&#58;//www.lutheranworld.org/fastfortheclimate">ongoing &quot;Fast for the Climate&quot; campaign </a>aimed at the Paris agreement; and ACT Alliance, a faith-based global relief and development network has just launched its &quot;ACT now for climate justice&quot; campaign.</p><p>Our concerns for this process are not very different from what you've already heard, although we are committed to making sure that the concerns of the most vulnerable are front and center, and in particular that funding for&#160;and attention to adaptation is sufficient. The equal division of resources between adaptation and mitigation in the Green Climate Fund is a great start, but we are committed to making sure that financial pledges to the fund are robust and to making sure that adaptation is a prominent feature of the agreement in Paris next year.</p><p>As people of faith, we want to see world leaders assume moral leadership in confronting a problem that will impact all of us, but not all of us equally, in ways that reflects shared concerns but differing responsibilities and abilities.&#160;The US/China agreement is an example of the type of leadership we believe is necessary—the largest historic emitter joining with the largest emerging emitter to pledge actions that will begin to reduce their emissions in ways that reflect their differing abilities and levels of responsibility.&#160; Another example is contributions to the Green Climate Fund—the US just announced a substantial pledge to the fund; Mexico, an emerging economy, made a smaller pledge to the fund in September during the Climate Summit. Both countries are showing moral leadership by pledging to help more vulnerable countries.</p><p>In closing, I offer a question asked by Yeb Sano, a climate negotiator for the Philippines who has become one of the strongest voices for moral leadership within the UNFCCC process, in speeches in both Doha in 2012 and Warsaw in 2013&#58;</p><p><em>​&quot;I ask all of all of us here, if not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?&quot;</em></p></div>11/18/2014ELCA State Advocacy Update: November 2014ELCA Advocacyhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/105http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/105<div class="ExternalClass9389FC1253514C3EBD1809DDE4B7035A"><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><span style="color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"></span><em>&#160;Lutherans are taking action across the country! Below you will find our monthy State Advocacy Newsletter. Share with your friends, and download the document in the<strong> </strong><a href="https&#58;//drive.google.com/file/d/0B009fXHpAM3EVlR0SjNKeDIzZVU/view?usp=sharing"><strong>PDF version</strong></a>! </em></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><em></em>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><em></em>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><span style="color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;">&#160;</span><em style="color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong><font face="Comic Sans MS">---------------------------------------------</font></strong></em></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;">Washington, D.C.</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;">Advocacy Director, Stacy Martin</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="color&#58;#569bbe;font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;"><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/advocacy" style="color&#58;#569bbe;">www.elca.org/advocacy</a></strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong><font color="#569bbe" face="Comic Sans MS"></font></strong>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-size&#58;14px;"><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong><img alt="1.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/1.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;111px;height&#58;111px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;left;" />Domestic Violence Awareness Month</strong>&#58; In cooperation with ELCA Justice for ​Women, ELCA Poverty and Justice Ministries, LSA Advocacy, and Women of the ELCA, ELCA Advocacy released a joint <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/103">Domestic Violence Awareness Month message</a> and asked Lutherans to <a href="http&#58;//www.capwiz.com/elca/issues/alert/?alertid=63544626">act in support of the International Violence Against Women Act</a> (IVAWA). IVAWA, if passed, would make permanent the Office of Global Women's Issues in the State Department and enable the U.S. government to develop better responses to violence against women in humanitarian emergencies and conflicts.</p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong>Clean Water Act</strong>&#58; This month, ELCA Advocacy promoted followers to learn more and <a href="http&#58;//capwiz.com/elca/issues/alert/?alertid=63445946">comment on the EPA's proposed Clean Water Rule</a>. This past spring, the EPA issued a draft rule that would protect streams and wetlands that connect to larger watersheds ensuring the quality of the water that we depend on for drinking, washing, swimming and fishing. One in three Americans—more than 117 million people—get their drinking water from sources fed by these small and seasonal streams. </p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong>Combating human trafficking and child labor&#58;</strong> ELCA Advocacy's Network congratulated Kailash Satyarthi,<img alt="2.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;122px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;right;" /> founder of GoodWeave, for being <a href="http&#58;//www.goodweave.org/news_detail.php?news_id=574">awarded the Nobel Peace Prize</a>. GoodWeave has previously received financial support from the ELCA for their efforts to end child labor in the carpet industry. ELCA Advocacy also encouraged Lutherans to urge Congress Members to <a href="http&#58;//www.capwiz.com/elca/issues/alert/?alertid=63485641">act on the &quot;Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act,&quot;</a> which would increase consumer consciousness and address the root causes of child slavery. </p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><strong>Election Day 2014</strong>&#58; ELCA Advocacy continued to </span><a href="http&#58;//www.capwiz.com/elca/issues/alert/?alertid=63318056" style="line-height&#58;1.6;">promote civic involvement</a><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">and increasing turnout on November 4th for Election Day. As a public church rooted in civic activity and living out spiritual values, the ELCA proudly empowers and supports people to engage with government and policy. Across the country, Lutherans and local religious leaders took the pledge to vote, engaged with their communities through discussion and working to get-out-the-vote. Among the newly elected officials this year is Senator-Elect Joni Ernst (Iowa), a member of the ELCA. Thank you to all who participated in this Election and put their values to work</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">!