Justice for Immigrants: Faces of Migration

Stranger and Welcomed

Justice for Immigrants, a campaign by the USCCB and other national Catholic networks in support of immigration reform, is sharing a new story on “Faces of Migration” each week.  “Faces of Migration” features refugees who have had an impact on their community.

Read their stories on the JFI website, and check back weekly for new updates.

 

Take Action in Support of Refugees

In response to the executive order by the President of the United States, many Catholic organizations have recommended actions to take to support refugees.  Justice for Immigrants, a network of Catholic institutions working to support immigration reform, issued an action alert to contact Congress and the President to support refugees with a more robust resettlement plan. JFI provides a simple form that will automatically send a pre-written letter to House Representatives, Senators, and the President.

Catholic Relief Services has shared a helpful article with answers to common questions they have received about refugees.  Previously, CRS has also shared many ways to take action to help Syrian refugees on their website, along with other educational resources related to refugees.

Ignatian Solidarity Network shared the “6-minute challenge” to call representatives and then challenge friends to do the same on social media. They also hosted a webinar on understanding the Executive Order on immigrants and refugees, featuring policy experts from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service USA.

USCCB/JFI National Convening

USCCB/JFI National Convening
Wednesday – Friday, November 11-13, 2015
Four Points Sheraton Hotel at O’Hare Airport – Chicago, Illinois
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Moving Forward: Immigration in 2016 and Beyond
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Keynote address: Archbishop Blase Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago

Other topics to be addressed:

  • Prospects for federal immigration reform/Executive Action
  • Immigrant detention and alternatives to detention
  • Strategic planning for 2016 and beyond
  • Parish organizing and advocacy for immigrants and pro-reform policies
  • Communication and messaging
  • Immigrant integration
  • Pastoral approaches to immigrant communities

Register for the conference and find out more here.

 

“Global solidarity has become real for them”

Catholics Confront Global Poverty, an initiative of USCCB and CRS, recently interviewed Dr. Jerry Zurek. Dr. Zurek is the chair of the Communication Department at Cabrini College, an ACCU member. He has participated in various initiatives for social justice and action at Cabrini, including the institution of a unique curriculum requirement based on CST values, a university partnership with CRS, and facilitating advocacy work among his students.

In his work, Dr. Zurek has partnered with many different organizations, such as CRS University, Catholics Confront Global Poverty, Jesuit Refugee Service, Justice for Immigrants, and NETWORK, in order to connect his students with advocacy resources.

Additionally, his students developed the immigration simulation that has been featured on ACCU’s Peace and Justice blog before, and which won a Global Solidarity Grant from ACCU and CRS. Because of students’ engagement with social justice through his classes and through advocacy work, Dr. Zurek says, “Global solidarity has become real for them.”

Read the entire interview here.

Peace and Justice Resources for Lent

Are you looking for resources to enrich your Lenten journey?  We are pleased to share several resources from our colleagues working for peace and justice:

-The Justice for Immigrants Campaign has produced a toolkit entitled Immigration Reform: Your Lenten Promise, inviting you to pray, fast, learn, give and advocate for just and humane immigration reform, in solidarity with immigrants and refugees.

-Focusing on climate change during Lent?  In anticipation of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on care for creation and the environment, Ignatian Solidarity Network has released Renewing the Face of the Earth, a Lenten reflection series on protecting God’s creation and fighting climate change.  Sign up for daily updates on the website!  In addition, the Global Catholic Climate Movement has organized a fast for climate justice during Lent 2015.  Catholics from more than 45 countries will fast from food or activities that produce carbon dioxide during each of the 40 days of Lent.  The U.S. fasting date is set for March 16.

-Pax Christi USA has set up a special webpage for Lenten reflections, prayers, and resources.  Visit the webpage to sign up for weekly Lenten reflections!

-Catholic Relief Services is celebrating the 40th year of Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action Lenten program dedicated to changing the lives of the poor through fasting, prayer and almsgiving.  Visit the CRS Rice Bowl site to participate in the program.  You can download the app, watch the new videos on “What is Lent?”, and view simple meatless international recipes to cook during Lent as part of the program.

-USCCB encourages U.S. Catholics to pray, fast, and give during Lent.  Lenten resources are listed on their website, including Pope Francis’ Lenten message and a special Lenten calendar.