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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 »

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 »

PCUSA Joins Letter in Support of Funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)

March 25, 2019 Dear Members of Congress: We are writing as church communions and organizations, many with a long history of involvement and work in the Middle East. Over the past year we have witnessed the negative impacts of the Trump administration’s decision to cut funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for… Read more »