Let Justice Roll Airs Christian Radio Ads Urging Minimum Wage Increase

October 30, 2006, 11:25 am | Posted by

(Cleveland, Ohio) – Let Justice Roll announced today that they will air ads on Christian radio to urge people of faith to vote Yes on Issue 2 to Raise Ohio’s Minimum Wage.

The ads will begin airing throughout the day on Saturday, October 28, on 95.5 the Fish and will air through Election Day on November 7.

“Our ads will speak to our conviction that simple justice for low wage working people and families demands a raise in our state’s minimum wage; that a job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it. We are convinced that our listeners will agree with us and vote for Issue 2,” said Rev. Paul Sherry, National Coordinator of Let Justice Roll.

The ads are part of Let Justice Roll’s grassroots campaign to mobilize values voters to Raise Ohio’s Minimum Wage. In Cleveland, grassroots supporters and volunteers will get-out-the-vote for Issue 2 by participating in community walks, distributing flyers, making phone calls, handing out literature, and working outside the polls on Election Day.

Let Justice Roll, a fast-growing nonpartisan partnership of more than 80 faith and community groups, played a leading role in getting the proposal to increase the minimum in Ohio on the ballot this year. The coalition also played a major role in recent state minimum wage increases in Arkansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and helped win victories in California and Massachusetts. In addition to Ohio, Let Justice Roll is currently working to pass minimum wage ballot measures in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri and Montana.

A recent poll showed that more than three-quarters of all Ohioans support raising the state minimum wage. Because Congress has not raised the federal minimum wage in more than nine years, it has lost more than a fifth of its value since the 1997 increase to $5.15 an hour, and has less buying power than the minimum wage of 1950.

The ad script:

Let Justice Roll Ohio, a coalition of churches and community groups believes a job should keep a worker out of poverty, not in it. That’s why they’re urging you to vote Yes on Issue 2 to Raise Ohio’s Minimum Wage.

It’s your chance to help 700,000 people lift themselves out poverty in Ohio. Because ending poverty isn’t about politics, it’s about doing what’s right.

On November 7, Vote Yes on Issue 2 to Raise Ohio’s Minimum Wage. Visit www.letjusticeroll.org to find out more about how to get involved.

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Evangelical Leaders Announce The Great Warming Call to Action Ads: Christian Radio Ads Call for Action on Climate Change

October 17, 2006, 11:53 am | Posted by

Prominent Christian evangelicals — including leaders of the Christian Coalition and National Association of Evangelicals — will host a press teleconference Thursday to announce The Great Warming Call to Action to convince people of faith that creation care and environmental stewardship must be a top policy priority.

The leaders on the call will announce extensive plans to promote a new Statement — signed by high-profile religious leaders from across the faith and ideological spectrum, key policy-makers, celebrities, environmental groups and many of the most respected scientists in the world — calling on our country to take immediate action to address climate change.

Plans to promote the Statement and Call to Action include airing ads on Christian radio stations across the country and widely distributing the statement to people of faith through churches and national and local religious organizations.

Speakers on the teleconference will address the importance of this issue to their communities and will take questions from reporters about the Statement, the Call to Action and the potential implications of both on the American religious and political landscape.

The Call to Action precedes the release of The Great Warming in Regal Cinemas on Nov. 3. The documentary will be initially shown in the top 50 markets in the country — a bigger initial release than that of Al Gore’s The Inconvenient Truth. Regal Cinemas, which does not generally release independent documentary films, committed to a national release of The Great Warming following months of calls from people who viewed the documentary in their communities and churches and became convinced that the movie must reach a broad audience in order to galvanize action on climate change.

WHO:

Rev. Dr. Joel Hunter, president of the Christian Coalition and Pastor of the 12,000-member Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.

Rev. Dr. Paul De Vries, National Association of Evangelicals board member and president of New York Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta and civil rights leader

Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo, founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education and professor emeritus at Eastern University

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Call-in number: 1-800-658-0035, password: Great Warming, or visit http://www.thegreatwarming.com/

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Religious Groups Hold White House Counter-Event: Decry Torture Bill Signing

October 16, 2006, 1:31 pm | Posted by

RELIGIOUS GROUPS MOURN AS PRESIDENT CELEBRATES

People’s Signing Statement Rejects Military Commissions Act of 2006

What: As President Bush hosts a signing ceremony to celebrate the speedy enactment of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, legislation that deeply shames America, the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture will hold a vigil to mourn the attack this legislation wages on basic American and religious values. Religious leaders stand together against the legalization of torture and severe abuse, provision for unlimited detentions, denial of habeas corpus, creation of kangaroo courts, and retroactive pardons of individuals for gross violations of U.S. law.

