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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.


June 5, 2017 – Harrisburg Lobby Day for a Fair Budget

May 19th, 2017

On Monday, June 5, PA legislators will be heading to Harrisburg to get serious about a new budget for Pennsylvania. Come join the budget rally, lobbying events, and issue-specific events.
Also, on Thursday, June 1, at 7:15pm there will be a tele-town hall, presented by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Learn more here: www.pachoice.org/BudgetAction/   or   the Facebook event page.
There will be a bus from Lehigh Valley to Harrisburg for June 5th lobby day activities – rally and visits with legislators. The bus is free. Register at http://bit.ly/2pw2g3v.
Sponsoring organizations include SEIU, Pennsylvania’s Choice campaign, POWER, PA Budget and Policy Center, and others.


Fair Districts Pennsylvania

May 19th, 2017

A constitutional amendment is needed to stop Pennsylvania’s rampant gerrymandering of legislative districts. Bills have been introduced in PA House and Senate: HR-722 (92 sponsors), and SB-22 (13 sponsors), but legislation is currently stuck in committee. For details, see fairdistrictspa.com.


HCAN (Healthcare for America Now!) Campaign

May 19th, 2017

Screenings of Big Pharma and Fix It will be held at the Civic Theater (514 N 19th St, Allentown).

  • On Monday, June 19, 6-8pm, register here for “Fix It” and panel discussion led by film producer Richard Masters. (Seating is limited; $5 suggested donation at the door.)
  • On Wednesday, June 21, from 6-8PM, register here for “Big Pharma” and panel discussion led by film producer Richard Masters. (Seating is limited; $5 suggested donation at the door.)

For additional details, see Fix It: Screening and Talk Back and Big Pharma: Screening and Talk Back on Facebook.


From Gerrymandering to Creating
Fair Districts in Pennsylvania

February 5th, 2017

Fair Districts??

February 9, 2017 (Thursday, 7pm) – at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA.
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.
This will be an organizational meeting to form a regional working group. See fairdistricts.ppjr.org for details about the issue and links to other resources.

Lehigh Valley Native American Learning Tour

February 5th, 2017
May 6, 2017 (Saturday, 9:00am to 4:00pm) This one-day Learning Tour is designed to shed light on early Native American life and settlements in the Lehigh Valley. Join us as we view the historic Jasper Pits in Vera Cruz, see Lee Hallman’s personal collection of artifacts and visit the Museum of Indian Culture of which Hallman is curator. Mennonite historians John Ruth and Darvin Martin will join Curtis Book in reflecting on the intersection that the Doctrine of Discovery had on early Mennonites, other settlers and Native Americans in 18th Century Lehigh Valley, Pa. Organized by the Mennonite Central Committee. See the details here.

Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop

February 1st, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017 (9am-5pm) – Explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power that goes beyond personal prejudice; learn about a strategic methodology that can assist people in effectively organizing to dismantle racism in their institutions.
Location: The Ice House, 56 River St. Bethlehem, PA.
For details and registration, see this announcement.

State of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America

January 17th, 2017

Dream17

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

Hijab

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.


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