The Franciscan Action Network (FAN), an organization of Franciscan sisters, friars, lay Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted people across the United States, is calling on Congress to immediately end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. The federal government has now been partially shut down for more than a week. The issues around the shutdown run deeper than politics. It is not partisan. The shutdown has little to do with the Affordable Health Care Act or deficit spending. The real question is; are we truly a moral nation?
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, of which FAN is a part, agreed to a letter-writing campaign during the month of October to oppose the SAFE act, which is currently being considered in Congress. Following is FAN's contribution.
Franciscan Earth Corps, along with the Partnership for a Healthier New York City, and Franciscans Deliver is sponsoring a screening of “A Place at the Table,” a documentary about food inequality in the U.S., in New York City.
A government shutdown puts many vital government services at risk, especially programs that help the least of our brothers and sisters.
FAN representatives met last week with the people from Heeding God's Call. This organization is a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, seeking to unite people of faith in the sacred responsibility to protect our brothers and sisters and our children.
As the House continues to stall progress toward immigration reform, one bill that has passed the House Judiciary Committee is getting more attention – the Strengthen And Fortify Enforcement Act “SAFE Act” (H.R. 2278). This very dangerous bill would encourage racial profiling, eliminate the Administration’s protection of DREAMers, expand immigration detention, criminalize overstaying a visa, and harm both community safety and vulnerable populations.
All eyes are now on the critical situation in Syria, and in September legislators in D.C. must also deal with the budget, the deficit and other issues. The timeline for immigration reform may be pushed back to November or December.
In our continuing work on the social injustice of human trafficking, Executive Director, Patrick Carolan represented FAN at a meeting at the USCCB with representatives from ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) last month. This meeting lead to great networking of ideas for ways to raise general awareness and advocate for victims.
This statement was submitted by FAN to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for a hearing upcoming regarding "Stand Your Ground" rights. It calls for reconsideration of these laws and resistance to efforts to promote them.
Fr. Jacek Orzechowski of St. Camillus parish in Maryland offers a sample letter to the editor suitable for copying to send to local news outlets on the feast of St. Francis.