Justice and Peace Alerts

As a resource for the community and the public, action alerts and pertinent news items are posted here.

Immigrant Justice Action Week
July 24, 2017 – July 30, 2017

It’s hard to believe that a month ago LACC was presenting our vision for Immigrant Justice at the Assembly in Shepherdsville. We’re overjoyed with the positive reaction from the Loretto Community. Below is a list of daily actions that we are able to do. The LACC hopes that the actions for  Immigrant Justice Action Week will encourage us all to work at upholding our specific pledges from Assembly 2017.  These actions correspond to the commitments we made in our Immigrant Justice Resolution. Our voices need to be heard now and we need to continue fighting for a more just and humane future.

Monday, July 24th
We must continue to educate ourselves on the changing situation of migrants, and advocate at the local, state, national and global level on policies that affect immigrants and refugees.

Please watch this powerful video used as the LACC opening prayer Saturday morning at the assembly.

La Santa Cecilia – Ice El Hielo

Most of the actors in this video are undocumented.  Click here for a translation of the lyrics.

Tuesday, July 25th
We must continue to financially support groups that aid and recognize the dignity of migrants on the move and in detention centers.  LACC thanks you for your past support of the following organizations we have visited and urges your continued support. Donations may be mailed and are accepted online.

No More Deaths
PO Box 40782
Tucson, AZ  85717

No More Deaths is a humanitarian organization located in southern Arizona dedicated to stopping deaths of migrants crossing the desert and achieving humane immigration reform.

Kino Border Initiative
PO Box 159
Nogales, AZ  85628-0159

The Kino Border Initiative provides direct humanitarian assistance at the US/Mexico Nogales border.  They work for humane immigration reform.

Humane Borders
PO Box 27024
Tucson, AZ  85726

Humane Borders maintains a system of water stations in the Sonoran desert on perilous migrant routes.  They are volunteer staffed and provide humanitarian assistance.

The New Sanctuary Movement
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY  10115

The New Sanctuary Movement is comprised of over 800 faith communities supporting as well as providing actual shelter for those in imminent danger of deportation. Congregations assist with legal service and basic needs, organize alongside impacted people, accompany immigrants to ICE check-ins and advocate against deportations.

Wednesday, July 26th 
Today LACC requests letter writing to detained women/children.  Please write your message of encouragement and accompaniment in Spanish. Click here for a Translation sheet.

Mail cards/letters by July 28, 2017 to Mary Ann Lovett, 19306 Hill Meadow Drive, San Antonio, TX 78256 to be forwarded to LIRS for distribution at a detention center.

A statement by the Loretto Community, Welcoming the Stranger, can be used as a sample to write your Congresswomen and men. Other ways to be heard by your elected officials can be found here(Please ignore the budget activity that surrounds this website)

The Invisible Crisis: The Female Face Of Forced Migration

LACC asks you to watch and share this short documentary on how violence committed by various state and criminal actors obligates women to seek international protection, and what that protection amounts to. “The failure to recognize the root causes of the refugee crisis of Central American women fleeing violence results—ironically and tragically—in the enforcement of measures that further increase the suffering and victimization of these women. As long as their stories remain untold, and their faces invisible, is it easy for us to ignore our nation’s role in fostering the inhumane conditions that put these women and their children at risk and force them to migrate.”

Thursday, July 27th
We need to continue to educate ourselves on the changing situation of migrants, and advocate at the local, state, national and global level on policies that affect immigrants.  

Today, take this opportunity to see the immigrant workshops you missed at the assembly or watch one again.

Seeking Asylum and Detention Center Ministry part 1

Seeking Asylum and Detention Center Ministry part 2

LACC Border Experience

Immigration raids turn Woodburn, Oregon, into a ghost town  Across the country, undocumented immigrants say they now live in fear of deportation. But most cities are only marginally changed by the immigration anxieties of a minority group that lives in the shadows.  In Woodburn, Latinos aren’t the fringe but the very fabric of the town.

Friday, July 28th
Today join the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) who serve migrants who have experienced abuses at the hands of U.S. Border Patrol agents. Based on a vision in which all people are treated with respect and human dignity, KBI assists migrants in filing complaints with the U.S. government, a process that has consistently demonstrated Customs and Border Protection’s disregard for the rights of migrants. The KBI believe that upholding respect for human dignity should be a fundamental component of our immigration system.  Please join us, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at the border, in calling on our legislators to increase oversight and accountability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and to ensure humane treatment at the border.  Take Action by putting in your zip code to contact your congresswomen and men to automatically express your concern regarding the treatment of migrants along the U.S. border and the lack of oversight and accountability of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the face of pervasive complaints.

The same CBP has also raided a humanitarian medical facility staffed by No More Deaths on private property in Arivaca, Az. This statement is on their web site:  “According to No More Deaths, Border Patrol agents in the Tucson sector have for years upheld, through a verbal agreement, a set of principles modeled after Red Cross guidelines on the treatment of humanitarian aid organizations in dealing with the groups that provide treatment to individuals passing through the Arizona desert. One of the passages in the set of principles, shared with The Intercept, says, ‘Medical treatment provided by humanitarian aid agencies should be recognized and respected by government agents and should be protected from surveillance and interference.’ Until recently, Border Patrol’s Tucson branch appears to have adhered to the outlined principles.”

Further Kate Morgan No More Deaths abuse documentation and advocacy coordinator made this statement: “What happened was not a routine apprehension,” Morgan went on to say. “It was a trap laid for people who needed medical attention and sought it from us. And we consider this an attack not just on our ability to give aid but a direct attack on the lives and well-being of people who are crossing the desert.” Gaffney, the longtime volunteer who was present for Thursday’s arrests, added that No More Deaths has always been a “transparent, above ground project,” and maintained open communications with Border Patrol since its founding. “We’ve always been clear that we have a humanitarian aid mission and we’ve been recognized by the Red Cross as a medical facility. We’ve never hidden that that’s what we’re doing there. We’ve always asserted our right to do it,” she said. “Nothing has changed in the way we’re operating. Nothing has changed in the law. What’s changed is their decision to attack us.”

Saturday, July 30th
The UN recognizes July 30th as World Day against Trafficking in Persons

We are witnessing in today’s world an unprecedented level of human mobility. More people than ever before live in a country other than the one in which they were born. Migrants are present in all countries in the world. Most of them move without incident. In 2015, their number surpassed 244 million, growing at a rate faster than the world’s population. However, there are roughly 65 million forcibly displaced persons, including over 21 million refugees, 3 million asylum seekers and over 40 million internally displaced persons

…..In adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 1 one year ago, we (the UN) recognized clearly the positive contribution made by migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development. Our world is a better place for that contribution. The benefits and opportunities of safe, orderly and regular migration are substantial and are often underestimated. Forced displacement and irregular migration in large movements, on the other hand, often present complex challenges.

(From the resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 19 September 2016)

So today we are encouraged to visit the UN page Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

The UN General Assembly hosted this high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.

Review the videos and statements presented from a global view.

Sunday, July 31st
International Day of Friendship, also July 30, is recognized by the UN.

“Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples.To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.

Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.”

In this spirit please take today to consider you personal pledge from the 2017 Assembly.

LACC members hope that the Immigrant Justice Action Week of July 24 – July 30 has spurred you to begin the work of upholding your specific pledges from Assembly 2017 to improve and encourage fair immigration laws and actions by our Government.  Please let your voice be heard often this whole year.

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