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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 »

Statement on Gun Violence and Recent Mass Shootings

“33 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)…  37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of… Read more »

Statement on the Federal Death Penalty

Capital punishment has been a widely debated topic in the United States for many years. In 1972, following the Furman v. Georgia Supreme Court decision, the death penalty was deemed unconstitutional and outlawed at the state and federal levels.  However, it was reinstated by most states and the federal government by 1988 and expanded by… Read more »

Tell Senators to Protect Immigrant Children and Asylum Seekers and Oppose the “Secure and Protect Act of 2019”

Tell Senators to Protect Immigrant Children and Asylum Seekers and Oppose the “Secure and Protect Act of 2019”   On June 20th – World Refugee Day of all days – the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S.1494, the so-called “Secure and Protect Act of 2019” introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham. This bill would eliminate… 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 »

A New Approach to Preventing Gun Violence

Written by Deanna Hollas of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship This weekend is Wear Orange for Gun Violence Awareness.  I want to share with you a new awareness I had around the issue of preventing gun violence.  In late April, I traveled to Denver, CO to participate in a pilgrimage to remember the 20th anniversary of… Read more »

Abortion Bans and Reproductive Rights

Over the past year, several states have passed bills that place extreme restrictions on a woman’s legal ability to obtain an abortion. Many of these bills restrict access to safe reproductive health care as well. These laws are in opposition to the historic Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision which confirmed a woman’s constitutional right… 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 »