• Charleston to Orlando: Get guns off our streets! Now!
    It should not be this easy in America for a person with murderous intent to purchase weapons of war. Nearly a year ago, I was on my way to Charleston with a group of faith leaders to deliver prayers from the faith community to the families of those murdered at Mother Emanuel AME church. A year later, and I find myself again mourning the loss of innocent people, most in the prime of their life--many Latino--celebrating Latino pride. In both tragedies, the question is the same -- how could a troubled young man so steeped in violent expressions of hate get a gun so easily? A few years earlier, it was an attack on a Sikh Temple, where a troubled man killed 6 innocent Sikh people in Oak Creek Wisconsin. Before that, Newtown. Racism, homophobia, transphobia sexism, xenophobia, and mental illness might be killers on their own, but our gun laws have outfitted these killers for combat. That’s why, as a Lesbian woman of faith fed up with our gun laws, I’ve launched this petition thanking Sen. Chris Murphy for being willing to be a voice of moral courage on guns and to call on his colleagues to honor his request for a vote. The filibuster ended late last night, but as Senator Murphy stated last night, the fight will not be over until we change our gun safety laws in America. Sen. Murphy has done exactly the right thing -- but every lawmaker right now is getting pressure from the gun lobby to back off doing anything to change our gun laws. They need to hear from us. We need to show our Senators that people of faith don’t want Sen. Chris Murphy to stop preaching the truth about guns in America until their Senate colleagues hold a vote on gun violence prevention legislation. Clergy and faith leaders are often put in the position of pastoring to a community after the loss of life at the hands of a firearm. Yet, a lot of these deaths could be prevented with better gun violence prevention laws. We cannot let this epidemic continue in our communities. As Senator Cory Booker stated on the Senate Floor during the filibuster last night, “Faith without works is not enough. Prayer at this moment is not enough.” Sign the petition right now, and share it with your friends.
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  • Martin is a Good Man, who should stay with his Family
    Martin was taken away from his family and his home Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:00 AM. ICE did not provide a warrant, but his nephew opened the door, because ICE told him they were looking for his uncle, Martin, and said that if he didn’t take then to him, he wouldn’t like it. They didn’t have any paper work other than a piece of paper with his A # and where they were taking him to, Centennial. According to his lawyer, they lied to him and told him he was to sign a paper saying he had answered questions, but he actually signed a paper reinstating his last deportation and giving up his rights to fight it. In 2010, Martin received an order of deportation after being brought in for a DUI. He was scared and signed his voluntary departure. However, he wasn’t driving when they gave him the DUI, he was sleeping in his car in front of his house. A neighbor called the police and they gave him a DUI. Afterwards, Martin left due to his voluntary departure, but returned a couple of months later when his mother was diagnosed with cancer. In mid-April 2016 in Arapahoe county, as he was leaving work, he was followed by a cop and as he was about to get on the highway he was pulled over at the gas station. Martin asked why he was pulled over and wasn’t given a reason, seemingly he was racially profiled. He was cited for driving without a license, and they took him to Arapahoe County Jail, where he stayed for one day. His daughter bailed him out for $1000, however, three weeks later ICE came to his home in the early morning and took him away from his family who needs him. Martin in the only support his daughter and grand daughter have. He has been here 17 or 18 years, since 1999.
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  • Sign the Religious Freedom Pledge: Standing Together Against Anti-Muslim Bigotry
    BACKGROUND In an historic event at the Washington National Cathedral on October 23, 2015, over 100 faith leaders from Christian, Jewish, Sikh and Muslim communities joined together to commit to reject and speak out against bigotry, discrimination, harassment, and violence based on religion or belief. In the wake of increased hate speech, hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims and persons perceived to be Muslim, it is vital for us all join this same commitment to condemning and speaking out against bigotry, discrimination, harassment, and violence based on religion or belief. America was founded on the ideal of religious freedom, and as Americans of all faiths and none, we need to work together to ensure those promises for all. Ideals don't uphold themselves- it takes action and courage from all of us to advance them. Will you join us in endorsing this Pledge? Beyond endorsing the Pledge, we invite you to join us through hosting an event in your local congregation, where members of your faith community can talk about anti-Muslim bigotry and how the faith community can stand united. FOUNDING PLEDGE ENDORSERS INCLUDE: His Eminence Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Imam Mohamed Magid Pastor Dr. Bob Roberts Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson Dr. Rajwant Singh Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer Dr. Carroll Baltimore Rev. Brent Walker Imam Talib Shareef Rabbi Jack Moline Dr. Azhar Azeez Sr. Patricia Chappell Rev. Barry Lynn Rev. Richard Cizik Imam Omar Suleiman
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  • Been there. Done that. No more investigations into U.S. women religious!
