Thousands of people of faith have signed the Groundswell petition calling on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to stop bullying the workers rights group VOZ over LGBT equality, and the media coverage keeps on coming, but the hard truth is that VOZ took the right moral stand — and lost a big grant.
They're struggling to pay health benefits right now for their amazing organizers who are fighting to recover unpaid wages for workers who need their help. The $75,000 Catholic Campaign grant made up 1/4 of their annual budget.
Allies and people of faith across our movement are chipping in what they can — $50, $25, or even $10 to help them make up the gap. Will you stand in solidarity with VOZ, right now?
"We'd rather lose your grant and keep our principles than keep your grant and lose our principles," is what VOZ told the Catholic Campaign.
But now VOZ is in crisis. If we can fill the fundraising gap, it'll be a HUGE signal to the extremist elements of the Catholic Church that the way forward is to stop bullying social justice organizations that work with LGBT people.
With our generosity, let's show VOZ and the Church that people of faith and allies will stand with you when you stand for your principles.
To watch an inspiring video of the amazing community support VOZ has had since the announcement, visit their fundraising page and scroll down.
Power to you and to us together,
"Same-sex marriage: Portland immigrant support group denied grant from Catholic charity." The Oregonian, July 15, 2014.
"Labor Group Chooses LGBT Inclusion Over Catholic Grant Money" Advocate, July 17, 2014.
"Catholic fund cuts off aid over groups’ affiliations." New York Times, April 5, 2012.
"Immigrant groups lose Catholic funding over gay marriage issue." Chicago Tribune, October 19, 2013.
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