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Steps Toward Social Justice

This page will be a central place for church members interested in social justice to find information on upcoming events and gatherings. Lately, St. Andrew's members have been involved in movements such as the Poor People's Campaign. More information coming soon!


Say NO to Portland's Participation in the JTTF!

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Join Commissioner Hardesty and community advocates for a rally followed by the Portland City Council vote to withdraw Portland from the Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

Former Mayor & Police Chief Tom Potter pulled Portland out of the JTTF in 2005 due to concerns about the lack of oversight and transparency in this secretive agreement. Now it's time to withdraw once again. As the ACLU of Oregon states: 

"Now, under a president who targets people based on their religion (Muslims), national origin (immigrants), and political beliefs (protesters, Black Lives Matter), it is more important than ever to stop participating in the federal government's dragnet surveillance and spy program.

The FBI and ICE, the biggest players in the Joint Terrorism Task Force, regularly engage in profiling and surveillance that is prohibited under Oregon law. Portland Police officers simply cannot comply with Oregon law while also operating as deputized JTTF agents. Furthermore, these officers operate without local oversight, as neither their supervisors, the city attorney, nor the mayor have the security clearance needed to monitor their work."

ASL Interpretation will be provided. and you can RSVP by clicking here!


End No-Cause Evictions and Cap Rent Increases!

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We all need a safe, stable place to call home. Rising rents are continuing to push many Oregonians—especially members of the LGBTQ community, people of color and our aging neighbors—out of their homes.

Senate Bill 608 would cap rent increases and put an end to no-cause evictions! 

Can you send them a quick message asking them to support Senate Bill 608?

By ending no-cause evictions and stopping extreme rent increases, we can continue to break down the system of discrimination and inequality that continues to hold us back!

Let your legislators know you want them to take action NOW to protect housing stability for the 40% of Oregonian households who rent their homes by passing SB 608!


Help Oregon Lead the Way in Ending Sexual Harassment in the Workplace!

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Following the bravery of survivors sharing their stories through movements like Time’s Up and Me Too, Oregon’s lawmakers will soon consider the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act, which would change our state’s law to protect workers through the following methods:

  • Prevents employers from asking for nondisclosure agreements that relate to discrimination at the time of hiring, and during settlement and severance negotiations.

  • Prevents employers from requesting provisions that prevent the rehiring of previously discriminated-against employees during settlement agreements.

  • Extends Statute of Limitations for discrimination in employment situations to seven years. 

  • Creates Individual Liability for owners, president and corporate officer when sexual harassment has occurred and goes unaddressed.

  • Directs BOLI to create policies and procedures for employers/employees that relate to sexual harassment.

  • Ensures that where employers have made a good faith determination that harassment has occurred, any severance given to the harasser, if an executive, is rendered unenforceable.

Stories of workplace sexual harassment and discrimination are going to be a critical step in passing the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act. Our lawmakers need to understand the reality of the lived experience of survivors.  

If you are willing and able to do so, you can submit a secure (and anonymous if prefered) story via AFL-CIO's online tool
 by clicking here.


Lobby and Advocate for Advancing Civil Rights in Oregon!

Join the ACLU in Salem on Presidents Day – Monday, February 18 – to make your voices heard during our 2019 Lobby Day! ACLU staff, members, and supporters from throughout Oregon will convene at the Capitol Building to meet with their state legislators to advance immigrant rights, juvenile justice reform, district attorney accountability, privacy in technology, and other important civil rights and civil liberties issues at stake during this legislative session!

Click Here to RSVP for the 2019 Lobby Day with ACLU!

Let us know if you’d like help getting there – we’re chartering buses with stops in Portland, Tigard, and Eugene, and connecting carpoolers – and let us know if you have any accessibility or allergy concerns. Help the ACLU advance a pro-civil rights and pro-civil liberties agenda at a time where we need it most!


Join EMO for Interfaith Advocacy Lobby Day!

