Join with communities around the globe in prayer. Season of Creation
These communities are responding to Pope Francis’ call to pray on September 1 and throughout the Season of Creation. Watch the Pope’s invitation produced by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.
As we live out this Jubilee Year of Mercy and the United States enters into the 2016 election season, Americans face a myriad of choices between competing visions for our nation’s future. We are called by our faith to engage in this election.
Pope Francis says that “a good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of themselves, so that those who govern can govern well.”
An interactive voter guide was developed and endorsed by a coalition of national Catholic organizations. The voter guide can be found here.
Please Take Action! It’s happening again! U.S. immigration authorities are targeting Central American women and children in another round of immigration deportation raids.
Take action now! Send a letter to President Obama to tell him to stop the raids.
Reuters reported on May 12 that U.S. immigration officials plan “a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally” after January 1, 2014.
In 2014, tens of thousands of women and children, including unaccompanied minors, from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in a desperate attempt to escape extreme violence, corruption, and poverty. Thousands more have sought refuge in the United States since then.
Raids to deport these highly vulnerable children and families back to the dangers they fled are not the answer. They need access to due process and legal counsel so that they can apply for asylum and protection in the United States. We should not be traumatizing communities and sending mothers and children back to the dangers they fled.
Act now to tell President Obama to stop the raids against Central American children and families!
“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity,” Pope Francis said. “They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all, for being more.” Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
The Collaborative Center for Justice has joined with a number of other organizations in signing on to a letter to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security regarding the ongoing raids happening under Operation Border Guardian.
This letter reacts to the March 9 DHS press release announcing additional raids and focuses on the lack of due process afforded the individuals and families who are being targeted as well as the negative impact on immigrant communities as a result of the raid program.
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The Israeli practice of demolishing Palestinian property to make way for Israeli settlements is threatening more and more villages and neighborhoods throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Demolishing homes and property causes untold suffering for Palestinian families and communities and does nothing to further the prospects for a just peace.
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Let us walk in solidarity with the people of Honduras
On the night of March 3, Honduran environmental and indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was brutally murdered in her home. As co-founder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), Berta had led the Lenca indigenous communities to fight for the integrity of their indigenous territories. She was a 2015 recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, awarded each year in recognition of the courageous efforts by persons from around the world to defend and protect the rivers, forests and lands from devastation due to destructive practices of governments and transnational corporations.
For years, Berta and the Lenca communities fought to block the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam. She had been persecuted and received numerous death threats for her work. Her murder is one of over 100 unprosecuted murders since 2010 of organizers working to defend the lands and rivers so that the Honduran people can have sustainable opportunities and not have to migrate.
Thousands of children in Flint, MI have been exposed to toxic lead in their drinking water. We don’t know how many will suffer from lifelong brain injury from lead poisoning.
This is an urgent situation. But Congress has not yet acted.
Right now – young mothers and children are being rounded up by immigration officials in cities across the country. ICE officers show up at their doors unannounced, deceiving them to gain entry, waking up sleeping children, and taking away their families to detention centers where mothers and their children are jailed until they are deported back to the rape, murder, and domestic violence they are fleeing.
Please take action:
Tell the White House to STOP planned raids on Central American children and families!
Please call the White House at 1-866-961-4293 or the White House Comment Line directly at 1-888-907-2053. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or www.whitehouse.gov Sample script:
“I am from City, State, and as a person of faith, I urge President Obama to immediately STOP plans to deport Central American children and families. These individuals are refugees fleeing violence and should have access to legal counsel so that they can apply for asylum and protection in the United States.”
Your U.S. Senators need to hear from you that you oppose H.R. 4038 and other bills that would stop or halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
Action: Send a message to your U.S. Senators .
Please oppose H.R. 4038 or similar legislation which would halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the U.S.
Background: In the aftermath of the violent attacks on Paris, 31 governors made public statements that they wanted resettlement of Syrian refugees halted in their states. Days later, the U.S. House of Representatives, with comparable intentions, passed H.R. 4038, The American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, which would effectively halt all resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States for a protracted time.
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