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immigrants, drivers license, Ted Vaden, driving safety, St. Thomas More Catholic

Victory for Immigrant Drivers in North Carolina

Friday, April 7, 2017
The News & Observer

A year-long issue campaign culminated in a 600-person action on March 28th where the District Attorney, James Woodall, spoke to Orange County Justice United and publicly committed to a deferral program for unlicensed, yet otherwise safe drivers.

The program, which has the potential to save Latino drivers tens of thousands of dollars a year in court fines and fees, will assist Latino drivers in Orange and Chatham County who have paid roughly $1.3 million in citations after a change in state policy in 2006 rendered them ineligible to apply for or renew their licenses without a social security number.


immigrants, sanctuary city, Durham, Refugees, Immaculate Conception Church

Immigrant, Refugee Backers Pack Church to Affirm Durham as Inclusive

Sunday, March 5, 2017
The News & Observer

More than 1,300 Latinos, Muslims, refugees, immigrants, their families and supporters filled Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Sunday to affirm Durham as a city of inclusion.

The event, which organizers insisted was not a protest, was hosted by the N.C. Congress of Latino Organizations and Durham Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods and conducted in English and Spanish.

“We hope that as we leave here, we’re not going to be leaving with confusion but rather with hope,” said Banlly Baquedano, a representative of Iglesia Hispana Emanuel and mother of two.


Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, SB4, Sanctuary Cities, Bishop Joe Vasquez

Texas IAF Joins Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Against Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill

Friday, February 3, 2017
KXAN & Rio Grande Guardian

Said Bishop Joe Vásquez, on behalf of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, “We reject the premise that persons who are merely suspected of being undocumented immigrants should be rounded up by state and local police agents.”

“This bill requires local police and sheriff’s deputies to enforce federal immigration laws as if their job of maintaining public order and the public safety weren’t difficult enough as it is,” said John Elford, senior pastor of University United Methodist Church and member of Austin Interfaith.


Immigration, Refugees, Trump Ban, Airports

Most Religious Groups Come Out Against Trump Refugee Order

Sunday, January 29, 2017
Associated Press

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher had just finished the morning's Shabbat service when he got an urgent message: Rabbis were needed at New York's Kennedy Airport. People were being detained under President Donald Trump's sharp travel restrictions on refugees. Would he come pray?

By sundown, Mosbacher was part a group of rabbis at the airport, playing guitar and conducting a Havdalah service marking the end of the Sabbath. About 2,000 people gathered to rally against the new policy.

"We know what it's like to be the stranger," said Mosbacher, a Reform rabbi at Temple Shaaray Tefila, noting that Jewish refugees were at times turned away from the U.S. "As a person of faith, it was so important to be there."


Howard County, Sanctuary Cities, Immigration Reform, Assembly

Over a Thousand Gather to Support Howard Becoming 'Sanctuary County'

Sunday, January 29, 2017
CBS Baltimore

Over a thousand people gathered on Sunday at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in support of making Howard County a Sanctuary County.

Leaders from PATH (People Acting Together in Howard) were joined by members of the County Council as well as Bishop Mark Brennan of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Members of the undocumented community spoke on the importance of this bill, as will members of the Muslim community and many other faith communities....

Additional press from ABC


Solidarity, Immigration, Refugees, Fr. James Manship

‘Solidarity Gathering’ In New Haven To Stand Up For Muslims, Immigrants

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
WSHU (NPR)

“We recognize that we cannot be all that we are called to be if someone is bullied, mocked, intimidated, oppressed, diminished in any way, because of unjust policies or laws, those excluded because of race, religion.”

Manship helped found the interfaith group CONECT, or Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, in 2011.

The statewide group is starting committees to organize legal resources, job security, and sanctuary spaces for undocumented immigrants.


Marin Organizing Committee, Deportation, Eviction, Affordable Housing

MOC Confronts Deportation & Eviction Threats to Immigration

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Catholic SF & Marin Independent Journal

Fierce winter rains were not enough to stop over 300 leaders of Marin Organizing Committe from convening to discuss the dual threats many immigrants face: deportation and loss of housing.

Leaders broke into small group meetings at San Rafael Catholic Church to share stories of deportation threats, surprise evictions (including a mother evicted 5 days after giving birth), and rents increased five times within one year, often after tenants complained about a stove burner not working or mold on the carpet.