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Monday, March 4, 2019, Registration begins at 7:45, program from 9 am- 4pm

Registration & Morning Session: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem OR Afternoon Session: Oregon State Capitol

Click Here to Register to Attend!

Join with concerned people of many faiths from around the state for “Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities.” Attend issue briefings and workshops on advocating for compassionate legislation on climate, criminal justice, health care, housing, hunger and immigration. Lunch will be provided and together we will march to the State Capitol to make our faith voice heard in meetings with our state legislators!


Join Portland Jobs with Justice for the 17th Annual Faith Labor Breakfast!

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You are invited to gather with workers and local faith leaders as we break bread, hear powerful stories, and sing out in celebration for workers' rights victories!

Click here to get your tickets today!


Raise a Moral Voice in Support of LGBTQ Oregonians!

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for our 2019 Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 5 in Salem! This full-day action is an opportunity to speak directly with state lawmakers and advocate for LGBTQ justice. 

Our central focus this year is to pass Adi's Act, a law that would provide much needed resources to schools across Oregon to prevent youth suicide. In addition, we will continue advocating for Paid Family Medical Leave, Revenue Reform, Drivers Cards for Undocumented Oregonians, and much more.

Carpools, child care, and leadership opportunities are all available! 

Register now for Basic Rights Oregon's 2019 Lobby Day


Demand Chase Bank and Wells Fargo to stop working with ICE! #familiesbelongtogether

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While professing respect for human rights, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase continue to fund GEO Group and CoreCivic; the biggest operators of private prisons and immigrant detention centers.

Sign this petition to let Jamie Dimon (Chase) and Timothy Sloan (Wells) know that their customers and potential customers are not afraid to align our money with our values. If Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase don’t take action, we will -- by pledging to, and/or encouraging others to, break up with Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase and switch to banks that actually respect our communities instead!


Learn about the Injustice of Oregon's Death Penalty!

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Join us for a discussion on the Death Penalty following the above documentary!

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2-4 PM

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Great Hall

1624 NW Hancock St., Portland 97212

Presented by 

Ron Steiner, Chief Organizer

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Co-sponsored by:

Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice


Join us for the 17th Annual Faith Labor Breakfast!

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You are invited to gather with workers and local faith leaders as we break bread, hear powerful stories, and sing out in celebration for workers' rights victories!

You can purchase tickets here, and also register to share the event oh Facebook as well!


Show your Support for Continued Funding for the Portland United Against Hate Coalition

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Wednesday, January 16, 3-4 pm, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd floor

Learn about the impact that PUAH has had in its first 15 months of operation and show your support for funding the community facing organizations that are training Active Bystanders, serving targets of hate violence and securing reliable data to show the true breadth of the hate crisis in our area!


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Contact Your Legislator to Urge Support for Stable Homes for all Oregonians!

Help us lift a moral voice in support of the residents of Milwaukie!

Milwaukie should be a place where everyone can find safe, secure, affordable housing at every income level. But unfortunately that’s not true. It’s been nearly two years since the city of Milwaukie declared a housing emergency. Since then the community continues to struggle with high rents and no-cause evictions. 

Hard working people can’t find affordable housing. Families are losing their homes though extreme rent increases and no-cause evictions. Hundreds of children are homeless. In other cities, when a landlord makes big rent increases or evicts people without cause, they are required to pay a relocation fee. This common sense protection means that people who lose their homes through no fault of their own have basic resources to help them relocate. Click here to complete the form and contact your elected official today!


Support a Just  Solution to Portland's Housing Crisis! Join Compassionate Change!

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Compassionate Change District Portland is a consortium backed by 21 local groups who have come up with a kind, democratic and workable plan that is a stark contrast to the Enhanced Service District model of increased security patrols and "sweeps" currently adopted by downtown merchants.

Sleeping on the streets threatens our houseless neighbors’ personal safety, health, and their ability to work or get an education. And for businesses, the housing emergency creates tensions over trash, waste, sidewalk obstructions, and more.

