Posted on 17. Mar, 2013 by Franciscans For Justice.
The following are letters to our political leaders signed by Br. Mark. They call attention to current issues both within our own country and in the global community. To view the letters simply click on the links below and they will be downloaded to your computer or take you to a different web page:
This purpose of this letter was a call to prayer and action to welcome Syrian refugees from the Middle East. As Catholic Christians, we are called to welcome the strangers and to feed the hungry. As Americans, we were founded on the principle of freedom from tyranny and it would be most hypocritical of us to deny that freedom to thousands of Syrian refugees seeking peace. To read the letter, click here.
This letter to Pope Francis respectfully requests that the Pope denounces the 15th century Papal bulls known as the “Doctrine of Discovery.” It is our firm belief that the official denunciation of this archaic doctrine by You, at this unique time in history, will, in fact, cause all governments especially the government of the United States to fundamentally reassess their still on-going predatory laws and exploitative policies towards Indigenous people, their nations, their lands and their natural resources. To read the letter, click here.
This letter to Congress calls for Syrian refugees to be treated with compassion and dignity. It implores Congress to pass legislation making it possible for the U.S. to accept Syrian refugees fleeing the violence and war in Syria. To read it, click here.
This letter to Congress calls for a federal budget that makes sense. The signers stand for these key principles: Federal budgets should: (1) protect low-income people; (2) invest in broadly shared prosperity; (3) increase revenues; and (4) seek responsible savings from reducing waste in the Pentagon and elsewhere. To read the letter or to sign it before March 12, 2015, click here.
This letter opposes the opening of a detention center for families. To read it, click here.
Stop the War on Mother Earth
This appeal to Peace and Climate movements, realizes that these two are not so separate. Political wars are very much connected to climate change and the war on Mother Earth. To view the letter, click here.
Franciscans International have been campaigning to ensure that the human right to water and sanitation is included within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework. Unfortunately the “zero draft” document which was released last week did not contain any reference to this right. This letter was signed by various organizations and was sent to the General Assembly’s Open Working Group, which drafts the goals. To view the letter, click here!
Seven years is far too long to wait for justice! Tobacco farm workers need to know we stand in solidarity with them as they seek justice from tobacco giant, Reynolds American. To view the letter, which was signed by religious leaders, click here!
“We are outraged by the daily deportation of 1,100 aspiring Americans and the unnecessary separation of families. We are calling on the Obama Administration to provide immediate relief from deportation for our families today by expanding deferred action.” More than 1,000 clergy and faith leaders signed onto this letter, which was delivered to Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security on June 11. To view the letter click here!
In November NIRS and the Civil Society Institute along with over 125 organizations sent a letter to Dr. James Hansen and his colleagues who believe that nuclear power is a safe way to solve the climate crisis. This letter argues that nuclear energy would be detrimental to solving the climate crisis and that there are more sustainable sources of energy our there. To view the letter click here!
Thirteen Catholic groups today announced their request to Pope Francis to issue a formal rescission of the 15th century papal bulls that provide the basis for the Doctrine of Discovery. These groups asked Pope Francis to create a new papal bull that promotes ethical norms in harmony with Gospel values. For more information, click here.
Bro. Mark also wrote a letter to Pope Francis regarding the Papal Bulls. To read it, click here!
JPIC animators for the English Speaking Conference of OFM Franciscans took time out of their meeting in Cincinnati, OH this week to visit John Boehner’s West Chester, OH office. They delivered a letter making clear Franciscans’ ongoing commitment to immigration reform. To view the letter, click here.
This letter stresses the importance of unity and the collaboration. An excerpt reads: “There is no difference between races, classes, or genders in the salvation that Christ brings to us all. This is essential to the work of Jesus Christ, and the early church made a clear choice to create a multiracial Christian community. Therefore, a multiracial body of Christ is not only admirable—it is intrinsic, mandated, and expected by God.” To view and to sign the letter, click here.
An important program that protects Iraqi nationals who supported and served alongside U.S. troops is set to expire on September 30, 2013 if Congress does not take immediate action to extend it. Congress created the Iraqi and Afghan Allies SIV programs in 2008 and 2009 respectively in recognition of our responsibility to protect Iraqi and Afghan nationals who face persecution as a result of their employment by and partnership with the U.S. missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.Please consider adding your name to this letter in support of this life-saving program. To view the letter, click here.
This letter asks that the California State Sheriffs’ Association supports the TRUST Act, which is legislation that will mitigate the suffering that families experience due to separation through deportation. To read the letter in English and Spanish, click on the links below:
This is a letter to the members of the US House of Representatives asking them to support immigration reform that includes a road to citizenship and access to affordable healthcare. To view the letter, click here.
This letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expresses the need to protect incarcerated youth. To view the letter, click here.
This is a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations LHHs Subcommittee chairmen and ranking members, requesting additional funding for the trafficking victims program under ORR for FY14. The number of trafficking victims served by the program has increased this fiscal year. Without additional funding steps will have to be taken to reduce services and trafficking victims would be denied the adequate support they need. To view the letter, click here.
Faith Letter Opposing the SAFE Act
The House Judiciary Committee recently passed the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement, or SAFE Act (H.R. 2278) which would criminalize many forms of assistance to undocumented immigrants. To view the letter which opposes the SAFE Act, click here.
This letter asks the Obama administration to release 9 DREAMERS, who are the undocumented youth who were detained attempting to come home through the Nogales port of entry on July 22nd, 2013. All nine detainees have lived in the United States since they were children, would otherwise qualify for the DREAM Act and consider America to be their home. To view the letter and to sign it yourself, click here.
This letter urges Congressmen to consider the detrimental effect that H.R. 2131, also known as the SKILLS Visa Act has on family-based immigrants coming to the United States. To view the letter, click here.
This letter opposes harmful amendments to the Senate Bill 7.44 which promises comprehensive immigration reform. To view the letter, click here.
“The Blumenthal 8 and Coons 13 amendments to limit immigration enforcement actions at highly sensitive locations including places of worship, schools and hospitals.” To read the letter, click here.
The “Little Dreamers Amendment,” sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), is an effort to ensure that those too young to qualify for the DREAM Act’s expedited path to citizenship are not left out simply because of their age. For more information click here.
This letter was sent to Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), in regards to the Senate bill S.744 . This bill supported much needed immigration reform, especially for those seeking asylum and refuge. To view the letter, click here.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has “called for all people to work for a culture of life and to do more to end violence in our homes.” For more information and to learn how to take action, click here.
This letter is from the Latin American Working Group as an effort to call the attention of President Barak Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to the displacement of civilians in Colombia. For more information and to learn how to get involved, click here.
This letter is from the Leaders of Newton, CT to selected United States senators. It is a call for the politicians to prevent future tragedies that result from gun violence. It is signed by many faith leaders across the nation, including priests, rabbis, and bishops among others.