Justice Action Opportunities (Sept 2, 2018)

1. September 4, 6 pm, Irvine: Training for Friends of Orange County Detainees monthly training and follow-up for people interested in visiting immigrants detained in jails and prisons. There are three steps: 1) training; 2) visiting a person in detention; and 3) recording your visit. Please RSVP at www.friendsofocdetainees.org. If the session is full, your name will be placed on a list of people interested in having the training.

2. Saturday, October 13, 6:00-9:00 pm: The Sixth Annual Fundraiser for the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815. One of the honorees will be St Luke’s Episcopal Church, sponsor of our monthly homeless meal. For tickets and sponsorship, please visit www.lbirc.org/fundraiser. Let’s have a Los Altos table!!

3. October 29, 10:30 am, Plaza at Olvera Street, Los Angeles. Training for congregations interested in supporting asylum seekers in detention centers.

LETTERS NEEDED TO:

1. Long Beach Harbor Commissioners, the Tidelands Commission, and Mayor Robert Garcia (Long Beach) requesting that they make similar arrangements as those made in the L.A. Port (i.e., negotiate one-month leases to continue to exert pressure to protect warehouse workers and port truck drivers from being incorrectly classified as independent contractors).

2. Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell (who is supporting overturning the protections gained in the Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court that stipulates who is and is not an independent contractor).Some employers have called for overturning of this decision.

Letters in the above two matters need to be positive saluting success in making the Port of Long Beach a world leader in green ports and urging that we apply same care to the workers who earn their livelihoods there.

3. Immigration—Long Beach Sacred Resistance is compiling a list of immigration attorneys who can be summoned to prevent immediate deportation and provide advice to immigrants and asylum seekers. Names and contact info of immigration attorneys willing to work pro bono should be sent to: lbsacredresistance@gmail.com.

4. Immigration— City of Long Beach has a line item in the proposed 2019 budget that allocates $250,000 to the Deportation Defense Fund (proposed by Mayor Garcia). Budget meetings for public input take place all next week until City Council hears presentations on the budget September 4 and adopts on September 11. Input needed to maintain the $250,000 fund as proposed.

5. Homelessness—LA County Hotline for outreach services— contact www.la-hop.org. This alerts LA County Homeless Services to specific concerns regarding a person’s welfare. Note: The Long Beach Homeless Multi-Service Center is located at 1301 W. 12th Street, can be reached at (562) 570-4500.

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

Meeting of the Reconciling Task Force on Sept. 9, 12:30 pm-2:00 pm

If you are interested in being a part of this group, please be at this meeting in Fellowship Hall. Questions: Contact Jane Barboza at janewbarboza@gmail.com or Sadie Sacks at sadsack2000@verizon.net.

Volunteers Needed for Weekly Church Pew/Chair Pocket Maintenance

We are currently seeking volunteers to maintain the Sanctuary pew racks and Fellowship Hall chair pockets, keeping them tidy and stocked with donation envelopes and pens.  Please contact the church office if you are able to fulfill this very important task. As this position’s hours are flexible, this is an ideal opportunity for families or individuals who would like to serve the church.

Building Committee Update—August 14, 2018

Last week the LAUMC building project saw continued work on the sewer line in the breezeway in front of the former men’s restroom. The new Breezeway along the East side of the Lounge addition has a new cover, and we have finally received approved plans for the roof drains on the Lounge roof. Construction on the Lounge may now move forward. New cabinetry in the Fellowship Hall service kitchen has been installed, and other work is now in progress in that area.  The good news is the new lift is being installed THIS week!  Please keep in mind that we must pass safety inspections and the area around the sump pumps must be safely enclosed before the Lift can become operational. Please be patient and wait for an announcement on when the new Lift can be used to get downstairs.  The work on the Fire Sprinkler lines is due to start on short notice so be prepared for the West/Preschool parking lot to be impacted with trenches during this installation. The construction company has been reminded to leave a clean and safe area at the end of each work day. Please continue to use caution as you encounter construction work while on campus. The Building Committee is continuing to meet each week to ensure that work on this project is moving forward toward completion.