VOICES ORGANIZED IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT FRAMEWORK OF
These are the areas to which our work is limited. They have come from the stories of people in our member congregations and have been shaped by the religious traditions that call us to seek justice.
Our religious traditions call us to "honor your father and mother," not throw them away when they are no longer economically viable. Our seniors need adequate food, shelter, and access to dependable transportation. Programs that serve these needs must be funded adequately and demonstrate accountability to the well-being of their charges.
Our neighborhoods must be safe places for children, their families, and our seniors. We need sidewalks and safety.
As our nation struggles to come up with an immigration policy that protects our borders and addresses current needs, our Metro-area focus will be protecting immigrants from local abuses.
Public transportation must work for families, especially children going to and from school, adults who rely on it as their nsole means to and from employment, and seniors who become isolated once they are no longer able to drive. Improved schedules and routes are essential.
We seek better access and more affordable health care, both physical and mental. We are committed to educating ourselves about ever-changing health care policies and understanding and implementing strategies that will work mroe effectively for families on the local community level.
Our families want to identify the best opportunities for jobs that will support them without assistance. We want to make existing jobs better and work to improve job training programs.
Families have taken on increasing levels of risk and responsibility; when extraordinary circumstances occur, they must have support. We need adequate programs for mental health, domestic violence, drug rehabilitation, special needs, and support for families of returning military personnel.
PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION
Our children must receive high-quality education in a safe environment; our teachers must be supported, made to feel safe, and provided with optimum classroom environments.
We propose to examine the laws and structures that make our state the number one incarcerator of omen and act together so that we can reclaim women and men and reintegrate them back into our families and the greater community.
Capitol Hill Church of the Nazarene, Cathedral of our
Lady of Perpetual Help, Church of the Open Arms United
Church of Christ, Divine Wisdom Worship Center, East Sixth
street Christ Church (Disciples of Christ), Epworth United
Methodist Church, fairview Missionary Baptist Church,
Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, Holy Angels Catholic
Church, Holy Temple Baptist Church, Latino Community
Development Agency, Leland Clegg United Methodist Church,
Mayflower Congregational Church United Church of Christ,
Mustard Seed Development Corporation, oscar Romero
Cahtolic Worker House, Rockwood Elementary School, Skyline
Urban Ministry, St Ambrose Ministries of St Monica
Catholic Church, St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, St
Eugene Catholic Church, St Patrick Catholic Church, Taft
Middle School, First Unitarian Church.