On Sunday, Oct. 21st, Rev. Amy led a St. Mary’s delegation of almost 20 people to the Issues Summit sponsored by VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), which brought together almost 1,400 people — Christians, Muslims, Jews, Unitarians, immigrants and native-born citizens, African-Americans, Latinos, Caucasians — for the non-partisan Issues Summit with Virginia’s Governor and Attorney General. St. Mary’s is a founding member of VOICE.
During the Comments and Accountability portion of the summit, St. Mary’s parishioner Marjorie Green, a Core VOICE member, presented Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring with position statements and questions to gauge these elected leaders’ commitment to key issues.
Both the Governor and Attorney General committed to working on reform of the cash bail system that penalizes people simply for being poor. The Governor pledged to work on increasing resources for student mental health support and for affordable housing. The Attorney General promised to work with his counterparts in other states to ensure immigrant and refugee families are not torn apart. VOICE will follow up with both as the January session of the General Assembly approaches. VOICE plans to have 7-10 leaders in Richmond every day of that session. St. Mary’s parishioners are welcome to join in.
VOICE also will have more than 450 people on the streets of the 10th Congressional District Nov. 3 through 6 to do non-partisan voter turnout work (GOTV) among infrequent voters. St. Mary’s parishioners are encouraged to come out for GOTV. Click here to get involved.
Please contact Marjorie Green at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. And make sure to go to the polls and vote on Election Day, Nov. 6th!