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In conjunction with the Mission U Pushout study, here are some statistics on discipline of students of color in Idaho and Oregon schools.
To look up a specific school district and find information about student services and discipline, go to https://ocrdata.ed.gov/search/district
The "home page" has a basic search tool where you enter the name of a district and click on the special report that interests you. It will bring up pie charts with percentages that might be useful for a local unit to use as a program. Click on Detailed Data Tables in the left hand column to bring up spreadsheets with data on all kinds of things.
An Idaho Republican congressman wants to end the salmon wars by removing select hydroelectric dams, replacing the electricity lost, paying communities and businesses, and giving American Indian tribes more power. A $33 billion Pacific Northwest energy and infrastructure proposal would end litigation over endangered salmon and authorize the removal of four dams on the Snake River in Washington beginning in 2030. U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of East Idaho released the plan after asking more than 300 groups what they would need if the dams came out. Read more HERE.
Abundant Life at the Intersections
The new issue of Abundant Life for All is authored by United for a Fair Economy (UFE), a United Methodist Women partner working on economic justice issues. Each year UFE publishes a State of the Dream report honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and assessing how race and economy intersect in the lives of people of color. This year, United Methodist Women co-sponsored the 2020 report, Building a Fair Economy at the Intersections which explores this from a gender perspective.
In Issue 8 of Abundant Life for All, “Abundant Life at the Intersections,” authors of UFE’s report discuss what “INTERSECTIONALITY” means and why it is important to economic justice and a living wage for all.
“Economic justice efforts should start from the ‘intersections’ of gender, racial, class and other inequalities”
This intersectional perspective reflects the long-term work of United Methodist Women. Our concern for women, youth and children around the world has consistently addressed gender justice, racial justice, economic justice and climate justice in holistic and intersecting ways. For example, we work on the impact of environmental racism on women and children of color. We work on how “redlining”—the denial of mortgages to Black communities, led to the disinvestment in communities of color and other crises connected with schools, nutrition, access to good jobs, recreation, health care, environmental degradation and policing.
• Despite being less likely to default on mortgage loans, women are more likely to be denied mortgages than men and pay higher rates than men.
• Black women were 256% more likely to receive subprime loans than white men. One in five who receive these loans will face foreclosure.
• Currently, many women and people of color do not have health insurance or access to affordable healthcare, threatening their economic security.
UFE calls for fair taxes and fair wages to address these historic, intersecting inequalities.
Read and share Abundant Life at the Intersections, https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/Media/PDF/AbundantLifeIssue8AttheIntersections.pdf
Read the UFE report Building a Fair Economy at the Intersections. Consider using the workshop “Gender & Economic Justice—A Popular Education Curriculum” (p. 35) in a UMW program.
Thanks for educating and taking action!
Living Wage for All Campaign
WHAT CAN WE DO NOW DURING COVID-19 TO SUPPORT NEW AND EXPECTING MOTHERS?
It is time take BOLD action and contact our policymakers to dismantle our broken system and urge them to support policies and system changes in healthcare that will lead to real and measurable improvements in health for all.
Bria Manning, Warren United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, is taking bold actions for Maternal Health. Manning’s focus during the pandemic has been on how to deliver support to mothers during delivery right now. Since the pandemic began, women have been forced to give birth in isolation with their desires and needs not being met and in some cases deaths have occurred. Manning’s team has been actively working on advocating birth centers and supplying notarized birth plans with the doctor’s signature prior to delivery time to assist in legal assistance if necessary. To find out more about Bria Manning’s work and how she’s putting Maternal Health first visit her blog at ambitioushousewife.com.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
There are a number of healthcare resources available for women specifically to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. See how you can help with this process and note the assistance opportunities that may benefit someone close to you in need.
Utilize resources developed for women during COVID
- Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs has developed links to resources and their Town Halls (amchp.org/covid-19)
- March of Dimes created educational and support resources for COVID-19 (marchofdimes.org/covid-19-resources.aspx)
Support your local non-profits doing the work to support and provide resources to women. Let Congress know that it is critical to extend support to the nation’s non-profits to keep them open and active in the communities they serve.
Improve health care for mothers. Calling on your elected officials to support these two bills that would help improve the health of moms and their babies. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering two bills that would help prevent maternal death and improve maternal health in this country. We need you to encourage your elected officials to support these important bills:
- Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act of 2019 (H.R. 4995): This bill would develop public health programs to: 1) improve access to obstetric care in rural areas, 2) reduce and prevent racial and ethnic discrimination in maternal health care, 3) improve perinatal care and health outcomes and 4) eliminate preventable maternal death and severe health challenges.
- Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act (H.R. 4996): This bill would extend access to health insurance (through Medicaid or CHIP) for women one year after childbirth.
To advocate for better healthcare for new and expecting mothers, contact your government officials at all levels letting them know of your concern about the need for better women’s healthcare.
