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Justice and Advocacy Program

We are the advocacy and public policy arm of the The Lehigh Conference of Churches. The purpose of the LCC Justice and Advocacy Committee (J&AC) is to engage advocates for justice in meaningful, theologically-based discussion which may lead to public statements or action. Through the Justice and Advocacy Network, we invite churches, church committees and individuals to partner with us and each other in addressing social justice issues of concern to the local community.

The LCC focus areas are Hunger, Homelessness/Housing, At-Risk Youth, and Mental Health. From time to time, J&AC organizes local workshops on justice issues, such as our annual Food/Hunger workshops in partnership with Bread for the World each spring; and fall workshops on immigration reform (2007), Health Care (2008), Homelessness (2009), Jobs, Workers, & Economics (2010), the Growing Economic Divide (2011), Affordable Housing (2012), and Criminal Justice / Restorative Practices (2013, 2014).

We have also organized several informal gatherings "Congregations in Mission: Finding Common Causes" for missions/outreach/social concerns committee members from different congregations to get acquainted with each other and to form new partnerships where there are common interests.

State of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America

January 17th, 2017


United for a Fair Economy has released the fourteenth annual State of the Dream report which features reflections from leaders and advocates that are fighting inequalities everyday, and contains a short, accessible snapshot of where we are as nation on the topics of wages, wealth, health, housing, immigration, and LGBT inclusion. ( See www.faireconomy.org/dream17 )

Hoodie Rally

January 17th, 2017

Hoodie Rally

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2:00pm
Payrow Plaza (Bethlehem City Hall), 10 E. Church Street
Wear a hoodie and rally in memory of Travon Martin and in the hope of a safer future for young men of color.
(See www.mcclv.org/events.html )

Campbell Lecture: The End of White Christian America

January 17th, 2017

Robert P. Jones

Friday, April 7, 2017, 9:00 am,
Dubbs Memorial Community Center
457 Allen Street, Allentown, PA 18102
with Robert P. Jones, a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics.
For more detals, see www.lehighchurches.org/events

Hijab Solidarity Day – March & Demonstration

January 17th, 2017


Friday, January 20, 2017 (Presidential Inauguration Day)
1:30 pm – gather at Resurrected Life Community Church
parking lot , 9th & Turner Streets, Allentown
2:00 pm – march to Center Square, 7th & Hamilton Streets (across from PPL Center)
All participants (men and women): please wear a head scarf as a sign of solidarity with Muslim women and girls who have been harassed for wearing the traditional Hijab head covering.
For details see facebook event.

Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop

January 17th, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – Workshop offered by Crossroads in Bethlehem, PA.
For details: kara@crossroadsantiracism.org

What Lies Within: Dancing With Race and Identity

January 17th, 2017

A Collaboration of DanceLink & Basement Poets
February 10 & 11, 2017 @ 8pm
Dance Location: The Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem PA 18018
Tickets: $20/ $15 Student
Reserve at: scdancelink@gmail.com

“Welcome Your Neighbors” Yard Signs

December 28th, 2016

Welcome Your Neighbors

“Welcome Your Neighbors” yard signs in Spanish, English, and Arabic are now starting to appear in the Lehigh Valley (originally from Harrisonburg, VA). We are expecting that these 18″ x 24″ signs will soon be available for sale locally.
For more information about the yard signs, see www.facebook.com/welcomeyourneighbors.
If you would be interested in purchasing signs … read more »

Gerrymandering and How to Create
Fair Districts in Pennsylvania

December 7th, 2016

Fair Districts??

January 27, 2017 (Friday, 6:00-8:00pm) – First Presbyterian Church, Allentown
THE ISSUE: the Pennsylvania Legislature redraws the boundaries of legislative districts every ten years, after each national census. But the original goal of redistricting — to ensure voting districts remain equal in population — has been undermined by political manipulation of electoral boundaries by both major parties. Now we have an opportunity to correct the process. See fairdistricts.ppjr.org for details about the issue and the Jan. 27th event.

Constructive Conversations in Difficult Situations

August 22nd, 2016

Navigating Differences – Preserving Relationships

Sunday, September 18th, 25th and October 2nd
6:30-8:30 PM Quaker Meeting House
4116 Bath Pike, Bethlehem Pa.

These are turbulent times. Anger, suspicion and negativity seem to dominate public conversations and seep into our private conversations within families, communities of faith, friendships, workplaces and neighborhoods.
The Quakers of the Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting will sponsor three Sunday evening … read more »

“Where to Invade Next” Screening

June 24th, 2016

There will be a screening of Michael Moore’s latest film, “Where to Invade Next” on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at Dubbs Memorial Community Center, 457 Allen Street, Allentown, PA 18102. The event is sponsored by the Justice & Advocacy Committee of the Lehigh Conference of Churches.
– Ice cream at 5:30 pm
– Movie begins at 6:00 pm
– Discussion time after the movie
This event is free, but reservations are requested. To register or for further information, send email with your name(s) to invade@ppjr.org or call 610-439-8653 x20.

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