Take action to ensure countries that condone human trafficking are held accountable in trade agreements.
More than 4 million refugees have fled Syria. This is the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Sign the Petition: Tell President Obama to welcome more refugees.
In 2015, 70 years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world community is making important moves toward nuclear abolition.
Justice for Immigrants asks everyone to call the White House between July 30-Aug. 6 (date extended!) and urge that it not appeal a July 24 ruling to release detained families.
Please write to your representative and ask that they strive to ensure the McCain-Feinstein provision banning torture is included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act.
A court victory to stop building the separation wall on private Palestinian land has now been undone.
Please consider adding your name to this petition, directed to Sherwin-Williams (Dutch Boy) and PPG Industries (Glidden) Paint Companies. It was created for Change.org by Occupational Knowledge International.
Many members of Congress travel during the August recess, and many take trips to Israel. It is important that they get a full picture of the region during these visits, and we can help them do that.
The House of Representatives is voting NOW on trade bills -- Trade Adjustment Assistance and Trade Promotion Authority [AKA "fast track"] -- that are opposed by Maryknoll and others in the faith and human rights communities.
Members of Congress need to hear from constituents that the Fast Track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership is undemocratic.
In response to this critical issue around the treatment of children by the Israeli military (which receives the largest amount of U.S. foreign assistance), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN-4) has drafted a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, and invites her fellow members of Congress to sign on.
Ask your representatives to attend a Congressional briefing on the important issue of children in Israeli military detention.
Maryknollers have been actively supporting the SOA Watch campaign to close the School of the Americas (now WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, Georgia since 1990, and you can too. Purchase a limited edition t-shirt and support the growth of the movement for justice and self-determination in the Americas.
The following petition will be delivered to authorities in Brazil.
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, express our vehement opposition to all forms of privatization of the Brazilian prison system for the following reasons:
Without a doubt, the process of mass incarceration in Brazil has as its preferred target poor and historically excluded populations. These people are denied their most fundamental rights and crushed by a system of suffering and death.
Tell your elected officials to support peaceful solutions with Iran, in Syria: Don’t stand in the way of Iran negotiations, and do support urgent help for Yarmouk refugees.
Women held in a Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison work for $3/day, their children's health is deteriorating, and many haven't been given the opportunity to post a reasonable bond for their release.
In December, during the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, the Holy See contributed a ground-breaking paper entitled Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition, which presents a compelling argument to move beyond limits set by political realism: “Now is the time to affirm not only the immorality of the use of nuclear weapons, but the immorality of their possession, thereby clearing the road to nuclear abolition.”
Urge your members of Congress to sign "Dear Colleague" letters in support of the president's budget proposal for the Green Climate Fund.
A peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue is in the best interest of its neighbors in the region – including the Israelis and Palestinians – as well as the best interest of the United States and the world.
Our colleagues at ActionAid USA are circulating this petition to urge the Obama administration to end its support of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.
The House Judiciary Committee will be considering the Michael Davis Jr., in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (HR 1148), a very negative bill that would harm our communities and congregations.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns endorses the recently introduced End Modern Slavery Initiative Act, sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).
The controversial speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress scheduled for March 3 is problematic for a number of reasons including the way the invitation was issued without coordination with the White House, the anticipated content of the speech which is expected to deal with the Iranian nuclear issue at a critical time in the negotiations with Iran, and the timing of the speech just prior to the Israeli elections.
Raise your voice to protest Netanyahu’s speech which will be used to undermine the U.S. strategy of diplomacy with Iran.
On January 27, 51 people, including 30 Dominican-born children, some of their mothers and 14 other adults were deported without due process to Haiti from the Dominican Republic. More mass deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants are feared.
Write your member of Congress today and let him/her know that climate change is important to you and that they should contribute to the Green Climate Fund.
Following the defeat of a UN Security Council resolution that would have set parameters and a timeline for addressing the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas signed a number of international treaties and conventions including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), paving the way for Palestine to join the ICC.
As has been the case for years now, the town of Bethlehem remains cut off from Jerusalem by the separation wall, and more and more land around the town is threatened with confiscation by the Israeli government
Tell World Bank President Jim Yong Kim that the time has come for the World Bank to respect and protect human rights in its lending.
Another round of call in days will be held this week, Dec. 9-12, to urge Congress to protect families from deportation.
This week (Tuesday or Wednesday) the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will have the chance to vote on war against the Islamic State. This is the first opportunity for the Senate to reject the president's plan that is perpetuating ongoing war.
Immigrant rights groups and faith communities across the country have been urging the administration to take bold, concrete actions to stop the pain that families and communities face due to deportations.
The scriptures for the third Sunday in Advent call us to action – to be a voice in the wilderness, a light, and to bring the good news to the oppressed and poor in our world.
Land confiscation, settlement expansion, and home demolitions continue in the West Bank, with Israel resuming its practice of demolishing homes as a punitive measure.
Send a message to the Senate and to President Obama to reject any legislation that approves the continuation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
From Nov. 5-13, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Justice for Immigrants campaign will sponsor a week of call-in days to the White House to urge protection for families facing deportation.
Use this link at the Justice for Immigrants' website to send a message to the president and Congress opposing the use of family detention in regards to Central American and Mexican migrants at the U.S. border.
Financial support for reconstruction in Gaza is urgently needed. Adequate oversight will be important to ensure that materials are used for their intended purposes, but restrictions should not be so onerous that they tie the hands of those seeking to rebuild. In addition, to end the cycle of violence, underlying causes must be addressed, including the lifting of the Gaza blockade.
