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Congregational Endorsements
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary signed on in support of the following endorsements for justice:

July 30, 2019: At the request of Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, Teri Hadro signed onto letters to five banks urging them to stop financing the private prison sector, i.e. CoreCivic and Geo Group, because of the conditions in these facilities and the mistreatment of migrants. Letters sent to Regions Financial Corporation (RF), Citizens Financial Group (CFG), Pinnacle Financial Partners (PNFP), First Tennessee Bank (Subsidiary of First Horizon National Corporation FHN), and Synovus Bank (SNV).

Aug. 1, 2019: At the invitation of Church World Service, LaDonna Manternach signed onto a letter urging the Administration to reverse course and commit to resettling 95,000 refugees in FY 2020. Letters were sent to President Donald Trump and Members of Congress.

Aug. 5, 2019: At the request of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Teri Hadro signed onto a letter affirming that asylum is the law of the land and America must offer welcome, protection, and hospitality to those in need. Letter sent to Lauren Alder Reid, Assistant Director, Executive Office for Immigration.

Aug. 23, 2019: At the invitation of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Teri Hadro signed onto two letters supporting the Working Families Tax Relief Act (H.R. 3157) that would help millions of struggling working families and low-income children by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Letters sent to Members of Congress.

Nov. 1, 2019:  At the invitation of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Teri Hadro signed onto letters supporting the re-designation of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for both Somali and Yemeni citizens. Both letters were addressed to the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Nov. 20, 2019:  At the request of the Coalition on Human Needs, Teri Hadro signed onto a letter supporting the Family First Transition Act that would provide crucial resources to state, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to effectively implement the Family First Prevention Services Act. Stopping funding, even temporarily, would significantly disrupt child welfare services. Letters were sent to Sen. Charles Grassley, Chair of the Committee on Finance; Sen. Ron Wyden, Ranking Member of the Committee; Rep. Danny K. Davis, Chair of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support from the Committee on Ways and Means; and Rep. Jackie Walorski, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee.

Dec. 12, 2019: Teri Hadro signed a letter advocating for the release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention of Chicago resident and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient Jesus Alberto Lopez Gutierrez, who has met all DACA conditions and has been wrongfully held in jail in Minnesota for over six months. A letter was sent to Peter Berg, Minnesota ICE Field Office Director.

Update: Lopez Guttierez remains in detention and has recently sued immigration authorities in federal court.

Dec. 13, 2019: Teri Hadro signed a letter for which the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) requested congregational signatures. It encouraged our United States Senators to co-sponsor the Summer Meals Act (S. 1908) that would ensure support for summer meal sites; increase the number of those eligible for meals; allow all sites to serve three meals a day; and grant funding to underserved areas. An additional provision supported meal service in disaster situations. Letters were sent to all United States Senators.

Update: S. 1908 was introduced to the Senate body in June 2019 and has not yet been brought to the body for a vote.

Dec. 19, 2019:  The Council endorsed a full-page ad by Pax Christi, U.S.A. to run in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) in January celebrating Pope Francis’ annual peace message urging world leaders to recommit to arms control efforts and abolish nuclear weapons.

Jan. 27, 2020: Teri Hadro signed a pledge from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition that we, the Sisters of Charity, BVM will work together with others to protect the safety and humanity of people fleeing danger and seeking asylum in the United States: to dismantle anti-asylum policies, increase asylum grant rates, close tent courts, and end the administration’s Remain in Mexico policy.

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