Posts By: catherinegordon

OPW Statement on New “Public Charge” Regulation

  August 13 – Washington, DC Yesterday, the Trump administration announced that it is implementing a new “public charge” regulation as it continues to attempt to greatly reduce immigration levels into the United States.   This new criteria, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, will take effect on October 15th and will greatly expand the definition of… Read more »

The Scott Warren Trial: Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime

  By Emily Sutphin, Office of Public Witness Summer Fellow The US-Mexico border is one of the most dangerous places on earth. The Sonoran Desert – which covers much of Arizona-Mexico border – often reaches temperatures over 120°F (49 °C). Without access to water and shelter, dehydration and heat stroke become fast, lethal killers. The… Read more »

The Silencing of Saudi Women and the Fear of Free Speech

Reuters: Amnesty International activists called for the release of activists at the Saudi embassy in Paris by Deborah Rookey, Office of Public Witness Young Adult Volunteer Free speech is anything but guaranteed in 2019’s Saudi Arabia. Since being named to the throne in June of 2017, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has taken dramatic steps… Read more »

Join Us for a Webinar- People Migration and Borders – May 24th at 12pm

People Migration and Borders:  A Discussion of Root Causes of Migration and Avenues for Change   Friday, May 24th 12pm (EDT) Click here to register. As the news from the border continues to worsen, join our webinar to hear from Guatemalans who worked many years in the United States and were recently returned to their… Read more »

PCUSA Joins 62 Organizations in Letter to Congress: Halt a March to War with Iran

Washington, D.C. – In light of President Trump and John Bolton’s dangerous escalations against Iran and a forthcoming intelligence briefing on Capitol Hill this afternoon, 62 organizations – including J Street, Indivisible, NIAC Action and Win Without War  – sent a letter calling on Congress to pass legislation to halt a march to war with Iran…. Read more »

Call for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Crisis with Iran!

After withdrawing from the Iran deal last spring, the Trump administration has taken several steps that have increased tension in the region. Last fall, National Security Adviser John Bolton directed the Pentagon to develop military options for attacking Iran.  And the administration has imposed numerous sanctions since withdrawing from the deal, including as recently as in… Read more »

Take Action Against Predatory Lending!

In February 2019, the current Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger released a plan to repeal a common sense rule that was created to help stop payday and car title loans from trapping people in long cycles of debt and reborrowing. This rule is a vital element of the 2017 CFPB rule which… Read more »

Office of Public Witness Welcomes Bill to Repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force

March 13, 2019 Chairman Eliot Engel Committee on Foreign Affairs United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Ranking Member Michael McCaul Committee on Foreign Affairs United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Re: H.R. 1274 “Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force” Dear Chairman Engel and Ranking Member McCaul: We, the… Read more »