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Fight Back: Catholic Foundation Withdraws Workers Rights' Group Funding Over LGBT Equality
To: THE CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (CCHD)
of 10,000 signatures
Stop bullying social justice organizations with litmus tests over LGBT equality and restore $75,000 in funding to workers rights group VOZ.
Why is this important?
VOZ, a worker rights organization in Portland, OR is in crisis after the Catholic Campaign for Human Development demanded that VOZ cut ties with an ally group that supports marriage equality -- if not, they would lose a critical $75,000 grant.
The workers of VOZ stood up and told the Catholic Campaign for Human Development that it would prefer to lose its grant than lose its principles. Now, its up to people of faith to stand with them against these attempts to divide workers and bully pro-LGBT organizations out of coalitions.
VOZ has told CCHD: “We are a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions. At the root of that mission, is the pursuit of justice and equality for all immigrants and day laborers. We have always found that to do this, we need all allies, day laborers, and immigrants to stand together in unity.
The philosophy of building borders between friends and allies has long been a debilitating instrument to slow the advancement of social justice and equality. Alone we cannot achieve anything.
Martin Luther King Jr., the namesake of our Worker Center once said: ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’
We stand with our friends at [the National Council of La Raza]. We stand with their values.”
But now VOZ is scrambling to find how it will provide health insurance to its staff and keep alive its state-wide campaign to stop wage theft.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is an official program of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Each fall, Catholics in the pews are asked to donate during Mass to a "special collection" which funds the grants given by the CCHD to domestic antipoverty efforts.
This is not the first time CCHD has used connections to LGBT friendly groups as an excuse to take a grant away from an organization relying on it. Now VOZ is scrambling to find how it will provide health insurance to its staff and keep alive its state-wide campaign to stop wage theft.
We know that our faiths, prophets, and scriptures never put conditions on supporting the poor and caring for the most vulnerable. Just look at Jesus, who offered God's love to the sick, the poor, corrupt tax-collectors -- EVERYONE.
That's why VOZ decided to take a stand, believing that there are more people who want unity and who support its principles than those who want to see them violated.
With the new Pope, a new era of openness and acceptance is appearing that the groups pressuring the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to corrupt its funding strategies are entirely counter to.
Please stand with VOZ, stand for equality and against intolerance by signing the petition to end the witch hunts at CCHD and by donating to fill the funding gap.
Donate at http://bit.ly/portlandvoz
Standing up for your principles shouldn’t mean having to close your doors on good work.
Video from the recent press conference in Portland: http://vimeo.com/100970470
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