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
Sister Marches are solidarity events inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, If you can’t make it to Washington, D.C. on January 21, join the March in Hartford, CT or in other states.
Women’s March – Hartford CT
Sister March in Solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington
Start: January 21, 2017• 1:00 PM
Hartford State Capitol
North Steps• 210 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106
Let us join in solidarity with others in Hartford on January 21 at 1:00p.m.
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
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Please take Action and contact your Senators.
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.
Please join thousands of constituents nationwide and tell the Senate to pass the Drinking Water Safety and Infrastructure Act .
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Take action: Please urge Congress to restore emergency Unemployment Insurance that offers immediate relief to more than 2 million workers and their families. Please take a moment to tell your Senators that you support restoring emergency Unemployment Insurance to millions of Americans that find themselves out of work.
On March 13, a bipartisan group of Senators filed a bill to retroactively restore the emergency Unemployment Insurance that expired on December 28, 2013. The proposed five-month extension does not include harmful amendments that we have been fighting against, such as restrictions on the Child Tax Credit for immigrant families or on Unemployment Insurance for people who have received disability benefits. You may read here more about the legislation. Please invite your “circle of friends, family, co-workers” to join in this advocacy.
Pope Francis has called on us all to participate in a wave of prayer to end hunger on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Sign up to join the wave and explore NETWORK’s toolkit designed to help you and your community further engage this beautiful opportunity for solidarity.
Please join the prayer wave by taking a moment to pray at noon on Tuesday, wherever you are. Then, put your prayer into action by calling your representative in Congress at 1-888-410-0619. Tell your representative to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from further budget cuts. The SNAP program is a lifeline for struggling families, as 76% of the people the program serves are children, seniors, or people with disabilities. NETWORK | | http://www.networklobby.org
A Growing Concern about Food Insecurity
Did you know?
· More than 493,000 people in Connecticut – nearly 14 percent of the population – are food insecure, meaning that they do not always know where they will find their next meal.
· According to new research released by Feeding America, the average food – insecure resident in our region is falling more than $15 short on their weekly food budget.
· “Food insecurity is one of the leading public health challenges in the United States.” (Dr. Craig Gundersen)
· Food insecurity is experienced by nearly 49 million people nationwide.
Senate Votes to Table Paul Amendment to Block Grant SNAP Program Thanks to your efforts the Senate overwhelming voted to table Senator Rand Paul’s ammentdment to the block grant the SNAP program. The final vote was 65-33. As the debate continues, we will continue to keep you updated.
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Senate Farm Bill Immediate Action Needed: Urge Senator Blumenthal and Senator Lieberman to Co-Sponsor Gillibrand Amendment to Restore SNAP Cuts
Increase Minimum Wage: Call Your Senator
Please call your Senator this week and ask her/him to support increasing the minimum wage.
Please -Click here to find your Senator and call today to tell him or her you support increasing the minimum wage!
Efforts to increase Connecticut’s minimum wage are still alive and need your help. Research and experience shows that increasing the minimum wage helps the economy and does not result in job loss. It’s actually an economic stimulus, as people and families have more money to spend in their communities. The current $8.25 per hour is just not enough for anyone. According to a Quinnipiac University Poll released April 25th , an overwhelming 70% of Connecticut voters support raising the minimum wage.
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