Last night, a group of students, professors and jesuit priests came gathered in Old Main 303 to watch the screening of “After I Pick The Fruit” a movie directed by Nancy Ghertner that follows the lives of five migrant farworker women over a ten year time period. The film shows us the day to day life of these women and their families as they work picking apples and other fruits in the farms of western New York, then migrating during the summer to Florida looking for more work, while they also raise a family and hide from the Border patrol units, that since 9/11 became a stronger precense in the country. Two of these women were forced to become single mothers because their husbands were detained and deported, separating them from each other.
This weekend, in Washington D.C the Canisius college students along with other highschool and college students from jesuit institutions will come together at the Ignatian Family Teac-In and fiscuss different social justice issues, Immigration reform however will be the main discussion issue during the two-day conference. The on Monday November 18th we will be lobbying to ask Congress to pass a comprehensive Immigration reform. Why do we do this? Because our faith is that our “duty is to welcome the foreigner out of charity and respect for the dignity and rights of the huma person” (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
How can you participate? Here is a way you can accompany us and advocate with us during this journey for justice.
These are the talking points of The Ignatian Family Teach-In: “Illuminating the Horizon of Hope”
Do you also want to join us on our advocacy day? Here is a way to do it
A Stain on the Soul of Our a Nation
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A Call to Conscience
This week – as over 1000 young leaders representing over 60 Catholic institutions from 23 states across the U.S. prepare to journey to D.C. for the Ignatian Solidarity Network‘s annual justice conference – we invite you to join these advocates, the U.S. Catholic Bishops, and the U.S. Jesuit Provincials in calling for comprehensive and humane immigration reform.
Now is the time for the House of Representatives to address a system that Archbishop Jose Gomez, chair of US Bishops’ migration committee recently called “a stain on the soul of our nation.” Tell your Representative that our undocumented brothers and sisters deserve a pathway to citizenship, that our border communities shouldn’t be militarized and migrants shouldn’t be deported in a manner that endangers their lives. We need to address head-on the policies and practices that have caused family separation and suffering. Our nation needs comprehensive, just and humane immigration reform.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Jesuit Provincials sent letters to President Obama, the Senate, and the House of Representatives re-affirming their commitment to comprehensive immigration reform based on the following principles:
We were grateful for the support of over 200 Jesuit Institutions who signed the Provincial’s letters. We now ask that you join us in this National Call-In day to urge the House of Representatives to pass an immigration reform bill that meets these basic standards of human dignity.
When your call goes through, ask for “the immigration staffer,” and use the suggested script below:
As a person of faith and a constituent committed to comprehensive and humane immigration reform, I urge you to pass immigration legislation that includes the following:
-A path to citizenship that ensures all undocumented immigrants have access to full rights;
-A legal employment structure that protects both migrants and U.S. workers;
-Expedited family reunification and an end to policies and practices that exacerbate family separation;
-Due process protections and accountable and humane enforcement of our immigration laws without excessive militarization of our Southern border
-Economic assistance to and fair competition with developing countries.
Now is the time for the House to pass comprehensive and humane immigration reform legislation. Our faith demands it and our country and communities need it.