Our photo gallery—Life at the Capitol

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Called to be Political (But I Don't Want to be Political)

A resource from Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Health Care—Our Shared Endeavor

Read the ELCA social statement which guides the efforts of the church in health insurance reform and other health education and advocacy work.

Health Care 2010

From the ELCA social statement on Health and Healthcare:"Health is central to our well-being, vital to relationships, and helps us live out our vocations in family, work, and community. Caring for one’s own health is a matter of human necessity and good stewardship. Caring for the health of others expresses both love for our neighbors and responsibility for a just society. As a personal and social responsibility, health care is a shared endeavor."
Background information on Health Care Reform.

July 2, 2009

Improving health care for the nation’s lowest-income families,
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2007-2008 Health Care Advocacy

Left, one of many health care rallies and lobby days at the State Capitol, summer of 2007. From left: Roberta Ranstrom, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, Davis and original Policy Council Chair of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy in the 1980's; Mark Carlson, Director of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy; Rev. Minh Hanh Nguyen, an ELCA pastor serving St. Anselm's Episcopal Church in Garden Grove.
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Photo of 2007 Health Care Rally
In 2008, supporters of SB 840, Senator Kuehl's single payer health care bill which passed the Legislature, rally at the Capitol asking for Governor Schwarzenegger's signature. In front, a group of Lutherans and a former Lutheran (now Methodist).
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Photo of 2007 Health Care Rally
Health advocates protest cuts in the 2008-2009 state budget. The fire engine is not a prop. A respected environmental justice advocate fell on the Capitol steps and required emergency medical care.
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2008 rally against health care cuts
Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access, addresses the press about the final state budget agreement in September 2008. In the light suit is Mike Herald, advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty.
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Sept 2008 Press conference on state budget