Top Bishops, Rabbis, and Muslim leaders say “our future is at stake” on November 6
October 30, 2012 (Sacramento)-- Leading Christian, Jewish & Muslim clergy and religious leaders from throughout California issued a powerful statement today in support of Proposition 30, the tax initiative on the November 6 ballot that would raise $6-9 billion to fund schools, public safety, and vital services.
Proposition 30 is the most widely watched initiative on California’s ballot this November. More than $6 billion in cuts to education and other services have already been approved for the current year should the measure fail. Ninety percent of the revenue raised by Proposition 30 comes from an increase in income tax for the state’s top earners.
California Clergy Statement on Proposition 30
Even as our economy begins its slow rebound from economic turmoil, we know that many Californians, especially those in our congregations and communities, are still reeling from the effects of the recession. The looming possibility that our schools and essential programs and services will be diminished even further is unacceptable. Nothing less than the future of our young people, our elders, and our communities is at stake on November 6.
As California clergy leaders from diverse faith and religious traditions, we believe this is the time to resolutely stand for and with our people. We must pass Proposition 30 and begin the critical work of reinvesting in schools and public services. To do otherwise is to jeopardize the future of our young people and further undermine the health and safety of our communities.
We believe that the public debate this election year is not simply about differing political visions, but about competing moral and spiritual values that have profound consequences for our people. The debate is about who we are as a state, the opportunities we all have to live better lives, and the covenant that binds us together.
Given what is at stake, we believe the faith community has a vital role to play in healing our state and our nation. We must shine a light on the pathways that lead toward opportunity and renewal. We must care for and protect the most vulnerable in our midst. We must all contribute our fair share.
On November 6, we must stand with and for our youth and communities by voting Yes on Proposition 30.
Abu Qadir Al-Amin
Imam, San Francisco Muslim Community Center
President, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Father John Baumann, S.J.
Founding Director and Director of Special Projects, PICO National Network
Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes
Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Pastor of West Angeles Church, Los Angeles
Presider and Chief Apostle of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Father Gregory Boyle, S.J.
Founder and Executive Director, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles
The Right Reverend J. Jon Bruno
Bishop Diocesan, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Bishop Yvette Flunder
Founder and Senior Pastor, City of Refuge, United Church of Christ
Rabbi Carla Fenves
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco
Dr. E. Wayne Gaddis, Sr.
President, California Missionary Baptist State Convention
Rabbi Marvin Goodman
Executive Director, Northern California Board of Rabbis
Reverend Mark W. Holmerud
Bishop, Sierra Pacific Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Dr. Maher Hathout
Senior Adviser, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Rabbi Chai Levy
Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon
President, Board of Rabbis of Northern California
Bishop J. W. Macklin
Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ, Hayward
Presiding Prelate of the Northern California Metropolitan Jurisdiction of Church of God in Christ
Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco
Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray
Chair, USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement
Pastor Emeritus, First AME Los Angeles
John R. Tansey Chair of Christian Ethics in the School of Religion at the University of Southern California
Reverend Dean W. Nelson
Bishop, Southwest California Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Reverend Drew Nettinga
Associate Conference Minister for Covenant Support, Northern California Nevada Conference, United Church of Christ
Reverend Stephen A. Privett, S.J.
President of the University of San Francisco
Executive Director, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California
Most Reverend Alexander Salazar
Auxiliary Bishop of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Director, Office of Life, Justice and Peace
Rabbi Ron Stern
Stephen S. Wise Temple; Member of Executive Committee, Southern
California Board of Rabbis
Bishop Mary Ann Swenson
Ecumenical Officer, United Methodist Church
Interim Dean, Bayan Claremont, An Islamic Graduate School, Claremont Lincoln University
Religious Advisor, Islamic Center of Southern California
Reverend Michael F. Weiler, S.J.
Provincial, California Province of the Society of Jesus
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