Steps Toward Social Justice
This page is a central place for church members interested in social justice to find information on upcoming events and gatherings.
Helping home owners and renters come together in successful home-sharing matches
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Metro HomeShare helps Home Providers stabilize and retain their housing, while offering access to affordable rent or services to Home Seekers. Please click HERE to learn more about it.
The following are steps to supported the plan created by Street Root’s for a new system of first responders – teams of firefighter-EMTs and peer support specialists with training in de-escalation who can respond with compassion to 911 calls about people struggling with homelessness and behavioral health crises.
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.