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Legislative Update: Continued Threats to Health Care

By Ben Pistora The September defeat of the Graham-Cassidy Bill has not brought an end to the health care debate in Washington DC. Rather, in the weeks since the most recent attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act, numerous executive actions and legislative efforts to crater the effectiveness of the ACA have kept Americans’ worried… Read more »

Guest Blog: The Poverty Census Data Call Us to Action

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.                          (1… Read more »

Rev. Hawkins Speaks on the Roll Back of the Clean Power Plan

October 11, 2017 In the midst of a season of catastrophic hurricanes made stronger by the effects of climate change, the Trump administration has moved to repeal the federal rule that protects creation from the most devastating impacts of a warming planet. The Clean Power Plan is the rule in question and would have pushed… Read more »

Join the Office of Public Witness and the Human Trafficking Roundtable for a webinar Human Trafficking:  Policy Briefing and Update October 11th 1-2pm (EST) Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking is one of the most profitable… Read more »

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Signs on to Letter Calling for End to Myanmar’s Crimes against Humanity

UN member states should act to pressure Myanmar to end crimes against humanity We, a global coalition of 87 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN High Commissioner for… Read more »

Call to Prayer and Action for Las Vegas

  The United States of America has once again been rocked by the violence of a mass shooting in Las Vegas. With over fifty-eight people dead and a total of 515 injured, the numbers continue to climb. Our outrage cannot be contained. Our sadness cannot be lifted. This has gone on for far too long…. Read more »

OPW Signs on to Letter Asking Congress to Reject Hatred and Discrimination

Dear Representative/Senator, Anti-Muslim vitriol in public discourse has increased dramatically, fed by inflammatory statements and support for discriminatory policies. Among the most dangerous voices fueling this religious bigotry is ACT for America, a national organization that promotes anti-Muslim rhetoric and is hosting its annual conference in Crystal City, Virginia, next week. We write, respectfully, to… Read more »

OPW Signs on to Disaster Recovery Recommendations

To Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker of the House Ryan, and Minority Leader Pelosi: We, the undersigned organizations, write as part of a Hurricane Housing Recovery Coalition to express our commitment to ensuring that federal housing recovery and rebuilding efforts are complete and equitable for all individuals and communities impacted by the devastation… Read more »

Host a “Dream Sabbath” in Support of Dreamers

The decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by President Trump means we need to act now and reach out to members of Congress so that they understand the critical need to create a legal permanent solution for undocumented youth and young adults.  You can join an interfaith effort by signing on to the following letter… Read more »