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Puerto Rico, US Virgin Island Religious Leaders Appeal for Aid, Debt Relief, End to Child Poverty

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 650 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners, including the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach. As a member of Jubilee USA, and in the wake of the devastation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, we stand in solidarity with the people of those islands and their religious leaders, urging the U.S. and international financial institutions to place a moratorium on existent debts. Columban missionaries work in many communities around the world that are devastated by typhoons and hurricanes. In 2013, we joined Jubilee USA in advocating for a moratorium on the debt for the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Today we do the same for the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Columbans On Mission: From the Margins to the Powerful

Power and prosperity can stifle the Spirit, blind us to others and prevent us from understanding the weak. Witness the rich man who never understood or appreciated Lazarus at his door. (Lk 16:19-31) In 2013, the World Council of Churches met in Pusan, Korea, and published "Together Towards Life." One of its most challenging chapters is "Spirit of Liberation: Mission from the Margins." Jesus' mission was to liberate the oppressed, to open the eyes of the blind and to announce the Kingdom of God by opting to spend His time with the marginalized people of His day...

Faith communities call for a NAFTA renegotiation that puts people and planet first

Washington, D.C.--Yesterday, the Trump Administration sent official notice to Congress calling for a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. For nearly twenty years, the Interfaith Working Group on Trade and Investment has called for a transparent and open trade policy that respects and supports the human dignity of every person, the integrity of God’s creation, and advances the common good. Based on the leaked proposal in April, we fear that a modernization of NAFTA that would include some...

Columban Week of Action: Demand Just Trade Policies

Last week, the new administration released a series of rapid-fire executive orders targeting these very things Columbans care about most deeply: humane migration policies, caring for creation, promoting peace, and advancing faithful trade policies. As people of faith, we must respond to attacks on the most vulnerable with action. Every day this week, we’ll send you an opportunity to respond to one of the executive orders that were signed last week...

Columban Divestment and Positive Impact Investing

We know both through our missionary experience, and by what global climate scientists tell us, that our human dependence on fossil fuels is a significant cause of climate change and its devastating consequences. Faced with this reality, in 2016, on the feast of St. Francis in a joint announcement coordinated by the Global Catholic Climate Movement of catholic institutions around the world, Columbans pledged to take steps to divest from fossil fuels and move towards positive impact investing...

Faith Community Calls for a New Trade Model

U.S. faith communities with ministries in the United States and globally welcome the consensus to shelve passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). U.S. faith communities – grounded in the shared values of solidarity, respect for human dignity and the integrity of creation, and welcoming all voices into the democratic process– call for trade and economic policies that prioritize the common good. “Trade justice advocates in the United Church of Christ celebrate the demise of...

Columbans Reaffirm Commitment to Faithful Trade Policies

The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach celebrates the recent signaling from the Administration and Congress that the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement will not move forward this year. Columban missionaries live in and serve communities in 7 of the 12 participating countries involved in this agreement. Because of this, Columbans have unique exposure to the negative impacts of free trade agreements on the world’s most vulnerable people. Columban missionaries...

After Election Day: Next Steps for the TPP

Next Steps for the TPP video.

Happy Election Day! Today, millions of Americans head to the polls. Once the votes are counted, the country will begin the transition into a new administration and Congress. Before this happens, however, there is still work to be done. This year, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement is on the agenda during the lame-duck session. This refers to the time period after which a new president and Congress have been elected but before those who are newly-elected...

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