Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy - FAME

Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy - FAME FAME is a network of people of people of faith who support low wage and immigrant workers who are organizing for respect, dignity and living-wage jobs.
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Brooke Anderson Photography: Stills of Our Stories & Struggles
11/06/2020

Brooke Anderson Photography: Stills of Our Stories & Struggles

Photos from yesterday's Count Every Vote mobilization at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland, CA to defend the democratic process and stop a Trump coup.

11/04/2020
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11/04/2020

Sharing livestream from today's faith community area as part of the larger "Count Every Vote" event in downtown Oakland by Bay Resistance!

11/04/2020
Count Every Vote
10/22/2020
Count Every Vote

Count Every Vote

Join for two crucial trainings for clergy and people of faith as we prepare for election season, an unprecedented period between Election Day and Inauguration Day

PICO California
07/31/2020

PICO California

This Wednesday just after midnight, an arsonist tried to burn down The Way Christian Center, which had added a #BlackLivesMatter banner to the front on Tuesday.

Fortunately, the damage was limited thanks to an observant and fast acting neighbor. Today, the church’s Pastor Mike McBride, stood in defiance of the hateful attack alongside church members, community members, statewide clergy, and our Co-Director, Ben McBride.

To help, donate here: https://gf.me/u/yjcw86

Black Organizing Project
07/15/2020

Black Organizing Project

[10 Days of Gratitude]
On the 7th day of Gratitude, BOP is extending our greatest thanks to the Faith Leaders and members of the Spiritual Community who graciously shared their prayers of protection and sent affirming sentiments our way. Spirituality has always been the bloodline of Black peoples movements for Liberation and we at BOP are extremely grateful for the continuous support we have garnered from the Spiritual Community. It is through the spirit of faith that Black people have been able to persevere through the conditions we have faced & continue on fighting for a brighter future. During our 10 days of action leading up to our historic victory, BOP received an overwhelming amount of supporter videos & letters from Faith Leaders and members of the spiritual community from all over Oakland- support from members of the Muslim, Christian, Catholic, Jewish, & Universalist communities who took a bold stance with BOP by acknowledging our work and joining us in the call for police free schools in Oakland. We want to thank Pastor Dr. James Ware, Rabbi David Copper, Rev. Rhina Ramos, Pastor Sam Casey, Brother Saabir Lockette, Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, Rev. Kurt Kuhwald, Rev. Sandhya Ja, Sen. Rabbi Dev Noily for sharing their videos of support & Pastor Mike McBride for marching with us and our youth in East Oakland. A special thanks to Pastor Wayne Rawlins and Asst. Pastor Aaron Rawlins for allowing a safe haven for our Black organizing, having faith in our vision from early on and watering the seed that has now bloomed into the Black Organizing Project. BOP has always spoken on the power of faith in our organization and has always acknowledged the power of our words, in our songs, in our prayers, our drums, our feet and in our hands. We thank you all again for your generous prayers & positive sentiments and we call on you to continue sending your positive affirmations as we move through this process of implementing police free schools and continue transforming the way we educate our children! Sending Gratitude.

Today, faith and community leaders along with the Defund the Police Coalition held a massive car caravan from the Port o...
06/29/2020

Today, faith and community leaders along with the Defund the Police Coalition held a massive car caravan from the Port of Oakland to May Schaaf and city councilmembers McElhaney, Gallo, and Taylor’s houses in response to the pro-police budget proposal they advanced last week, over the cries of thousands demanding they defund the police and invest in community services.

Earlier in the day, Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan joined a press conference of labor and community organizations near her home to commit to reopen the city budget, fund vital life affirming programs, and defund the police. Photos featured here are from the caravans to Councilmember Lynette McElhaney and Mayor Libby Schaaf’s homes.

