Action alerts are a way to stay informed about current issues having to do with justice, peace, and care for creation.
Prisoners’ Rights to In-person Visits
Increasingly, California counties are eliminating in-person visitation and adopting video-only visits, in which families can only see each other over a video screen. Some facilities are being built that only allow for video visitation. A 2015 Prison Policy Initiative report found that 74 percent of county jails across the country that implemented video visitation ultimately eliminated in-person visitation altogether.
Please act now to ensure that in-person visitation continues to be provided for those who are incarcerated and their families. Urge the Governor to sign SB 1157.
Help Pass Three Anti-hunger Bills
Three important bills that will help end hunger in California have made it to Governor Brown’s desk! The Governor has untilSeptember 30 to either sign these bills into law or veto them and stop them from being enacted.
With just a few clicks, you can email the Governor and let him know what you think about these important anti-hunger bills. Visit our website to send your email today.
Save Public Lands From Fossil Fuels
The Obama Administration is auctioning off public lands to the fossil fuel industry.
As Franciscans, caring for all creation is at the core of who we are and what we believe. To treat our Mother Earth as an asset sold to the highest bidder is unconscionable. That is why FAN has partnered with other creation care organizations to develop this petition calling on the Obama Administration to stop auctioning off our public lands and waters to the fossil fuel industry.
Dakota Access Pipeline
If built, Dakota Access would carry toxic fracked oil from North Dakota across four states and under the Missouri River, immediately upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. That makes it a threat to the sacred land and water of Native communities and a disaster for the climate.
Tribal leaders are taking the Army Corps of Engineers to court over the unjust pipeline approval process, but President Obama could step in any time and say “no” to this whole thing — like he did for Keystone XL.
This September, both the United Nations and President Obama will host meetings about refugees with world leaders. Will you join in the Justice for Immigrants’ call for the U.S to lead by example?
Please take action and send this electronic postcard to the White House and Members of the U.S. Congress.
“Hate is Not Holy”
Students from the University of San Diego, which is affiliated with the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, have started a petition asking President James Harris to distance the University from Jenny Craig and Doug Manchester. Craig and Manchester have recently held fundraising events for Donald Trump and many students in the USD community believe that Trump’s comments about women, immigrants, Mexicans, and Muslims go against the Catholic mission of USD. To support these students and to prove that hate is not holy, add your name to this petition!
Support Working Women in Global Supply Chains
ILRF’s report Our Voices, Our Safety: Bangladeshi Garment Workers Speak Out explains in the words of the garment workers who make our clothes how they are harassed, threatened, beaten and sexually abused in order to keep them from speaking up at work. This exploitation of women workers and repression of their voices is not unique to the apparel industry, or to Bangladesh. It is an injustice facing low-income women workers in global supply chains around the world who produce the products we use and food we consume.
A new Congressional initiative introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Jackie Speier, which currently has four cosponsors in the Senate and 14 cosponsors in the House, aims to advance improved U.S. development, trade and procurement policies that support and protect the rights of women workers in developing countries.
In June the Supreme Court issued a 4-4 ruling in U.S. v. Texas, and in doing so, denied peace of mind to millions across the country who are at risk of having their families torn apart due to our broken immigration system. As people of faith, we know that we are all called to welcome the stranger and protect families. Call your Members of Congress to remind them that the solution lies in comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship!
When you call, here’s what you might say:
“My name _____, and I am devastated by the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Texas, but I know that the real solution lies in congressional action on immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. This is a voting issue for me. Will the [SENATOR/CONGRESSPERSON] commit to immigration reform in the first 100 days of a new Congress?”
When a person is incarcerated, even for a short period of time, family contact and in-person visits are vital to their well-being and chances for rehabilitation. But right now, the for-profit prison industry is making California part of a frightening national push towards cutting off the personal and physical connection of in-person visitation and replacing it with outrageously expensive, unreliable visitation-by-video.
June 2: Gun Violence Awareness Day
Millions of Americans are coming together on June 2 to wear orange and call for an end to gun violence in America. Ask your Mayor to join the fight by declaring June 2nd Gun Violence Awareness Day in your city.
Workers Blacklisted for Speaking Out
Seven workers have been blacklisted at NC State Senator Brent Jackson’s farm for speaking out against wage violations and an unjust worker termination. Send an email to Jackson Farms and let them know that this type of retaliation is unacceptable, and he should reinstate the workers and pay them their wages owed immediately.
Send a message to the presidential candidates: The next President of the United States has an historic opportunity to bring the fight to traffickers all around the world and free millions from modern slavery.
Tell the House to Oppose Anti-Refugee Bill
Send an email to the top two members of the House leadership TODAY and urge them to STOP this anti-refugee bill! Your email will go to Speak Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Click here to take action!
Many FAN members are familiar with the great work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in gaining improved working conditions for tomato harvesters in Florida. The Fair Food Program to protect worker’s rights and fair wages has been very successful with most major fast food chains participating in the program and raising tomato pickers wages a penny a pound. The holdout has been Wendy’s, which tried to get around the program by stating that the company was not buying tomatoes from Florida. Research has shown that Wendy’s buys its tomatoes from the major Mexican tomato grower, Bioparques de Occidente. Because of Wendy’s persistent refusal to participate in the Fair Food Program, and its purchase of tomatoes from violators of human rights like Bioparque, FAN leadership endorses the CIW Wendy’s Boycott and encourages FAN members to participate.
Take action by not supporting Wendy’s!
UN International Day of Peace
The following is from PeaceNow.com:
In 1982, the United Nations established September 21st of each year as the International Day of Peace. Since then no American President, Republican or Democrat, has officially recognized this global event celebrated by more than one billion people in 2015. Last year working with PeaceJam.org, we came up with the idea to send a letter to the president asking him to recognize the United Nations International Day of Peace. This year, we are distributing the attached letter to the President to be pasted onto your official letter head. Your signed letter should be returned to PeaceNow.com by mail ASAP. We will then assemble a “book” of supporting letters and have them delivered to the President’s staff.
Click here to learn more and take action!
End ICE Raids
We are urged to keep up calls to the White House at 866-473-5915 urging President Obama to STOP deporting Central American children and families who are fleeing violence. They should have access to legal counsel so they can apply for asylum in the United States.
Over 1,800,000 people have been deported since Jan. 1, 2009. At this rate President Obama will have deported more people in six years than all people deported before 1997. This is unacceptable.
Excerpt from presente.org
Click here to see how many people have been deported since Jan. 1, 2009.