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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

What Can We Do?

Some thoughts about steps we can begin to take...

  1. Organize your friends to pick up trash in the neighborhood.
  2. Join the Graffiti Watch Program. Merle Goldstone heads up a wonderful team and does a free training on graffiti clean up along with providing paints and materials.
  3. Call the City to request services that our tax dollars pay for (removal of large items, street clean up, police patrols, etc.)
Anyone have tips or suggestions?

The teachings of Jesus

Jesus modeled the ancient command and practice of advocacy: “Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17) He recognized that human suffering is related to systems of power and inequity and thus advocated on behalf of the weak. He confronted the dominance of civil and religious authorities and their oppressive control over the poor and simple. And he taught his followers to live subversively under foreign occupation—paying taxes and carrying the packs of Roman soldiers, but honoring another kingdom and king. Jesus warned adults that they would be held responsible if their choices lead children into sin. The struggle for justice ultimately led to his persecution and death. Through his example Jesus invites us to be healers through the practice of advocacy.