Oakland Education Association
06/25/2020

Oakland Education Association

HISTORY IN THE MAKING! #BlackOrganizingProject #StandWithBOP #PoliceFreeSchools

Over 45 faith leaders  signed on to a Moral Budget Platform urging the Oakland city council on 6/23/2020, to Defund OPD ...
06/24/2020

Over 45 faith leaders signed on to a Moral Budget Platform urging the Oakland city council on 6/23/2020, to Defund OPD and redirect those funds into essential community services. “Community protection is grounded in LOVE, not economic war; in communication, not marginalization; in accountable partnerships, not competition”...”We ask for your moral leadership on this key issue”.

However, their actions were incredibly dishonorable, anti-democratic and possibly even an illegal process we saw go down yesterday. The so-called equity caucus put forth a proposal just hours before the vote that denied both the public and their own colleagues the opportunity to figure out what was in it and offer alternatives. Then they bullied and rammed through a vote a whole week before it was scheduled to happen. 160 people spoke at the meeting, and not one of them had the proposal that was voted on and will now become our city budget.

The council representing the so-called “equity caucus” actions were down right IMMORAL! It took away a great opportunity to allocate funding to support our education, mental health, and employment services. That is and continues the racial and systemic oppression and inequities our communities face. It is shameful and unforgivable.

06/24/2020
Black Organizing Project

Today - Wednesday, June 24th at 4:00PM - the Oakland Unified School District Board will be meeting to vote on the George Floyd Resolution to eliminate school police. Join us in urging the school board to pass the resolution with no amendments. Leave your comments for OUSD or attend the meeting by video - links below!

Our Black and Brown students deserve to feel safe in their learning environments. Our children and youth deserve adequately funded education and after school programs, counselors, and other faculty that will help prepare them for a bright future. This is just the first step to dismantling the school to prison pipeline.

EBASE and the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME) support the Black Organizing Project, which has been working tirelessly with parents, students, and teachers to eliminate Oakland School Police Department (OSPD) and cancel contracts with OPD and other law enforcement agencies in OUSD.

Saabir Lockett speaks on the how police brutality plagues our nation. He confidently endorses BOP’s George Floyd Resolution for the elimination of OUSD police department and BOPs call for police free schools. He strongly urges the board to listen to the community & remove cops from schools. We appreciate the dedicated support!

#standwithBOP

Over 200 clergy, faith folks and spiritual leaders marched together in song and prayer. We heeded the call by Anti Polic...
06/04/2020

Over 200 clergy, faith folks and spiritual leaders marched together in song and prayer. We heeded the call by Anti Police-Terror Project to defy the curfew and do a sit-in in the streets of Oakland to say black lives are sacred and to end police brutality and white supremacy. Thousands are all peaceably assembled. It is a beautiful and soulful sight to behold! #SitInForOurYouth #BlackLivesMatter

photo credit: Brooke Anderson

This article really spoke to me. The themes of suffering, death and transformation certainly are very real now. They tra...
04/07/2020
You don't have to believe in God to witness a crucifixion this week

This article really spoke to me. The themes of suffering, death and transformation certainly are very real now. They transcend any religious tradition. Though, our spiritual traditions can help us see with new eyes the moment we are living. May we all do our part to ensure that there is indeed new life for people and our planet in the wake of this pandemic.

This week, people in the U.S., and here in New York in particular, are being warned to brace for the toughest and deadliest period yet in our struggle against COVID-19. I would never want to claim th...

Thank you to all those who joined us yesterday, Ash Wednesday—in reflection and prayer for our displaced, unhoused, deta...
02/27/2020

Thank you to all those who joined us yesterday, Ash Wednesday—in reflection and prayer for our displaced, unhoused, detained and incarcerated neighbors.

It was so beautiful to stand in solidarity and public witness together, as we took our first collective step on the Journey to Justice-during this holy season of Lent. It was especially moving to connect our faith with the outside world, and with the brokenness and suffering that we see; to ask how we are called to be healers, peacemakers and bridge builders in our community; To share Words of Holy Scripture in this time of upheaval. This time of unprecedented divisions. In this time of homelessness. Of deportations. Of income inequality. The Scripture and this Season is a wake up call. A call to shatter our complacency to the suffering around us.

