The Viatorian Community is a member of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) and supports its many resolutions on social justice, including on immigration, human trafficking, the budget, gun violence and ecumenical foreign policy issues — among others.
Immigration Key Moments: We are entering a critical time for immigration reform. The word in Washington is that the Senate Gang of 8 plans to introduce legislation around April 10-soon after the Easter recess. Our Senators and Representatives need to know that their constituents care deeply about compassionate immigration reform that includes a commonsense path to citizenship, prioritizes family, addresses the root causes of illegal immigration and includes funding for integration of new Americans.
Please call or email your local congressional offices and schedule appointments to talk with your Senators and Representative while they’re in your neighborhood. They’ll be “home” and meeting with constituents from March 25-April 5.
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition Neighbor to Neighbor toolkit, click here, has lots of helpful resources including: talking points, sample scripts, etc. You will find additional resources at Justice for Immigrants (JFI): click here, including the ongoing post-card campaign if you haven’t already used it.
Once you’ve completed your in-district visits, please register your visits online here. That will enable us to follow-up on your visits with staff in DC. I’d be most grateful if you would send me a quick email with information about your visit.
Federal Budget: Sequestration
The sequestration went through on March 1. On the one hand we worked with interfaith coalitions on advocating for a “sequestration” level of Pentagon cuts, but on the other hand we were advocating for not cutting funds to those in urgent need. Nevertheless, some groups continue to profit while the poor face life-altering cuts.
Wall Street making record profits: click here
Active duty military get pay raises: click here
Some concerns about “job loss” have arisen for those working in industries supporting the Pentagon. Leaving aside the question whether these are healthy jobs to promote, as well as the striking wage gap between CEO’s and average workers in these (and other) companies and the option of distributing the wages more equitably, and thus, not cutting jobs; there are feasible ways such communities can transition. Click here for more details.
Global Day of Action on Military Spending: Monday, April 15, 2013. For more details click here.
–Immigration March in DC Wed. Apr. 10th: Save the Date! For more details and to register click here. For a point of contact from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, contact Noel Andersen at <email@example.com>.
–The Plight of Immigrant Workers Sat. Apr. 20 in Chicago Br. Brian McLauchlin SVD and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants group invites you to attend a morning event with workshops from community leaders on engaging worker rights issues for immigrants in Chicago: for more details download a PDF flyer and resgistration form.
–Immigration Advocacy Day May 20-21 in DC.The USCCB and CLINIC are also sponsoring an advocacy day in DC on immigration reform. For details and registration: click here.
Gun Violence: The Senate is preparing to vote likely in mid to late April on the bills passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Our attention and engagement is very important at this stage. Read this article about our religious coalition activity.
Here is another example of recent actions on Gun Violence worth reflecting on: On March 18th, Occupy the NRA launched a long-term social action campaign to hold Wall Street firms accountable for their investments in gun manufacturers. The group plans to push these firms to divest their stocks from companies that manufacture guns.
Occupy the NRA will use direct actions against Blackstone, Cerberus & Owl Creek Asset Management (OCAM). The group selected these firms because they either own millions of dollars of holdings in gun manufacturers’ stock or bought stock as a direct result of the Sandy Hook massacre.