Unaccompanied Minors, Refugee Children, Migrant Camps

Citizens UK Goes to Court to Protect Vulnerable Refugee Children

Saturday, October 15, 2016
The Guardian

Documents lodged in the high court on Friday criticise the government for failing to deliver an actual process to facilitate the transfer of child refugees under theDublin regulation, effectively forcing charities and volunteers to do the government’s job by carrying out the necessary legal and logistical work. “There is no functioning state system and what system there is, is currently almost entirely dependent on private actors,” the documents state.

Legal papers also reveal that the cases of 111 children eligible to come to Britain have simply not been processed because of the lack of an effective system.

The legal action, brought by Citizens UK, a grassroots network of more than 350 groups, argues that the Home Office has repeatedly failed in its duty to help unaccompanied child refugees trapped in the Calais camp, pointing out a “longstanding failure by the defendant [Home Office] and the French authorities to identify and protect children”....


Refugee Crisis, Masud, Afghan Boy, #refugeeswelcome

Citizens UK Calls on Government to Give Refugees Safe Passage

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The Independent

Campaigners, politicians and celebrities listened to Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and laid white flowers as a tribute to the dead....

The event was organised by Citizens UK, which is supporting a court case testing whether four child refugees currently stranded in the “Jungle” will be allowed to safely join their families in the UK....

George Gabriel, from Citizens UK, said: “There are hundreds of people with genuine and valid claims to protection in Britain, including many children and young people who desperately need to be reunited with their loved ones.  


Refugee Crisis, Registration, DICO, Germany IAF, Christiane Schraml

IAF in Germany Responds to Refugee Crisis in Berlin

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Radio

Christiane Schraml, a community organizer, reports from Berlin, where around 500 refugees arrive every day and find a very poor reception system, having to stand in line up to 10 hours in the cold only to register.

Christiane is currently trying to bring together German citizens and refugees to address the problems related to the refugees crisis, which in her word is an "administrative crisis", and now a political one.

DICO, a network of citizens platforms, is working with its citizens and refugees leaders to build trust between residents and newcomers, and ensure that city authorities address their problems.


DAPA, DACAm Executive Order, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Socorro Perales

Valley Interfaith Calls on Congress, Calls on Immigrants

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Brownsville Herald and more
The press conference started with the story of  teacher in 2001, invited from Mexico to teach in MacAllen in 2001 -- then disinvited when 9/11 attacks led to dramatic changes in the treatment of immigrants....
 

Traffic Safety, Metro Alliance for the Common Good, Oregon IAF, Measure 88

MACG Packs Hall to Support Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Catholic Sentinel

Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good leaders packed an assembly to hear stories from people impacted by Oregon’s driver’s license laws shared their stories and to advocate for Measure 88 on Oregon’s November ballot, which would allow undocumented immigrants to drive after fulfilling all other requirements.


Nebraska IAF, Commnity Organizing in Omaha, Joe Higgs, Sr. Erickson, Unaccompanied Minors

OTOC Religious Leaders Admonish White House Over Deportations

Friday, August 8, 2014
Omaha World-Herald

Less than a week after Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) leaders began circulating a statement in support of unaccompanied children at the border, 140 leaders signed on — including Nebraska Episcopal Bishop Scott Barker and NE Lutheran Bishop Brian Maas.

The campaign was precipitated by OTOC immigration action leader Sr. Kathleen Erickson....


Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas, community organizing in Austin, Unaccompanied Children, Migrant Children, Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Act

COPS / Metro Calls for Hospitable Treatment of Migrant Children

Thursday, July 31, 2014
San Antonio Express-News & Univision

Clergy and leadership from Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Catholic and Muslim congregations of COPS / Metro delivered a joint statement calling on the President and Congress to demonstrate hospitality to children arriving on the border from Central America.


Community Organizing in Texas, Community Organizing in Houston, Texas IAF, Immigration, Unaccompanied Children, Elizabeth Valdez

TMO, Houston Clergy Call for Protection of Unaccompanied Children from Central America

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Houston Chronicle

At a press conference organized by The Metropolitan Organization of Houston (TMO), religious leaders from Lutheran, Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, COGIC and Baptist denominations called on the President and Congress to “welcome” unaccompanied children from Central America and guarantee protections afforded to them in the Trafficking Victims Act of 2008.


Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas, organizing in Dallas, Unaccompanied Migrant Children, Unaccompanied Minors, Obama

DAI Calls on President to Protect Unaccompanied Children of Central America

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Dallas Morning News

In defiance of legislative efforts to denude the Trafficking Victims Act of 2008 of legal protections for unaccompanied minors, Dallas Area Interfaith congregations and bishops called on the White House and Congress to do the opposite: to ensure legal protections for children arriving on our border and stop speed processing of children through immigration courts.

