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It's Time to Close Guantanamo

“Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts” cries out the prophet Amos (5:15a). We should heed these words and close Guantanamo Bay prison. For more than a decade, prisoners have been detained there without being charged of a crime or tried in a court of law. Now 100 prisoners are on a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention, and President Obama has reiterated his desire to close the prison. Call on Congress to remove this national blemish.

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Sign the One Church, One Body Pledge

Today in America, we as Christian leaders are morally concerned about the deluge of incidents this year that have revealed how the factors of race have yet to be resolved or, as we would say, reconciled.

Painful incidents like the killings of Trayvon Martin and Jonathan Ferrell, as well as this year’s Supreme Court decision that removed a key provision of the Voting Rights Act reveal the racial divides at the heart of our nation. It is time for the multiracial body of Christ to be clear that we are in this together. These issues are all of our issues. We are one church. We are one body.

Sign the One Church | One Body Pledge today!

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Fix the Voting Rights Act!

Just six months ago, we saw the historic Voting Rights Act gutted by the Supreme Court. The rights of millions of minority voters remain threatened unless congress acts. That looked hopeless until now.

Last week, a bipartisan group of legislators introduced a fix to the Voting Rights Act that will restore many of the protections that had been lost.  Click here to urge your member of Congress to act!

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Don't Censure Senators for Supporting Immigration Reform!

The Arizona Republican Party recently decided to censure Senator John McCain for his willingness to work with lawmakers across the aisle and pass important priorities like immigration reform.

We think that's wrong - and if we find 5,000 people who agree with us, our immigration campaign associate Ivone will bring the message to McCain's office in person.

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Limiting Pollution is a Matter of Faith

On February 6, Sojourners' creation care campaign associate Liz Schmitt will head to the Environmental Protection Agency to voice why she believes limiting carbon pollution from new power plants is a matter of faith.

It pollutes God’s creation, hurts public health, and is a driving force behind climate change.To make matters worse, poor and struggling people are hurt the most by our overuse of energy and resources.

Will you add your voice in support of new standards to limit carbon pollution?

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Tell John Boehner to End the Tug-of-War on Immigration

After a week of encouraging signs, including the release of Republican principles for reform and a high profile meeting between Speaker Boehner and reform supporter Cardinal McCarrick, Boehner made public comments that seemed to backpedal on his commitment to reform in 2014. Republican leadership is under heavy pressure from anti-immigrant extremists to let reform die.

Speaker Boehner is caught in a tug-of-war between immigration reform – supported by the American people and by our values – and the few loud voices who continue to oppose it. Help us convince Boehner to take action in 2014.

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Speak Out Against Violence Against Women

This Valentine’s Day, Sojourners is joining with One Billion Rising to speak out on violence against women — the most hidden injustice in our world. One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. If the church takes this seriously, its leaders need to talk about it from the pulpit.

It’s not always easy to talk about gender-based violence, particularly in the church, but there are simple steps you can take to increase awareness and get the conversation started. Sign up and we'll connect you with practical resources you can use on social media, with friends, and in your faith community.

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Stand Your Ground laws need to go!

In 25 states, Stand Your Ground laws make it possible for regular citizens to shoot and kill others if they feel threatened. These "Shoot First" laws have led to an outcry from communities who no longer feel safe. 

Recently, these laws were used in a court case for a man who killed an unarmed teenager over loud rap music. Stand Your Ground laws meant that the killer could be innocent if he could prove that he felt threatened. The jury was unable to issue a verdict.

Stand Your Ground laws create a culture of fear and stand in the way of just convictions. Sign our petition and tell state governors to end these unjust laws.

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Ohioans: We Need Clean Energy!

Why switch to clean energy? Because dirty energy is too dangerous! A recent spill in Ohio’s Oak Glen Nature Preserve shows what’s at risk when we choose fossil fuels over clean energy.

Governor Kasich should use this opportunity to focus on clean energy for Ohio – to protect our natural resources and to move toward the future.

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Texans: We Need Clean Energy!

Why switch to clean energy? Because dirty energy oil continues to be dangerous to God’s creation and our health. A barge recently crashed in the Galveston Bay, putting migratory birds at risk and triggering a difficult and expensive cleanup project. With an abundance of sunlight and wind, we should be investing in clean energy that doesn’t pollute our waters.

Governor Perry should use this opportunity to focus on clean energy for Texas – to protect our natural resources and move toward the future.

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North Carolinians: We Need Clean Energy!

Why switch to clean energy? Because dirty energy is too dangerous! Power companies are dumping cancer-causing coal ash into North Carolina’s rivers – sometimes accidentally, and sometimes on purpose.

Governor McCrory should use this opportunity to focus on clean energy for North Carolina – to protect our natural resources and our health.

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Join Us for Earth Week!

Earth Day is two days after Easter! Creation is groaning. When we observe Earth Day on Tuesday, we need to approach it with the spirit of Easter we carry from Sunday. Easter encourages us to view Earth Week as a time to pick up our shovels and plant the seeds of creation's resurrection.

Join Sojourners for Earth Week.  Next week – Monday to Friday – we’ll be offering a special message each day with a new way to put faith into action for the renewal of creation.

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