Over the past few months, you may have noticed that the Faith in Place Action Fund has been more active. In 2016, we made our first endorsement of a candidate for office in Illinois, and this year we endorsed four (see the full list here!), and published questionnaires from more. We are busy meeting with candidates, collecting questionnaires, and educating the public in order to advocate for increased pathways for environmental justice jobs. But what is the Faith in Place Action Fund, and how is it different from Faith in Place?
The Action Fund, which is affiliated with Faith in Place but is a separate not-for-profit social welfare organization, allows us to take our advocacy to the next level. We mobilize people of diverse faiths to take action on issues that impact our friends, families, and neighbors in the areas of energy and climate change, sustainable food and land use, and water preservation.
Unlike Faith in Place, the Action Fund can directly endorse and support candidates who commit to our vision, and can lobby legislators to ensure they vote to protect our communities for generations to come. This gives us more power to impact policy and guarantee that all elected officials understand the importance of environmental justice.
Our planet is under attack, and its disproportionately impacting communities of color across Illinois. That’s why this work is so important. We will continue to organize people of faith to fight back through political advocacy, legislative education, and grassroots lobbying. I hope you will support this mission by becoming a Green Guardian today.