</span></p><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;"><strong><font face="Comic Sans MS">---------------------------------------------</font></strong></strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;">California</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;">Mark Carlson, Lutheran Office of Public Policy- CA&#160;​</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="color&#58;#569bbe;font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;"><a href="http&#58;//www.loppca.org/" style="color&#58;#569bbe;">www.loppca.org</a><a href="http&#58;//www.loppca.org/"></a></strong></div><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong></strong>&#160;</p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong><img alt="3.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/3.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;217px;height&#58;162px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;left;" />November ballot measures</strong>&#58; The focus of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy – California for October was on California's &quot;fourth branch of government&quot;&#58; direct democracy in the form of ballot propositions.&#160; LOPP-CA director Mark Carlson led forums at four congregations, the Southwest California Synod WELCA convention, and the Sierra Pacific Synod. Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond placed on the ballot by the Legislature, was an LOPP-CA priority that passed by a 2 to 1 margin in the context of &quot;exceptional&quot; drought. Voters also approved of Proposition 47&#58; &#160;an initiative that reduces lower-level drug possession and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. State prison cost savings, estimated by the Legislative Analyst at potentially $200 million annually, will be used for mental health and substance abuse services (65%), truancy prevention (25%), and victims' services (10%). LOPP-CA's support of this initiative was directly informed by the ELCA's <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Criminal-Justice">&quot;The Church and Criminal Justice&#58; Hearing the Cries&quot; social statement.</a></p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong>The Calendar for November </strong>includes the annual California Interfaith Power &amp; Light Cool Climate Awards at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral in San Francisco on November 12 (3 ELCA congregations recognized), a joint meeting of Pacifica and Southwest California Synod bishops and justice leaders, the LOPP-CA Policy Council, the 50th anniversary of SF Night Ministry, and the 60th of Miracles of Faith Church in Oakland.​</p><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;">---------------------------------------------</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;">Colorado</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;">Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry – Colorado&#160;</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;"></strong><a href="http&#58;//www.lam-co.org/" style="color&#58;#569bbe;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;">www.lam-co.org</strong></a></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;">&#160;</div><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><strong>World Hunger</strong>&#58; Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado was the official representative for ELCA World Hunger at the Grace Race 5K, presented by Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, which took place at Sloan's Lake in Denver on October 4. It was a banner year for participation in the Grace Race, now in its 8th year, and for funds raised to support ELCA World Hunger, which is a granting underwriter for LAM-CO. Thanks to RTLC staff &amp; all who came out to participate for a great event!</span></p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"></span><span style="text-align&#58;center;line-height&#58;1.6;"><strong>Housing&#58;</strong> Affordable housing is a critical issue in Colorado, especially in metro Denver and mountain communities. The 26th annual Housing Colorado NOW! Conference took place in Vail on Oct. 7-10 with a focus on construction of affordable housing, homelessness reduction, and permanent supportive housing services. At the conference, State Senator Jessie Ulibarri was named one of Housing Colorado's Legislators of the Year. Sen. Ulibarri represents a district that includes the neighborhood in which the Rocky Mountain Synod office is located.</span></p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong><img alt="4.png" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/4.png" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;226px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;left;" />2014 Elections</strong>&#58; Colorado voters weighed in on four highly contested ballot measures. Prior to the election, LAM-CO sponsored a voter forum on these ballot measures in partnership with the Colorado Social Legislation Committee and the League of Women Voters. Pro and con sides for each measure were presented by their respective official spokespersons, with time for rebuttals and question-and-answer. The forum was well-attended and well-received.</p><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong><font face="Comic Sans MS">---------------------------------------------</font></strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-size&#58;14px;"><font face="comic sans, comic sans ms, cursive"><b>Illinois</b></font></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;">Jennifer DeLeon, Lutehran Adovcacy&#160;– Illinois</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;"></strong><a href="http&#58;//www.lutheranadvocacy.org/" style="color&#58;#569bbe;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;">www.lutheranadvocacy.org​</strong></a>​</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;color&#58;#222222;line-height&#58;19.6px;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;font-size&#58;14px;">&#160;</div><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong><img alt="5.png" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/5.png" style="margin&#58;5px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;left;" />Immigration </strong>was the theme for October. Lutheran Advocacy-IL held an informational workshop on temporary driver's license for immigrants in Wauconda, IL with Messiah Lutheran Church and conducted presentations on immigration at the Metro Chicago Synod interpreters training and at the Metro Chicago Synodical Women's convention.&#160; Lutheran Advocacy-IL is also working with The Illinois Faith Leaders for Immigrant Justice in collecting stickers and Spanish language story bibles for the migrant children's shelter in Chicago. The workshops covered a brief history of US immigration and policy and ways to get involved in advocating for immigration reforms, especially for the migrant refugee children. In Nov. Lutheran Advocacy-IL will cohost two free workshops on Nov 8 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bloomington and on Nov. 15 at Gloria Die Lutheran Church in Downers Grove. </p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong><img alt="6.