Constituent-lawmaker relations have been strained lately, marked most vocally by enraged citizens at raucous town hall meetings in August.
Some people are still protesting. But others are praying.
Faith leaders are joining forces to re-energize the push for comprehensive immigration reform. At a September 22 event organized by the Center for American Progress, Los Angeles Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony and Rabbi Jack Moline, director of public policy for the Rabbinical Assembly, urged new religious activism on the issue.
A network of religious-based groups is advocating for an overhaul of the immigration system and using prayer vigils, pilgrimages and church potlucks to build empathy for the undocumented.
Local and state representatives joined religious leaders, union representatives, workers and residents to address immigration reform during a community forum on Sept. 19 at the Queen of Peace Church in Aurora.
Los Angeles religious leaders have launched a phone campaign to urge lawmakers to include undocumented immigrants in any healthcare reform plan.
One Family Under God.
That is the name leaders of several religious traditions gave to a multilingual prayer service they held in Manhattan a few days ago. Its purpose: to show solidarity for fair and smart immigration reform.
If you can’t stand up for innocent children, then who can you stand up for? Faith communities across the state of New Jersey did just that yesterday, hosting prayer vigils in ten different cities to highlight the destructive policies that are tearing U.S. children from their immigrant parents.
Outside the Capitol Sept. 15 bishops of three denominations led a brief prayer service for an end to hate, particularly hatred toward immigrants.
If you don’t know him, Rev. Joel Hunter is a senior pastor of the Evangelical Northland Mega-Church in Orlando, Florida. To outsiders, he may not seem like the most obvious leader in the fight for immigration reform. Turns out, he’s been a true leader on immigration reform, for no other reason than he believes in living out what the Bible says. You know, that pesky verse that says,… “love your neighbor as yourself,” of all things.
Nearly four hundred immigrant workers were corralled into the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo, Iowa as a part of the now-infamous immigration raid that took place in Postville, Iowa, last year. Bloggers covered the story of communities that donned red ribbons and rang church bells in remembrance of the raid yesterday, and we reflect on Postville’s lessons.