Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Representing Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners
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Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant and Refugee Children

Please join us at a prayer vigil and direct action for immigrant and refugee children at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C, on July 18 at 10 a.m.

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We are shocked by images in a recent Department of Homeland Security's inspector general's report showing immigrant and refugee children detained in cages, separated from family members, and living in unsanitary, unhealthy conditions. The faith community cries out against this treatment of children not only as a violation of human dignity and rights, but also as contrary to religious teachings and the sacred call to care for people who are most at risk, especially children.

Now is the time to raise our voices and say: Stop the Inhumanity!

We invite you to join multiple Catholic organizations and representativeson July 18 for phase one of a campaign to end the inhumane treatment of immigrant and refugee children and families by the U.S. government. This event will include a prayer vigil and demonstration on the U.S. Capitol Lawn, followed by an opportunity to risk arrest in nonviolent civil disobedience for those who choose to take that step.

WHAT: Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant and Refugee Children

WHEN: 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2019

WHERE: East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, across from the Russell Senate Office Building, Section 8 on this map.


When completing the form to RSVP, be sure to indicate if you are interested in risking arrest by participating in nonviolent civil disobedience. Those who respond "Yes" and "Strongly Considering" will receive an email with instructions about how to join a webinar for important training and planning information.

*Sponsoring Organizations: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach,Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Faith in Action, Faith in Public Life, Franciscan Action Network, Ignatian Solidarity Network, Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States- Office of Justice and Ecology, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Network Social Justice Lobby, Pax Christi USA, Sisters of the Good Shepherd National Advocacy Center, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Stuart Center: Society of the Sacred Heart