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/6.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;263px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;right;" />Service</strong>&#58; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) &amp; Lutheran Advocacy-IL invites you to participate in the upcoming Hands@Work event, were we will be &quot;getting our hands dirty,&quot; doing the work of the people of God and making lives better for our neighbors in need. 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The accompanying blessing ceremony and prayers not only lifted up LA-MN and its work, but the work of colleagues and partners. It also helped connect people across what sometimes seem like big divides, as Tammy, LA-MN Director, facilitated introductions between affordable housing advocates and environmental groups doing weatherization, or faith folks with science geeks. </p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong>Clean energy &amp; jobs</strong>&#58; LA-MN is working on a campaign to increase renewable energy standards in Minnesota from 25% by 2025, to 40% by 2030. (This would mostly be through wind, as a later effort will involve increasing solar from 1.5% to 10%). 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These issues resulted in finger pointing from various entities. LEAN became aware of the issue and tried to work a solution but in the end both departments refused to absorb the costs.</p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">LEAN has now involved a state Senator who is willing to amend a bill he has sponsored to rectify the issue and LEAN has promised support during the 2015 session.&#160; LEAN is also working with the Chief Justice on this issue and looks forward to a successful conclusion. 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This new law, in combination with legislation passed earlier this year, means that&#160;nonviolent, low-risk people awaiting trial will no longer have to sit in jail simply because they can't afford to pay their bail. Courts will be able to release nonviolent, low-risk people and focus on dangerous individuals.</p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong>Earned sick days</strong>&#58; Momentum is building for New Jersey to pass legislation that makes it possible for hourly workers to earn 3-5 sick days a year. Recently, 2 additional municipalities passed this type of law, now 7 cities in the state have similar legislation in place. 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The detention center located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center has been detaining refugee mothers and children since this summer. Nearly all of the mothers and their children are from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras and are escaping violence in their home countries. The facility is comprised of multiple temporary buildings and there is little or no privacy for the mothers and children.&#160; </p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">The American Immigration Lawyers Association is working to provide pro bono attorneys to represent the mothers in the legal proceedings that determine whether or not they can be released on bond and join family members living in the United States or be deported by to the violence in their home countries. 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With voters naming education a top priority, we joined more than 40 organizations in <a href="http&#58;//www.lutheranadvocacypa.org/campaign-for-fair-education-launches/">The Campaign for Fair Education Funding</a>. Pa., 1 of only 5 states without a public school funding formula, is increasingly burdening struggling communities and widening the achievement gap between wealthy and poor. </div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">&#160;</div></div><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong>Hunger advocacy</strong>&#58; Pa. Lutherans also stood with 40 organizations to successfully stop SB76, which would have taxed groceries and other necessities in a move to eliminate all property taxes. 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John Nygren from Marinette will share his story about his daughter's heroin addiction, legislation he helped to pass on heroin and the importance of advocacy.&#160; An LSS case manager will connect youth homelessness, trafficking and drug addiction in a brief talk. </p><p style="text-align&#58;left;font-family&#58;verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong>Hunger Issues</strong>&#58; LOPPW endorsed a referendum about whether Wisconsin should take federal money for BadgerCare (Medicaid). LOPPW's director led a forum on hunger issues and advocacy at a church in the South-Central Synod and at a synod-wide event in the Northern Great Lakes Synod. Additionally, the director was part of a forum, Faithful Citizenship, hosted by the Lutheran and Catholic campus ministries at UW-Eau Claire.&#160; On a panel she joined the director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, the Director of the Twin Cities Jewish Government Affairs Program, and the co-founder of an Israeli/Palestinian reconciliation group.&#160;​</p></div></div>11/07/2014Stand against Domestic Violence this Month! Tia Upchurch-Freelove, ELCA Advocacy Director of Communicationshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/103http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/103<div class="ExternalClass4F5DB40414BD4E6C9D90F1E5D0CF77DA"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong>​​&quot; It is not my enemies who taunt me—I could bear that; it is not adversaries who deal insolently with me—I could hide from them. But it is you, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend, with whom I kept pleasant company; we walked in the house of God with the throng.&quot;&#160;</strong></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong>– Psalm 55&#58;12-14&#160;</strong></p><p>This October, as we observe <strong>Domestic Violence Awareness Month</strong>, we are called as a church &quot;into a mission of love and compassion toward all peoples … to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God&quot; <em>(</em><a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Violence_Against_WomenSPR95.pdf">ELCA social policy resolution&#58; &quot;Violence Against Women,&quot; 1995</a><em>). </em>Violence against women is a widespread problem both here in the U.S. and abroad. Around the world, one in three women experience physical, sexual or psychological abuse in their lifetime <em>(</em><a href="http&#58;//www.coe.int/t/dg2/equality/domesticviolencecampaign/Source/PDF_UNIFEM_No_a_minute_more_2003.pdf">UNIFEM report, 2003</a><em>).</em></p><p>We come together as Lutherans to take action by <strong>denouncing and combating the beating, sexual abuse, raping and killing</strong> that threaten the life and safety of women everywhere and by <strong>encouraging greater awareness</strong> among members of our church about all forms of violence that threaten the lives and safety of all women.