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OH Clergy, Business Leaders Applaud Legislators who Support Working Moms

April 28, 2016, 4:08 pm | Posted by

For Immediate Release
April 28, 2016

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Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, 202-735-7123
Amanda Hoyt, ahoyt@faithinpubliclife.org, 614-483-3168

OH Clergy, Business Leaders Applaud Legislators who Support Working Moms

Faith leaders, senators, doctors, and business owners host a Mother’s Day press conference and flower delivery in support of SB 301, the Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodation Act

Columbus, OH — On Wednesday, May 4th at 11AM, Ohio senators, faith leaders, small business owners, and doctors will gather at Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square and urge lawmakers to support legislation that ends workplace discrimination against pregnant women.

In Ohio, it is still perfectly legal to deny pregnant women reasonable accommodations that let them work safely as they carry their child, but a prominent coalition of interfaith clergy and business leaders say no longer. It’s time for the state legislature to stand up for workers and families by providing reasonable, temporary accommodations for pregnant women with SB 301, the Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodation Act. No woman should ever have to choose between her job and her pregnancy.

WHAT: Mother’s Day press conference and flower delivery in support of SB 301, the Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodation Act

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4th, 11:00 AM, followed by testimony at 2:30 PM in the Finance Hearing Room

WHERE: Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square, 125 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

WHO:

Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens, First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
Rev. Rebecca Tollefson, Ohio Council of Churches
Sarah Fleisch Fink, National Partnership for Women and Families
Michael Held, Old Trail Printing, Main Street Alliance
Dr. Wayne Trout, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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VA Clergy Condemn Passage of HB 815

April 21, 2016, 9:44 am | Posted by

For Immediate Release
April 21, 2016

Contact:
Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org202-735-7123
Allison Walter, awalter@faithinpubliclife.org913-375-7730

VA Clergy Condemn Passage of HB 815


Richmond, VA
– On Wednesday, April 20th, the Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 815, which would allow the state to obtain lethal injection drugs from compounding pharmacies without having to reveal the pharmacies’ identities.

More than 150 faith leaders throughout Virginia have stood in firm opposition to the legislation and are disappointed by the legislature’s step to preserve the death penalty under a shroud of secrecy.

The prominent coalition of interfaith clergy also share a common belief that the death penalty is wrong and ineffective, born of a mistaken conception of justice that can only be made worse by secrecy and deception.

Rev. Max Blalock, William & Mary Wesley Foundation, Williamsburg:
​The legislature’s decision to preserve the death penalty and embrace revenge and retribution is a travesty. The people of the Commonwealth deserve better than an immoral practice cloaked in secrecy. As a minister, I hope and pray for the day when our priorities are care and support for victims and families, as well as genuine justice and hope for redemption for those in prisons.

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VA Clergy Urge Lawmakers to Reject Secrecy Amendment to ‘Electric Chair’ Bill

April 18, 2016, 4:36 pm | Posted by

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For Immediate Release
April 18, 2016

Contact:
Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, 202-735-7123
Allison Walter, awalter@faithinpubliclife.org, 913-375-7730

VA Clergy Urge Lawmakers to Reject Secrecy Amendment to ‘Electric Chair’ Bill


Richmond, VA
— On Monday, April 18th, faith leaders and women religious throughout Virginia gathered at the statehouse to urge lawmakers to reject a secrecy amendment added to the ‘electric chair’ bill by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The amendment would allow the state to obtain lethal injection drugs from compounding pharmacies without having to reveal their identities. This prominent coalition of interfaith clergy believe that the new secrecy amendment is dangerous and immoral because it would shield the pharmacies from accountability, even in lawsuits or Freedom of Information Act requests.

These clergy share a common belief that the death penalty is wrong and ineffective, born of a mistaken conception of justice that can only be made worse by secrecy and deception. Gov. McAuliffe has stated that if the legislature rejects the secrecy amendment, he’ll veto the electric chair bill, effectively ending the death penalty in Virginia. The General Assembly will convene on April 20th to decide whether to reject or accept the Governor’s amendments.

