ESA: Health care

by Ruth Moon

ESA urged readers to advocate for the health care plan currently under discussion. “In our polarized nation, it is assumed that people who are pro-life are against healthcare reform, and vice versa,” leaders said in an e-mail. “We need Christians to speak out on behalf of health and life—consistently, holistically and for all.”

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ESA: Repeal death penalty

by Ruth Moon

In an e-mail update, Evangelicals for Social Action calls for support for Kansas’ effort to repeal the death penalty.

ESA: Debt forgiveness and health care

by Ruth Moon
Ron Sider of Evangelicals for Social Action called for ESA e-mail subscribers to join in a “national call-in” last week to persuade Congress to move quickly to pass health care legislation.
ESA leadership is also signing a petition to President Obama to forgive Haiti’s debt, and is encouraging others to do the same.

ESA: Haiti and sex trafficking

by Ruth Moon

ESA is calling for donations to organizations helping with relief efforts in Haiti.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and ESA recommends contacting state legislators and visiting the Shared Hope International Web site for more information.

ESA: Sign Manhattan Declaration

by Ruth Moon
In an e-mail update, Ron Sider urges readers to sign the Manhattan Declaration. He says:

For decades I have sought to promote what the Manhattan Declaration calls a “truly consistent ethic of love and life for all humans in all circumstances.” I agree strongly with the Declaration, that the sanctity of human life, the historical definition of marriage, and robust religious freedom are under serious threat at this point in our history. The Declaration does NOT say that these are the most important moral issues of our time. It only says that these are crucial moral issues.

ESA also advocated for “Buy Nothing Day,” or buying nothing on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving.
Regardless of what causes the hype about climate change, evangelicals are obligated to be informed about the issue and to act.
Many workers each year are systematically underpaid, a new study finds.

A recent study (Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers) found that low-wage workers in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles had an average of $51 stolen from their weekly earnings. The illegal underpayment or non-payment of workers’ wages affects millions of workers each year, forcing many to choose between rent and food.

The Manhattan Declaration: Christians Unite on Life, Marriage, & Liberty

by Tobin Grant

Yesterday, a coalition of Christian leaders (some political, some not) announced the “Manhattan Declaration“.  Most of the leaders were Evangelicals, but conservative leaders from Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox churches were also signatories.

The Declaration is a call “to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good…These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.”

You can read more about the Declaration at the NYT.

Most of the signatories are conservatives, both politically and religiously.  However, there were many influential conservative groups that are part of this coalition.  Here is a breakdown of which of the groups we tracked signed the Declaration.

Groups that were original signatories:

  • ADF
  • Al Mohler
  • Chuck Colson/Break Point
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Richard Land
  • Evangelicals for Social Action
  • Family Research Council
  • Focus on the Family Action
  • Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • Susan B. Anthony List

Groups that were not original signatories:

  • ACLJ
  • AFA
  • AUL
  • CBN
  • Center for Just Society
  • Center for Moral Clarity
  • CWA
  • Faith in Public Life
  • Liberty Counsel
  • National Right to Life Committee
  • Relevant’s “Reject Apathy”
  • Sojourners
  • Traditional Values Coalition

Evangelicals for Social Action

by M. Pulliam

There is a Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilization effort that includes a national call-in day on October 21 to urge Congress to aggressively pursue an anti-poverty, pro-worker agenda rooted in a green economy.

ESA encourages readers to take action along with 350.org on October 24th, the International Day of Climate Action.

ESA provides a set of resources so that readers can be educated and get involved while they still can regarding health-care reform.

ESA applauds Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and John Kerry (D-MA) as they continue to attempt to build bridges on the climate change bill and keep it alive.