Current Letter Writing Actions
Church People Murdered and Harassed in the Philippines
Murders of church people have occurred in the Duterte Administration’s ‘drug war’, which has seen thousands of extrajudicial executions. Those responsible for the murders of church people, human rights defenders, environmentalists, and social justice advocates are very rarely held to account. Help us take action to make it clear murders, intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders are unacceptable and those responsible will be held to account.
Creating more jobs and safer social housing with energy efficiency upgrades
Social housing is provided to people on low incomes or with particular needs by government agencies or not-for-profit organisations. Energy efficiency upgrades are one of the most cost-effective measures to reduce emissions while also creating jobs. Help us create a fairer and more sustainable social housing sector.
Seeking justice for people seeking asylum in Australia
The Commonwealth Ombudsman reported in early 2019 complaints of injury as a result of excessive use of force by private detention officers employed by Serco, a detention centre contractor for the Australian Government. They concluded the use of force was outside of standard operating procedures and appeared unlawful. Take action to protect people in immigration detention form acts of violence both, physical and threatened.
Ensuring the well-being of people with disabilities
Australian Governments, Commonwealth and State, have introduced the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to support people with disabilities. Often it grants funds directly to the person with the disability or their carer. However, the NDIS has marketised and privatised care of people with disabilities which threatens exploitation by people working to provide services, thereby degrading quality of care. Taken to safeguard the NDIS and safeguard those who access it.
This Month's Resource Highlights
The JIM Cluster’s 2021 Social Justice Calendar is now available, click to download.
Each year the Justice and International Mission cluster is keen to get feedback from its supporters, that is you, about what issues you would like us to resource you to take action on. Please download and complete this form by ticking the box that indicates your level of support for the issues listed and return it to us via email or mail by 31st January 2021
Climate change affects every aspect of child rights. Only joint efforts at every level will enable us to bend the CO2 emissions curve and protect our planet for future generations. This toolkit provides resources for churches, church-run schools, and summer camps to support intergenerational climate and environmental justice and promote care for children by stopping further global warming. All churches are encouraged to promote education and action to address climate change, reduce CO2 emissions, and protect the environment in their activities for and with children and youth.
The JIM Cluster is seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to be part of a Taskforce on Climate Change Action. The purpose of the Taskforce is to identify, encourage and support implementation of measures across the Synod, including congregations, to reduce the Synod’s greenhouse gas emissions.
To lodge an expression of interest, please e-mail, phone or text Mark Zirnsak, Senior Social Justice Advocate on 0409 166 915 or firstname.lastname@example.org Please lodge your expression of interest by Friday 30 October.
The Uniting Church in Australia is committed to acting justly and compassionately in the world. We believe that our participation in God’s mission calls us toward the transformation that God desires for us all, marked by reconciliation, love, justice, peace, abundance and flourishing for all people and the whole earth. In this document the Uniting Church in Australia has articulated its vision for a just, compassionate and inclusive nation in this 2019 statement and resource.
The Uniting Church in Australia has outlined a set of principles and key actions that will guide the way to a better future as Australia recovers from the corona virus pandemic. There is much we have learned through this pandemic about who we are as a nation, our vulnerabilities and our strengths. Drawing upon these learnings and the values articulated in our vision, we believe we have an opportunity to create a better future where all people and all creation can flourish.
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