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

April 1, 2019: At the invitation of the National Farm Worker Ministry, Mary Martens, BVM signed onto a letter supporting the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2019, which allows for a path to citizenship to workers who qualify. The so-called “Blue Card” bill allows farm workers the equivalent of a green card giving legal work status for a period of years. Letter sent to members of Congress.

April 2, 2019: At the request of Church World Service, Teri Hadro, BVM signed onto a letter supporting the NO BAN act that would ensure that no one is banned from our country based on religious or nationality-based discrimination. Letter sent to members of Congress.

April 15, 2019: At the invitation of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, LaDonna Manternach, BVM signed onto a letter urging Congress to provide strong investments in life-saving programs including, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). Letter sent to members of Congress.

April 24, 2019: At the request of the American Friends Service Committee, LaDonna Manternach, BVM signed onto a letter requesting the closure of the Homestead, Fla., detention center so that the children can be reunited with family members and sponsors as quickly as possible. The letter also urged them never again to open an emergency influx center for children. Letter sent to the Department of Health and Human Services.

April 26, 2019: At the request of the Coalition on Human Needs, Teri Hadro, BVM signed onto a letter supporting the Working Families Tax Relief Proposal, which would substantially expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to help working people with low-wage jobs support themselves and their families. Letter sent to the sponsors of the proposal, Senators Brown, Bennet, Durbin and Wyden.

May 2, 2019: At the invitation of Just Foreign Policy, LaDonna Manternach, BVM signed onto a letter supporting a Senate resolution that would prevent funding from being appropriated in the event of an unauthorized U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. Letter sent to all members of the U.S. Senate.

May 2, 2019: At the request of Church World Service, Teri Hadro, BVM signed onto a letter supporting the Guaranteed Refugee Ceiling Enhancement Act (GRACE Act), which would restore U.S. leadership on refugee resettlement and uphold our nation’s commitment to provide safety for refugees fleeing persecution. It would set a minimum floor for the annual refugee admissions goal (“Presidential Determination”) at 95,000─the historic average. Letter sent to members of Congress.

May 7, 2019: At the request of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), LaDonna Manternach, BVM signed onto a petition calling on the Trump Administration to ensure that asylum seekers have access to legal counsel, safe access to ports of entry, receive credible fear interviews, not be detained and separated from their families, and to seek alternatives to detention. Letter sent to the U.S. Administration.

May 9, 2019: At the invitation of the National Immigrant Justice Center, LaDonna Manternach, BVM signed onto a letter opposing a supplemental funding request for CBP (Customs and Border Protection), DOD (Department of Defense), DOJ (Department of Justice), and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Letter sent to members of Congress.

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