&#160;</p><p>Here are some important ways you can join Lutherans this month as we learn, engage with one another, spread awareness, and speak out against domestic violence&#58;</p><p><strong></strong></p><p><strong>Learn and Engage&#160;</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Current-Social-Writing-Projects/Gender-Violence"><strong>Learn about the ELCA's draft social message</strong></a> on gender-based violence and help shape this message by sending your feedback​.</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><a href="http&#58;//www.womenoftheelca.org/"><strong>Engage with Women of the ELCA</strong></a> to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. <a href="http&#58;//www.womenoftheelca.org/resources-for-domestic-violence-awareness-month-news-121.php">Learn more about the&#160;work done by Women of the ELCA</a> with the ELCA for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.&#160;</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><a href="http&#58;//www.lutheranservices.org/sites/default/files/u82/LSA_DomesticViolenceServices.pdf"><strong>Find Lutheran service organizations</strong></a> (Lutheran Services in America members) throughout the country that work to address domestic violence and support those who suffer.</li></ul><p><strong>Spread Awareness</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Resources/Justice-for-Women"><strong>Spread awareness in your congregation and community</strong></a> with ELCA Justice for Women Domestic Violence Awareness Month resources.</li></ul><p><strong>Take Action</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><a href="http&#58;//www.capwiz.com/elca/issues/alert/?alertid=63544626"><strong>Take action to end violence against women around the world</strong></a><strong> </strong>by telling Congress to protect women worldwide and pass the International Violence Against Women Act.</li></ul><p>This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we remember those impacted by domestic violence and speak out to end all violence against women! Please join us as we seek to do justice and walk humbly with God.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">​<a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/advocacy">ELCA Advocacy &amp; Lutheran Office for World Community</a></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/justiceforwomen">ELCA Justice for Women</a></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">ELCA Poverty &amp; Justice Ministries</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="http&#58;//www.womenoftheelca.org/">Women of the ELCA</a></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="http&#58;//www.lutheranservices.org/">Lutheran Services in America</a>/ <a href="http&#58;//www.lutheranservices.org/public_policy">LSA Advocacy</a></p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>10/23/2014ELCA State Advocacy Update: October 2014ELCA Advocacyhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/102http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/102<div class="ExternalClass1C1D0989E51A4852B6253F26E0268A30"><div><div><div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><em>Lutherans are taking action across the country!&#160;Below you will find our monthy&#160;State Advocacy Newsletter.&#160;Share with your friends, and&#160;download the document in the </em><a href="https&#58;//drive.google.com/file/d/0B009fXHpAM3ER25HZHFZLThwekU/view"><em>PDF version</em></a><em>! &#160;</em></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><em></em>&#160;<em>---</em></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Washington, D.C. </strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Advocacy Director, Stacy Martin</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/advocacy"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">www.elca.org/advocacy</strong></a></div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><div><strong></strong>&#160;</div><div><strong>​​</strong><img alt="1.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/1.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;150px;height&#58;113px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;right;" /><strong>People’s Climate March</strong> – On Sept. 21, more than 400,000 activists joine​​d together in New York City in what is being called the largest ​climate march in history. The People’s Climate March called on world leaders to support a global climate change agreement and to act on climate change with over 2,700 events in more than 150 countries. In partnership with The Lutheran World Federation, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania, and the Metropolitan New York Synod, hundreds of Lutherans assembled for the march.</div><div><br><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;"><img alt="2.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;150px;height&#58;190px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;left;" /><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">The U.N. 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ELCA Advocacy also joined several other climate <span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">events in New York sponsored by the ACT Alliance, including strategies on addressing climate disasters, which included as a speaker a Lutheran pastor from New Jersey speaking about Superstorm Sandy recovery, and limiting climate change with low-carbon development strategies.</span></div><div><strong></strong>&#160;</div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong>Campaign finance reform</strong> – On Oct. 1, Advocacy Director Rev. Stacy Martin joined a panel of faith leaders, activists and academic experts to discuss the moral and religious dimensions of the question of money in public life and governance. Sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, the conference included speakers such as Kathy Saile, the associate director for government affairs at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and interfaith partners from across the religious spectrum.</span></div><div><strong></strong>&#160;</div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong><img alt="3.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/3.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;150px;height&#58;142px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;left;" />Preparing for midterm elections</strong> – Election Day is one month away, and ELCA Advocacy is sending out resources and guides on how to promote civic engagement in Lutheran congregations throughout the country. The electoral process is one way in which we live out our affirmation of baptism to “serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus,” and “to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” Share our <a href="https&#58;//drive.google.com/file/d/0B009fXHpAM3EMFpkb1Bfc3kzRVk/view">Called to be a Public Church Guide (2014)</a> to learn more about ways you can take action in your community. Tell your friends to “Take the Pledge” by signing our <a href="https&#58;//docs.google.com/forms/d/1Bh9btkNZjZfUElLGss56l12LDlnIrPEC0rLnPH5vhhk/viewform">Voter Pledge Form </a>online, and find more&#160;resources on our <a href="http&#58;//www.capwiz.com/elca/issues/alert/?alertid=63318056">Action Alert Page</a>.