Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary signed on in support of the following endorsements for justice:
April 3: Teri Hadro signed onto a letter requesting the halt of immigrant deportations; release of those detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE); access to proper hygiene products, medical tests, and health care; suspension of the public charge rule; temporary closure of immigration courts; and extension of immigrant visa validity periods due to the pandemic. The Interfaith Immigration Coalition sent this letter to President Donald Trump and Members of Congress, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Acting Director of ICE Matthew Albence, and state governors.
April 15: Teri Hadro signed onto a letter asking Congress to ensure access to affordable health insurance coverage for all; provide states, localities, and tribes with the support they need to respond effectively; protect the health and safety of health care workers; organize a national public health capacity; and prohibit price gouging of health care services. Families USA sent this letter to all members of Congress. Update: President Trump has signed into law four bipartisan emergency packages to respond to the coronavirus pandemic’s health and economic crises.
April 22: LaDonna Manternach endorsed a letter urging Iowa’s state leaders to set clear expectations for Iowa employers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and state agencies charged with protecting workers who provide food, health care, and other essential services while facing high risks of exposure to COVID-19 in their workplaces. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) delivered this to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
April 24: LaDonna Manternach signed onto a letter decrying the administration’s guidance to exclude undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students from being included in $6 billion of economic relief for post-secondary education institutions. Approximately 454,000 undocumented students will be directly impacted by this exclusion. United We Dream forwarded the letter to Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education.
April 28: Teri Hadro signed onto a letter urging the Department of Health and Human Services to restore access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance for DACA recipients in light of COVID-19. Masa Group sent this message to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar II.
May 1: LaDonna Manternach signed onto a letter requesting Congress to pass legislation that will ease the economic impact for low income persons in future relief packages and provide a just and sustainable recovery from COVID-19. This letter was sent by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas to all members of Congress.
May 13: Teri Hadro endorsed an Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) investor statement on COVID-19 risks to the meat worker sector that insists on enhanced safety measures, health protocols, and worker benefits; and ensuring that meat producers have implemented these safeguards across all facilities and operations. The ICCR sent this letter to all meat companies with U.S. operations, including Hormel, JBS S.A, Marfrig Global Foods SA (National Beef), Pilgrim’s Pride, Sanderson Farms, Seaboard, Smithfield/WH Group, and Tyson Foods.
May 18: Teri Hadro affirmed the Declaration of Peace created by World Beyond War stating that wars and militarism make us all less safe; thus, we commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace.
May 22: Teri Hadro signed onto a letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) affirming support for identical versions of House Resolution 902 and Senate Resolution 545 that celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980. The resolutions reaffirm the bipartisan commitment of the United States to promote the safety, health, education, and wellbeing of the millions of refugees and displaced persons uprooted by war, persecution, and violence in search of peace, hope, and freedom. This letter from the USCCB was sent to all members of Congress.
May 28: LaDonna Manternach endorsed a message of solidarity from the Catholic Mobilizing Network for currently and formerly incarcerated and detained individuals, their loved ones, and those charged with their care and well-being, especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to urge political leaders to make all efforts to ensure the health, safety, and spiritual well-being of those working and being held inside correctional institutions.