Human Rights Day: Two members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom write, "we stand for the inalienable human right, affirmed in Article 18 of the declaration, of these prisoners, and indeed all people, to freedom of conscience and religion. And we invite others in the human rights community to stand with us, join with us and call for their release."
NCR Today: "Resistance" is a word I hear more often these days than any time since the Vietnam War. And I hear it from unexpected persons.
Black Lives Matter: In 2015, dozens of leaders of African-American theological schools called for their colleagues to “arise from the embers of silence and speak up and speak out ..."
NCR Today: One of the men I visit in jail, Adam, is awaiting a civil commitment trial as a violent sexual predator.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez writes: "We have a consensus in public opinion. What we are waiting for is politicians and media figures who have the will and the courage to tell the truth and to lead."
Pax Christi: Members of the Pax Christi Metro DC group gathered in Silver Springs, Md. to honor two local peacemakers, Franciscan Sr. Marie Lucey and Franciscan Fr. Jacek Orzechowski. Author Frida Berrigan spoke at the event about the president-elect and what his administration could mean for an anti-war organization working against racism and harsh treatment of immigrants.
Rio Grande Valley Respite Center: Blessing the ground for a new respite center in McAllen is a sign of the Catholic Church's commitment to be available and helpful to immigrant families, who "are enduring many, many tragic situations in their lives," said Brownsville Bishop Daniel E. Flores.
Immigration Pardons: People Improving Communities Through Organizing (PICO) is currently circulating a petition to deliver to the White House Dec. 15 urging the Obama administration to grant pardons immigrants in the country without legal documentation and people with nonviolent, federal drug offenses serving prison sentences. It is also urging local elected officials, governors, mayors and churches across the country to take steps to designate themselves sanctuaries, protecting immigrants from deportation, in response to President-elect Donald Trump promises to deport 2 to 3 million immigrants without documentation.
https://www.scribd.com/document/332795627/Who-Is-My-Neighbor-The-Face-of-Poverty-in-Washington-StateThe state's bishops based a pastoral letter, released Nov. 17, in large part on listening sessions held around the state with those who experienced poverty.
Special feature: James Gillcrist followed his family's tradition of military service, but time in Iraq led him on a path to academia, pondering the ethics of war.