Do you want to DO something during Lent? Help us collect children’s and adolescent’s underwear and socks for the children coming with their parents to the United States through El Paso. The asylum seekers come with so little and often just the clothes on their backs. For more information, click here.
Making Peace with the Earth. Watch your water intake. Do you turn off the water when you brush your teeth? Take time to slowly drink a glass of water and appreciate the gift.
Pray and Fast. This week, the Immigration Reform Committee asks you to pray and fast for those persons whose asylum cases are denied by the inconsistent application of the guidelines by immigration court judges. May God bless them with a sense of peace in the midst of the turmoil this causes them.
FYI. In my blog on February 26th, I mentioned that Caliburn International, the parent company for Comprehensive Health Services, the company running the Homestead Detention Center, was planning in IPO (Initial Public Offering). In their filing, they said “border enforcement and immigration policy…is driving significant growth.” Because of the public outcry over the company’s profiting from locking up children, Caliburn International canceled its planned stock offering.
Studying Racism. During Lent, Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice will examine how society in the U.S. has been deliberately organized to advantage white people over people of color. Their goal is to examine how racism is not just a matter of individual actions and attitudes, but a pervasive predominant social order. This systemic injustice harms all of us by preventing us from fully living out Jesus’s commandment to “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34) This week, they are looking at a “Common Understanding of Racism and White Supremacy.” The resource is attached here.
Call your Senators.
- The House of Representative passed H.R. 1, the “For the People Act” that will protect and strengthen voting rights, transparency in campaign financing and government ethics laws. Unfortunately, Senator Mitch McConnell has said that he will not even introduce it in the Senate. Call your Senators and ask them to put pressure on Senator McConnell to bring this to the Senate.
- The Senate has still not voted on Mr. Trump’s Emergency Declaration. Our taxpayer dollars should be spent on critical programs that make our communities stronger such as education, health care, and housing …. not walls. The President has proposed to take $2.5 billion from a Pentagon program for countering drug activities to pay for the wall. Isn’t this the reason he wants to build a wall in the first place? Ask your Senator to OPPOSE the Emergency Declaration.
More Killing? In 2019 alone, there have been over 51 mass shootings, nearly 100 people killed and more than 150 more injured. The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 8, requiring background checks for all gun sales. Call your senator and ask him/her to vote for S. 42, Expanded Background Check Bill. Right now it is in the Judiciary Committee. Senator Lindsay Graham, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee is also planning a hearing on March 26 to discuss Red Flag Laws that are designed to remove guns from dangerous individuals.