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.
For people of faith, advocacy is grounded in prayer, and when a situation is urgent, fasting is also needed. FAN invites people of faith to 40 days of prayer, fasting and advocacy for Immigration Reform.
David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. PhD, DMin., is the research analyst on economic issues for the Franciscan Action Network in Washington, DC. He is the outgoing director of the Office for Pastoral Planning for the Archdiocese of Boston and the director of Catholic Consultations International, a ministry that provides organizational development and mediation services to Catholic and not for profit institutions. He provides a look at consumerism with a focus on the issue of human trafficking.
On October 3rd, join in our monthly webinar featuring grassroots organizing and strategy for how people of faith can make an impact on our climate crisis.
FAN is thankful to the quartet of Republican leaders who wrote in to the New York Times Op-Ed page this week, all of whom are former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency. The article talks frankly about the need for action to tackle the major environmental challenges we face as a planet.
Following the U.S. Senate vote today to confirm B. Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the co-chairs of Mayors Against Illegal Guns issued this statement.