January is Human Trafficking Prevention month and February 8th, the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, has been designated by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. During this month we encourage you to raise awareness and educate communities on human trafficking. Some resources:
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month & Day of Prayer Toolkit.
Polaris Project: https://polarisproject.org/human-trafficking
Bakhita Initiative: https://bakhitainitiative.com/
Stop Trafficking Newsletter
U.S. Department of Labor Sweat & Toil
During National Migration Week, please take the opportunity to engage migrants as community members, neighbors, and friends. Here is the National Migration Week 2018 toolkit with facts, talking points, tips and so much more. There is a beautiful prayer in both English and Spanish at the end. Please use these materials for personal reflection and with your church community services. In addition, the Migration and Refugee Services office of the USCCB has homily helps, prayer cards, and petitions available on their website.
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Each year on January 1st, the Catholic Church celebrates World Day of Peace.Pope Francis invites Catholics to embrace those who endure perilous journeys and hardships in order to find peace. He encourages us to use a “contemplative gaze”, recognizing that we are all part of God’s family. Pope Francis urges us to turn our gaze toward migrants and refugees, but also toward cities where we live and to our elected officials, “bearing in mind, that is, the needs of all members of the human family and the welfare of each.” Please read the 2018 World Peace Day Message here. Catholic Relief Services has put together this helpful guide to use in bringing the message of peace to action in our daily lives.
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Tell Your Member of Congress to Equitably Fund Defense and Domestic Spending
Action Alert from Network
The Republicans in Congress are trying to increase defense spending and reduce spending on our national safety net programs.
In a budget agreement in 2011, the Republicans and Democrats agreed that if they were going to increase defense spending then they would raise domestic spending by a similar percentage. Now, the Republicans are signaling that they want to unilaterally end this agreement.
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Tell Congress: Equitably Fund Defense and Domestic Spending
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The Senate Finance Committee passed their version of the tax bill November 16th on a straight partisan vote. The full Senate will take up the bill shortly after Thanksgiving. In addition to its horrible tax provisions, it also includes a partial repeal of the ACA that would cause 13 million to lose coverage and raise premiums. Additionally, the bill would result in $25 billion in cuts to Medicare and put many other human needs programs at risk for devastating cuts. A vote is anticipated by Thursday, Nov. 30.
This week (October 29-November 2), people of faith across the country are participating in a national Week of Prayer and Action With Dreamers. Co-sponsored with others in the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, we are concentrating on and elevating the moral voice in support of the DREAM Act of 2017 (S.1615 and H.R. 3440. )
The Senate is expected to vote sometime next week(Sept 25) on a new effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with legislation that would leave millions of Americans without healthcare coverage.
Please email your senators and urge them to vote “no” on this proposal and to work instead in a bipartisan manner to stabilize the insurance market, strengthen and expand health coverage, and improve affordability.
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Time to Oppose the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill
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From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world will be praying and caring for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation” celebrated by Christian churches around the globe.
The Global Catholic Climate Movement offers a Season of Creation website where you can download a toolkit for your church to host a prayer service, search a map to find a prayer service near you, and learn about ways to take action between September 1 to October 4.
Action: The Season of Creation invites you to join the “Big Shift Global” Campaign to ask the World Bank to shift all of its projects away from fossil fuels and to 100 percent renewable energy. Here’s a fact sheet that explains the campaign.
In our world today, 65 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, and 34,000 additional people are displaced every single day. The need to welcome refugees to the United States has never been greater. Now is the time to take a stand.
A number of refugee resettlement and protection organizations are launching a Stand With Refugees call-in campaign leading up to World Refugee Day on June 20th. During this week, people can call via 1-844-4STAND5 to be connected with your Members of Congress and urge them to welcome refugees. Please visit www.StandWithRefugees.US and call our lawmakers to send a powerful message: We welcome refugees.
Haitians living in the U.S. are at stake. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will decide by May 3 whether or not they intend to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, which would allow our Haitian sisters and brothers to continue living and working here. TPS protections are given for extreme circumstances such as natural disasters; for Haitians, these protections expire in July 2017. This DHS decision also will set an important precedent, as TPS protections for Salvadoran and Hondurans expire in 2018.