 

Community Organizing in Texas, Community Organizing in Dallas, CIR, construction workers, Water Breaks, worker safety

DAI Leads Charge on Water Breaks for Construction Workers

Friday, July 25, 2014
FOX 7 News

DAI leaders are supporting the rights of immigrants already in Dallas through a proposed City ordinance that would mandate water breaks for workers every four hours, bilingual signs explaining the ordinance posted at work and a fine levied on employers for every day there is a violation.  Said Fr. Joshua Whitfield with Sta. Rita Catholic, “a city ordinance would be creating a culture of safety and health in the Texas heat.”


community organizing in Austin, organizing in Texas, Migrant Children, Jacob Cortes

Austin Interfaith Calls on County to Bring Migrant Children to Central Texas

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Austin American Statesman & More

Austin Interfaith is calling for an organized, coordinated effort to receive a large number of unaccompanied minors.  This, they say, shouldn’t be political.  For Ofelia Zapata, a strategy team member of the organization, the future of migrant children hits close to home.  She sees the face of her own grandchild when she looks at the children.


Austin Interfaith, Secure Communities, Sheriff Hamilton, Resolution 99, Immigration, CIR

Austin Interfaith & Allies Win Vote Against 'Secure Communities'

Friday, June 27, 2014
The Horn & Telemundo

Austin Interfaith and immigration rights allies celebrated a unanimous vote by Austin City Council condemning Travis County's cooperation with Secure Communities and ordering the City Manager to explore alternatives to booking with the County jail.


Community Organizing in Dallas, Community Organizing in Texas, Immigration, Wage Theft, Welcoming the Stranger

500 Dallas Area Interfaith Leaders Launch Immigration Campaign

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Dallas Morning News & FOX News

Pouring into Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, DAI leaders gathered to hear stories of family separation, wage theft, lack of water breaks and undignified apartment conditions.


Community Organizing in Nevada, Nevada IAF, Immigration, ICE detentions, Congressional Hearing, Robert Hoo

Nevada Leaders Big Players in Immigration Congressional Hearing

Monday, March 24, 2014
Las Vegas Review Journal &Las Vegas Sun

Representing Nevadans for the Common Good, a coalition of local faith-based groups, [Bishop Joseph] Pepe questioned whether some people are being detained simply to meet the daily bed quota for immigrants in detention.  “Immigration procedures and laws are applied unevenly and often are not filling prosecutorial priorities,” he said.


Immigration, county resolution, PCIC, Pima County Board of Supervisors, Kevin Courtney

PCIC Gets 5-0 Vote Making Pima County "Immigrant Welcoming"

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Arizona Daily Star & Tucson News Now

After winning a similar resolution in Tucson last year, leaders of the Pima County Interfaith Council leveraged a unanimous vote to make the county in Arizona "immigrant welcoming."  


CIR, DACA, SAFE Act, immigration organizing, TMO, Texas IAF, Elizabeth Valdez

TMO Religious Leadership Stands with Young Immigrants

Monday, November 4, 2013
Houston Chronicle

Diana stood before the cameras and the microphones and in a quiet, nervous voice began to tell her story about coming to America. The 18-year-old, who will be graduating from high school this year as a member of the National Honor Society, spoke in perfect English. She spoke effusively about her love of Houston and Texas and America.


Immigration Reform, CIR, SAFE Act, Bishop Riggle-Huie, Cardinal DiNardo, Elizabeth Valdez, Houston

Houston Clergy Urges Lawmakers to Defeat Immigration Enforcement Plan

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Houston Chronicle

Houston clergy joined dozens of immigration reform supporters Wednesday to call for members of Congress to reject a bill that would permit tougher penalties and enforcement for an illegal presence in the United States.  At a news conference organized by The Metropolitan Organization... 


Immigration Organizing in Arizona, Social Justice, Interfaith, Arizona IAF, Joe Rubio

Flagstaff City Council Passes Resolution for Immigration Reform

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Northern Arizona Amigos

The Flagstaff City Council, by a vote of 6-1, approved a resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform during a meeting held on Oct. 1 at City Hall. Supporters of the measure spoke before the council prior to the vote, voicing their support. Following the vote, the supporters gathered in the lobby for a celebration, along with an impromptu planning session to map out future action.

The effort was led by the Northern Arizona Interfaith Council,


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