Economic Justice Mission Group

The Economic Justice Mission Continues its Witness for the Common Good


The NHCUCC's Economic Justice Mission Group interprets the NH state budget through the lens of our faith. In our eyes, a budget is a moral document. Therefore, our Mission Group the has been playing a leading role in convening "NH Voices of Faith" from multiple traditions to pray and bear public witness for a humane NH state budget that responsibly addresses our state's pressing needs, especially the needs of the most vulnerable in our midst and the core investments that maintain beloved community.


Current Events

Among its varied activities, the NHCUCC's Economic Justice Mission Group has been focused on the nexus between faith and labor in NH as we explore our common bonds and our shared commitment to championing the value and dignity of all work and the living wages that help sustain beloved community. On Saturday morning February 9 we are working with union colleagues to dig even more deeply into this topic -- and we invite all interested "Justice and Witness" colleagues to join us.

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Feel free to call Gail Kinney at 603-381-7324 for more info. Pre-registration is requested by providing your name, your church affiliation, and letting us know if you also have any union connection.

In peace and justice.

Gail Kinney
Worker Justice Minister
Meriden Congregational Church, UCC


Your "Voice of Faith" is Needed at the NH State House on February 12  
Multifaith Legislative Advocacy Day 
 
Mark your calendar: Tuesday February 12, 2019 is this year's "Faith in Action - Legislative Advocacy Day." Co-sponsored by the NH Conference UCC Economic Justice Mission Group and other faith communities, Legislative Advocacy Day allows voices of faith to join together as visible and vocal witnesses for legislation that builds up beloved community in NH, rather than tearing it down.   
 
The day will also equip participants with the information needed to be positive public policy advocates beyond February 12. We welcome those who are experienced legislative advocates and we strongly encourage those who are new to the NH legislative process to join us.  
 
For more information download the event flyer or visit the registration site: https://secure.everyaction.com/rfZscWV-akm87j0Wej1_dQ2.


A Little State Budget Background


On April 1, 2016 the NH House passed a budget that was immoral on so many fronts -- ignoring critical and compelling needs of the poor, the disabled, the homeless, the physically and mentally ill, vulnerable seniors, students, and more. Although the Senate Finance Committee's recommended budget restores funding to Meals on Wheels, Service Link, and homeless services, and significantly reduces some of the House-approved cuts to higher education and programs which address developmental disabilities and substance abuse, its proposed budget still falls far short of our obligations to people in need as well as to state workers. We believe NH can and should be better than this!

Most problematic for us are a set of proposed business tax cuts that will drain millions from future budgets. These cuts will ultimately reduce revenue by $46M per year, leaving fewer resources for essential programs going forward. In addition, the Senate has declined to fund the continuation of the NH Health Protection Program (expanded Medicaid) and 40,000 current enrollees could lose access to health coverage after December 2016 unless the legislature allocates funds for the program. The failure to allocate $12 million to continue the expanded Medicaid program for so many of our state's working poor is a travesty. The NH UCC is on record in support of the expanded Medicaid program, and we will continue to maintain our moral witness in this regard as long as it takes. Please join us! You can connect with our Mission Group via email: economicjustice.nhucc@gmail.com.

 


Valuable Resources


Readers of Courage in the Struggle are also encouraged to check out this short YouTube clip that was produced at our Prayer Rally about the NH Budget held on May 5, 2015. Also, sign up to receive the American Friends Service Committee-NH Program's weekly e-newsletter, State House Watch, which, each Friday afternoon, will provide you with up-to-date information about policy matters of concern to many "voices of faith" in New Hampshire. Send a simple email to aalpert@afsc.org to say "Please add me to the State House Watch mailing list." The AFSC is a key partner of the UCC Economic Justice Mission Group and provides wisdom and staff support for a number of our economic justice and witness activities.