​</span></div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><div>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">__________________________________________________________________</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">California</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Mark Carlson, Lutheran Office of Public Policy- CA&#160;​</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="http&#58;//www.loppca.org/"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">www.loppca.org</strong></a></div><div>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><img alt="4.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/4.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;140px;height&#58;105px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;right;" />On Sept. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown completed his review of hundreds of bills passed by the Legislature after completing its two-year session. As attention shifts to direct democracy in the form of ballot propositions, the Lutheran Office of Public Policy–California is disappointed that the DISCLOSE Act, requiring more transparent information on large originalsource funders of ballot measures, did not pass. LOPP-CA is part of developing strategy for the DISCLOSE Act next session. Among other bills of interest signed were measures that dealt with stronger incentives for electric cars in lower and moderate-income communities, groundwater management, equalizing penalties for possession of crack and powder cocaine, a ban on most plastic grocery bags, and a waiver of birth certificate fees for homeless children and youth. </div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><strong>Firearms</strong> – As the ELCA Conference of Bishops participated in a prayer revival in Chicago, LOPP-CA was cheering enactment of a “gun violence restraining order” bill adopted in response to the Santa Barbara</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">tragedy. This bill allows law enforcement and family members to seek a temporary court order removing guns from a person who is a danger to themselves or others. As the election approaches, LOPP-CA is focusing energy on support for a $7.5 billion water bond and Prop. 47, a criminal sentencing reform initiative supported by the PICO community organizing network and many other community and civil rights groups, seeking remedies for mass incarceration and “The New Jim Crow” racial disparities.</div><div>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">__________________________________________________________________</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Colorado</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry – Colorado </strong><a href="http&#58;//www.lam-co.org/"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">www.lam-co.org</strong></a><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;"> </strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong><img alt="5.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/5.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;209px;height&#58;117px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;left;" /></strong></span><strong>Hunger </strong>– The Hunger Free Colorado Summit took place on </span>Sept. 8, featuring Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus and NETWORK, the Roman Catholic social justice</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">organization. Her exhortation about developing a social</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">justice “for the 100 percent” was powerful and resonant.</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">LAM-CO has been connecting more intentionally with campus</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">ministry groups. Director Peter Severson visited both</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">University of Colorado-Boulder and Colorado State University</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">this past month. Additionally, the Strengthening Colorado</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">Families &amp; Communities Summit took place in Keystone on Sept. 15-16, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Human Services-Office of Early Childhood. LAM-CO was able to participate in several</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">discussions around the formation of a Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Plan for 2015-2020.</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><strong></strong>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong></strong></span></span><strong>Transportation </strong>– LAM-CO has been partnering with Iliff School of Theology and the Office of the Auditor</span></div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">for the City of Denver to oppose the Colorado Department of Transportation’s proposal to widen Interstate</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">70 in vulnerable community areas in north Denver. A meeting with Iliff faculty and students and community representatives has led to the creation of a faith community petition that will be delivered to CDOT in response to the Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The Rocky Mountain Synod Theological Conference (Sept. 22-25 in Colorado Springs) led to great networking with pastors, ministers and other leaders in the synod. Congregations have been faithfully supporting Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Colorado and New Mexico for 30 years!​</span></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><br>__________________________________________________________________</div><div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Minnesota</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Tammy Walhof, Lutheran Advocacy – Minnesota&#160;</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="mailto&#58;tammy@lcppm.org"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">tammy@lcppm.org</strong></a><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;"> </strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><div>&#160;</div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong>New name</strong> – Lutheran Advocacy – Minnesota replaces Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota (LCPPM) as our name. The Policy Council voted unanimously for the change, and feedback on the new name has been very positive from partners, supporters, participants and others.&#160;</span></div></div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong></strong>&#160;</span></div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong>Legislative policy development</strong> – Tammy continues to be deeply involved in the policy shaping process with the Homes for All Coalition. She is also active with A Minnesota Without Poverty, which has just started thinking about policy options and directions for the 2015 session. The Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign narrowed their focus to two policy objectives for 2015. Tammy is thinking about the materials needed for Lutheran churches to be ready for the key objective, focused on improving the Minnesota Clean Energy standard to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.