RLBC formed a social justice team in 2017. In October of 2018, we adopted a vision statement that identified three focus areas to guide our initial social justice efforts:
- Racial Justice, for people of color in our community.
- Immigration Reform, particularly for Muslim and Central & South American immigrants.
- Healthcare Access, for people who lack adequate and affordable healthcare.
You can review our justice team vision statement here.
We also elected to partner with Faith in Texas (FiTX), a multi-racial, multi-faith organization that develops civic leadership in faith communities for economic and racial justice. FiTX is part of the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) National Network . PICO is the nation’s largest network that develops civic leadership in low and moderate-income faith communities for economic and racial justice.
RLBC Rapid Action Network
RLBC members can participate in our Rapid Action Network (RAN). This group engages with policymakers in Austin at critical points in the legislative cycle regarding issues that align with the focus areas noted above. The team captain sends a text message with a link to the applicable action summary/script, and the RAN makes phone calls to the appropriate legislators as instructed. This process has proven very effective at impacting the lawmaking process.
BPFNA – Bautistas por la Paz
BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz is the largest network of Baptist peacemakers in the world. We celebrate and support the peacemaking work done by Baptist churches in our four home countries of Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico by raising the visibility of these efforts; bringing peacemakers together in regional and international gatherings; and providing resources, speakers and training to our members. We also actively connect with peacemakers from other traditions, faith-based and secular, to build alliances and work together toward our common goal of a more just and peaceful world.
International Rescue Committee
Founded at Albert Einstein’s request, the IRC offers lifesaving aid and solutions to today’s most challenging human crises. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
Texas Impact is a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Texas Impact exists to advance state public policies that are consistent with universally held social principles of the Abrahamic traditions.