Many of us accepted ashes, and the invitation to use this season to live in love-not just in our private lives. But in our public lives. In our public sphere. In response to the question of how to be a community of accountability—as we asked: Will you return to Love? Will you return to Justice ---because Justice is what love looks like in public.

Thank you especially to Pastor Dave Kludt, Lisa Justice, Rev Leslie Taylor, Rev Matt Prinz, Pastor Johanna Wagner and Bob Lane for your visionary leadership—and Doug Leech, Pastor Darryl McCollum, Yazmin & Tony Bravo for your support, and to the faith community who came together to lift up this vision. We are so much stronger and better as we walk on this righteous path, together with you.

Join us February 26th on our Journey to Justice, the 1st of our Lenten Series of events, in Concord @Todos Santos Plaza....
02/11/2020

Join us February 26th on our Journey to Justice, the 1st of our Lenten Series of events, in Concord @Todos Santos Plaza. #JourneyToJustice #Concord

On February 3, 2020, the tenants of Sun Terrace Apartments in District 2 of Concord formally announced the creation of t...
02/10/2020

On February 3, 2020, the tenants of Sun Terrace Apartments in District 2 of Concord formally announced the creation of the Sun Terrace Tenants Union / Unión de Vecinos del Sun Terrace! ✊

“We, the tenants of Sun Terrace Apartments, are proud to announce that we have officially formed the Sun Terrace Tenants Union - Unión de Vecinos del Sun Terrace. We decided to form a union due to the injustices and abuse we have received living here. Many of us are residents of concord for a long time and we believe that tenants, regardless of their economic or racial origin, deserve dignity, respect and the right to a safe and healthy home."

"Together we are doing what is just."

#HousingIsAHumanRight #ViviendaJustaYA

“Together we are doing what is just.”

On February 3, 2020, the tenants of Sun Terrace Apartments in District 2 of Concord formally announced the creation of the Sun Terrace Tenants Union / Unión de Vecinos del Sun Terrace! ✊

“We, the tenants of Sun Terrace Apartments, are proud to announce that we have officially formed the Sun Terrace Tenants Union - Unión de Vecinos del Sun Terrace. We chose to form a union because of the injustices and mistreatment we have experienced while living here. Many of us are longtime residents of Concord, and we believe that tenants - regardless of economic or racial background, deserve dignity, respect and the right to a safe, healthy, and welcoming home.”

"Juntos estamos haciendo lo que es justo.”

El 3 de febrero de 2020, los inquilinos de Sun Terrace Apartments en el Distrito 2 de Concord anunciaron formalmente la creación de Sun Terrace Tenants Union / Unión de Vecinos del Sun Terrace! ✊

“Nosotros, los inquilinos de Sun Terrace Apartments, estamos orgullosos de anunciar que formamos oficialmente la Unión de Vecinos del Sun Terrace. Decidimos formar una unión debido a las injusticias y el maltrato que hemos recibido viviendo aquí. Muchos de nosotros somos residentes de Concord desde hace mucho tiempo y creemos que los inquilinos, independientemente de su origen económico o racial, merecen dignidad, respeto y el derecho a un hogar seguro y saludable.”

#HousingIsAHumanRight #ViviendaJustaYA

Please sign this petition, share and show your support for this amazing grassroots org that’s creating solutions by and ...
01/18/2020
Sign the Petition

Please sign this petition, share and show your support for this amazing grassroots org that’s creating solutions by and for formerly unhoused folks!

While homelessness has sky-rocketed in District 6, Homefulness seeks to empower houseless Oakland residents through our self-determination of land. While our project aims to build more homes for those desperately in need of shelter, Donald Trump’s administration continues to criminalize poor people, people of color, and people with disabilities. Housing is a life or death issue for us. We need to have on the ground solutions run by those most impacted by this crisis. This is what Poor Magazine have been doing for 22 years. We are respectfully asking Loren Taylor to join us as an ally in this fight.

Stand with Homefulness: Self-Determination for Unhoused Oakland Residents

01/10/2020
Moms 4 Housing

Press conference for Moms 4 Housing in response to judges ruling which just came down - in favor of Wedgewood.

