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Toggle navigation Start a Campaign A groundswell for LGBT equality and dignity. Check out and join campaigns by people of faith who stand with their LGBT brothers and sisters! See more campaigns. Click to see petitions from across the multifaith movement from justice. Sanctuary Congregations around the country are taking emergency moral action to address deportations by welcoming their undocumented neighbors into Sanctuary. FBI Campaign Victory! Together we stood with Harpreet & the victims of Oak Creek, transforming a tragedy into a catalyst for action. 6,450 10,386 6,816 Start a campaign Campaigns on our site will bebig and small, heroic and ordinary. If you have an idea to make your community, your school, your local playground, church, synagogue, religion, or your planet a better place, the tools are at your fingertips. It's easy and fast. Did we mention it's easy? Here's what we do

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Toggle navigation __ [Groundswell] __ * Start a Campaign [/petition/new?source=header] Start a Campaign [/petition/new?source=header] * Log in [/users/sign_in] CAMPAIGNS FOR JUSTICE INSPIRED BY YOUR FAITH & VALUES BE A CHANGE-MAKER: __ Start a Campaign We'll connect you to help and tools every step of the way. About Us [/about_us] * [Lgbt flag] A groundswell for LGBT equality and dignity. Check out and join campaigns by people of faith who stand with their LGBT brothers and sisters! * [Featured 1] See more campaigns. Click to see petitions from across the multifaith movement from justice. * [Luis sq] Sanctuary Congregations around the country are taking emergency moral action to address deportations by welcoming their undocumented neighbors into Sanctuary. * [Sikh wisconsin delivery] FBI Campaign Victory! Together we stood with Harpreet & the victims of Oak Creek, transforming a tragedy into a catalyst for action. [Hands] 6,450 of 7,000 Signatures WE SUPPORT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AS #MORALRESISTANCE. The President has directed our government to construct a wall on our southern border, punish sanctuary cities, facilitate the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and construct a pipeline despite the protests of indigenous people. He has made statements to roll back voting rights and police brutality protections. Most recently, he closed our borders to refugees for 120 days and has banned all immigrants from select Muslim-majority countries for a period of time -- a de facto Muslim ban. Altogether, these policies target people for who they are, not anything they have done. The danger of this presidency is no longer hypothetical -- it is happening now. In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King wrote that all nonviolent campaigns have four steps: collecting evidence of injustice, negotiation, self-purification, and direct action. The President's executive orders confirm evidence of injustice. Faith leaders have continued to ask for a meeting with no response. Many of us have fasted, prayed, or meditated in self-purification. (You can take this 6-hour meditation with Repairers of the Breach on how to prepare for moral resistance: http://www.breachrepairers.org/moralresistance). We are now ready. People of faith and moral conscience around the nation are preparing for direct actions to protest the laws and policies of this administration. We pledge to support nonviolent civil disobedience as a form of #MoralResistance. We will learn about the moral framework for civil disobedience and choose a role for ourselves, whether as protesters, medics, legal observers, witnesses, or care providers. We will train in civil disobedience as practiced and perfected by thousands before us. And we will show up in the time, place, and manner we are needed. Nonviolent civil disobedience is grounded in the ethic of love for others, opponents, and ourselves. When people use civil disobedience to protest not just a single policy but widespread injustice, then this act of love becomes revolutionary. It can change a community, a culture, even a country. #RevolutionaryLove is the call of our times. We pledge to answer the call together. [1475507722781] 10,386 of 15,000 Signatures DEAR MR. TRUMP: WILL YOU ADVANCE A MORAL AGENDA? Pursuing a more perfect union is serious work for any human being. We want to pray for you because we know this is an especially difficult task today. In the prophetic tradition, we want to exhort and challenge you because you cannot do this work alone. Our sacred text honored by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike declares we must do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before God. Americas Constitution begins We the people because it points toward a form of government that requires a broad and engaged coalition of citizens in order to thrive. We want to pray and point towards these essential goals. Mr. Trump, we hope it is your desire to be successful. Success is measured by how we welcome the stranger, care for the sick, care for the poor, and care for the hungry in practice and in policy. In order to be successful in the eyesight of God, leaders must repent when they are wrong, and they must be committed to promote that which is rooted in justice and good will. As clergy dedicated to the care of souls, we know you can neither succeed in a way that pleases God nor fulfill the duties of your office unless you repent. All of us, even persons who hold powerful positions, are called to repent when we violate the deep principles of love, justice, and mercy towards all, especially the least of these. Since your election, our communities have been fractured by harassment and intimidation. People of color and religious minorities are afraid. Poor working people who you appealed to in your campaign are disappointed that you have attacked their union leaders while appointing Wall Street elites who use them to your Cabinet. We are deeply concerned by the policy vision that your Cabinet selections suggest. After inviting Steve Bannons white nationalism into the Oval Office, you nominated Jeff Sessions to head the Justice Departmenta man who did not receive Senate approval for a federal judgeship in 1986 because of his long history of racial discrimination in Alabama. If he maintains his past positions on civil rights and voting rights, he could overturn and undermine years of victories and protections secured and signed in the blood of the martyrs. Equally insulting to African-Americans is your nomination of Ben Carson, a black man with no experience in