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January 15, 2018

KING DAY BLESSINGS!

The Disciples Center for Public Witness joins many others within our denomination, across our nation, and around the globe to honor the birthday, life, mission and vision of one of America's strongest advocates for justice and peace: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

PRAYER: O God of our salvation, give us the grace and strength to keep Dr. King's dream alive, and to make his vision of the Beloved Community a central part of our lives as Christians, as Americans, and as members of the world community. We make this prayer in the name of the One who gave the vision to Dr. King and to us, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

CLICK HERE to watch Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" Speech.

CLICK HERE to read Dr. King's Letter from the Birmingham Jail.

CLICK HERE to read Dr. King's speech to striking sanitation workers in Memphis.

CLICK HERE to read Dr. King's speech on Vietnam.

January 13, 2018

Disciples Justice News GMP Responds to Trump’s Demeaning of Salvadoran, Haitian and African Immigrants : “There is No Justification for These Hateful and Racist Comments”


During a meeting with a bipartisan group of Senators at the White House, President Donald Trump used extreme profanity to denigrate immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and African countries. In response, General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens issued a statement calling upon “those who believe in the dignity of all persons to not only speak out, but work together to rid our nation of systemic injustice, to register to vote, and hold those who are not in solidarity with basic human dignity and justice to account.” To read the statement, please click HERE.

Citizens for Public Justice Calls on Canadian Parliament to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies


We, the undersigned are writing to press upon the Government of Canada the importance of fulfilling its commitments to the G7 and G20 to reform and phase out fossil fuel subsidies in Canada over the medium term. We note that Canada has made some progress on this issue, notably in Budget 2017, but still has a significant way to go. As a result the commitments in Minister Morneau and Minister McKenna’s mandate letters remain unfulfilled. Fossil fuel subsidies encourage wasteful consumption and undermine policy and regulatory approaches that seek to address climate change. The latest analysis undertaken by the International Institute for Sustainable Development identifies roughly CAD $1.6 billion in federal fossil fuel subsidies in Canada. Read the full letter here.

Update from the Coalition on Human Needs: Immigration Issues in Flux

Despite bipartisan support and high-level talks between Congressional leaders and President Trump this week on immigration issues, a legislative solution for Dreamers remains elusive, even as a federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the DACA program. In another threat to immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for more than 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador who've been in the U.S. since at least 2001. Read more here.

NCC Condemns Obscene Remarks by President Trump

President Trump’s obscene remarks, reported Thursday of this week — in which he described Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “s***thole countries” — were deeply disturbing. The National Council of Churches unequivocally condemns these statements. Further, President Trump’s stated preference for immigrants from nations such as Norway, combined with numerous other comments he has made over past years, reveals a deep-seated racism that is unacceptable. These attitudes must be publicly rejected by all people of faith. The very soul of our nation is at stake. As Dr. King said, “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” We cannot remain silent at a time like this in the life of our nation. To read on, click here.

Let Justice Roll (LJR) Promotes Report About Workers and Tips


If a rule change proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor goes into effect, bartenders and servers could face a substantial pay cut. In response, Let Justice Roll, an interfaith ministry for a living wage, is recommending and promoting an important report by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United). This report documents how much servers and bartenders depend on tips to earn a living. To read more about the report, please click here. To download the report itself, please click here.

Tell Congress: "Protect the Human Rights of Palestinian Children!"


This past November, Rep. Betty McCollum took a stand to safeguard the legal rights of Palestinian children by introducing H.R. 4391, Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. During the predawn hours of December 19 Israeli soldiers arrested sixteen year old Palestinian Ahed Tamami for slapping a soldier who had entered her home just a few days earlier. No child--even one accused of criminal conduct--should be subject to military detention that violates international humanitarian law. All children should have the right to due legal process and a fair trial. Click here for to take action.

Take a Stand Against Human Trafficking


Across the globe and right here at home, millions of people are being exploited for profit. Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, affected some 24.9 million people in 2016 and is estimated to be one of the most profitable forms of transnational crime. Traffickers prey on those who are in vulnerable communities and then force them into labor, exploit them in commercial sexual enterprises, and/or move them across national or state borders against their will. Click here to take action.

Take Action: Sign Dream Act Letter!

In September, the Trump administration ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which would take away legal status from hundreds of thousands of our friends, neighbors and congregants who came to this country as children. Since then, we’ve been on the front lines fighting for justice with nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” who would lose their status without a legislative solution.

That solution is a clean Dream Act! Please stand with people of faith across the country to tell Congress that we need a clean Dream Act now!

We are calling on Congress to pass a clean Dream Act by January 19th, when they must take action to keep the government open. This is an opportunity for Congress to do the right thing and protect our young immigrant neighbors and friends. If they don’t act, families will be torn apart and communities dismantled. We can’t let that happen.

DJAN Calls for Immediate Release of Eliseo Jurado: ICE Detains Husband of Colorado Sanctuary Leader

Support Ingrid and Eliseo today! Please sign the Petition Now.

On Thursday of this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Eliseo Jurado without warning. Eliseo is the husband of Ingrid Encalada Latorre, a leader in Colorado’s sanctuary movement who is currently in sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Boulder, CO.

Ingrid is a leader with the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition and is part of national movement for immigrant rights. She claimed Sanctuary at UUCB last month. “ICE’s detention of Eliseo feels like a direct attack on our family,” said Ingrid Encalada Latorre. “His work sustains our family. He has the right to fight his case and, although I am sad and angry, we will fight. I invite the support of the whole community in what lies ahead for us.”

January 12, 2018

News from our Partners: SOA Watch condemns TPS cancellation

On January 8th, President decided to cancel Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the people from Haiti and El Salvador. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) return to Haiti and El Salvador can resume because of the humanitarian conditions that once caused citizens from both countries to flee is no more. This is in reference to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2001 earthquake in El Salvador. The removal of immigrants from Haiti and El Salvador will commence in the summer of 2019, making thousands of families subject to separation through deportation. TPS for Nicaragua was removed on November 2017, and the continuation for TPS for Honduras is under negotiation despite the current political crisis after the electoral fraud where Juan Orlando Hernández, supported by the government of the United States, was re-elected as president.

January 1, 2018

NEW YEAR BLESSINGS!


"For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun!  Do you not see it?"
Isaiah 43:19




The Board of Governors, Advocacy Team, and Advisors of the DISCIPLES CENTER for PUBLIC WITNESS wish you, your family, and all your loved ones a very happy and blessed New Year.  

MAY YOUR DAY BE FILLED WITH GOODNESS and YOUR NEW YEAR OVERFLOWING WITH BLESSINGS! AND MAY IT BE A YEAR OF PEACE AND JUSTICE AND WHOLENESS FOR ALL GOD'S CHILDREN EVERYWHERE.  


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