We are not surprised by the ruling. We understand that the courts’ hands are tied because in this country property rights are valued over human rights. That is why the California constitution needs to be amended to include the right to housing.

The moms, and the community behind us, will not leave the property. Please follow moms page for updates.

#SaveMomsHouse #HousingNOW #EvictTheSpeculators

Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy - FAME's cover photo
01/07/2020

Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy - FAME's cover photo

As people of faith, we condemn the United States' dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen....
01/06/2020
Faith Statement on Escalating Violence with Iran

As people of faith, we condemn the United States' dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to the region. We urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war.

We stand with other leaders and faith-based organizations in saying that war with Iran would be unjustifiable on all grounds.

Congratulations to Moms 4 Housing! Lawyers for the group argued that Dominque Walker, a homeless mother of two small chi...
01/02/2020
Judge considers if Moms 4 Housing has right to occupy empty home

Congratulations to Moms 4 Housing! Lawyers for the group argued that Dominque Walker, a homeless mother of two small children, is entitled to stay in the house. They asked the judge to make new case law using a novel argument — #housingisahuman right. The dire nature of Oakland’s homelessness crisis gives the court authority to go beyond conventional precedent and rule in Walker’s favor, attorneys Micah Clatterbaugh and Leah Simon-Weisberg argued.

A judge on Monday took Moms 4 Housing’s arguments under submission, a move supporters viewed as a good sign.

01/02/2020
ACCE Action

#California tenants- #AB1482 went into effect January 1st, 2020 listen to this message to understand your rights, and share broadly!

Assembly Bill No. 1482 LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1482

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy Raise the Roof Concord

Starting TODAY, January 1st 2020, 8 million renters in California will have new rights under the Tenant Protection Act of 2019. Landlords will no longer be able to outrageously increase your rent or unfairly evict you. But the first line of enforcement for this new law is YOU! By ensuring ALL of us know our rights, we can ease this housing crisis and hold unethical landlords accountable. Watch the video to learn how this new law protects you and share WIDELY with your friends and family! #HappyNewYear

You can calculate how much your landlord is allowed to charge you under the new law and learn more here: https://tenantprotections.org/

This holiday season as we talk about honoring the birth of Christ, let our actions be reflected in support for the mothe...
12/25/2019

This holiday season as we talk about honoring the birth of Christ, let our actions be reflected in support for the mothers and all who are fighting to bring about better tomorrow's for us all. Join us tomorrow to stand with #Moms4Housing at the Hayward Eviction Court, to witness a historic legal argument - that #HousingIsAHumanRight!

Meet in front of the Hayward Hall of Justice (24405 Amador St, Hayward, CA 94544) TOMORROW at 8:30 am.

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

Dear FAME Community,This year for the holidays, we are asking of our friends, family and neighbors to please consider he...
12/20/2019
Click here to support Mesa Verde Bond Fund organized by Juan A. Prieto

Dear FAME Community,

This year for the holidays, we are asking of our friends, family and neighbors to please consider helping us free our newly arrived visitors and friends, by giving to the Mesa Verde Bond Fund. After successfully passing AB-32, which banned private prisons and detention centers in California, it is our moral imperative to liberate those inside.

With Mesa Verde Detention Facility to be shut down in March of 2020 the Mesa Verde Bond Fund, is used to pay bonds for people held in immigration jail who currently lack the means to pay the bond themselves. The faith community has much to contribute; solidarity with and care for immigrants are central to our faith traditions. The people detained at Mesa Verde are asylum seekers, longtime lawful permanent residents, and undocumented immigrants. These immigrants want the protection of our country, and many came to the United States seeking asylum in pursuit of freedom, safety and opportunity. Instead, they are thrown in prison.

The Bible instructs God’s people to show compassion and love for the foreigner and the immigrant. In the Jewish and Christian traditions this command is premised on the fact that the Israelites were themselves foreigners in Egypt (Deut 10:19). Our faiths repeatedly call on us to show kindness and hospitality to the stranger. We should especially remember at this time of year that, like many of today’s immigrants Jesus, Mary, and Joseph fled to Egypt to escape danger in their homeland (Matthew 2:13 -15).

