Despite changes for FAN in 2019, our commitment to advocating in the spirits of Francis and Clare hasn’t wavered

Merry Christmas and Peace and Justice to you and yours in 2020!

As you probably know, 2019 was a year of changes for the Franciscan Action Network, as our Executive Director Patrick Carolan is moving on after nine years—we wish him all the best in his next adventure!

FAN Signs Letter Urging Opposition to Border Militarization

FAN is proud to be one of many faith-based organizations to sign-on a letter urging Congress to oppose the ‘border wall’ and other forms of border militarization and any efforts to fund such proposals. The letter highlights the many negative and intersectional impacts of the proposed ‘wall’ and increased border militarization along the U.S./Mexico border. The impacts included in the letter, for example migration, the environment, border communities, indigenous communities, and financial cost, are deeply harmful and far-reaching.

Support FAN's Team of Polar Bear Plungers

St. Bonaventure tells us that to love God, we need to love all that God created. He teaches us that what we choose to do here on this earth will have an effect on it. As part of FAN’s commitment to care for all of creation, we have participated in the Polar Bear Plunge for the last few years. This annual event is organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and helps raise funds for important local grassroots efforts on climate justice.

Joint Letter: From American Muslims to President-Elect Trump

Following the November elections, many Imams and leaders of Muslim organizations sent a letter to president-elect Donald Trump expressing their concerns about anti-Muslim rhetoric during the campaign and appointments to the Trump transition team of individuals who speak negatively and falsely about American Muslims. They point to the rise in hate crimes against Muslims since the election, and are very concerned about a proposed Muslim registry which would be unconstitutional.