</span></div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong></strong>&#160;</span></div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong>Education and awareness raising</strong> – Tammy has been working closely with the Minneapolis Area Synod and the Alliance for Sustainability to find leaders to build a synod chapter of Lutherans Restoring Creation.and is beginning outreach for a similar St. Paul effort. On Sept. 30, Dr. David Rhoads came to the Twin Cities and met with potential leaders for LRC. Tammy has been in various churches talking about the key themes of hunger, poverty, care of creation and advocacy.</span></div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong></strong>&#160;</span></div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">Communications/administration</strong><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"> – We are deep into the process of rebranding, building our “new” website</span>, and making lots of administrative processes work better. The new office is almost completely furnished now with cubicles and a welcoming area for partners to gather.</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><br>__________________________________________________________________&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;">​<span style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;"><strong>New Mexico</strong></span></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;"><strong>Ruth Hoffman, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry – New Mexico&#160;</strong></span></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="http&#58;//www.lutheranadvocacynm.org/"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;"><strong>www.lutheranadvocacynm.org</strong></span></a></div><div><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;"></strong>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong>Poverty and Hunger Coalition</strong> – Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico has been an active partner in the newly created Interfaith Hunger Coalition as a part of the advocacy committee by helping to organize several gatherings in the Albuquerque area with coalition members and candidates for election to the New Mexico House of Representatives. The gatherings were opportunities for coalition members to express their concern about the unacceptably high rates of hunger and poverty in New Mexico and to engage in&#160;conversation with the candidates about how to address the situation. Eight candidates attended the gatherings, which took place at Albuquerque congregations. Ruth Hoffman, LAM-NM director, also spoke about state public policies that would help address poverty and hunger at a recent education workshop sponsored by the Coalition at Holy Rosary Catholic Community.</span></div><div style="text-align&#58;left;">&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong>Food stamps </strong></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">– In mid-September, Ruth traveled to southern New Mexico and testified before the interim Legislative Health and Human Services Committee in opposition to increased work requirements for</span> SNAP recipients proposed by the state Human Services Department. She also spoke in opposition to the proposed rule changes at a public hearing that was attended by at least 100 people. At the hearing, Ruth also spoke on behalf of the New Mexico Conference of Churches. 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The visits were made powerful by the presence of one mother, accompanied by the Rev. Matthew Lenahan, who shared how a Lutheran congregation in Lancaster County is walking with her as she struggles with homelessness. Collaborating with the Lower Susquehanna Synod on a food drive/hunger advocacy project, LAMPa accompanied youth motivated by a synod retreat themed “Hungry” to participate in the “Can Hunger” event at the capitol, where they spoke with the leader of the legislative hunger caucus.</span></div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong></strong>&#160;</span></div><div><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><img alt="7.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/7.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;150px;height&#58;113px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;right;" />On the road</strong><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"> – LAMPa staff participated in Bishops convocations in the Allegheny and Lower Susquehanna synods, the launch of a hunger team in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, a Lutherans Restoring Creation and training in the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod and the People’s Climate March in New York City. We conducted our biennial survey to establish LAMPa’s agenda for the next legislative term. The results showed education and health care to be top priorities after hunger </span>and were analyzed at our policy council retreat.</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><br>__________________________________________________________________</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Virginia</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Marco Grimaldo, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy <a href="http&#58;//www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org/">www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org</a> </strong></div><div><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;"><br></strong><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">Civic engagement</strong><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"> – The fall continues to be a busy time for educational forums and advocacy training in Virginia. We are also encouraging in-district meetings with legislators in advance of the January legislative session. Most recently we have been offered programs in Charlottesville and Roanoke that allow the immigrant community to better understand their rights and engage decision-makers including local law enforcement in productive discussions about their community. We have also been part of a growing minimum-wage campaign for raising the wage both in Virginia and at the federal level.</span></div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong></strong>&#160;</span></div><div><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">Health </strong><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">– Our health care work continues even though there has been no agreement on Medicaid. Small numbers of local leaders join us each Monday for our Moral Monday call for Medicaid, and it continues to be a great way to muster solidarity. As we prepare for the next assembly, we will prepare to also work on legislation related to health equity and network adequacy that can help make sure that low-income and underserved communities</span>, which may already be covered, get the health care that they need with reasonable access.