The following urgent alert is based on information from our colleagues with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.
On April 2, the Arms Trade Treaty passed; June 3 is the first day that UN member states can ratify the treaty.
Important international food aid programs governed by the farm bill – such as Food for Peace (PL 480), which was first signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954, and which reached over 53 million people last year – are at risk of devastating cuts.
Speak out in support of humane immigration reform; don't allow anti-immigrant voices to dominate the conversation.
No More Deaths has circulated the following alert to respond to the death of 16-year old José Antonio Elena Rodriguez.
On March 19, Guatemala's former president Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez are going to trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for massacres committed against indigenous civilians in Guatemala's Ixil triangle.
Photo by Bob Phares
This historic case is the first time that a former head of state is being tried for genocide in a domestic court. It is crucial for the nation’s healing process, and will be a key step in ending impunity for the atrocities committed during the war.
Send this electronic postcard your U.S. senators and representatives asking that they pass just and compassionate immigration reform legislation in the 113th Congress.
The following letter is being circulated by Franciscan Action Network and other U.S. Catholic organizations, urging President Obama to respond to the strong call for positive action on climate change.
Urge your member of Congress to investigate whether U.S. military aid to Israel is undermining prospects for peace in the region.
The National Coalition of Environmental Networks in Honduras is calling for urgent solidarity TODAY in order to try to halt the final debate on a mining law that does not incorporate their proposals
The following alert is from the Chicago Religious Leaders Network on Latin America (CRLN). Please respond by contacting the foreign policy staffer in Washington, D.C. office of your U.S. representative.
Kathy McNeely, interim director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, along with 35 other faith leaders, recently signed this letter to President Obama calling on him to bring the full energies of his administration to bear towards facilitating a just, durable and final negotiated agreement to end the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The letter was organized by Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP).
The Women's Rights Treaty [the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, also known as CEDAW] is a strong tool that the international community used to protect women and girls from violence, end injustices such as forced marriage and trafficking, and provide access to education and vocational training.
From our colleagues at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT):
January 11, 2013 will be the 11th anniversary of the opening of the detention center at Guantanamo. Please email your members of Congress and the president now and remind them that you expect them to close the prison at Guantanamo.
The Rwandan-backed M23 militia withdrew from the eastern area of the DRC on December 1, but, according to Bloomberg news, "the rebels have remained in a ring around the city, within a 20-kilometer (12-mile) neutral zone they had agreed to leave."
Pray for peace in Gaza, and urge President Obama to demand a cease-fire and to investigate Israel's misuse of U.S. weapons.
Kathy Kelly with Voices for Creative Nonviolence invites us to participate in the Duvet Project, an effort to support Afghan families during their difficult winter.
The following alert is circulated by the Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC):
As you read this, the communities in resistance to mining in San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc are holding their ground at the roadblock they have maintained since March of this year as they are threatened by a large group of pro-mining provocateurs.
In October, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined over a dozen other Christian groups in signing a letter to Congress which urges a closer review of U.S. military assistance to Israel in light of required compliance with U.S. regulations regarding aid and human rights. Read the letter here. Reaction to this letter has been strong.
Write to Guatemalan authorities to ask for an independent investigation into the actions taken by military forces on October 4 which resulted in the deaths of six people and injuries of over 40.
The following “prayer-study-action” reflection – focused on the upcoming election in the United States and published on Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis - is from our colleagues at Pax Christi USA.
From SOA Watch: This past Saturday and Monday (September 22-24), two human rights lawyers, Antonio Trejo and Eduardo Diaz, were brutally murdered in Honduras, bringing to over 60 the number of victims caught in the struggle for life and land in the Bajo Aguan in Honduras. The debate over the production of food for families versus bio-fuels for corporations has reached a high note.
The U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign applauded the introduction in Congress of a bill that would impose a tax on Wall Street speculation. Introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison, HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, would raise up to $350 billion in annual revenues that would be used to breathe new life into Main Street communities across the U.S., as well as international health, sustainable prosperity and environmental programs.
The Inclusive Prosperity Act, currently in draft form, will be introduced this Friday by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). Please contact your member of Congress as soon as possible and ask him/her to sign on as an original cosponsor of the legislation.
MIgrants continue to suffer tremendously as they search for a better life for themselves and their families.
Learn more about the ongoing conflict in the DRC and sign a petition at Change.org to urge Sec. Clinton's response.