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OUR MISSION: to educate people on social issues and encourage them to view these issues in light of Holy Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, the Ecumenical Creeds, and the published Social Statements of the ELCA.

Lutheran Advocacy

Ministry of Nevada
Speaking Out on Contemporary Social Issues from a Lutheran Perspective



"And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"  Micah 6:8
 

Bernie Anderson,

1942-2014:

A Friend to LAMN

It’s appropriate that Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Nevada mark the passing of Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, who passed away in January. 


 There has already been much written and said about  Anderson and his commitment to hard work and high moral standards as he served in the Nevada Legislature from 1991 to 2009. 


Anderson’s deep Catholic faith made him a natural ally of LAMN and RAIN.  Advocate Emeritus Larry Struve commented that “Bernie was a good legislator, and he will be missed.” Struve worked closely with Anderson, and he recalled that Bernie told him that without the advocacy of RAIN, there would have been no study of Nevada’s Death Penalty in 2001-2003.  This study uncovered several flaws and unfair practices that have since been corrected.  


Anderson also led the fight to have a study of the fiscal impact of the Death Penalty, a project that was finally authorized in 2013. Anderson was instrumental, according to Struve, in getting a review of the real property tax assessments of churches in the 2007-2009 interim. Struve said Anderson was skilled at using legislative procedures to save bills that would otherwise die, and at the same time respected both parties, chaired the Assembly Judiciary Committee with an open mind, and earned the support of virtually all committee members


Struve commented that, “He certainly validated the advocacy work of these faith coalitions and encouraged them to continue “the work of bringing about a just and peaceful society.”

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Walk for Justice
Garners Kudos From
Around the Country

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Nevada published Larry Struve’s book, “A Humble Walk for Justice:  Advocating for the Least of These in Nevada, 2001 to 2012 in June, 2013.  The book has received very positive feedback.  “A Humble Walk” is Larry’s personal account of his twelve years as the LAMN Advocate, but it is also a testament to the change that can come about when people of faith participate in the democratic process.  The book is a history of LAMN and RAIN—the struggles, but also the credibility and access that has been achieved and continues to grow.  At the end of the 2013 Legislative Session, one local legislator told Larry that if LAMN and RAIN have legislation they want submitted in the next Session, he would be pleased to sponsor it. 


Some comments:


L.B., Sparks NV:  "I read your book this summer and must say I am impressed, not only with your activism, but also your compassion for those less fortunate than most in our society.  You should be well pleased with the results you were able to achieve." 


Anonymous Inmate in the California Department of Corrections (Vacaville, CA):  "I received your book.  Your odyssey and perseverance are truly inspiring.  Of course, I found pages 222 to 230 on IDs for released offenders to be particularly interesting.  It's amazing how an obviously desirable goal can take forever to accomplish."


R.H., Waldoboro, ME:  "I [found] your book [to be] fascinating.  The philosophy you have expressed with such erudition and literary skill is universal, and I am sure our pastor will be pleased to recognize it.  I personally found your book . . . heartwarming.  So much hard work against so many odds with remarkably so much success. 


By Sheila Freed, Past Treasurer and Member, LAMN Statewide Policy Council



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FROM LAMN TO LEAN

New Organization Signals Fresh Call to Advocacy

By Sheila Freed

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading “Rules for Radicals,” the 1971 book by Saul Alinsky.  The old progressive and community organizer has a reputation as a Communist with all kinds of subversive ideas.  In the book he talks about some arguably radical tactics, but Alinsky is clearly rooted in a deep belief in our democratic system: 


“What is the alternative to working “inside” the system? . . . . Let us in the name of radical pragmatism not forget that in our system with all its repressions we can still speak out and denounce the administration, attack its policies, work to build an opposition political base.  . . . . We start with the system because there is no other place to start from except political lunacy. . . . “


Alinsky continues:  “A final word on our system.  The democratic ideal springs from the ideas of liberty, equality, majority rule through free elections, protection of the rights of minorities, and freedom to subscribe to multiple loyalties in matters of religion, economics, and politics, rather than to a total loyalty to the state.  The spirit of democracy is the idea of importance and worth in the individual, and faith in the kind of world where the individual can achieve as much of his potential as possible.  . . . From the beginning the weakness as well as the strength of the democratic ideal has been the people.  People cannot be free unless they are willing to sacrifice some of their interests to guarantee the freedom of others.  The price of democracy is the ongoing pursuit of the common good by all of the people.  [Emphasis is in the original.]  One hundred and thirty-five years ago Tocqueville gravely warned that unless individual citizens were regularly involved in the action of governing themselves, self-government would pass from the scene.”



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