    Beginning in 2008, U.S. women religious in the U.S. came under heavy scrutiny by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF). In the spring of 2012, the CDF issued a statement accusing U.S. women religious of supporting "radical feminist themes" and "corporate dissent." Now, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life have summoned the Sisters of Loretto, a major order of U.S. Catholic Sisters, to Rome to account for "areas of concern" and accusing them of not doing enough to follow Church teachings. The investigations must stop! Catholics deeply value the prophetic witness of women religious and appreciate their commitment to social justice. We stand with the Loretto Sisters and all women religious who are serving our Church and world!
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  • Approve Cristina's stay of deportation to stay with her three girls
    Cristina and her husband Alberto have three beautiful daughters, 9months, 21 months and 4 years old. The 30 year old mother has been fighting her deportation since 2008, when she was just 21. She is awaiting for a response on her stay of removal application. “We're hopeful that, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will use their discretion to protect the well being of this mother and her three citizen children” declared Gabriela Flora, Program Director at the American Friends Service Committee. Cristina’s community is requesting that the ICE Colorado Field Office approve Cristina's application of a stay of removal while she and her mother wait to see if they will qualify for a UVISA (a visa designed for victims and witnesses of crime). Cristina has three non-violent misdemeanor convictions from when she was young and with her now ex-husband. Cristina was able to escape that abusive relationship and turn her life around. The sentencing judge in her case found she had suffered more than enough for the mistakes she made. After that, she began attending church and later got involved with community organizations. For over a decade she's had a clean record and a different life. She met and later partnered with Alberto, the father of her three children, and is a happy stay at home mom who one day hopes to go on to college. She loves nurturing her 4 year old daughter Dariana's dreams of becoming a doctor and answering her many questions about the world.
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  • Support Police Reform Efforts in Honduras
    Imagine being the victim of a violent crime, but having nowhere to turn because you are afraid of the police, and don’t trust the justice system to help you. For too many Hondurans, this is their reality. For years, officers in the National Police force stole from or harmed the same citizens they were supposed to protect. Not knowing who in the police they could trust, citizens didn’t report crimes, criminals remained at large, and violence troubled the country. Removing corrupt police from the force is absolutely essential to combat crime and violence in Honduras, which is why recent successful efforts at reform are so exciting, and deserve so much support. A new “Police Purging Commission” has been appointed to review the entire 12,000-member police force, and – in a bold move that has never before been done – they are starting from the top. The brave citizens that make up the Commission have reviewed 272 of the highest-ranking police chiefs in the last two months, and they have removed 39% – 106 high-ranking officers linked to crime and corruption that will no longer be able to use their position to harm others! The Commission is touching powerful interests in firing these corrupt officers, and have received death threats for their work. Their families have been forced to relocate for safety. In this time of so much potential for change, Honduras needs people to stand behind and support the efforts of the Commission towards improving peace and public security. As people who care about Honduras, we are asking that US lawmakers take all measures possible to pressure the Honduran government to support these reforms and to protect the individuals who are in charge of seeing them implemented. Together, we look forward to police force that Hondurans can trust, one that will truly help to create a more peaceful and just Honduras.
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  • #KeepErikHome: Ask Immigration to release him and allow him to stay with his family.
    Erik has lived in the US for more than 15 years. As a young man in the 1990s he was a victim of a crime and he helped police convict the person who held a gun to Erik's head. After that traumatic event, Erik made some mistakes, one of which led to him being convicted of being involved in a theft. After those events, he cleaned up his life, married and had two children. "Erik is the person who is always helping others. He never asks for help" says his youngest sister. Erik cares for and maintains the house of an elderly and disabled woman in his neighborhood. He's the first person his family calls when they need something. His daughters both need him, particularly as they face learning challenges and his support keeps them trying at school. His step-son also relies on Erik as a role model. Please sign this petition to keep Erik with his family and to ask Immigration to look at his whole life, not just the mistakes he made so many years ago.
