Peace and Justice Updates 5.19.2021

Ask President Biden to take Action in the Middle East
Over the past weeks, images of the violence engulfing Israel and Palestine have circulated around the world, capturing international attention as the threat of increased military action looms. The violence has already led to dozens of deaths, including children.

Military action will never bring about a just and peaceful resolution between Israelis and Palestinians. President Biden must take action to immediately de-escalate the situation, broker a ceasefire, and call on the Israeli government to put an immediate stop to the forced evictions and displacement of Palestinian families. Many more are likely to die if the situation does not de-escalate immediately.

President Biden campaigned on advancing human rights and a diplomacy-first foreign policy to restore America’s leadership around the world. In addition to brokering a ceasefire, the Biden administration must address the root causes of this decades-long crisis including calling on the Israeli government to put an immediate stop to the forced evictions and displacement of Palestinian families in order to achieve a just solution grounded in human dignity.

Click here to sign a petition asking President Biden to take urgent action to de-escalate the situation in Palestine and Israel, and secure an immediate ceasefire.

Pass Background Checks Now
This year, the AAPI community has repeatedly experienced that devastation. In Atlanta, nine people were shot, including six Asian women who were killed. In Indianapolis, eight people were shot and killed, four of them being members of the Sikh community. And yet, those tragedies are only a fraction of the violence the AAPI community has experienced this year. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against the AAPI community at large—particularly against AAPI women—has been on the rise like never before.

This AAPI Heritage Month, we must call attention to this hate-fueled violence, and demand our lawmakers work to stop it. We need strong gun safety laws now.

Tell your U.S. senators: Pass background check legislation now.

WEBINAR: Catholic Sisters Impact on Helping Trafficking Survivors Thrive
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
1:00pm Eastern

Register today for our webinar focused on “Catholic Sisters Impact on Helping Trafficking Survivors Thrive.” The panel speakers include:

  • Sr. Jean Schafer, SDS, a member of the USCSAHT Board of Directors and former Chair of the Survivor Services working group.
  • Sr. Kathlyn Mulcahy, OP, a Dominican Sister of Springfield and the Executive Director of Bethany House in Chicago.
  • Theresa Flores, LSW, Program Director for USCSAHT. S
  • Dawn Schiller, M.A., an expert survivor-leader in the anti-trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault movements.

Register Now.

Recognize Role of “Essential Workers”
Please contact your senators and representative and urge them to act boldly to provide a path to citizenship for the eleven million immigrants living in the United States without documentation.

Many have been here for decades. They include Dreamers (young people brought to the U.S. as children, many of whom have no ties to the country of their birth), recipients of Temporary Protected Status (persons from countries dealing with natural disasters, political upheaval or other crises), persons in Deferred Enforced Departure (similar to TPS but determined by presidential discretion) and agricultural workers.

The coronavirus pandemic has made the nation conscious of the critical role essential workers play in food production and food service, retail, healthcare, child and elder care. Many of these persons are immigrants.

It is critical that lawmakers hear that there is strong support for a path to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented immigrants living in the United States today.

Click here to speak up for immigrants. 

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