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Remembering September 11th – Ten Years Later


Girls in a school, Kabul Afghanistan

We have reached the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. This weekend will mark, for many in the United States, the anniversary of the death of a loved one – in light of that a moment of silence.

In October we will reach the tenth anniversary of our invasion of Afghanistan – many Afghanis mark the anniversary of the deaths of loved ones throughout the year – in light of that a moment of silence.

In light of the lives lost and communities destroyed  around the world by violence, war, occupation we take a moment of silence.

In light of the children around the world, like the girls at school in Afghanistan in the photo above, let us take action to create a world free of terror, war and violence. Join with Sojourners below and take the pledge to work for peace….

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This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While we will all take time to remember the day and the lives we lost, 10 years later, we must go deeper.

There were two paths forward from the ashes and rubble of 9/11: One path led to war, torture, and fear, but another path — led by people of faith across our land — was marked by soul-searching, genuine mourning for the lost, and standing up for peace-building and caring for our neighbors.

Although our government and too many of its citizens, regrettably, have chosen the first path, Sojourners invites you to celebrate the alternative journey — to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters of all faiths, and no faith, who are helping to build a nation that reflects our best values.

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, affirm your commitment to peace-building and reconciliation by signing this commemoration pledge, written by Sojourners, an organization that I belong to:

To take action on this issue, click on the link below:
http://go.sojo.net/site/Advocacy?s_oo=8hTv4XvIy1vhZVynZpLGQQ&id=435

If the text above does not appear as a link or it wraps across multiple lines, then copy and paste it into the address area of your browser.

Big Oil: Sojourners offers this action

Below is a quick action to take on behalf of the ocean, the birds, the turtles, the fish…all the life that is being changed, sickened and destroyed by the oil spill in the Gulf.

Sojourners offers a quick way to remind our leaders that this tragedy could have been prevented and can be prevented in the future if we decide to change our policies and practices around energy consumption.

Join with others and demand that we stop “prioritizing polluters over people and the planet…”

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Just weeks after the worst mining accident in more than 40 years, this month’s issue of Sojourners takes on King Coal. We had no idea that Big Oil would so soon demand our attention as well.

Oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico with no guarantee of when it will stop; dead sea turtles, fish, and birds washing ashore; horrible “solutions” that require setting fire to the Gulf and dumping massive amounts of chemicals in the water – the aftermath of the April 20 oil rig explosion just keeps getting worse.

People in the surrounding states are watching their livelihoods be destroyed. Millions of God’s creatures will be poisoned. Ecosystems will be disrupted and changed – possibly forever.

Tell the Senate and President Obama: This oil spill is a giant wake-up call. We need energy and climate legislation that protects, not exploits, our environment.

Who is to blame? Unfortunately, the answer is all of us – the oil companies, the government, and each of us who participate in an oil-and-energy driven culture. We must take personal responsibility, but we must also call our leaders to account for this environmental disaster.

The Senate is working on passing energy and climate legislation, but right now it prioritizes polluters over people and the planet – buying industry’s political support with “incentives,” like new permits for offshore drilling and nuclear power development.

Senate legislation should prioritize cleaner, safer energy sources, and support an economy that requires less energy consumption overall.

This tragedy continues to unfold, but until all of us – and our nation – break our love affair with oil, gas, and coal, we will continue to see environmental disasters take place. We need to invest in a clean, renewable energy infrastructure today. We can’t wait any longer.

In the coming weeks there will be plenty of blame to go around for this disaster. But right now we need to see leadership from the president and U.S. Senate to ensure that our country is put on the path to a better future.

After you take action, please join us in prayer for the thousands of engineers, politicians, and scientists racing the clock to find solutions for this tragedy.

For God’s creation,

Elizabeth, Justin, Kevin, Jen, and the rest of the Sojo policy team.

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability”

Last week I sent an action about stopping a lot of the hate language and actions that have been surfacing in our country. From throwing bricks to throwing words like “nigger” our platform for open and transparent debate has been hijacked by elements that use fear to control dialog and process.
These tactics could prove lethal to the immigration debate – already many senators and representatives are saying they will not engage immigration this year because the fall out from the health care vote has been so difficult.
Sojourners, in this final week before Easter, is calling us to action on behalf of our immigrant brothers and sisters. They ask that we contact and continue to contact our elected officials and encourage them to engage this area of change. We want them to know that we support them in taking a courageous step and bringing immigration to the table. Please read below to learn more…

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Last week nearly a quarter million people rallied in Washington in support of immigration reform – and you were there! Sojourners printed a large banner with the names of our 10,000 immigration supporters; it was featured on one of the main stages for the event!

We can’t let the energy fade – send a message to Congress that our movement is growing and that we want reform this year.

We need to be honest: Passing immigration reform legislation this year is going to be really tough. We need you to be committed to the cause, to honor Dr. King’s words that “change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability,” but must be carried on the shoulders of servants.
Here is what needs to happen now: The Senate needs to introduce legislation by the end of spring if we expect any progress before the elections. Two senators have a draft bill, but they need to know that other senators will support reform.

 Though the present political environment might seem daunting, we must be faithful in working for a more just system! Present immigration procedures continue to divide families, deport workers, underpay laborers, defer students’ dreams, and offer no agency to those still living in the shadows.

Our work is making an impact. In a recent press conference, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said:
“I had a terrific meeting the day before yesterday on immigration; I had religious leaders from all over the country. They’re peaceful, they’re powerful, but they’re going to add a new dimension to getting this done because if there were ever anything that dealt with fairness, it’s this immigration issue, and they’re going to try something new, and going to do a lot praying around America with all these different faiths.”

Senator Reid closed by promising that “we’re going to do everything we can to get this immigration thing over the finish line.”
So will we. In the next three weeks, people of faith will be writing their members of Congress, reminding them that their communities care deeply about just and humane immigration policies and want to see legislative action this year.
You’ve told Sojourners that this issue is important to you – thank you. We pledge to continue working as hard as possible in Washington, and we need you to keep up the pressure across the country. Together, our voices will be heard.
Thank you for your ongoing support in transforming our nation into a beloved community that welcomes all.
Blessings,
Allison Johnson, Marco Savvadera, and the rest of the team at Sojourners
 

‘Support development instead of “escalation” in Afghanistan’

Dear All – I would like to share an action today from Sojourners. It is a call to the President to support development instead of “escalation” in Afghanistan.

President Obama has sent a surge of troops into Afghanistan in an attempt to “take control” of the country so that the United States can eventually withdraw all of its troops from the region.

Multiple experts, including some retired military officers, have warned that an increase in military presence will not solve the problems in Afghanistan.  It is an “unwinnable” terrain that does not allow for success by air or land.

The most important experts, the Afghan people, have also called for an end to the occupation of their country by the U.S. military. After decades of both internal conflict and conflicts with other state actors the Afghan people are ready to chart a path of peace.

Sojourners has put together a petition that calls on the President to consider turning our course in Afghanistan from a military plan into a plan for development. Let us give money for schools, health care, and food and send the message to the larger region of the Middle East that the United States will no longer choose domination over diplomacy, mutuality, and peace.

Click on this link… www.sojo.net, and scroll down the page until you see a line “Faith in Action” Support Development…click on that and it will take you to the page for the petition.

Isn’t it wonderful to feel that we have an administration that just might listen to us!! Blessings on these Lenten Days…Peace Liz

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