During December, the Advocacy Action team prepared a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stating our Christian commitment to defending the Creation and decrying his attack on science and his replacement of scientists with individuals having corporate interests on certain advisory boards. Eighty signatures were collected — a record number for our Second Sunday tables — and copies of the letter were sent to Oregon’s Senators and Representatives.

We also received encouragement for past actions. In November, we had written to our Congressional delegation, thanking them for supporting the Temporary Protective Status program. Representative Earl Blumenauer sent a response, confirming his position and thanking us for our support.

Following an October presentation by a guest speaker from Common Cause, we submitted a proposal to the Vestry that St. Michael’s endorse the Small Donor Elections legislation. At its January meeting, the Vestry formally endorsed this grassroots effort to get big money out of politics.

Our team is growing, but we welcome fresh voices. To join our lively discussions, contact co-chairs Alice Hardesty (ahardesty88@comcast.net) or Marili Reilly (cascademarili@gmail.com). We meet at St. Michael’s at 7:00 pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

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