Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

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World Refugee Day 2021

This Sunday, June 20, is World Refugee Day 2021. Join us in honoring this day through action, prayer, and study.  

During the crisis of the past year, refugees experienced heightened vulnerability and challenges when many countries largely closed their doors to them, including the United States. Now, as the United States begins to recover from the pandemic, it is time to push for the restoration of the United States refugee resettlement and asylum systems. Here are some resources for action, prayer, and study for World Refugee Day 2021.

Raise Your Voice for Undocumented Essential Workers

This month, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is joining Faith in Action and a coalition of faith-based partners in promoting the Fast for Freedom campaign, an interfaith fasting campaign happening from June 9 to early July to highlight the need for undocumented essential workers to be given a pathway to citizenship in the upcoming jobs and infrastructure bills in Congress. 

Ask Pres. Biden to make change happen at the G7 Summit

Starting June 11, President Joe Biden will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Summit in Cornwall, England. For the first time in two years, the leaders of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States — will meet in person to discuss a coordinated response to three global crises – the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery from the collapse triggered by COVID-19, and environmental catastrophe brought on by climate change.  

#Comments4Asylum and #FreetheFamilies

Two major campaigns are going on this week to protect asylum seekers and immigrant families. Here are ways you can take action today: 

1) Submit a comment to the Trump administration by July 15 at 1 pm EDT urging them to rescind new proposed rules for the asylum system that would make it nearly impossible to gain asylum status in the United States. Experts say these rules will destroy the asylum system as we know it.

March 19, 4 PM ET: Pope Francis Invites World to Pray About Coronavirus

Peace and blessings to you as we face the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic together.

Maybe you are experiencing isolation and fear like never before. Please know, just as you have been there for the Maryknoll Office whenever we have called for solidarity and action, we are here for you.

Take action: Pope Francis calls for Worldwide Prayer

40th Anniversary of Refugee Act: Send a Letter Saying "Thank You"

Today, March 17, is the 40th Anniversary of President Carter signing the Refugee Act of 1980. This legislation established the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, which has resettled over 3 million refugees since 1980. Today we are celebrating our country's legacy of leadership in refugee resettlement by thanking President Carter and all those who brought about the Refugee Act and who continue to work for the success of the program today. 

Tuesday, March 10: Day of Action for Immigrant Justice

Tuesday, March 10 will be a Day of Action to promote justice for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. There are several steps you can take to raise your voice in support of vulnerable people on the move on this day.  

Take action: 

Call or email your Members of Congress asking them to support two bills that would support the asylum and refugee protection systems in the U.S.  

Protect Refugee Resettlement Now

September 2019

This is a critical moment. President Trump has until September 30 to decide the number of refugees to be admitted into the United States for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Some in the Trump Administration are reportedly calling for "zeroing out" the refugee resettlement program. This means setting the goal for the number of refugees admitted into the United States in 2020 to zero

In honor of Mother's Day, share the stories of mothers seeking asylum and sign a petition

From CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Netowrk, Inc.

In honor of Mother’s Day 2019, CLINIC has collected the stories of four mothers who have gone through or are currently going through the asylum process. It is our hope that these stories illustrate the experience of motherhood under extreme circumstances, and how they are connected by perseverance, love, and hope.

Tell President Trump to reverse state of emergency

On February 15, 2019, President Trump declared a national state of emergency. The day before, Congress passed a funding bill that includes an increase in immigrant detention and $1.375 billion for wall construction. The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) condemned both the emergency declaration and the legislation.

“What is the just and humane way to secure our borders and treat those fleeing persecution? It is not with more immigrant detention and a border wall,” said Susan Gunn, Interim Director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. 

Tell Congress: Protect our right to boycott Israeli policies

Organizations in the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy send out action alerts monthly, focusing on different issues so that members of Congress hear consistently that their constituents support a just and lasting resolution to the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.

April 2017

Congress is considering two dangerous bills that could undermine the work of advocates for a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis.

Brazil: Add your name to petition repudiating prison privatization

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.

Add your name to petition "Catholic morality and nuclear abolition"

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.”

Third Thursday: Netanyahu's speech distracts from issues of real human need

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.

Third Thursday: Don't punish Palestinians for signing int'l treaties/conventions, including the ICC

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.

Third Thursday: Call on Congress to support Gaza aid, end the blockade

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.

Sign letter of support, thanks for church leaders' letter on military aid to Israel

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.

"Robin Hood Tax" bill introduced in Congress

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.