Over 150 signatures were collected at the Advocacy Action table in November. St. Michael’s members signed letters to our U. S. Senators and Representatives thanking them for supporting the Temporary Protective Status program. Over 50 signatures were collected for Senator Wyden, Senator Merkely, and Representative Blumenauer. Three persons from the 1st District signed a letter to Representative Bonamici.
Other activity by team members included a workshop at the recent Collins Lecture. Peter Sergienko and Alice Hardesty received a positive response from participants. They are exploring the possibility of bringing the Green Team/Advocacy Action model to other churches.
If you have ever joined some of our team members in attending rallies against the siting of fossil fuel terminals along the Columbia River, we recently received some positive news. The Energy Council responsible for giving Washington’s Governor a recommendation on how to proceed on the Tesoro Oil Terminal voted unanimously to disapprove the project. “Stand up to Oil” notes that Governor Inslee has 60 days to act on the 360,000-barrel-per day oil train terminal in Vancouver
A few more people have started bringing fresh ideas to the Advocacy Action agenda. Watch for information sheets on specific issues at upcoming Second Sunday tables. There’s always room for more suggestions on ways we can advocate on critical issues at all levels of government. If you would like to join the lively discussions that occur at St. Michael’s at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month, please contact co-chairs Alice Hardesty or Marili Reilly. We welcome you to join the conversation and discover new ways we can all act on our Baptismal Covenant.