· A coffin will call attention to the death of some of our most cherished values.

· A choir will sing hymns, and religious leaders of different faiths will speak.

· The People’s Signing Statement will be presented to the White House during which some participants are prepared to commit acts of civil disobedience in order to deliver the People’s Signing Statement to the President.

When: Tuesday, October 17th, 9:00 a.m.

Where: In front of the White House on the Lafayette Park side.

Who: The Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture (www.wrrcat.org), in coordination with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the Shalom Center, the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, PeaceAction Montgomery, Rabbis for Human Rights, and many others.

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New Book By FPL Executive Director Jennifer Butler!

October 10, 2006, 10:19 am | Posted by

Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized: An Insider’s Account of the Global Reach of the Christian Right

Rev. Jennifer S. Butler, former human rights advocate at the United Nations, launches her new book today, Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized. This compelling narrative reveals how today’s most powerful Christian Right organizations are building international, interfaith coalitions and shaping policy in every corner of the world. Rev. Butler provides the first insider’s account of the strategies and effectiveness of Christian Right lobbying the United Nations, and their efforts to build a global conservative family values movement.

In her book, Born Again, The Christian Rights Globalized, Rev. Butler provides a unique perspective on the Christian Right’s massive political power and what impact it may have on shaping future global policies. Drawing on interviews with Christian Right leaders, she reveals how today’s most powerful Christian Right organizations are poised to challenge progressive social policy on a worldwide scale.

“Butler pulls aside the veils religiosity to show the mean-spirited and elitist ideologies, and yet she never stoops to caricature theology nor bash sincere religious belief.” says Chip Berlet, co-author of Right-Wing Populism in America.

During her nine years as a Presbyterian Church (USA) Representative at the United Nations, Rev. Butler witnessed Christian Right groups working with Catholic, Mormon and Muslim allies to advance a conservative agenda. The United States recently has joined this alliance, and President George W. Bush has given them significant voice in shaping U.S. positions on issues including women’s rights, reproductive health, human cloning, children’s rights and AIDS.

“It is a global movement,” says Butler. “It’s a phenomenon that promises to challenge progressive activism on a worldwide scale.”

Rev. Butler’s research for this book inspired her to become Executive Director of Faith in Public Life, where she urges moderates and progressives to avoid losing a pending global culture war by more effectively engaging religious communities.

“I joined Faith in Public Life to strengthen the effectiveness, collaboration, and reach of faith movements that share a call to pursue justice and the common good,” says Butler. “Our work is critical to ensuring that those using religion as a tool of division and exclusion do not dominate public discourse.”

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Faith Leaders Available to Respond to Foley Scandal

October 3, 2006, 5:47 pm | Posted by

The abuse and cover-up scandal of Rep. Foley has shown once again that leaders of the Religious Right are out of step with the values of mainstream Americans. While Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins rationalizes the cover-up of Rep. Foley’s predatory behavior by saying members of Congress and their staffs were simply “fearful of acting because they would be seen as homophobic or gay bashing,” faith leaders around the country are speaking the truth that Perkins’ partisan loyalties prevent him from saying. Protecting vulnerable children can never be subordinated to the quest for political power. A group of diverse faith leaders made this points strongly in a letter to House leaders. African American Ministers in Action and the African American Ministers Leadership Council issues a joint statement pointing out that the scandal reveals the hypocrisy of politicians and religious leaders who claim to have a monopoly on ‘values.’

Click here for audio responses from faith leaders available for comment. And please call Jessica Watson with Faith in Public Life at 202.544.7821 or 781-367-7746 to arrange interviews.

Rev. Jennifer Butler is the Executive Director of Faith in Public Life

“The failure of Congressional leadership to take swift action in response to Mark Foley’s behavior exemplifies placing personal power and greed above moral behavior.”

Rev. Joseph Darby is Senior Pastor at Morris Brown AME Church, Charleston, SC

“The Foley incident and the resultant fallout should be a cautionary tale for those who take a narrow view of faith and morality, with exclusionary moral absolutes which do not allow for what those of the Christian tradition call ‘grace.’ Those on the so-called “religious right” have been vocal, judgmental and mean spirited on issues of gender and have drawn a strict “us versus them” line in the sand.”

Rev. Debra Haffner is the Director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, & Healing

“How ironic that Rep. Foley was chair of the Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children and that the bill he championed in July concentrated on registering treated sex offenders rather than the prevention methods we know keep children safe from abuse.”

Sr. Simone Campbell is National Coordinator of NETWORK: A Catholic Social Justice Lobby

“What the Foley cover-up brings to mind is that the use of power to protect self-interest is inevitably corrupting….Congress must face its sins to come to redemption as an institution. ”

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