Justice & Peace Update

Minutes for Justice & Peace November 20, 2022

PRESENT; Peter, Diane, Rich, Caren, Judy, Rick, Lynne, Estelle, Teddie

 

  • We went around the room and shared thoughts on the election.  There was general agreement that it was a good thing that all four measures passed but also that there is still a lot of work to do.

  • Oregon Interfaith Earth Summit 2023 will be held at the Ashland Presbyterian Church on February 5, 2023, and our members will help in any way we can.  Diane will contact Cherise Bock and Rick will follow up with the InterFaith Group.

  • A book group will be held on the UCC book, Cathedral on Fire, in January 2023.  It is presently being planned as an in-person group meeting on Tuesday afternoons either in the Amistad Room or the Fireplace space.  Caren and Diane will lead this study/action group.

  • Rogue Climate has become heavily involved in the STOP GTN Xpress pipeline campaign.  This pipeline will bring more natural gas into Oregon and the need for such a pipeline is in question along with the negative environmental impacts of using more methane. FERCs staff has released a mushy environmental impact statement that basically says we don’t know about climate change, but it could be used to allow FERC to greenlight the pipeline. A FERC decision is coming this winter.  There is significant opposition, including from west coast Attorney Generals and Estelle reported that the Citizens Utility Board convinced the PUC (Public Utility Comm.) to refuse to increase fees that would allow money to help “push” the project.

  • Rogue Climate will be meeting on the GTN Xpress on December 14, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the Rogue Climate office at 205 N. Phoenix Rd., Phoenix. 

  • Judy will order an Organizer’s Kit from InterFaith Power & Light for a ten-day Faith Climate Action Week which is April 14-23, 2023.

  • There are many upcoming meetings by groups like SOCAN & Pachamama.  Rick Bonetti will be posting meetings that relate to our climate activities. It’s a great resource - check it out. 

  • The next Justice and Peace meeting will be held on ZOOM at 2 p.m. on December 18, 2022. 

Minutes for Justice & Peace Meeting September 25, 2022

Attending:  Peter, Diane, Caren, Rich, Estelle, Patty, Bill, Kimberly and Vivian

 

  • We chose the 16th of October following worship for the Ballot Measure Discussion Forum in Lidgate Hall.  Rich agreed to be the convener/moderator and will present information on 3 of the measures and encourage discussion.  Teddie and/or Diane will lead a discussion on the Gun Safety Ballot Measure.

  • Diane gave an update on the needs of Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO) and the need to encourage participation in getting out the vote for YES on 114 through canvassing, writing postcards and offering lawn signs.  If you are able to help and would like more information, contact Teddie or Diane. 

  • Estelle reported on SOCAN’s 10th-anniversary celebration and the growth of the organization.

  • SOCAN candidate forums on climate are coming up in October on the 4th and 18th - both at 7 p.m. in the Medford Library.  On the 4th there will be candidates for Congressional Dist. 2 and Jackson County Commissioners.  On the 18th there will be candidates for the Oregon House and Senate. 

  • Pachamama is continuing its series on Water Solutions.  Check out their website for more information.  Also check out  https://www.roguevalleyvoice.com  for more detail on upcoming climate events.

  • Caren reported that the Mobile Crisis Response Van has begun to operate on a pilot project from 8-5 PM M-F.  The 988 Crisis Call entry # is now operating.  There is a strong need for funding from the 2023 Legislature to fund crisis stabilization centers in Oregon communities so that people responding to people in crisis have somewhere to bring folks for further help.