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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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Help Stop Violence Against Women Worldwide!

Women around the world are beaten and abused every day. It’s an epidemic that affects up to 70% of women in some countries—and we need to respond.

The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) would connect women with the legal support, education, and economic opportunity they need, while making sure that women and girls in humanitarian crises are protected from violence.

Send a message to your member of Congress to help build support for IVAWA!

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Don't let domestic abusers buy guns!

Each month, nearly 50 women in the U.S. are shot to death by a partner or former partner. If we don’t close a loophole that allows people to buy guns without a background check, we’ll continue to give domestic abusers easy access to handguns.

With your help, we can close the loophole that lets domestic abusers buy guns with no questions asked. Click here to join us!

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Stand Behind President Obama's Immigration Relief

President Obama has announced his plans to reform pieces of our broken immigration system. These efforts are a source of hope to millions of our immigrant brothers and sisters, who now can live and work without fear of being detained simply because of who they are. Unfortunately, the attacks on the president are already starting.

Let's stand with the president as he helps our society "welcome the stranger."

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Christians, let's tell our communities: Black Lives Matter!

In recent weeks, we've seen firsthand that our justice system treats some people like they don't matter. Grand juries in Missouri and Staten Island both decided that the deaths of unarmed black men were not worth further investigation by declining to call for a trial of the police officers who killed them.

This isn't just a problem in Ferguson, not just something that happens in New York. We hear over and over again that our society is treating our black sisters and brothers as though their lives don't matter.

A letter in your local paper calling for justice is a powerful way to reach your friends, neighbors, and community with the message that ALL people are made in the image of God.

Click here and we'll help you write one!

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Help Create a Matthew 25 Congress!

What kind of Congress do we need? We need a Matthew 25 Congress!

Jesus’ famous words call on us to care for immigrants, the poor, those in prison, and those who are marginalized in every area of society – the “least of these.”

When the new Congress begins this year, we want them to be a Matthew 25 Congress – don’t you?

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Open Letter to Christian Financial Institutions: Let Us Divest!

We’ve done our research. Of the 13 major Christian investment companies we studied, not a single one offers a way for their members to opt out of fossil fuels. We think Christian investment companies should be the FIRST to stop funding climate change!

Read and sign our open letter.

 

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Sign On: Open Letter to Franklin Graham on Racial Reconciliation

We don’t know what prompted Rev. Franklin Graham to log onto Facebook and pound out the words that lit a firestorm last week. But within one day, tens of thousands of his faithful followers liked and shared his short, patronizing post that called “Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else” to “Listen up” and tune in to his take on why so many black people have died at the hands of police officers recently. According to Graham, the problem is “simple.” It can be reduced to their lack of obedience and bad parenting.

By Monday morning, more than 80,000 people shared the post and almost 200,000 liked it.

Thankfully, we have a response: We invite you to join with us in signing on to an open letter to Rev. Graham calling him back to the Gospel's ministry of reconciliation.

Read the full text of the letter here, and then add your name.

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Sign On: Christians Support the Iran Nuclear Framework!

This week, more than 50 Christian leaders came together to voice our support for the framework of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

We hope you will prayerfully consider adding your own voice in support of the diplomatic process. This is a historic opportunity for diplomacy to triumph over armed conflict, and as people of faith, you can play an important role in helping the process succeed.

Read the full text of the letter here, then add your name.

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