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  • People Of Faith Supporting President Obama's Efforts To End Discrimination Against LGBTQ Students
    President Obama: As people of faith with a deep and abiding concern for the welfare of all children, we want to applaud you and your administration for the recent decision to interpret and enforce Title IX — a statute, written in 1972, that prohibits sex discrimination — as also prohibiting discrimination on the basis of "gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status.” We recognize that this is a confusing and even unsettling issue for many, while for others who have faced discrimination this has been a harmful experience long ignored. From our perspective, however, you have simply taken another step toward creating a nation where the basic civil rights of all are protected. Too many LGBTQ youths are lost and abandoned. Many of these young people end up living in poverty and on the streets. None of these children should face discrimination at school or barriers in getting an education. We believe that protecting young people from discrimination is consistent with our faith. Love – not fear – should be our guiding principle. We challenge those who might respond to this decision to open their hearts and listen to the stories, particularly of transgender students, who are so often marginalized. Thank you for showing us a better path. Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie Director, Center for Peace and Spirituality & University Chaplain, Pacific University Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt, President and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible & Theological Education, Chicago Theological Seminary Rev. Dr. Traci D. Blackmon, Executive Minister, Justice & Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel | Portland, Oregon Rev. Dr. Deborah Krause, Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament, Eden Theological Seminary Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology and President Emerita, Chicago Theological Seminary Rev. Michael Neuroth, Policy Advocate for International Issues, United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, Senior Vice-President for Innovations in Public Programs, Union Theological Seminary in New York City * titles are used for identification purposes only
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  • Tell the Obama Administration to Prohibit LGBTQ Discrimination in Foster Care
    For the more than 400,000 children in foster care across our nation, this action would have an enormous, life-changing impact. The teachings of our respective faiths may diverge on issues of theology and practice, but all speak clearly of our duty to protect the stranger, the orphan and the widow: the most vulnerable members of our society. We are called to do all we can to ensure children grow up with loving, supportive families that will set them on the path toward happy and healthy adulthood. Removing the barriers that currently prevent LGBT adults from becoming parents for these children has the potential to bring an estimated two million potential parents forward to provide loving, permanent homes. The primary reason hundreds of thousands of children remain in, or age out of, the foster care system is a lack of qualified homes. This is a moral travesty. This Administration has made historic progress in the advancement of LGBT rights across the country and your Department has been at the forefront of these changes. Yet, if action is not taken before the end of the Administration to prohibit discrimination in adoption and foster care, a critical piece of this work will remain woefully unfinished. It is crucial that the Obama Administration takes decisive action to ensure that otherwise qualified adoptive and foster parents are not turned away simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and that LGBT and gender non-conforming youth in care do not face discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. A foundational principle of our child welfare services is the best interest of the child. We firmly believe that ensuring qualified parents are not turned away, simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, in addition to protecting youth themselves, is one of the most important steps you can take to meet the needs of children in foster care. Further, we do not believe there should be any exemption to permit religiously affiliated child welfare providers to discriminate against LGBT youth and prospective parents while conducting public foster care and adoption placements and service delivery with significant sums of taxpayer dollars. Such an exemption would undermine this foundational principle by prioritizing the provider’s religious beliefs over the best interests of the children they contract with the government to serve, while also sanctioning discrimination with public dollars. Although the primary responsibility of child welfare agencies and their contractors is to meet a child’s need for safety, permanency and well-being, many LGBT youth face physical threat, harassment, rejection and discrimination from state-funded providers. Due largely to family rejection, LGBT youth are over-represented in child welfare systems compared to their non- LGBT peers, are placed in group homes and residential facilities at higher rates, and often exit to homelessness and increased risk of commercial sexual exploitation. While some states offer explicit protections for LGBT youth, most do not, and an LGBT youth’s safety, well-being, and fair treatment depends largely on a luck of the draw. This month is the last National Foster Care Month of the Obama Administration. We hope you will take this opportunity to use your authority as Secretary to put the needs of children first by issuing guidance ending discrimination against potential adoptive and foster parents and children in foster care based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, without exceptions.
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  • Catholics Support Women Priests. Pope Francis Should Do The Same.
    Pope Francis says that "No one can be excluded from the mercy of God...[the Church's] doors remain wide open." Pope Francis has demonstrated his commitment to this mercy by reaching out to other orders of priests who have broken away from the church. In this spirit, we ask Pope Francis to affirm primacy of conscience for the women priests worldwide. In prophetic obedience to the Spirit, women priests live a renewed priestly ministry in communities of faith that welcome all and exclude no one. Roman Catholic Women Priests, who stand in apostolic succession, serve in a renewed priestly ministry in a community of equals. Those of us who are divorced and remarried, who are LGBTQ, and who have struggled with the Catholic faith, have found spiritual shelter in their worshipping communities. Here, we can fully participate in the Word of Jesus and the sacraments. They are living the Gospel message of radical inclusion. Pope Francis, you have inspired the world with your message of a merciful Church, and we now implore you to live up to your message. Use the power of your office to open wide the doors to dialogue and lift all excommunications and ecclesiastical punishments against Roman Catholic Women Priests and their supporters. We are the Church. Listen to our cry for justice.
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  • Dear Candidates for President, Senate, and Governors: Will You Advance a Moral Agenda?
    Our moral traditions have a firm foundation upon which to stand against the divide-and-conquer strategies of extremists. We believe in a moral agenda that stands against systemic racism, classism, poverty, xenophobia, and any attempt to promote hate towards any members of the human family. We claim a higher ground in partisan debate by returning public discourse to our deepest moral and constitutional values. Please add your name to call on our 2016 presidential candidates, senate candidates, and governors to advance a moral agenda.
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  • Tell U.S. Bishops to Work With Catholics to Build a Church for Our Daughters
    It's time for our Church leaders to work with us to build a Church that strikes down every oppressive practice, teaching, and law that assigns women and girls to a subordinate status. So that our daughters and yours may know radical inclusion and justice, equality without qualification, and an institution that transforms oppression into love without bounds, we must build a Church for our daughters. PLEASE JOIN US IN SIGNING THIS PETITION AND FOR MORE ACTIONS ON JUNE 14, 2016! Learn more at AChurchForOurDaughters.org.
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