GENERAL CONVENTION 2003


 

 

OUR NATION AND THE WORLD

THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS WERE APPROVED BY THE CONVENTION:

Urge US Government to honor those traditions which avoid coercion and respect individual liberty (which have been jointly affirmed with Islamic leaders in various countries) in reconstruction work in Afghanistan and Iraq

Endorse and embrace achievement of United Nations' Millennium Development Goals that pledge to eradicate poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensure environmental stability; and develop a global partnership for development. Asks all dioceses and congregations to contribute 0.7% of their annual budgets to fund international development programs. Asks for annual accounting for each diocese's progress toward this 0.7% goal. Commit significant funding for work with Partnership Office for Africa

Support the people of Liberia, especially given long historic ties to Episcopal Church

Seek ways to pay pensions owed retired clergy in Cuba (currently forbidden by Patriot Act)

Urge Congress to expand temporary workers' programs to include all current residents, enact legislation that requires compensation and benefits paralleling other legal residents

Identify resource materials for education on domestic and international trafficking in women, girls, and boys. Ask for national and international plan of action for Episcopal Church

Israeli destruction of Palestinian homes in Gaza and West Bank and East Jerusalem is illegal and a deterrent to the peace process. Urge US Government to press Israel to end its policy of demolition of Palestinian homes.

Convey to US Government our support for their ongoing questioning of the construction of an Israeli security wall

Direct Office of Government Relations (OGR) to urge Congress to hold hearings examining PATRIOT ACT and potential curtailing of civil liberties

Resolution D063 : Human Rights: Civil Liberties and the USA Patriot Act

Direct the Office of Government Relations to work to encourage the Congress of the United States to hold public hearings examining the relationship between the extension of police powers granted under HR 3162 RDS, the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA PATRIOT Act), and the potential curtailing of civil liberties granted by the Constitution of the United States of America; and ...go on record as opposing the use of Federal legislation passed since 9/11 violating fundamental civil
rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution
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Reaffirm previous actions in response to internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and urge US Government to remember that experience in relation to the PATRIOT ACT. Encourage all Episcopalians to reach out to neighbors of all religions (especially Muslims). Direct OGR to monitor policies on imprisonment of American citizens or legal residents based solely on ethnicity

Urge US Government to fully fund the "Promise to Africa" for HIV/AIDS relief

Urge US Government to renegotiate the Status of Forces Agreement with the Republic of Korea with due regard for the rights of local people and their access to mechanisms for redress of grievances

 

 

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