We come together from many diverse faith communities and spiritual traditions to put our convictions into action by saying NO to war and YES to peace and justice.
...to call upon our government to cease its focus on war, militarism and armaments, and to focus its energy and resources on peaceful resolution, diplomacy, international cooperation, and the well-being of all creation.
...to call upon our government to defend civil liberties and human rights at home and strengthen the values that our nation professes: equality, diversity, liberty, tolerance, human dignity, and justice for all.
...to insist that war is a moral, ethical and religious issue involving matters of life and death for children, youth and adults who all share our common humanity.
As people of faith we are compelled in this critical time to commit our spirits, voices, hearts and actions to the cause of justice and peace on earth.
We base all our thoughts and prayers, words and actions on the conviction that only love will overcome hatred, only justice will lead to peace, and as people of faith we are called to build a just and peaceful world.
Participating Congregations and Organizations*:
Wednesday, March 15, 10am-4pm
Soon the California Legislature will vote on critical measures to protect our families. We need to urge them to stand strong!
We have an opportunity to pass SB54: the California Values Act and SR31: the Religious freedom Act -- but we need to demonstrate the power and will of the people!
Let our legislators and the whole world know that we will not be divided!
"We must fight for your life as though it were our own -- which it is..." - James Baldwin, 1970
It is always best to speak from your heart and if you have one, share a personal story about why you are concerned about the issue.
Here is a suggested script, but use your own words:
"My name is __________ and I am a constiuent from ____________ (city, state)."
"I am calling as a person of faith to urge Senator/Representative ___________ to oppose ________. "
"This [executive order/action] not only betrays American values, but is also contrary to the values I hold important as a ____________."[Identify your faith tradition, and briefly explain how it leads you to your concern.]
[If you have a story, share it here. For example, sharewhy discrimination on the basis of faith or country is wrong to you, or why it is important to you to welcome refugees. Obviously this story should directly address the action you are calling about.]
"What is Senator/Representative _________ position?"
If the Senator/Congressperson is already opposed, express your appreciate and support. You might ask if s/he had made a public statement and where you can find that. If the Senator/Representative has not taken a position, urge her/him to do so, and to publicly denounce the order/action and say why. If the Senator/Representative supports the order/action, urge her/him to reconsider. Be respectful but passionate!
"Thank you for your time and please thank the Senator/Congressperson for considering my views."
If you are on social media, you can tweet/facebook post the fact you just made a call to encourage others to join you!