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Create Awareness, Advocate and Act for Justice

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The issues are everywhere and you are ready to get informed and to take positive action. This page is dedicated to ways that you can get involved.  Have some suggestions of your own?  Please email Mary Niebler.

Interested in learning about opportunities to put your faith into action through community engagement and social justice advocacy opportunities?  Sign up to receive our weekly Ways to Engage Newsletter!  Sent out every Tuesday, Ways to Engage will provide you with a list of timely opportunities to get involved in your local Dayton community. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.

Care for God's Creation

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The bishops of Ohio have supported advocacy of a critical piece of environmental legislation. HB 389 - The Energy Efficiency Bill - will restore incentives offered by utilities for energy efficiency. You can read a bit more about the current state of the bill below. We encourage you to contact your elected OH House members and let them know you believe in improving Ohio's energy use, and this is a great step toward achieving this goal.

Sponsored by Representatives Seitz (R) & Leland (D) The bill has had three committee hearings and passed unanimously out of committee in Nov. 2021. It is awaiting house leadership to call a floor vote. This bill will restore incentives offered by utilities for energy efficiency. It is a more modest version of the efficiency program canceled in 2019 by HB 6. It has widespread support although some are critical for level of compensation included for utilities to operate programs.

Capital Punishment

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Ohio Death Penalty Update - 2/23/2021

Currently, a bipartisan group of Ohio legislators supports repeal of Ohio's death penalty. This is great news on the road to a more consistent ethic of life in Ohio.  

Equal Justice USA and OTSE (Ohioans to Stop Executions) have an action to take to contact your Ohio legislators, asking them to support this bill. Click here to act. You'll be asked for your street address and Zip code and they will produce three emails (state rep, state senator, governor) for you to customize and send.

 

Catholic Mobilizing Network

Please join the Catholic Mobilizing Network for virtual prayer vigils and other programs. 

More information and links to the events.

Gun Violence

"It'll take us all giving up a small chunk of time every few days to win these elections. You can do this as an event for your group as well! No matter where you live now, if we allow Ohio legislators to get away with making our schools more dangerous the effects will be felt nationwide -- I'm going all in to ensure we elect gun sense candidates in Ohio and I hope you'll join me."    Jay- Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

For more information about Students Demand Action, visit https://studentsdemandaction.org/

Hunger

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Hunger and Covid

In these uncertain times, many are at risk of hunger.  Ambassador Tony Hall, as Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger, wrote to Senate and Congressional leaders calling for a 15% boost to the SNAP, as well as an increase in the minimum benefit from $16 to $30 and a cessation of administrative rules decreasing eligibility and benefits for hungry individuals and families during the crisis. Now is the time to urge your senators to support SNAP (food stamps) benefits for those most vulnerable.

Ohio contacts are: Senator Sherrod Brown email Share Your Thoughts | U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio or call (202) 224-2315. Email Senator Rob Portman or call 202-224-3353. 

If you would like to contact your senator in your home state (not Ohio), find their information here.

For more information about ways to increase food security in Ohio, visit the Hall Hunger Initiative online.

Immigration

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The US Conference of Catholic Bishops advocates for immigrants and refugees through its Justice for Immigrants program. There is always legislative action that can use your voice! 

Peace and Disarmament

Intersections of Faith and Advocacy: A Focus on Peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine

Please join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP 1835) in a free, half-day webinar on November 14th entitled "Intersections of Faith and Advocacy:   A Focus on Peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine" 

More information and registration can be found on their website.

Racial Justice

BREATHE Act

Please join organizations across the country such as the Movement for Black Lives and Faith in Public Life Action in asking your Congresspeople to co-sponsor the BREATHE Act.  

The BREATHE Act’s promise is simple: take money from systems of punishment and surveillance that disproportionately harm Black communities and invest in infrastructure that supports growth, learning and equity. We can create a moral budget when we fund schools, affordable housing, culturally competent mental health care and support for people who use drugs. Right now we have the chance to protect our environment, create and sustain community jobs and value the labor of all workers.

We cannot hold our breath any longer waiting for white supremacy to dismantle itself. We must act with the courage of our convictions to demand a future free from anti-Blackness, racist policing, the school-to-prison pipeline and mass incarceration. Building a multiracial coalition of support for the BREATHE Act is a first step. Visit https://breatheact.org/ for more information. 

Watch, Listen, Learn, Act and Pray

Racism is on the minds of a lot of people right now. We have adapted a resource that you can use by yourself or with a small faith community that includes videos, podcasts, readings, ideas for action, and prayers that could help in becoming an anti-racist. In adapting this from the Mercy Volunteer Corps, we added a number of items created by members of the UD and Marianist families.

Take the Anti-Racism Challenge

CONTACT

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
937.229.2524
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