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Families Belong Together: Comment on a Proposed Federal Rule

Holy God, as you have accompanied your people through times of captivity, wilderness, and exile, shelter and sustain all those who flee persecution, oppression, warfare, violence, hunger, and poverty. Open our hearts and homes, our gates and doors, so that they might find safety, peace, and welcome— a place to live in freedom and without… Read more »

Violence and Hate are Not Welcome Here

In the last week, three acts of domestic terrorism reminded us of just how much hate thrives in the United States. The first terrorist used the mail system to send 14 mail bombs to prominent political leaders and media figures with whom he presumably disagrees. The second terrorist, unable to attack people of color while… Read more »

Voting is an Act of Faith

  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan. -Proverbs 29:2 (NRSV) With one week to go before Election Day, we find ourselves again facing choices and consequences that seem to extend beyond the ordinary. Across the political spectrum, we fear that the world we know… Read more »

Action Alert: People are Seeking our Help

“You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” – Deuteronomy 10:19  On Saturday, Oct. 14th a migrant caravan departed from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Since then, it has been moving through Guatemala and into Mexico, heading for the United States. The origins of the caravan are unknown,* as are… Read more »

Learn More About the Migrant Caravan

Prepared by American Friends Service Committee, Alianza Americas, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Kids in Need of Defense, Latin America Working Group, Women’s Refugee Commission, Washington Office on Latin America On Saturday, Oct. 14th a migrant caravan departed from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Since then, it has been moving through Guatemala towards Mexico. The origins… Read more »

Office of Public Witness Joins 18 Faith Organizations in Letter of Concern for Refugee Admissions

OPEN LETTER FROM 19 FAITH ORGANIZATIONS EXPRESSING CONCERN OVER FISCAL YEAR 2019 CAPS ON REFUGEES     September 28, 2018 President Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500   Secretary Mike Pompeo Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520   Dear President Trump and Secretary Pompeo:… Read more »

The OPW Says Goodbye to Nora Leccese, Domestic Policy Advocate

Dear Presbyterian Community, This Friday August 17th will be Representative for Domestic Policy, Nora Leccese’s last day with the Office of Public Witness .  Nora has been with the OPW since September 2015 and has made a tremendous contribution to our work in D.C. the past three years. She began her work as a fellow, but… Read more »

Reflections on the Launch of the Poor Peoples Campaign

By Jamila Cervantes, Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Office of Public Witness From behind the bars of the Birmingham Jail, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. […] We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of… Read more »

Just Transition: A Pathway to Environmental Justice

By Jamila Cervantes, Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Office of Public Witness In response to a question on energy policy during a Democratic town hall in Ohio in 2016, then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Though this response was… Read more »