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Legislative Update: Faithful Solidarity with Dreamers

Since the Trump administration terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017, more than 18,800 DACA recipients have seen their protections expire. As Congress considers proposals to protect dreamers, the White House and some Members of Congress have offered frameworks that would prevent family unification, deprive dreamers of an opportunity to… Read more »

From Rev. Hawkins: “This is a Moral Shut Down”

The government has shut down because Congress could not work together to come up with a Continuing Resolution to pay federal employees. But pressing questions must be asked as to how we arrived at this point: Why are many members of Congress unable to set aside partisan differences and fulfill the basic responsibilities of governing… Read more »

Rev. Nelson and Rev. Hawkins Sign on to letter Urging Congress to Act on Top Priorities

Dear Senator/Representative: As leaders representing a broad array of religious beliefs and faith traditions, we write to urge you to enact four urgent priorities that Congress must address before the continuing resolution expires on January 19, 2018. We come from a variety of faith perspectives, but our moral principles and scriptural teachings all affirm the… Read more »

The Faithful Budget

PREAMBLE   Our Message to Political Leaders   As communities of faith, we respect and care for one another as a sacred imperative that expresses our endeavor to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” But American society as a whole is called to be a place where we delight in the value of each and every… Read more »

PCUSA signs on to Letter Calling for aid to People living with HIV/AIDS in Disaster Zones

October 4, 2017 The Honorable Don Wright, Acting Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Acting Secretary Wright, Disasters are public health emergencies that affect entire communities. They disrupt the entire public health infrastructure. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragedies of the hurricanes… Read more »

PCUSA Signs on to letter Opposing Tax Bill

November 27, 2017 The Honorable Mitch McConnell                                                   The Honorable Charles Schumer Senate Majority Leader                                                                                         Senate Minority Leader United States Senate                                                                     … Read more »

Communities of Faith Sign Letter to Protect Poultry Processing Workers

Dear Members of Congress and Acting Deputy Under Secretary Rottenberg,   We are writing on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in our country: poultry processing workers. Every day, the health and safety of these hard-working people is in jeopardy due to ever-increasing line speeds, the hiring of unskilled workers without proper training,… Read more »