Federal Elected Officials
Contact the President online, or call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 or the comments line at 202-456-1111. (whitehouse.gov/contact)
Locate your U.S. senators' contact information. (senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm)
Find your U.S. representative's website and contact information. (house.gov/representatives)
State Elected Officials
Get in touch with your state governor. (usa.gov/state-governor)
Find the names and current activities of your state legislators. (congress.gov/state-legislature-websites)
Local Elected Officials
Locate your mayor by name, city or population size. (usmayors.org/mayors)
Find your county executive (the head of the executive branch of government in your county) by map search or your ZIP Code. The county executive may be an elected or an appointed position. (ce.naco.org)
Get contact information for your city, county and town officials. (usa.gov/local-governments)
You can find ongoing announcements on United Methodist Women's Facebook page as well as on United Methodist Women Economic Inequality Initiative and United Methodists Engage in Poor People’s Campaign Facebook pages.
Love in Action
Click here to view specific actions you can take today to help build a beloved community.
“Sympathy feels bad about a situation. Solidarity joins in as a co-laborer to change the situation. Sympathy calls for love without risk. Solidarity calls for risk as love. Sympathy centers the comfort and timetable of those who benefit from a system of difference. Solidarity calls for a revolution of value in a system in which we build a loving and just common life together.”
- Dante Stewart
United Methodist Women Connects Members During COVID-19 Crisis With “For a Time Like This” Campaign
United Methodist Women’s “For a Time Like This” campaign helps women connect with their faith and one another in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic through Facebook, other social media platforms, the United Methodist Women website and more.
Visit unitedmethodistwomen.org/blogs/for-a-time-like-this for prayers, devotionals, activities (including mask-making), news about the frontline service of national mission institutions and international ministries, resources, and ways to connect with other United Methodist Women members while we’re “sheltered in place” at home.
The campaign also includes special editions of Faith Talks podcasts on COVID-19- related topics such as coronavirus, faithfulness and online worship, grief, paid leave/sick days in the age of covid-19, and more.
Campaign Action Alerts
People who are incarcerated in jails, prisons, immigration detention centers and juvenile justice facilities are at heightened risk from COVID-19. This is especially true for medically vulnerable people: the elderly, those who are immunocompromised, sick or pregnant.
Contact your governor today to urge your state to reduce the number of incarcerated people through the swift release of individuals who pose no threat to public safety and yet are themselves at great medical risk if COVID-19 enters the prison system: https://p2a.co/Jvxf2cE.
We’ve had about 300 people take action, but we’d love to have more, so please sign here if you have not yet done so.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which began on April 22, 1970, after a horrifying oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, triggered a national bipartisan response to the issue of environmental degradation. On that day in 1970, in a moment of rare political alignment, 20 million people across party lines engaged in public demonstrations in support of a healthy environment. Since then, thousands of Christians have honored Earth Day during weekend services and participation in community-wide celebrations. Fifty years later, as we continue to experience and witness the harmful effects of our reliance on fossil fuels, the concern that inspired the first Earth Day observance is still a priority issue before us today.
Here are some things you can do right now:
• Use your unique voice as a United Methodist Women member and person of faith to urge Congress to implement a moratorium on water and energy utility shut-offs and prioritize people-focused economic relief in response to the COVID19 national emergency. As United Methodist Women, we believe that we have an urgent responsibility to love the Earth and all its communities, and as we respond to this crisis, we have the opportunity to forge a just recovery that creates healthier, more equitable and more just communities that reflect God’s kin-dom.
• Visit our website to connect with United Methodist Women’s Just Energy for All campaign. We also encourage you to join our climate justice e-mail list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates on actions that you and your United Methodist Women unit, district or conference can take to advance climate justice at the local and national levels.
How to Contact Your Legislators:
Click the links below to get information on how to contact your legislator:
To find information on contacting your state representatives in Idaho, click on this link:
To find information on contacting your state representatives in Oregon, click on this link:
United Methodist Women press releases bring you the most up-to-the-minute response to current events. To read these, go to
Here is the link to the United Methodist Women Social Action page. On the right you will find campaign resources that:
address the biblical basis for United Methodist Women’s engagement in social action
present the four social action campaigns for the 2016-2020 quadrennium, which are connected to our four issue priorities
direct you to more resources and inspire ideas for action
You will also find a link to sign up to receive the regular Social Action Alerts.
Faith Talks are another way to delve more deeply into a topic. To learn about these and to participate live or listen to a past Faith Talk, go to: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/faithtalks
Living our Faith, Creating Change, Working for Justice
This PowerPoint presentation was developed for the Idaho Legislative Event in February 2020 using resources from United Methodist Women, General Board of Church and Society, and the proposed United Methodist Social Principles . It is centered on the theme of voting our values and is available for you to use it with your unit or another small group.
There are 4 separated downloads:
A grayscale version suitable for printing handouts
A sample questionnaire for the concluding activity.