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Lots has been happening with your Social Justice Committee...
Last month we also helped host the showing of the film, Plastic Paradise:The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, with EcoInterfaith and had a great turnout!. Our social justice offering in May supported the Minister's Discretionary Fund (total = 199.00). Thank you!
Our Radio Show Our monthly radio show, "Interfaith Voices", on KXVS The Voice of Stockton (https://www.facebook.com/KXVSradio/), which addresses interfaith perspectives on local social justice concerns is rocking! You can view our videos on Youtube or on our church website. In May we focused on health and health care with guests Dixie Evans and our own Roy Childs. If you'd like to help plan or participate in future shows, please contact Jeri Bigbee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Petition Drive Roy Childs is also spearheading a petition drive in conjunction with his leadership role in Faith in San Joaquin. This effort aims to place the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act initiative on the 2020 ballot to equalize property taxation between homeowners and large commercial and industrial property owners. When “Prop 13”was passed in the late 1970s, it granted property tax relief to many households by mandating property reassessments only when properties changed ownership. An exception was granted to large commercial and industrial properties which were not reassessed when ownership changed hands, so that inequities between the property tax obligations of homeowners and large commercial landowning enterprises have now become extreme. This has severely shifted the property tax burden and the costs of providing local services to homeowners. For more information contact Roy Childs (email@example.com or 477-6080) or stop by the Bookstore table after church to sign the petition.
We're planning some great upcoming activities ... In late summer we'll be holding a water-wise plant and tree sale with plantings from our own gardens! Information re: water conservation will be available.
On September 15th we'll again be participating in Coastal Cleanup, working on our own Calaveras River. Mark your calendar!
In the fall we'll also be hosting a book drive for Books on the Bus, a local program that provides free books for kids and families riding RTD buses. Please save your gently used children's books for the drive!