</div><div>Our policy priorities have been revised for the year ahead, and we also have a new website so Virginians can better follow our efforts and download the resources they need. We have background papers and talking points on each of our top priorities as a way to jump start those campaigns. Visit us at <a href="http&#58;//www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org/">www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org</a>.</div></div><div>&#160;</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><div>__________________________________________________________________</div><div><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">​Washington</strong></div></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Paul Benz, Faith Action Network&#160;</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;"><a href="http&#58;//www.fanwa.org/">www.fanwa.org</a> </strong></div><div><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;"><br></strong><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><img alt="8.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Advocay/AllItems/8.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;160px;height&#58;107px;vertical-align&#58;auto;float&#58;left;" />Promoting advocacy </strong><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">– Faith Action Network’s 15 geographic clusters convened to discuss effective types of advocacy efforts in faith communities in Washington, share FAN updates, and talk about future collaborations. Meanwhile, ongoing meetings with state legislators and members of congress continued. This month FAN met with multiple legislators, including the state House Republican leader, state Senate Democratic leader and her district House member, and a federal House member meeting with members of an African American Baptist church. FAN is also currently getting ready for our Annual Dinner on Nov. 16 where local philanthropist and travel guide speaker Rick Steves will speak on the importance of faith-based advocacy. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has also been invited.</span></div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong></strong>&#160;</span></div><div><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">Upcoming election and the ballot</strong><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"> – FAN has coordinated and sponsored three candidate forums with three more to go. The forums are focusing on state legislative races with each one having three questions coming from FAN – of which one is always on hunger and poverty. Average attendance has been 50. FAN continues be the statewide faith organization coordinating support for Initiative 594 (mandating universal background checks for gun sales). A Faith March to the Ballot Box will </span>occur on Sunday, Oct. 19, in Seattle – local marches/vigils will be encouraged. Two forums on preventing gun violence were sponsored jointly by ELCA Southwestern Washington Synod Bishop Rick Jaech and FAN.</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><br>__________________________________________________________________</div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Wisconsin</strong></div><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;,&quot;comic sans ms&quot;,cursive;">Cindy Crane, Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin <a href="http&#58;//www.loppw.org/">www.loppw.org</a> </strong></div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;comic sans&quot;, &quot;comic sans ms&quot;, cursive;"><strong></strong></span>&#160;</div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong>Poverty</strong></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"> – With secular and faith partners, LOPPW will endorse a referendum on whether Wisconsin should take federal dollars for Badger Care on the November ballot in 20 Wisconsin counties. Although the vote cannot determine a change, it provides an opportunity for citizens to voice concern about 87,000 residents unnecessarily going without health care. LOPPW will work on an op-ed and additional ways to promote a Vote Yes on BadgerCare Nov. 4th campaign initiated by Citizen Action Wisconsin. On Nov. 8, LOPPW will lead a summit on poverty for the Northern Great Lakes Synod in Marinette. </span><a href="http&#58;//www.loppw.org/files/2014/10/Poverty-Summit.pdf"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">Click here to see the flyer​</span></a><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">!&#160;&#160;</span></div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong></strong>&#160;</span></div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong>Sex trafficking</strong> – LOPPW is starting a campaign to pass a Safe Harbor Bill. Recently Women of the ELCA leaders led a workshop with a PPT created by Cherish All Children’s (CAC’s) director and LOPPW’s director in the Northwest Synod. Our new CAC/LOPPW advocacy group will meet for a second time in October with additional members and discussion about how to further include Women of ELCA and involve congregations.</span></div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong></strong>&#160;</span></div><div><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><strong>Upcoming events</strong> –</span></div><ul><li><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;segoe ui&quot;,&quot;segoe&quot;,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">Advocacy and Hunger workshop at synod-wide event in Marquette, Mich</span>. – Oct. 11.<br></li><li>​The director will be the Lutheran representative on a panel at an event hosted by Catholic and Lutheran campus ministries&#58; “Faithful Citizenship&#58; A Christian Perspective on Voting and Political Involvement” on Oct. 21 at UW-Eau Claire</li></ul><strong>Federal</strong> – This month, LOPPW will set a plan to build awareness and advocacy on the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act, the EPA rule on carbon dioxide emissions, and other federal issues related to environment. Additionally, LOPPW’s director was at a third 2015 Advocacy Day planning committee meeting organized by the Wisconsin Council of Churches.</span></div></span></div></div></div></div></div>10/09/2014Living Earth Reflections: This month we march out of love for our neighbors and God’s earthMary Minette, Director of Environmental Advocacyhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/101http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAAdvocay/101<div class="ExternalClass82CE84F268C44CFF9809C53A62333BC9"><p><em>​&quot;Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.&quot;</em></p><p>Hebrews 12&#58;1</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">On September 21, 2014, hundreds of thousands – perhaps even millions – of people are expected to gather in New York City for what may be the largest march to date on climate change.