There are many solutions. Not all are created equal.  A deeply flawed fix is heading for a Portland City Council vote on January 17. This proposal has had no input by the majority of communities involved: the houseless, renters, and homeowners. The Central Eastside Industrial Council will ask permission to create an Enhanced Service District to run private security patrols and street cleanups.

Click here to sign a letter to the Mayor and City Council in support of the holistic approach that 21 local groups support!

Stay tuned for the time of the City Council meeting on Thursday January 17 when you can show up in opposition to the ESD proposal and support of Compassionate Change.


Register and Save the Date for the Oregon Interfaith Advocacy Day!

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Monday, March 4, 2019 - Registration begins at 7:45, program from 9 am- 4pm

Registration & Morning Session: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem Afternoon Session: Oregon State Capitol

Click here to sign up to join with concerned people of many faiths from around the state for “Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities.” Attend issue briefings and workshops on advocating for compassionate legislation on climate, criminal justice, health care, housing, hunger and immigration. Lunch will be provided and together we will march to the State Capitol to make our faith voice heard in meetings with our state legislators. We provide talking points and make all necessary appointments for you!


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Join the Fair Shot for All Coalition and Support these Critical initiatives in the 2019 Legislative session!

Click Here to to join us and call on Oregon lawmakers to support a fair shot for all!

Investing in our Future

By fixing our broken tax structure, we can level the playing field, address inequality and create

economic opportunity for all Oregonians

Access to the Care We Need

By ensuring all workers can afford to take time away from their jobs to care for their loved ones, paid family and medical leave insurance will make families more financially stable.

Stable Homes for Families

By ending no-cause evictions and stabilizing rents, we can create more economically stable and diverse communities.

Equal Access to Justice

By ensuring everyone has equal access to legal representation, we can protect the constitutional right to a fair trial.

Fairness and Opportunity for Immigrant Families

By removing unnecessary challenges for immigrant families, we can expand economic opportunity and ensure no Oregonian lives in constant fear of being harassed or detained.

The digital toolkit will tell you everything you need to know about all of these initiatives.

Sign the petition to affirm your support for this agenda on page 5 of the tool kit and sign up for the upcoming Legislative Activist Summit on January 19 here:

Register for the Fair Shot Activist Summit by Clicking Here!

Where you will:

  • learn more about the work to advance racial, gender, and class justice in Oregon

  • learn more about the legislative process,

  • attend workshops for each policy priority,

  • get plugged into each of the campaigns,

  • meet other activists from around the state!

Save the date for these important hearings connected to the Fair Shot agenda! 

Hate Crime and Discrimination Listening Session

January 7th at 6pm

Unite Oregon: 700 N Killingsworth, Portland, Or

Hate-motivated crimes are a growing phenomenon in Oregon. Please join us to share your story about how you have faced hate-motivated incidents or been a victim of profiling. Your voice will support a hate crimes bill that better reflects the needs for protections of our communities.

Lift Every Voice Oregon

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 6 pm

2710 NE 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Join this rally for Lift Every Voice Oregon at Augustana Lutheran Church as the movement to pass bans of assault weapons and large capacity magazines works to move these issues forward in the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session.

Tell Congress to Advance Funding Cuts for ICE to #DefundHate and to Protect Asylum!

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Dial 1-844-332-6361 and follow instructions to connect you with your Member of Congress. Sample script and details here!

Click here to sign-on to a call on the administration to respond with humanitarian relief rather than brute force, and to protect/preserve the asylum process!


Poor People’s Campaign Art Exhibit

On display in the Narthex: You might notice some new artwork hanging in the narthex when you come to church on Sunday. This is an exciting exhibit of twenty-five prints by twenty-four artists that were created for the Poor People’s Campaign. The Poor People’s Campaign is a “national call for moral revival” and is the renewal of a movement initiated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others over 50 years ago.  Most prints will be for sale based on a sliding-scale in order to assure accessibility for a range of incomes, while six prints will be up for silent auction. All proceeds from the sales of these artworks will directly benefit the Poor People’s Campaign.

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Please fill out the form below to RSVP, suggest opportunities, or ask a question.

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