The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined 17 other faith-based organizations in sending the following letter to the members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives calling on them to support the BURMA Act of 2021, a bill that responds to the ongoing, violent repression of citizens by the military junta that seized power in Myanmar on February 1, 2021.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined a coalition of organizations in sending the following letter to President Biden asking him to lead an overhaul of civilian harm policies and practices in the U.S. government in light of recent reporting highlighting extensive civilian casualties.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined a coalition of faith-based organizations in sending the following letter to President Biden urging him to use the opportunity of the upcoming Nuclear Posture Review to fulfill U.S. commitments on reducing nuclear weapons.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined over 350 organizations in sending the following letter to the leaders of the House of Representatives urging them to support H.R .40, a bill to create a commission to study the legacy of slavery and the prospect of reparations for African-Americans.
Rather than relying on militaristic approaches, our leaders must invest in efforts to sustain peace and prevent harm to those who would suffer the most from the devastating and long-term impacts of conflict. Only by vigorously pursuing all avenues for peace can we fulfill our sacred duty to respect the equal dignity and worth of every person.
As we turn to the year ahead, we urge you to reverse course and end overreliance on immigration detention by stopping new detention contracts and terminating current ICE contracts, investing in rights-respecting border management at the border, and committing to enacting just and humane immigration policies.
As members of the American faith community, we call on you to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and to ensure that all of the people held there are either released, agree to a plea deal, or receive a fair trial in a federal court.
Nearly eleven months since taking office, this administration continues to violate U.S. asylum law and evade U.S. treaty obligations by blocking and returning asylum seekers to places where their lives and safety are in peril.
Although we are told that sanctions are intended to influence the policies of governments, they often have harmful effects far beyond their intended targets, claiming the lives of innocent men, women, and especially children. The most vulnerable – the poor, the elderly, the marginalized – are always hurt worst of all.
We thank and congratulate the House of Representatives for passing the Build Back Better Act and call on the Senate to care for the common good and vote in favor of this historic legislation.
It is our hope that the White House will continue to request that Congress provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in the years ahead and lawmakers answer that call. But any amount of aid is futile if it cannot reach the Afghan people in time.
After roughly 14 years, the severe restrictions on Gaza have left nearly 2 million people with severely limited access to clean water, electricity, and food.