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">During the upcoming <a href="http&#58;//peoplesclimate.org/">People's Climate March​</a>, marchers will be asking global leaders, who will meet at the United Nations later that week, to take this issue seriously and to pledge themselves to action on this critical issue that threatens our children's future and the future of God's creation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I'm planning to be there, along with thousands of other people of faith, because I see climate change as a threat to the future of God's creation and the lives of all those to come. God created the earth and called on us to take care of it and</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Jesus called on us to care for our neighbors, whoever and wherever they may be.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Stewardship and love of neighbor demand that we act on climate change&#58; ours is the first generation to feel the impacts of a changing climate in the form of more extreme weather and rising sea levels, and ours is the last generation with a chance to do something to stop it.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">When I first heard about the march, I was skeptical--I struggled with the idea of thousands of people traveling to New York, emitting carbon into the atmosphere, for a single day's event.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">But we are at a critical moment on a critical issue, and maybe this march will mark a beginning. My hope is that this will be the day that turns the tide and changes the hearts and minds of the cloud of witnesses that surround us, and marks the new beginning we need if we are to protect God's creation for our children and their children.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">This past week </span><a href="http&#58;//www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/science/earth/greenhouse-gas-emissions-are-growing-and-growing-more-dangerous-draft-of-un-report-says.html?_r=0" style="line-height&#58;1.6;">the New York Times</a><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> reported that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group of scientists that periodically comes together to report on the latest science on climate change, will release the final part of its Fifth Assessment report next month. For the first time, this report will include the word &quot;irreversible.&quot;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The draft report outlines a sobering reality – unless all countries act very soon and very deliberately to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, some of the worst predictions of prior reports will occur; melting ice sheets in the Arctic will raise sea levels by as much as 23 feet, global production of staple grains will see significant drops, and extreme weather events such as heat waves and flooding rains will happen with increased frequency.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">In the face of these sobering predictions, some may lose hope.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Some may continue to deny, saying it will never happen, believing that it can never happen.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">But we are people of faith and hope, and we know that we can change our ways, and we can prepare for this challenging future.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">And so we march, before the great cloud of witnesses, to demonstrate God's love and hope for each of us and for the world.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">We march, marked by the cross, saved by grace, out of love for our neighbors and God's earth.</span></p><div style="color&#58;#000000;font-family&#58;verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size&#58;10px;"><span data-mce-style="font-family&#58; verdana, geneva; font-size&#58; 13px;" style="font-family&#58;verdana, geneva;font-size&#58;13px;">If you would like to join us in the People's Climate March, you can sign up on our&#160;<a href="https&#58;//docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZDZfUCjUixSXloai1UiC-Zh4Bvp6BdWRarm37Vt4qPA/viewform?edit_requested=true" data-mce-href="https&#58;//docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZDZfUCjUixSXloai1UiC-Zh4Bvp6BdWRarm37Vt4qPA/viewform?edit_requested=true">ELCA Google Form</a>!&#160;</span></div><div style="color&#58;#000000;font-family&#58;verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size&#58;10px;"><span data-mce-style="font-family&#58; verdana, geneva; font-size&#58; 13px;" style="font-family&#58;verdana, geneva;font-size&#58;13px;"><br></span></div><div style="color&#58;#000000;font-family&#58;verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size&#58;10px;"><div style="text-align&#58;center;"><span data-mce-style="font-family&#58; verdana, geneva; font-size&#58; 13px;" style="font-family&#58;verdana, geneva;font-size&#58;13px;"><span data-mce-style="font-family&#58; verdana, geneva; font-size&#58; 13px;"></span></span><span data-mce-style="font-family&#58; verdana, geneva; font-size&#58; 13px;" style="font-family&#58;verdana, geneva;font-size&#58;13px;"></span><em style="font-family&#58;verdana, geneva;font-size&#58;13px;">Want to learn more about ELCA’s commitment to advocating for public policy that&#160;supports the care for creation? 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The delegation will also attend an <a href="http&#58;//interfaithclimate.org/">Interfaith Summit</a> that is being organized by the World Council of Churches and Religions for Peace September 21-22, 2014. The main goal is to mobilize action and ambition on climate change and garner support for climate change agreement by 2015. Lutheran&#160;World&#160;Federation Youth will host a one-hour fasting vigil parallel to the Ban Ki-moon Summit September 23, 2014 at 1-2pm EST. Please join in reflection and prayer wherever you are. Join the <a href="http&#58;//www.fastfortheclimate.org/"><strong>www.fastfortheclimate.org</strong></a>.</p><p>In addition to this, the UN will also hold the <a href="http&#58;//wcip2014.org/">World Conference</a> on Indigenous Peoples on 22-23 September 2014. </p><p>The ELCA Washington Office is also working with the ACT Alliance to help plan a day of side events on climate change issues on September 24th, and LOWC and ELCA Washington staff will attend the Religions for the Earth conference at Union Theological Seminary the weekend before the summit along with other global interfaith leaders.</p><p><strong>People's Climate March in New York</strong></p><p>Plans are underway for what is expected to be the largest march in history on climate change in New York City on the weekend preceding the UN Climate Summit.&#160; The ELCA Washington Office is working with the Metro New York Synod to support Lutherans attending the march. If you have plans to go, please let our office know and we will keep you informed of meeting places on the day of the march and other events.&#160; Fill out our <a href="https&#58;//docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZDZfUCjUixSXloai1UiC-Zh4Bvp6BdWRarm37Vt4qPA/viewform?edit_requested=true">google form​</a> for Lutheran march participants!</p></div>08/29/2014