Second Sunday: July & August 2018

by Jane Sisk

July 8: Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation

The Second Sunday/Share the Plate offering July 8th will go to The Alliance for Gun Responsibility. This organization works to end the gun violence crisis in our community and to promote a culture of gun ownership that balances rights with responsibilities. Through collaboration with experts, civic leaders, and citizens, they work to find evidenced-based solutions to the crisis of gun violence. This is a Washington State based organization that has been instrumental in passing legislation for universal background checks and extreme risk protection orders.

They have also lobbied for the law that requires that law enforcement and victims be notified when felons and domestic abusers attempt to purchase guns, thus giving victims an opportunity to proactively take steps to protect themselves. The Alliance also conducts critical research into the causes and consequences of firearm death and injury. The Alliance for Gun Responsibility provides paths to take action that saves lives. They feel that gun violence is preventable.

August 12: Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative

The Second Sunday/Share the Plate offering August 12th will go to Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative, a human rights organization working to eradicate sex trafficking, human labor trafficking, and the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women. The organization participated in a panel organized at East Shore in March, and was recommended by the Beloved Racial Justice Ministry Team.

The organization’s mission is to provide solution-based strategies that empower individuals and organizations to eliminate human trafficking with empathy and compassion. It offers technical assistance and training to help organizations end human trafficking and assist victims. Their services include specialized training, protocol development, curriculum development, leadership development, cultural response, technical assistance and evaluation, and victim outreach.v