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Resources – April 2015

  • Jubilee Ministry emergency homeless shelter at Zion’s UCC, Allentown until April 30.
    Zion’s Church has become a refuge for the homeless following the sudden closure of the Conference of Churches’ shelter on Good Friday. By Holy Saturday, advocates for the homeless, church members and staff, and community volunteers rallied to provide a warm, safe place for the homeless to get an evening meal and sleep. This is a stopgap ministry to fulfill the promise that had been given to the homeless that they would have a place indoors to sleep through April 30. Our most pressing need is for volunteers to staff the Fellowship Hall as people arrive at 9 p.m. until midnight, when a professional security guard comes on duty, to insure the safety of our guests and our facility (thanks to a grant from The Grand Committee). Food also is needed. Warm entrees and veggies can be re-heated in our kitchen. Fruit and snacks are welcome. Contributions can be dropped off at the church office Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 610-435-2412, or sign up here.
  • Resources from the Pennsylvania Budget Policy Summit (March 25, 2015 in Harrisburg).
    Includes program and presentation slides on the proposed Pennsylvania Budget for FY2015-16 and related issues.
  • SAVE for ALL sign-on letter (PDF) Strengthening America’s Values and Economy for All (updated March 24, 2015)
    Letter to Members of U.S. Congress from the Coalition on Human Needs, signed by many organizations.
  • Interfaith Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty (PDF).
    Letter to Texas Governor and State Legislature from pastors/religious leaders.
  • Worker Justice: FIGHT FOR $15 ( www.april15.org ) – April 15, 2015
    Rallies in Philadelphia, New York, and other major cities by low wage workers, including fast food cashiers and cooks, retail employees, child care workers, adjunct professors, home care providers, and airport workers who have come together to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.
  • Immigration: Faith Leaders’ Open Letter Against Family Detention
    The letter, circulated by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, is directed to President Obama, and Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security. Everyone from local pastors and youth leaders to denominational heads is invited to sign on. Here is the link to read and sign: goo.gl/forms/HRJNMgT0mW. The letter will be delivered in a meeting with the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on Monday, May 4th.
  • Campaign for Change events
    • Community Organizing Training (Apr 11 & 18) with POWER NE.
    • #DropTheMic – Teen Open Mic Night – Friday, April 17, 6:30-9:30 pm
      at The Alternative Gallery, 707 North 4th St., Allentown
    • Rev. James Lawson
      • Lecture at Moravian College, Thursday. April 23, 7pm – location TBA
      • Outdoor Civil Rights Lecture: Fri. April 24, 11:30 am, Arts Park
        (North 5th Street and Court Street, Allentown)

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