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ACT OF SOLIDARITY

WE MUST WELCOME IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

As Congress debates how to end the partial government shutdown, it is critical that we urge them to reopen the government, without endangering our immigrant neighbors. The administration has undertaken a deliberately cruel and dehumanizing strategy of unjust detention, a militarized border, and deportations. Worse yet are the heartbreaking impacts of the administration turning its back on asylum seekers, imprisoning and separating families, and tear gassing individuals seeking safety. Most importantly, these policies have resulted in the tragic deaths of two chidren while in government custody. All people have the right to seek a safe place to call home, and seeking asylum is protected within U.S. and international law. People of faith and conscience must make our voices heard to urge Congress to responsibly reopen the federal government and simultaneously cut funding for detention, deportations, and border militarization.

Here is a sample script you can use to call your elected officials in Washington:

"I am your constituent from (name city/town), and as a person of faith, I urge the Senator/Representative to affirm the right of all people to seek asylum and protection. Please do everything in your power to ensure the administration processes and welcomes asylum seekers and upholds family unity. To turn them away, incarcerate or prosecute them, or separate their families runs counter to our moral duty to ensure that people are properly screened. I call on you to responsibily reopen the government and simultaneously cut funding for deportation agents, detention beds, wall construction, and militarization of border communities. This spending tears families apart, leaves vulnerable populations unprotected, and erodes our nation's responsibility to welcome the stranger. My community welcomes and values immigrants, and I urge you to do the same. Thank you!"

 

CHILD BRIDES IN THE UNITED STATES

Are you aware that only one state in the U.S. has a law against child marriage? That's right! The state of Delaware is the only one prohibiting child marriages.

Thousands of children in the U.S. are married each year. Very often they aren't even asked if it's OK with them. Only the parents or a judge need to OK it. It's a very sad state of affairs in the U.S. But we can help to stop it by pushing our state Governor to act against it NOW. Please get involved by contacting your Governor and urging him/her to stop the practice in your state. As was stated above, only Delaware now has a law against child marriage.

Why, you ask, is this allowed in America? The answer is customs. Customs allow the exploitation of children who deserve our protection. Child marriages lead to increased school drop-outs, poverty, domestic abuse, trafficking, and psychological distress. States are working on ending this practice, but religious exceptions keep standing in the way so the issue, wrongly, is dropped.

We understand that religions have their traditions and their customs, but this is America. Please help to change child marriage laws in the U.S. by contacting your Governor and speaking out against child marriage. We see it as a human rights abuse.

Thanks for getting involved.

ACTING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN GUATEMALA

As we put this on our website, human rights in Guatemala are being violated and we can help.

The UN Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (UNCAIG) is being attacked by corrupt politicians in that country and people are suffering horrendous human rights abuses. The UNCAIG is key to representing Guatemalan's who are prosecuted unfairly by human rights violators and corrupt government officials and businessmen. As a result, Senator Rubio wants to put a hold on U.S. funding for the UNCAIG.

Putting a hold on funding the UNCAIG would turn back everything that has been done to aid people of abuses in Guatemala and it would threaten rights defenders who are under attack in land conflicts between communities and large plantations.

Please ask your Congressional members to remain committed to funding the UNCAIG thereby keeping it a strong source of independent investigation and information. Killings of indigenous leaders needs to be independently investigated.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, a human rights defender, believes that bipartisan support for the UNCAIG can be maintained.

Please contact your elected members in Washington and urge them to support continued support for the UNCAIG. Thank you!