Reject Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

TO: UGANDAN PRESIDENT MUSEVENI; UGANDAN SPEAKER REBECCA KADAGA


Campaign created by Pastor Joseph Tolton of the Global Justice Intitute
As faith leaders, we are deeply distressed and concerned to learn that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill has resurfaced for consideration by the Ugandan Parliament. Passage of this bill would:1. make homosexuality a crime punishable by execution;
2. mandate that family members and friends turn their own LGBTQ loved ones to authorities or else face jail time; and
3. allow extradition of any LGBTQ refugee citizen back to Uganda for sentencing.

With respect and urgency, we call upon the leadership of the great Ugandan nation to reject the needless, deeply harmful, dehumanizing bill. Instead of debating the bill, we urge deep conversations about sexuality in Uganda, in Africa, and within ecumenical Christianity.

Sign this faith-initiated petition today! here

Half dozen US states next in marriage fight

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Maryland, Maine and Washington joined Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Iowa, Vermont, New York and the District of Columbia in legalizing same-sex marriage this past election day. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — After Election Day, when Maryland, Maine and Washington became the first three states to approve same-sex marriage at the ballot box, advocates of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples are eyeing Illinois, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Jersey as the next battlegrounds on the matter.

Read full article at the Washington Blade

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/11/20/half-dozen-states-next-in-marriage-fight/

Tell Your U.S. Rep and Senators to SAVE Vital Services

Members of Congress will soon face big choices: will they make damaging cuts to nutrition, education, health care, housing, and more? Or will they prevent service cuts by asking the wealthiest 2 percent to pay more of their fair share in taxes? Will they favor defense contractors over human needs? Those concerned about promoting the common good, protecting the vulnerable, and rebuilding the economy have to speak out! Please send this email. We encourage you to change the text to reflect your concerns; or send it as is. But please be heard – and please forward this widely.

Click here to send an email to your Representative and Senators.

This is the text of the email people are asked to send (or they can edit the wording to personalize it):

Subject: Please prevent cuts to human needs programs; End upper income tax cuts

As your constituent, I urge you to follow these principles as you make budget and tax decisions: 1) protect low-income and vulnerable people; 2) promote job creation so all of us can share in restored economic growth; 3) increase revenues from fair sources; and 4) seek responsible savings by targeting waste in the Pentagon and elsewhere.

You can save vital services for low-income and vulnerable people by allowing tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent to expire. More than $1 trillion will be saved over the next decade if these tax cuts end. Asking those at the top to pay their fair share in taxes will allow needed investments in jobs, education, nutrition, health care, and housing. These and other services will help us now, and build for the future.

In the coming months, please vote to allow the tax cuts for the top 2 percent to expire in January 2013, and preserve tax credits for low-income working families. Please vote to avert cuts now scheduled for January in programs that prevent poverty and meet human needs.

We can make the investments needed for the common good if you take these responsible steps. Thanks for your attention.