Importantly, our network connects detained people with a support network and has partnered with faith-based groups to provide accompaniment for additional needs, upon their release. Please donate to the the Mesa Verde Bond Fund, and email [email protected] to let us know how you or your congregation can get involved! Thank you on behalf of our migrating friends, for caring enough to support our cause! Our friends deserve our help.

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

Juan A. Prieto Mesa Verde Bond Fund After successfully passing AB-32, which banned private prisons and detention centers in California, it is now our moral d

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FAME statement In Solidarity with Our Muslim Siblings Everywhere Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy - FAME stands in unshakable solidarity with the Muslim Community worldwide against the horrific white supremacist attack in New Zealand that left 50 dead and dozens injured, among them several children. Our hearts are mourning, and we offer our condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones. In the United States, Islamophobia – whether in the form of a hate crime or an anti-Muslim sentiment made by elected officials – is a grave threat and has been growing. While terrorist attacks and mass shootings are rare in New Zealand, the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday are not isolated incidents in the West, where rising anti-immigrant rhetoric is often directed at Muslims, Black people, Indigenous communities, and immigrants. White supremacy is not just an ideology of ignorance; it is terrorism. It kills more people in the US than any other ideologically-motivated form of violence, yet is often dismissed as isolated incidents. The mass shooting in Christchurch, as well as the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue last year and other heinous acts of state or domestic terrorism, shows that the hate manufactured by this false narrative endangers lives around the world. This type of violence is a direct result of politicians exploiting social division and sowing fear. In the wake of this terror attack, we all must commit ourselves to taking a stand against the ideology of white supremacy and standing in solidarity across our communities. Whether it is separating families through the Muslim Ban, taking children away from their families and caging them at the southern borders, or state-sanctioned killings of Black and brown people, violence rooted in white supremacy is unacceptable. We have the moral responsibility as people of faith and conscience, to stand with vulnerable and targeted communities, defend the safety and wellbeing of all people, to say no to hatred in all its forms, and to say yes to love and respect, always. In the face of this horror, FAME stands with the people of New Zealand and with Muslims throughout the world in calling for an end to white supremacy. While we mourn, let us honor the lives of the victims by expanding and connecting our hands in solidarity, in order to build a world where all are liberated from structural violence and can live with dignity and self-determination. FAME is a network of clergy and spiritual leaders committed to a bold vision of economic, racial and gender justice - and to a transformational approach to organizing that begins with strong solidarity with impacted people struggling for dignity and justice. FAME is a project of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy. “We pray that Allah accepts the best deeds from all of the victims and grants them the highest paradise. May Allah give patience to the families of the victims and all of those who have been touched by trauma. May Allah guide everyone towards holistic ways of dealing with each other as community, ameen! ” (Saabir Lockett Special Projects Coordinator - EBASE/FAME and the Lighthouse Mosque) In faith and hope, Noura Khouri FAME organizer
Hi! I noticed that your page is supporting the Poor People’s Campaign and we’re hoping that anyone from this group participating in the campaign can help us with this: I’ve been working closely with the Kairos Center, Rev. Liz Theoharis, and Rev. William Barber for several years now, documenting the lead up to the Poor People’s Campaign. We are looking for surprising and unusual participants in the Poor People’s Campaign - whether you or someone you know has just heard about the campaign or has been involved for years, we want to hear from you! Are you participating in direct action for the first time? Do you have a unique perspective on this? We are seeking stories from veterans, immigrants, government workers, young people, poets, musicians, artists, registered Democrats and Republicans, people from a wide variety of faith backgrounds and more. If you think your story or that of someone you know could offer a fresh perspective on this diverse movement, please get in touch right away. Contact Laura Pilloni who is helping me with this documentary project, at [email protected] or at 631-482-6431. Thank you!
This morning's FAME gathering was a blessing. Thank you, David, Sandy, Kristi and the other folks who came. I came in unempowered and left feeling a bit more empowered.