Sign the AZ Interfaith Network Petition: Stay the Course with Stay-at-Home!


Join clergy and leaders from across Arizona urging Governor Ducey to stay the course by signing the Arizona Interfaith Network petition below:

Dear Governor Ducey,

The clergy and leaders of the Arizona Interfaith Network along with faith and congregational leaders throughout Arizona, implore you to maintain your Stay-at-Home Order. We appreciate that this is a difficult calculation to make, as economic pressures mount. We supported this measure last month and still feel emphatically that a more cautious approach is warranted before “re-opening” the state. Your current order, which expires at month’s end, has and will save lives. We urge you to stay the course and extend the order.

We are first-hand witnesses to the economic trauma caused by the distancing measures that are in place. Our congregants are small business owners, gig workers, employees in entertainment, personal services, manufacturing, construction, and the knowledge economy. So many have lost jobs and fear foreclosure, eviction, and food insecurity.  Faith institutions themselves have been battered by the stressed economy.

We are also spiritual home to those who are helping us resist and endure this dangerous threat: police, firefighters, EMTs, nurses, doctors and other medical personnel, grocery workers and many others. We recognize their work as essential to our well-being and are deeply grateful for the risks they take for all of us.

It is a false calculus that calls for tradeoffs between peoples’ lives and the markets in this dangerous moment. The economy should serve the common good and promote dignified, safe work, particularly for the most vulnerable. This a moral decision, not just a business decision. We must do all we can to save lives; life is irreplaceable. That said, we must make bold and determined commitments to ease the burdens that are the consequences of this need for isolation. This is the compassionate choice. We must choose to make sure all people have food and medical care, are safe from eviction from their homes and businesses, and will have sufficient funds to cover their bills until it is safe to go back to work. We must all commit ourselves to repairing and rebuilding our commonwealth. It, too, upholds our life.

There is not yet a clear and convincing, science-based case for easing up on the order in place. Strong testing programs and rigorous public health response systems have yet to emerge in widely accessible and equitable patterns. Our healthcare workers and front-line workers do not yet have the necessary protective equipment or workplace practices to sufficiently protect them.

The coronavirus will only be contained by broad testing and the application of our best public health measures. The disease will not cooperate with deadlines imposed by us. It will not respond to political calculations or wishful thinking, and neither should the state of Arizona.


Who's signing

June Webb-Vignery
Jocelyn Cotter
Don Booth
Laura Porfirio
Wendy Joyce
Kevin Courtney
Carol Reed
Grace Bunker
Judith Keagy
Carmen Ferlan
Nancy Smith
Bart Smith
Elizabeth Hitchcock
Susan Friese
Reverend Jim Wiltbank
Ann Donohue
Julie Johnson
The Rev. Dr. Richard Mallory
Rabbi Stephanie Aaron
Henry Hoffman
Mark Hrabe
Lisa Lauxman
Irma Celez
Susan Erickson
Suzanne Hesh
Michael Lonergan
Nancy Atherton
Leah Sandwell-Weiss
74 signatures

Will you sign?

  • June Webb-Vignery
    signed 2020-04-28 08:23:13 -0500
  • Jocelyn Cotter
    signed via 2020-04-28 07:45:35 -0500
  • Don Booth
    signed 2020-04-28 05:10:14 -0500
  • Laura Porfirio
    signed via 2020-04-28 00:23:46 -0500
  • Wendy Joyce
    signed via 2020-04-27 23:13:17 -0500
  • Kevin Courtney
    signed 2020-04-27 23:03:21 -0500
  • Carol Reed
    signed via 2020-04-27 22:57:53 -0500
  • Grace Bunker
    signed 2020-04-27 20:26:38 -0500
  • Judith Keagy
    signed via 2020-04-27 20:08:32 -0500
  • Carmen Ferlan
    signed 2020-04-27 18:12:30 -0500
  • Nancy Smith
    signed 2020-04-27 17:50:15 -0500
  • Bart Smith
    signed 2020-04-27 17:30:32 -0500
  • Elizabeth Hitchcock
    signed via 2020-04-27 17:03:50 -0500
  • Susan Friese
    signed 2020-04-27 17:01:49 -0500
  • Reverend Jim Wiltbank
    signed 2020-04-27 16:55:56 -0500
  • Ann Donohue
    signed via 2020-04-27 16:07:16 -0500
  • Julie Johnson
    signed via 2020-04-27 15:52:34 -0500
  • The Rev. Dr. Richard Mallory
    signed 2020-04-27 15:50:04 -0500
  • Rabbi Stephanie Aaron
    signed 2020-04-27 15:48:12 -0500
  • Henry Hoffman
    signed 2020-04-27 15:45:44 -0500
  • Mark Hrabe
    signed 2020-04-27 15:34:25 -0500
  • Lisa Lauxman
    signed 2020-04-27 15:34:16 -0500
  • Irma Celez
    signed 2020-04-27 15:32:57 -0500
  • Susan Erickson
    signed 2020-04-27 15:28:57 -0500
  • Suzanne Hesh
    signed via 2020-04-27 15:20:38 -0500
  • Michael Lonergan
    signed 2020-04-27 15:20:02 -0500
  • Nancy Atherton
    signed 2020-04-27 15:14:20 -0500
  • Leah Sandwell-Weiss
    signed 2020-04-27 15:13:51 -0500