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As people of faith, we must stand up and act when our neighbors, the most vulnerable, and our common home are targeted. Together we can raise our voice and make a difference. Check out the latest ways you can take action and influence your members of Congress, the President, and other policy makers through our Action Alerts. Don’t miss any of our action alerts, sign up for them here.

 

 

 

  • Tell your Member of Congress to support a faithful budget!

    This past weekend, advocates from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. to explore the theme of this year’s EAD conference: “Confronting Chaos, Forging Community: Challenging Racism, Materialism, and Militarism”. Our own Fr. Pat Cunningham joined the conference’s international panel to speak on the impact of U.S. militarism on communities in Korea...

  • Mobilize for the Environment after REPAM Visit

    Thank you for your inspiring messages of solidarity and welcome! The delegation of Amazonian faith and indigenous leaders from the REPAM network brought your messages back home with them as they continue in their fight to protect their environments, spirituality, and way of life. During their time in D.C., these inspiring leaders taught us about the difficult realities of their communities, the ecological importance of the Amazon, and the urgency to answer the call in Laudato Si’ to care for creation...

  • Take Action: Answer the call to care for our common home!

    Today the new administration signed an executive order on the environment that represents a step backwards in terms of protecting our health and caring for our common home. Through multiple provisions, including one aimed at dismantling the Clean Power Plan, this executive order promotes the further extraction and production of fossil fuels while reversing previous efforts to address and fight climate change.This action severely limits the United States’ ability to reach its international climate goals at a time when U.S. leadership is crucial...

  • Welcome Faith & Indigenous Leaders from the Amazon

    On March 16, we welcomed a delegation of faith & indigenous leaders from the Amazon, to the United States. They are members of REPAM, a transnational network of indigenous communities and Church organizations created to respond to the challenges facing the people of the Amazon and their natural environment. While in the U.S., the delegation will share the reality of communities in the Amazon, the ecological importance of the Amazon, and the urgency to answer the call in Laudato..

  • Confronting Chaos, Forging Community: Register for Ecumenical Advocacy Days

    Every year, the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach participates in Ecumenical Advocacy Days, a conference in Washington D.C. that brings Christians of all denominations from around the country together to explore issues of justice and peace. This year, the conference will take place from April 21-24 and will tackle the intersectionality of racism, materialism, and militarism through prayer, worship, and advocacy. With the official theme, Confronting Chaos, Forging Community...

  • Renew Pope’s Message of Mercy at the Border

    A year ago today, over 300,000 people, including many members of the Columban community, gathered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and across the border in El Paso, Texas to hear Pope Francis’ transformational message. On his frist trip to the US-Mexico border, he reinforced our faith’s call to open our hearts to the suffering of others, including migrants and refugees. In support of the pope’s message of welcome, we released a statement calling for immigration and border policies that reflect his...

  • Columban Week of Action: Stand with Refugees

    On Friday, January 27, the new administration suspended immigration for citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen—all are majority Muslim countries. The order includes a four-month suspension of America’s entire refugee program in order to review how refugees are vetted before they are allowed to settle here and a ban on the arrival of Syrian refugees. It also includes a cut in the number of refugees the United States plans to accept this year by more than half—from 110,000 to....

  • Columban Week of Action: Create Communities of Welcome

    Last Wednesday, January 25, the new administration signed two executive orders aimed at migrants and asylum-seekers. The second order increases the use of harmful law enforcement methods against migrants and asylum-seekers. The measures include punitively withholding federal funding from cities with community trust policies in place, commonly known as ‘sanctuary cities’. It also re-institutes ineffective enforcement practices such as harmful programs which discourage...

  • Columban Week of Action: Stand for Welcome

    Last Wednesday, January 25, the new administration signed two executive orders aimed at migrants and asylum-seekers. The first order directs federal funding for the construction of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, dramatically increases the detention of migrants and asylum-seekers, limits access to protection for those seeking safety, and adds an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents to Customs and Border Protection, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency...

  • Columban Week of Action: Protect Creation

    Last Tuesday, January 24, the new administration signed an executive order signaling its intent to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines and expedite important environmental impact reviews of infrastructure projects. While these orders do not immediately restart the construction of either pipeline, they show the new administration’s support for increased extraction of fossil fuels. Columban Position: Columban communities around the world experience...

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