Bishop Carroll Baltimore, Immediate National Past President, PNBC, Lorton:

“As faith leaders, we stand united against the passing of HB 815. The death penalty should not be an option when we already know that the criminal justice system is broken. Recent studies and research underscore that the continuing injustice and the infectious presence of racism in the application of the death penalty demonstrates that this problem has not slackened with time, nor is it restricted to a single region of the United States. Therefore Governor McAuliffe, as your top priority, we call on you to abolish the death penalty and fix the broken criminal justice system. When we result to secrecy or brutality to keep the machinery of death ongoing, it is a sure sign that what you are doing is not right.”

Rev. Max Blalock, William & Mary Wesley Foundation, Williamsburg:

“The death penalty is unjust, and the electric chair and lethal injection are barbaric. We stand here together as people of faith to say that we don’t want the Governor, General Assembly,  Department of Corrections or anybody else killing people in our name as citizens of the Commonwealth. We believe in justice and in life and in truly offering as the Commonwealth common sense ways of improving our criminal justice system.”

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Faith Leaders to Host Rally Against the Death Penalty in Virginia

April 15, 2016, 2:04 pm | Posted by

For Immediate Release
April 15, 2016

Contact:
Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, 202-735-7123
Allison Walter, awalter@faithinpubliclife.org, 913-375-7730

Faith Leaders to Host Rally Against the Death Penalty in Virginia

Clergy gather ahead of veto session to oppose secrecy in Virginia’s executions and veto HB


Richmond, VA
— More than 500 faith leaders, including over 150 Virginia clergy and women religious, are calling on Virginia’s legislature to reject a secrecy amendment added to the ‘electric chair’ bill by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The amendment would allow the state to obtain lethal injection drugs from compounding pharmacies without having to reveal their identities.

This prominent coalition of interfaith clergy believe that the new secrecy amendment is dangerous and immoral because it would shield the pharmacies from accountability, even in lawsuits or Freedom of Information Act requests. These clergy share a common belief that the death penalty is wrong and ineffective, born of a mistaken conception of justice that can only be made worse by secrecy and deception.

Gov. McAuliffe stated that if the legislature rejects the secrecy amendment, he’ll veto the electric chair bill, effectively ending the death penalty in Virginia. The General Assembly will convene on April 20th to decide whether to reject or accept the Governor’s amendments.

WHAT: Press conference opposing Gov. McAuliffe’s ‘secrecy amendment’

WHEN: Monday, April 18th, 11:00 AM

WHERE: House Briefing Room, General Assembly Building, 201 N 9th St, Richmond, VA 23219

WHO:

Bishop Carroll Baltimore, Immediate National Past President, PNBC, Lorton
Rich Cizik, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, Fredericksburg
Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi, Comboni Missionary Sisters, Richmond
Rev. Max Blalock, William & Mary Wesley Foundation, Williamsburg
Min. Paul Amrhein, St. Bridget Catholic Church, Richmond
Rev. Dr. Marc Boswell, Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, Richmond
Harold Wilson, Death Row Exoneree, Witness to Innocence

To view the complete list of signers, click here.

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Statement from John Gehring on Pope’s New Document About Families

April 8, 2016, 10:07 am | Posted by

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2016

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Statement from Faith in Public Life’s Catholic Program Director on Pope’s New Document About Families

Washington, D.C. —   In a newly released document entitled “Amoris Laetitia,” Latin for “The Joy of Love,” Pope Francis calls for the Catholic church to be more welcoming of all people, especially single parents, gay people and unmarried straight couples who are living together.

“The way of the Church is not to condemn anyone; it is to pour out the balm of God’s saving love,” writes Francis.

John Gehring, Catholic Program Director at Faith in Public Life and author of the recently released book, The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church:

“Pope Francis again reminds us that a church of encounter and healing puts human beings at the center of doctrine. He is driving a nail in the coffin of fortress Catholicism by asking church leaders to build bridges, not walls. It’s both a hopeful document and a powerful rebuke to those who put judgement before grace.”

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