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Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored April 24th-27th

Join us for Advocacy Training Weekend Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day – April 24th & Ecumenical Advocacy Days – April 24th – 27th Imagine!  God’s Earth and People Restored   Around the world, the most marginalized communities disproportionately affected by hunger, poverty, and the structural history of colonialism and racism are experiencing the impacts… Read more »

Tell the Securities and Exchange Commission to Protect the Voice of Small Investors!

Tell the Securities and Exchange Commission to Protect the Voice of Small Investors! On November 5th 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)  proposed a rule that will limit small investors’ ability to file shareholder proposals and bring their concerns to corporate managers and boards. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) has been a driving force in… Read more »

SNAP Rule Will Further Marginalize People Already Struggling to Find Adequate Employment

On Wednesday, December 4th, the Trump Administration issued a final rule that limits States ability to “waive able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) time limit in areas that have an unemployment rate of over 10 percent or a lack of sufficient jobs.” Currently, ABAWD can only receive SNAP benefits up to 3 months, unless that individual… Read more »

To Solve the Housing Crisis, We Must Dismantle Systemic Racism

By: Langley Hoyt, Domestic Issues YAV People of color are disproportionately impacted by the housing crisis in the United States. This is not a coincidence, but a product of racism baked into the housing system over the course of decades. The U.S. has a long history of government-sanctioned policies that denied people of color, especially… Read more »

Office of Public Witness Supports the REAL Act

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PC(U.S.A.)) has a long-standing history of engagement around criminal justice reform. In 1988, the 200th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) adopted a statement calling for “changing a prison system that is based on the concept of punishment to one that encourages the restoration of incarcerated citizens…” For that restoration… Read more »

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 »