June 2012

Take Action for Health Care Justice

The long wait is finally over! On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Today, we rejoice on behalf of persons who need of health care and for people who have already benefitted from this important law. Simply put, everyone should have health care and the Affordable... read more»

Posted by Cynthia Johnson-Oliver on June 29, 2012

3 Ways to Curb the Epidemic of Addiction

Thanks to all who participated on last month’s National Addictions Network call! A sincere ‘Thank You!’ to Sis Wenger, Founder and President of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, for her dynamic presentation of the unique opportunity in several cities across the nation to attend... read more»

Posted by Dotti Groover-Skipper on June 28, 2012

Everyone should have health care; Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

Today the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, upheld the 2010 health-care law, the Affordable Care Act. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. Faith groups and United Methodists offer comments on the ruling: The Affordable Care Act will provide cost savings to UMC annual conferences. ... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on June 28, 2012

Supreme Court immigration rulng ‘significant’ start

Faith groups hail Supreme Court ruling on Arizona law as ‘significant’ start Express concern ‘racial profiling’ provision still stands, possibly awaiting other legal challenges United Methodists joined other faith groups in hailing the Supreme Court decision this week that declared Arizona’s controversial SB1070 immigration... read more»

Posted by Wayne Rhodes on June 27, 2012

“Solitary confinement dehumanizes us all”

Anthony Graves spent 18 years incarcerated and in solitary confinement before he was exonerated for a crime he did not committ. Graves testified yesterday at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights chaired by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). As... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on June 20, 2012

Solitary Confinement Disregards Sacred Worth - Hearing on Capitol Hill

GBCS's Director of Civil and Human Rights, Bill Mefford, will testify today before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights in a hearing on Reassessing Solitary Confinement. The following is a transcript of Bill's testimony: Mr. Chairman, Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on June 19, 2012

Strategies and Tools for Addiction and Recovery

You are invited to a day of learning and resources: Understanding the Impact of Addiction and Supporting Recovery: Strategies and Tools for Clergy and other Congregational Leaders A unique opportunity for clergy and other congregational leaders to receive the latest information, resources and strategies on how to educate and provide... read more»

Posted by Dotti Groover-Skipper on June 15, 2012

Health care is a faith issue

The faith community can play a unique roll in framing facts in the context of moral values... and the way our faith community connects to issues of social justice. Rev. Linda Walling, Faithful Reform in Health Care During our June 1 conference call we discussed “How to Build a John 10:10... read more»

Posted by Cynthia Johnson-Oliver on June 15, 2012

UMC applauds immigration decision

UMC Grassroots Immigration teams have hosted 570 events, actions and resolutions advocating reform of U.S. immigration laws in 46 states and the District of Columbia from the 2009-2012. That’s almost 200 events per year or one public event every 42 hours. United Methodists across the country are celebrating President Obama&rsquo... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on June 15, 2012

Take Action! Violence Against Women Act National Day of Action - June 26

10 DAYS OF ACTION to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act NATIONAL RALLY JUNE 26th, 2012 U.S. Capitol, at 1st Street & Constitution Ave. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Stand up! Speak out! Join the hundreds and be part of 10 Days of Action across the United States to reauthorize the REAL... read more»

Posted by Linda Bales Todd on June 14, 2012

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