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.
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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
Post-Election Panel Discussion
The Next Chapter in LGBT Justice: A Faith Perspective
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7pm
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
The panel will examine the 2012 Elections for lessons learned about the future of LGBT justice and opportunities to collaborate with faith leaders and to integrate faith groups. The panel seeks to offer a more viable alternative to the familiar media frame that has conservative religious denominations and organizations on one side and the secular gay rights activists and organizations on the other side. “Gays vs God.” That frame assumes that there are no progressive people of faith committed to the full equality and inclusion of LGBTQ people or that LGBT rights groups place no value on communities of faith. Progressive people of faith, who have been active in the push for human rights for LGBT people, bring a wealth of experience to the cause of justice and an affirming religious message of radical inclusion and beloved community. A more robust partnership between these progressive religious voices and the LGBT rights community can serve as a powerful rejection of the “gays vs. God” frame and broaden the dialogue about civil rights for LGBT people beyond the current assumption that all religious voices are anti-gay. We hope for a lively discussion that, though rooted in the work that led up to Tuesday’s election, will serve as guidepost for the future.
Moderator:Opening Remarks by The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton (Delegate-Washington, DC)
Rev. Cedric Harmon (Co-Director, Many Voices)
Bishop Yvette Flunder (Fellowship of Affirming Ministries)
Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson (Metropolitan Community Churches)
David Stacy (Deputy Legislative Director, Human Rights Campaign)
Sarah Dreier (International Affairs Director, Episcopal Church USA and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
Rev. Dennis Wiley (Co-Pastor, Covenant Baptist UCC Church)
Sharon Lettman Hicks (Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition)
Rachel Laser (Deputy Director, Religious Action Center for Reformed Judaism)
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.
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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.