El Paso's Annunciation House, which has provided shelter for migrants for decades, has drafted this petition to President Obama, urging specific and immediate action on immigration.
ECPAT-USA asks those of us in the U.S. to contact our senators and urge their support of S. 1738, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which has already passed the House of Representatives.
The following request for action and support was circulated by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, based on information from the Sisters of Loretto Nazareth.
While peacemakers everywhere welcome the ceasefire in Gaza, the underlying issues that led to the war remain.
Sign this petition to President Obama and Congress urging the U.S.'s moral leadership at the UN climate summit in September 2014.
Maryknoll Sisters are members of the Dominican order; Dominican priests, brothers and sisters have had a long history in Iraq, and it is in solidarity with their fellow Dominicans in Iraq that we share the following letter and action suggestions from U.S. Dominicans.
Nuclear weapons threaten everything we love and treasure in this world. To protect humanity’s future, we support the Marshall Islands, a small island nation who is courageously seeking to enforce the Nuclear Zero promise - a world free of nuclear weapons.
For this month's Third Thursday alert, call on Congress to stop U.S. complicity in suffering and to support U.S. policy for a just peace in Israel and Palestine.
Urgent: Call the Senate and House today: Demand that Congress REJECT rollbacks to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act
The following alert is based on information from our colleagues at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA and other sources.
The following alert provides information about a national call-in day on June 26, urging Attorney General Eric Holder to hold firm to efforts to curb the use of solitary confinement.
Tent of Nations, a peace project located on the 100-acre Nassar family farm near Bethlehem, came under attack on May 19 by the Israeli military. Between 1,500 and 2,000 mature, fruit-bearing apricot and apple trees and grape vines were destroyed along with terraced land, according to a report by Friends of Tent of Nations North America (FOTONNA).
Following is information on a few critical amendments that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on during the debate over the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, as well as a call-in script that can be used to express your views on these amendments to your representative.
In solidarity with visits by the USCCB's Committee on Migration to members of Congress, call your representative and senators and urge just and humane immigration reform.
In countries where Maryknollers serve such as Peru, the Philippines, and Kenya, to oppose destructive mining practices becomes an issue of life and death. Communities not only face death threats with impunity, but they also never see the economic benefits of the projects.
Holy Week brings pilgrims from all over the world to Jerusalem, yet Christians who live just next door to the city must get permits to worship there and may be denied entry altogether.
The Third Thursday alert for March 2014 calls on Congress to urge a lasting ceasefire between Gaza and Israel and to urge an end to the Gaza blockade.
In collaboration with the Justice for Immigrants (JFI) campaign of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns urges you to take action for immigration reform during Lent 2014.
350.org provides this letter and link to send your comment to the State Department on the environmental impact of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Take action to support the fifth annual Open Shuhada Street Campaign to help the residents of Hebron. Tell Congress to call for a halt to all settlement activity and an end to restrictions on movement for Palestinians.
For this "third Thursday" alert for January, write Congress and urge them to support Secretary of State Kerry's efforts to hold Israel to account during important negotiations.
January 11, 2014 marks the 12th anniversary of the opening of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition invite your signature on this petition to the Justice Department, requesting an expansion of a legal defense program for detained asylum seekers.
The South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms offers this action for January 1; Pax Christi International sent the following message of solidarity to the people of South Sudan on December 27, 2013.
For this "third Thursday" alert for December, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus in what is now Palestinian land, we call attention to the fact that Palestinians face severe limitations on their right to movement.
Each year during Advent, Pax Christi International invites prayers and wishes for peace in the Holy Land.
Honey bees, native bees and other pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat, but are now in alarming decline.
For this "third Thursday" alert for November, tell your members of Congress that the people of Gaza need hope, not collective punishment. Tell them it is time to take action lift the Gaza blockade.
Mexico and Central America face extreme levels of violence since the war on drugs was intensified in the region; urge the U.S. Congress to stop funding this war.
November 13, the feast of St. Frances Cabrini, will be the date of a national call-in day to the U.S. Congress, urging them to take action for just and humane immigration reform.
For this "third Thursday" alert for October, tell your Members of Congress in person or in writing that you oppose ongoing Israeli settlement expansion, particularly its effects on Palestinian movement and access.
The following petition, posted to Change.org, was prepared by former Maryknoll lay missioner Maggie Fogarty, who served with her family in Bolivia.
This alert was prepared by the Justice and Peace Office of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM).
On August 15, we celebrated the birth of Oscar Arnulfo Romero, a man whose words and example continue to reverberate through El Salvador and the world.
This August, tell your member in person that peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians need to be founded on justice.
Nuns on the Bus will hold a Congressional briefing on immigration on July 24 -- urge your member of Congress to attend.
On June 27, the Israeli civil administration in the West Bank issued 34 demolition orders against Palestinian homes and buildings in the village of Susiya.
Pax Christi International invites signatures on this petition urging Presidents Obama and Putin to hold peace talks on Syria.
ICCR requests signatures on a change.org petition to urge Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to not impede Dodd-Frank implementation.
Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore (PCMDC-B) has crafted a sign-on letter calling for an end to the use of drone warfare which is scheduled to be published in the August 3 edition of the National Catholic Reporter.
The following article and action alert are from the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL, the Quakers).
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.
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
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."
The following bulletin is distributed by our colleagues at Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement.
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.
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.