The Social Justice Committee is active in out community and this page will keep you informed about events and opportunities in our area.  For more information contact Kathy Baros Friedt. 

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Court rules Trump’s sanctuary executive order is unconstitutional

November 20, 2017November 21, 2017 by S.F. City Attorney's Press Office

After earlier victories brought a temporary reprieve, Herrera wins permanent ruling that removes threat to federally funded programs across the country

City Attorney Dennis Herrera at a press conference Jan. 31, 2017 announcing his lawsuit against President Trump for his unconstitutional executive order targeting sanctuary cities.

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 20, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today released the following statement on the U.S. District Court issuing a permanent injunction prohibiting the federal government from enforcing President Donald Trump’s unconstitutional executive order that sought to strip federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions:

“This is a victory for the American people and the rule of law. This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry.

We live in a democracy. No one is above the law, including the president. President Trump might be able to tweet whatever comes to mind, but he can’t grant himself new authority because he feels like it. When you have a president who describes our judicial system as ‘a joke,’ the value of three equal branches of government becomes even clearer. This case is a check on the president’s abuse of power, which is exactly what the framers of the Constitution had in mind.

The only way to stop a bully is to stand up to him. That’s what San Francisco has done.

I’m grateful that we’ve been able to protect billions of dollars that help some of the most vulnerable Americans. We’re talking about low-income families, seniors, foster children and people with disabilities. This is money that helps provides food, health care and a roof over their heads. It’s money that pays for bridges and public transit. Those are the programs this administration targeted in its misguided attempt to vilify immigrants.

Let me be clear. San Francisco follows federal immigration law. The federal government has always been free to enforce immigration law in San Francisco, just like it can anywhere else in the country. We do not harbor criminals. The federal government knows who is in our jails. If they think someone is dangerous, all they need is a criminal warrant.

But our teachers, doctors and police officers cannot be conscripted into becoming immigration agents. San Francisco’s sanctuary policies make our city safer by encouraging anyone who has been a victim or witness to a crime to tell police. We are a safer community when people can report a crime, bring a loved one to the doctor or take their kids to school without worrying it could lead to a family member being deported.

This president and his administration have been trying to twist facts, stoke fears and demonize immigrants to score cheap political points. The American people are too smart for that. From the framers of our Constitution to the hardworking families in our cities and towns, we are a nation of immigrants. People come here to help build America and build a better life for their families. They’re fighting for the American dream. It’s time for this administration to stop trying to divide our schools, our neighborhoods and our country. The federal immigration system has been broken for a long time. Building a wall is not the answer. It’s time for bipartisan reform that recognizes the contributions immigrants make to our communities and our economy. They have built families, businesses and homes here. Tearing that apart doesn’t make sense for anyone.”


San Francisco on Jan. 31, 2017 became the first entity to sue Trump over his executive order to strip federal funding from “sanctuary jurisdictions.” Santa Clara County and other local governments soon followed. San Francisco had about $2 billion at stake. That included $1.2 billion in annual operating funds, or about 13 percent of San Francisco’s budget; and another $800 million in multi-year federal grants that are not part of the annual operating budget and used primarily for large infrastructure projects, like bridges, roads and public transportation.

That lawsuit is the first of two that Herrera has brought against the Trump administration over federal funding for sanctuary cities. The second lawsuit, filed Aug. 11, 2017, seeks to invalidate grant conditions that U.S. Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III separately sought to place on a group of U.S. Department of Justice grants for local law enforcement. Those conditions came after the court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of the executive order in April. San Francisco’s case that challenged the executive order is about limits on what the president can do. San Francisco’s case challenging the grant conditions is about limits on what the attorney general can do. That case is ongoing.

Today’s order also discussed San Francisco’s claim for relief that its sanctuary laws comply with federal law. The court did not rule on this claim, and instead stated it will consider that issue in the Sessions lawsuit.

The cases are: City and County of San Francisco v. Donald J. Trump, et al., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case No. 3:17-cv-00485, filed Jan. 31, 2017. City and County of San Francisco v. Jefferson B. Sessions III, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case No. 3:17-cv-04642, filed Aug. 11, 2017. Additional documentation from the case is available on the City Attorney’s website at:

Annie Benson,

Senior Directing Attorney


Social Justice Ministry October 15, 2017—Attendees

At this recent meeting, there were many examples of what social justice activity looks like. 

Opportunities for participation could be one person at home; one person attending a single event; a group project;  seeking direct service opportunities; on-going volunteering for a single cause; connecting with others of like interest; witnessing and representing our faith in the community!

 If you want to talk to any SBC member who attended this session, I’ve listed them here in event you wanted to talk to one of  them.

Kathy Baros Friedt, Kathleen Bruner, Peggy Carmichael, Spencer Daniels, Mary Eberling, Mike Flothe, David Kindle, Karen Knudson, Judy Lindsay, Martha Liska, Gretchen O’Conner, Paul Seabert, Trisha Shaw, Brenda Sloan, John Van Eenywk


This is part of a message  9/8/17 from Olympia Superintendent Patrick Murphy to district staff……. 

