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November Edition

Columbans work to bridge the divide between marginalized and impacted communities and policymakers in our nation’s capital. This month we discuss the DACA program, the Clean Power Plan, and the appropriations process.  

Myanmar/Burma: Columbans Urge End to Persecution of Rohingya People

As the persecution of the Muslim minority in Rakhine State in Myanmar/Burma reaches a feverish pitch and forces thousands to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, Columban Superior General, Fr Kevin O’Neill, sends a message of solidarity saying: “We reject persecution of any community regardless of religion, race, or ethnic identity. We urge an end to the violence and violation of human rights of the Rohingya people and hope for their peaceful return to their homes in the Rakhine State of Myanmar/Burma.”

Signs of the Time: Sharing the Journey with Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers

by Scott Wright

On September 27, Pope Francis will launch a global campaign to support migrants and refugees called “Share the Journey.” The aim of the campaign is to promote a culture of encounter with migrants and refugees, as they journey from their homes, through foreign lands in search of refuge, until they reach a final destination in a land they hope will welcome them and invite them to make a new home.

The Beloved Community and the Right to Dream: A Tribute to the Dreamers

On this day in history, August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered one of the most powerful addresses in U.S history at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Standing at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, and addressing a crowd of more than 200,000 people, Dr. King spoke of the moment as “the time to make justice a reality for all God’s children” and offered these famous lines: “I have a dream….” As a child, I remember hearing those words live on television.

Action Alert: Sorrow & Mourning Flee Away!

Bishop Mark Seitz greeting migrants during the annual mass at the US/Mexico border

We are almost halfway through the Summer of Action!

HERE’S A QUICK RECAP:
Congress is currently working through the process of funding the federal government for the coming fiscal year. The proposals we’ve seen so far do not line up with our values of welcome, family unity, and solidarity with the vulnerable. The House of Representatives is working to vote on such a budget package THIS WEEK.

On the Border of Hope: Two Trips to the US/Mexico Border

Monica and her border trip companions visiting with Jorge.

In his letter Bishop Mark Seitz reminds us that “every human being bears within him or her the image of God, which confers upon us a dignity higher than any passport or immigration status.” This applies to not only migrants but also border patrol agents, deportation agents and deported persons, judges, and lawyers. Each one of us is a child of God.

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