Current Letter Writing Actions
Christian Prisoners of Conscience in the Philippines
Church people in the Philippines who stand up for social justice, human rights and protection of the environment continue to be targeted by the security forces for harassment and intimidation. As a result, a number continue to be prisoners of conscience. Help us stand with those who put their own lives at risk for the sake of others.
Crown Casino Reforms
In October 2021, The Royal Commission made 33 recommendations to rein in the unethical excesses that resulted from decisions by Crown Casino’s owners, board and managers. The way those recommendations are implement need maximise the prevention of further harm inflicted by Crown’s management on the people who gamble there. Write to hold Crown Casio to account.
Ending Gambling Advertising on SBS
Gambling advertising seeks to maximise profits for gambling corporations on the losses of people who too frequently cannot afford it. SBS has played an essential role in community TV for more than 40 years, but continues to air gambling advertisements on its service. Express your concern over gambling advertising on the SBS.
Murders in Israel
On 11 May 2022, Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aklen, aged 51, was shot dead and another journalist, Ali al-Samoudi, was wounded while covering a raid by Israeli soldiers in the Jenin refugee camp. In May 2021, Israeli forces bombed media outlets in Gaza, killing two journalists and wounding approximately 100. Help us advocate for independent investigation and accountability for these and other murders.
Whistleblower Postcard Action
e-mail JIM@victas.uca.org.au with a request for this postcard, your address and the number of postcards you would like.
Help us urge the Commonwealth Government to urgently progress the reforms it agreed to in December 2020 due to the review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 by Philip Moss. Critical reforms are needed to make whistleblowers feel safer in coming forward to expose corruption and wrongdoing. The processes for a whistleblower to access protection and make their disclosure of wrongdoing public need to be simplified.
This Month's Resource Highlights
Federal Election Resources 2022
Based on the Uniting Church Assembly Resource ‘Our Vision for a Just Australia’, a resource for the upcoming federal election has been created to assist as you consider your vote. It also links to further information, and discussion points to being a conversation with your local candidate.
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 Our Vision for a Just Australia, the Uniting Church in Australia has articulated its vision for a just, compassionate and inclusive nation in this updated 2021 statement and resource.
The JIM Cluster’s 2021 Social Justice Calendar, 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.
WCC prayers for peace in Israeli - Palestinian conflict
The World Council of Churches is following developments in Israel and Palestine with mounting alarm and profound grief at the rising toll of people killed and injured in the escalating violence. A liturgy with Prayers for Peace and Justice in the Israel-Palestine conflict has been developed.
Justice and International Mission
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