“…..Students who have significant barriers to overcome in our system include those from undocumented immigrant families. If there is no legislation to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program/executive order, then thousands of students across the nation in our K-12 schools will be impacted. DACA was necessitated because the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act, failed to pass the U.S. Congress in the past. It was brought up before the U.S. Congress again this summer. I want you to know we will be signing a petition, along with other area district leaders, urging our congressional leaders to immediately pursue and approve decisive, bipartisan legislation that will ensure all the children we serve continue to have the same constitutional rights, no matter their immigration status. 

 Thanks again for your dedication to the students and families of Olympia.

 Patrick C. Murphy, Ed. D.  Superintendent, Olympia School District”


A local nonprofit which has provided services to immigrant communities for decades. CIELO has especially been called into action around educating families about their rights under the Constitution to remain silent if not represented by an attorney and to not have ICE enter their homes without permission,  unless there is a warrant signed by a judge. Families are put at risk.  Frequently even those with lawful immigrant status, or even citizens, are swept up into detention. The NW Detention Center is in Tacoma. There were many questions about the Detention Center:    St. John’s just completed an activity to gather specific back pack items for those coming out of the Center. 

CIELO and Strengthening Sanctuary  are providing “Know Your Rights” workshops for immigrant and ally communities.  If individuals want to see what these KYR workshops might contain, you might like to view the slides or video-skits at     The primary site is . Follow the links. These were created locally and “star” Charo!

What can St Benedict’s do?  You may already have seen reference in the Vicar’s announcements that SBC, as part of the Interfaith Works planning, is weighing in with several other faith communities to participate in an AUGUST 20 potluck.  2-4:00. At Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd .  Holy Wisdom Inclusive Catholic Church (our spiritual tenant!) has taken lead. More information to follow. 

Kathy Baros Friedt provided a handoutwith details on several of these efforts.  Contact Kathy if Immigration and Refugee Protection Proclamation from Governor Jay Inslee.


Social Justice Ministry notes from May 21, 2017 

Eight interested SBC members held their first discussion exploring what a social justice ministry might look like at SBC.  Father Ed opened the conversation with prayer and urging that as Christians we are called upon to act out Christ’s values, to effectuate change on behalf of those most vulnerable in our daily lives. Others talked about the desire to apply our own humanity when we see injustice. 

Ministry leader, Kathy Baros Friedt, acknowledged that many SBC individuals are certainly  involved in social justice issues one-by-one or in small group efforts.  There is a list at the end of this article.

Many folks have heard about Interfaith Works but don’t really know what it does and how SBC connects to its activities.  Kathy shared IFW pamphlet which among other things listed the nearly thirty member faith communities.  At that same website, IFW’s May-June 2017 newsletter, Interfaith Connection includes an article looking at what kinds of activities Interfaith Member Congregations are interested in doing.

Some talked about how social justice activity is not only about resisting systems but more about advocating for how things should be carried out in love and justice--- promoting the Holy Spirit.

Current immigration and deportation fears is on the agenda for the 9:15 mtg on June 11, but because there was such interest in the topic, the group spent some time hearing about what currently is going on locally and asking what kinds of actions can be taken.  More on the topic of Immigration and what local faith communities are considering as ways to be involved, will be dealt with specifically on June 11. Interested SBC members are invited to attend!  Questions?  Kathy Baros Friedt

St Benedict Episcopal Church honors all those members who volunteer their time to make our community strong

·      Monthly provide community dinner – mostly Oxford House attendees but open to homeless,. 3-4 church members are involved in this

·      4 SBC members volunteer as overnight hosts at the Sacred Heart (next door) men’s shelter.  Several shifts Nov-March.

·      Two members are SBC delegates to InterFaith Works and report back to the congregation

·      One member reports regularly on his participation in Jail Ministry.  Congregation participates in cookie and sock campaigns during the yr

·      SBC does have an Earth Ministry

·      Several members chair Easter Baskets for homeless children and the congregation is generous in providing dozens of baskets

·      Participated in the Pride Parade in the past.

·      Individual members participated in the Women’s March this yr

·      One member  is lead on  gathering of hundreds of calendars for SeaFarers ministry

·      One member is lead on gathering of volunteers to participate as part of a veterans event in the summer.

·      Individual church members belong to or participate in various nonprofit organizations as individuals, not representing SBC.

·      One member isactive in promoting communication, safety and peace in the Gaza Strip

·      Current Vicar involved in ministry in the Philippines

Information through local TV

  • Fear is UP!  Immigration is a major issue for all those concerned about protecting a very vulnerable population:    Local TV station, TCTV will be showing during the month of May, interviews by Glen Anderson from Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation on the topic of immigration with local activists. Those who have cable TV can watch it on TCTV cable channel 22,  available at three times a week during May.  Every Monday at 1:30 p.m.     * Every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.  and *Every Thursday at 9:00 p.m.
  • The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s May 2017 interview…”Protect Immigrant Rights” can also be viewed through the “TV Programs” part of  Next to that link for watching the program is a Word document that summarizes what is said during the interview.  There are many other links available for more information.