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FROM THE DESK OF THE SOCIAL ACTION DIRECTOR



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WELCOME

Welcome to the official website of the AME Social Action Commission. We are representative of the ongoing fight for Civil Rights and Social Justice in this country, and uplift and educate throughout all of our endeavors, as Social Action is basic to ministry in African Methodism.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church has a unique and glorious history. It was unique in that it is the first major religious denomination in the Western World that had its origin over sociological and theological beliefs and differences. It rejected the negative theological interpretations which rendered persons of African descent second class citizens. Theirs was a theological declaration that God is God all the time and for every body. The church was born in protest against slavery - against dehumanization of African people, brought to the American continent as labor.

The Mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ's liberating gospel through word and deed. At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve the needy.



FREEDOM SUNDAY IS COMING! SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST!



Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer!

We can make the difference! As a faith community we, in the towns and cities have the power to make the 2014 elections count...for our children, our community and our Church. It is our legacy!

We must not waste this opportunity to give voice to our needs and concerns. On November 4, 2014, we must move our initiatives into real action by going to the polls and casting our vote. If we are to be recognized as a formidable force within our nation then it is crucial that we turn out in large numbers to vote. Now is our greatest opportunity to generate enough momentum to create an atmosphere that -- because of our large voter turnout -- will provide us with influence in not only in Congress, the State House, and judges, but local officials.

However, to be the difference in determining the quality of education in the 21st century, the access of affordable housing, and the availability of "work," we must vote November 4th. To be the difference in determining whether racial profiling continues to be an all-too-real, yet undocumented reality for African-Americans, we must vote. To be the difference in determining whether the federal government will work to expand and ensure economic opportunities for all Americans, we must vote on November 4th. To end the crippling economic distress, we must vote. To insure HBCUs can survive we must vote on November 4th.

Bottom line: If you have the right to vote use it! Young and old, rich and poor, you and I, by bus, car or on foot must get to the poll to cast our vote on or before November 4th! Let's do it!

For more information download the Freedom Sunday Toolkit here:



In the Struggle,
Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Director Social Action Commission



MY BROTHER'S KEEPER: CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR BOYS AND YOUNG MEN OF COLOR


"There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?"
- President Obama, July 19, 2013


The data proves it: Boys and young men of color - regardless of where they come from - are disproportionately at risk from their youngest years through college and the early stages of their professional lives.

By the time they hit fourth grade, 86 percent of African American boys and 82 percent of Hispanic and Native American boys are reading below proficiency levels - compared to 58 percent of white fourth graders reading below proficiency levels. Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2013 Reading Assessments

African American and Hispanic young men are more than six times as likely to be victims of murder than their white peers - and account for almost half of the country's murder victims each year...MORE >>



THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS ARE COMING! BE SURE YOU'RE REGISTERED TO VOTE!




The Midterm Elections are almost upon us! Be sure you are registered to vote so that you can participate this November 4th! Click here for information about Operation EMR: Education Mobilization Registration




MISSED THE ACA DEADLINE? YOU CAN STILL GET HEALTH COVERAGE


It’s not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law’s big enrollment deadline.

Here are few options for those still without insurance:

1. SIGN UP FOR MEDICAID

Those who qualify can still enroll in Medicaid – there’s no deadline. Eligibility is based on income and varies from state to state. About half the states expanded their Medicaid programs. The main beneficiaries of the change are adults earning up to about $16,100 per year, with no children living at home. Previously, Medicaid was limited mostly to poor children and their parents and people with disabilities.

2. SIGN UP FOR MEDI-CAL

Those who qualify can still enroll in Medi-cal – there’s no deadline for it either. See if you qualify here.

3. BUY INSURANCE OUTSIDE THE MARKETPLACES

Buyers can always go directly to an insurance company, but it may be expensive. Plans bought outside the marketplaces don’t come with government subsidies that hold down the cost for people with low or mid-level incomes. But they do include the law’s consumer protections. For example, insurers can’t turn down customers because of pre-existing medical conditions.

Even after the deadline, buying a plan that meets the law’s essential coverage standard reduces the penalty owed, which is based on the number of months without coverage.

The fine for going uninsured all year is the greater of two formulas: about 1 percent of household income above the tax-filing threshold of $10,150 or $95 per adult and $47.50 per child under 18, up to $285 per family. It’s due to the IRS in April 2015.

4. GET READY FOR NEXT TIME

Open enrollment for 2015 is coming later this year. It’s scheduled to begin Nov. 15 and run just three months. That’s another chance to get covered or switch into a plan with subsidies.

Supporters of the law are calling on President Barack Obama to make things easier next time around.

The advocacy group Families USA suggested a bunch of improvements Tuesday, including more face-to-face sign-ups, coordinating enrollment with tax-filing season so people better understand the fines, and improving coordination with Medicaid programs.

Something to think about: The uninsured penalty next year rises to 2 percent of income or $325 per adult and $162.50 per child.



AME'S AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OUTREACH MATERIALS & TOOLKIT




Affordable insurance is a national priority. In 2010, the federal government enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which aims to increase the number of Americans with insurance and cut the overall costs of health care.



How the Health Care Law Helps your Community - A Fact Sheet for Faith and Community Leaders.



WHAT OBAMACARE MEANS FOR YOU


You can now go to www.healthcare.gov and use the new Health Insurance Marketplace to see all of the health plans available in your area and sign up for the one that fits your needs and budget. You can also find out if you're eligible to pay less for private health insurance or whether you qualify for other free or low-cost programs.

For a Fact Sheet on how the Health Care Law helps our communities, click here.








 








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