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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), Fair Legislative Redistricting (2017,2018), Support for Local Immigrants (2017,2018), Healing Communities Training (2018).

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.

Healing Communities Training – Lehigh Valley

April 30th, 2018

Healing Communities

June 23, 2018 (Saturday, 9:00am–4:00pm) – at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethlehem, PA

There are many ways groups and congregations can engage in creative prison and restorative justice ministry, not only inside prison but in churches and communities, too. With scores of inmates being released and returning as citizens every day, the need is urgent for churches to reach out to them–and also to victims–to offer help, hope and restorative healing. A valuable ministry that has seen success nationally is now coming to Pennsylvania to help churches respond to this need. … read more »

End Mass Incarceration – Lehigh Valley

April 6th, 2018

POWER Northeast – End Mass Incarceration Lehigh Valley working group
meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month, 6-8pm at 916 W. Turner St., Allentown. For more details and other events related to Mass Incarceration, see justice.ppjr.org .

“Reclaiming Our Democracy: Rally to End Gerrymandering” – April 16

April 6th, 2018

Fair Districts Pa – Thursday, April 16, 2018 – State Capital Building
There will be buses from Lehigh Valley and other parts of the state.
Bus fare is $20. For details, see www.fairdistrictspa.com/events

2018 Pennsylvania Budget Summit Resources

April 6th, 2018

Includes resources and presentation slides from the March 6 program about Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal.

Lehigh Valley – End Mass Incarceration

February 7th, 2018
February 8, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00pm) Bethlehem, PA
The Lehigh Valley working group to end mass incarceration is invited to attend the next Lehigh Valley ACLU meeting which will begin with a preview of the ACLU-PA Smart Justice campaign. The meeting will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 424 Center St., Bethlehem PA, in the main fellowship hall on the ground floor. Enter the building from the Wall Street side entrance. … read more »

Lehigh Valley – End Mass Incarceration

January 18th, 2018
January 30, 2018 (Tuesday, 6:00pm)
Organizational meeting for Lehigh Valley working group to end mass incarceration.
Location: RCDC Education Building, 916 W. Turner St., Allentown.
(Off street parking is available behind the building; enter parking lot from 9th Street)
For more information, see justice.ppjr.org
Sponsored by POWER NE, TLCC Justice & Advocacy, and partner organizations.

Pull of Gravity

January 18th, 2018
January 24, 2018 (Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm)
“Pull of Gravity” – film screening and panel discussion:
What happens when people come home after incarceration?
Free, Non-Ticketed Event/Open to the Public.
Location: Civic Theatre, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown, PA 18104
For more information: Lehigh University, Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, 610-758-3996, incasip@lehigh.edu.

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.

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