government or housing, to head HUD. But race can never be separated from class in America. We are equally concerned about Andy Puzders resistance to the movement for a living wage, which impacts over 60 million Americans and 54% of all African-Americans. We are concerned about Tom Prices expressed commitment to repeal the ACA and take away healthcare from people with preexisting conditions, veterans, and nearly 30 million Americans. We are troubled that you have chosen several people to lead federal agencies that they have publicly attacked in the past. Both this nation and the rest of the world desperately need your heart to grow into a source of courage, so you might work with all people of goodwill to uphold the most sacred moral principles of our faith and constitutional values, which are: 1. Protecting and expanding voting rights and ending voter suppression and unconstitutional gerrymandering. We must also pursue womens rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, labor rights, religious freedom rights, all with a commitment to the fundamental principle of equal protection under the law. 2. Pro-labor, anti-poverty, anti-racist policies that build up economic democracy through employment, living wages, the alleviation of disparate unemployment, a just transition away from fossil fuels, labor rights, affordable housing, direct cash transfers and other support for all families struggling to get by, and fair policies for immigrants; and by critiquing policies around warmongering that undermine our moral standing and ability to address domestic issues; 3. Equality in education by ensuring every child receives a high quality, well-funded, constitutionally diverse public education, as well as access to community colleges and universities and by securing equitable funding for minority colleges and universities; 4. Healthcare for all by expanding Medicaid in every state, ensuring access to Medicare and Social Security, moving decisively towards a universal, transparent, and equitable healthcare system, and by providing environmental protection and protecting womens health; 5. Fairness in the criminal justice system by addressing the continuing inequalities in the system for black, brown and poor white people and fighting the proliferation of guns; We do not believe that these are left or right issues. They are right or wrong issues. And while we know no human being is perfect, we wish to speak with you about these moral issues because far too much is at stake for you to succumb to your worst demons while in public office. Our faith calls us to love all people but this love can never refuse to tell the truth and stand against hate, systemic racism, and economic inequality. We cannot simply congratulate you on your victory and say, Peace, peace when there is no peace. We are bound by our vows to tell the truth in love and stand together for justice, love and truth. As this tumultuous year draws to a close, we will hold a National Watch Night service on December 31st at the historic Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC. We will gather to remember the enslaved people who came together to celebrate the possibility of a more perfect union of the eve of Abraham Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation. Like them, we will also enlist free women and men to fight for freedom and justice for all people in 2017 and beyond. [Sanctuary2017] 6,816 of 7,000 Signatures WE PLEDGE TO RESIST DEPORTATION AND DISCRIMINATION THROUGH SANCTUARY Calling upon the ancient traditions of our faiths, which recognized houses of worship as a refuge for the runaway slave, the conscientious objector, and the Central American refugee fleeing the civil wars of the 1980s, Sanctuary is once again growing among communities of faith that are standing in solidarity with immigrants and marginalized communities facing immoral and unjust deportation and discrimination policies. We find ourselves entering a new phase of U.S. history wherein the politics of fear has stoked an atmosphere of racism and xenophobia across the country. The new Administration has pledged to criminalize, detain and deport undocumented people at new levels that will tear families and communities apart. As people of faith and people of conscience, we will take civil initiative out of our moral obligation to embody principles of human rights and dignity, and resist any harmful and unjust policy proposals that further undermine due process and lead to racial profiling and discrimination. By signing this pledge, we are dedicating ourselves to educate and activate our congregations, to amplify and respond to the voices of immigrant leaders, and to speak out against the discrimination of any and all marginalized people. We are ready to open the doors of our sacred spaces and accompany those facing deportation and discrimination. We support those answering the call to provide sanctuary at schools, hospitals, college campuses, community centers and family homes. We will work with partner organizations to create sacred space of sanctuary wherever it is needed. More Campaigns [/categories] Groundswell MULTIFAITH SOCIAL ACTION TO HEAL AND REPAIR THE WORLD Groundswell is an online community of people who believe faith can be a force for good in the world. START A CAMPAIGN Campaigns on our site will bebig and small, heroic and ordinary. If you have an idea to make your community, your school, your local playground, church, synagogue, religion, or your planet a better place, the tools are at your fingertips. IT'S EASY AND FAST. DID WE MENTION IT'S EASY? Starting a petition or campaign on Groundswell is super simple. And we'll guide you every step of the way. If you'd like to talk to one of us before you get started, don't hesitate to email us at info@groundswell-movement.org. HERE'S WHAT WE DO We provide a petition site for the multifaith movement for justice to take strategic social action to heal and repair the world to stand for racial and religious dignity [http://action.groundswell-movement.org/categories/racial-religious-dignity], to combat human trafficking [http://action.groundswell-movement.org/petitions/urgent-vote-to-end-child-sex-trafficking-in-ny],embrace full LGBTQ [http://action.groundswell-movement.org/categories/lgbtq] dignity and equality, call for a moral economy, get money out of politics, prevent religious extremists from hijacking our faiths, and much more.Learn more. [http://action.groundswell-movement.org/about_us] Powered by Auburn Theological Seminary [http://www.auburnseminary.org] in NYC. 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