The BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128/H.R. 496, was recently introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort to sustain the temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under the BRIDGE Act, young people who came to the United States as children would maintain their eligibility to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation and family separation so long as they meet certain requirements, such as showing a commitment to education or honorable service in our military and having no history of serious crime.
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.
The majority in the new Congress has made repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, one of its top priorities. In fact, congressional Republicans have taken the first step toward rushing through a repeal of the ACA in a budget resolution without proposing a replacement.
Please join the National Interfaith Call-In Day on Monday, Jan. 9, to protect healthcare for vulnerable people by calling 1-888-897-9753. (This is not a toll-free number but allows our partners at NETWORK to track the number of calls received at each office.) Call twice to be connected to both your senators, and tell them to vote NO on Senate Concurrent Resolution 3.
Human Rights Day
A reflection on Human Rights Day, 10 December. Watch it here (01:33)
Pope Francis has chosen “Nonviolence: A style of Politics for Peace” as the theme for the 50th World Day of Peace, commemorated each year on January 1st . This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace. Inspired by both St. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in terris and his own encyclical Populorum progressio, Pope Paul VI introduced the commemoration of the World Day of Peace in 1967; it is now celebrated every year on the first day of January.
Visit Catholic Nonviolence Initiative website to find resources to learn more about and celebrate the World Day of Peace on January 1 and beyond.
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.
Collaborative Center for Justice
40 Clifford St. Hartford, CT 06114
Phone: 860-692-3066 Fax: 860-692-3068