Justice Updates – Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Making Peace with the Earth Lenten Activites:

This week, take time to drink a glass of water and appreciate the gift, eat a slice of bread and be thankful for those who made it possible, breathe the air and pray for all life that share this air with us.

Have you considered giving up plastic for Lent?  Kristen Hartke from NPR provides some suggestions in her Commentary: 4 Ways to Reduce Plastics and Other Single-Use Disposables in your Kitchen.

Fast and Pray.  The immigration Committee invites you to pray and fast for those with Temporary Protected Status especially those whose status is in jeopardy.  Many of these men and women have lived in the United States for many years and have children who are American citizens.  May our government find a way to give them justice.

The Dreamers are still Dreaming.  H.R. 6 –  American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 was introduced on March 12, 2019 with 202 original cosponsors. The bill would provide Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and individuals with Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) with protection from deportation and an opportunity to obtain permanent legal status in the U.S. if they meet certain requirements. There are currently nearly 700,000 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, 1.6 million eligible Dreamers, 300,000 TPS holders and 3,600 individuals with DED.  For more information about the details of this bill, read moreCall your representative and ask him/her to support H.R.6.

Garden City, Kansas featured.  STRANGERS IN TOWN tells the story of how global migration unexpectedly transformed and enriched Garden City, Kansas. It brought great challenges to the community, including demands for housing, social services, education, and infrastructure. For the current students at Garden City High School, the town’s remarkable diversity is all they’ve ever known. STRANGERS IN TOWN gives new meaning to the city’s motto: “the world grows here,” and provides an inspiring view of human possibility in the face of change. Our own Sr. Janice is featured.  Click here for the link to the 31 minute film.

Support Red Flag Laws. On March 26th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Red Flag laws. These laws empower family members and law enforcement officers to petition a court to temporarily restrict a person’s access to guns when they pose a risk of using them to harm themselves or others. Whether it is gun suicide, a mass shooting, or any other act of gun violence, shooters often demonstrate warning signs before carryout tragic acts of violence. States like Connecticut, Maryland, and New York Red Flag laws have stopped potential gun crimes after warning signs indicated that the would-be shooter was a threat to themselves and to others.  After it was learned that the shooter of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting displayed prior warnings, Florida lawmakers quickly enacted a bipartisan Red Flag law.

Why are its citizens leaving El Salvador?  The National Geographic Magazine researched the root cause of why citizens from El Salvador are taking the difficult and dangerous journey to the U.S. Click here to read this compelling article.

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