Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary signed on in support of the following endorsements for justice:
Feb. 3 Teri Hadro signed the congregation onto a letter urging President Biden to support Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and reverse Mr. Trump’s decision at the World Trade Organization to block the technologies needed to produce more COVID-19 vaccines and medications. The letter was sent to President Joe Biden.
Feb. 4 Teri Hadro added the congregation’s name to a letter from the Coalition on Human Needs asking members of the House and Senate to support the American Rescue Plan. A copy of the letter was sent to all members of the United States House of Representatives and Senate.
Feb. 18 The office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) requested signatures of endorsement for the Summer Meals Act of 2021. Teri Hadro signed in support of this bill to improve the efficiency of summer meals, which aims to improve nutrition in underserved, hard-to-reach areas of the country.
Feb. 18 Teri Hadro endorsed a letter supporting the designation and redesignation of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to 18 countries. The letter was sent to President Joe Biden and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
Feb. 18 Teri Hadro, on behalf of the congregation, signed on in support of the bishops’ statement “God Is on Your Side” urging protection for LGBTQ+ youth. The statement of support was created by the Tyler Clementi Foundation and is posted on their website: https://tylerclementi.org/catholicbishopsstatement/
Feb. 24 LaDonna Manternach signed onto a letter by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition expressing concern for the targeted detention and deportation of Black migrants and the ongoing expulsion of Haitians at the border, carrying out policies held over from the previous administration. This letter, with 314 organizational signatures, was sent to Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Feb. 24 Colleen McGinnity affirmed an endorsement of the Honduras Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Act of 2021 that lays out a comprehensive framework for combatting corruption, impunity, and human rights violations in Honduras. This letter was sent to the initial cosponsors of the bill: Senators Bernie Sanders (VT), Patrick Leahy (VT), Ed Markey (MA), Elizabeth Warren, (MA), Dick Durbin (IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), and Chris Van Hollen (MD).
March 10 Church World Service sought signatures from faith organizations, and President Teri Hadro signed on the congregation supporting an increase in refugee arrivals and restoration of the resettlement program. This letter was sent to President Joe Biden.
March 15 Teri Hadro signed for the Leadership Team onto a letter from faith organizations advocating for the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. As the letter stated, “Passage of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act will move us towards this critical goal by barring discrimination in federally funded foster care and adoption services based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status, and helping states, tribes, and agencies provide competent care to and improved outcomes for the children and families they serve.” This letter, supported by Family Equality, New Ways Ministry, and NETWORK, was sent to all members of Congress.
March 18 Teri Hadro signed the congregation onto a letter organized by Families Belong Together and MomsRising to urge President Biden to end the Department of Homeland Security contracting with private prisons for immigrant detention. The letter states, “While President Biden’s recent executive order to end and phase out Department of Justice federal contracts with for-profit private prison operators is a major victory in the fight to end and reverse the harms of mass incarceration, there is more work to do. We strongly urge President Biden to fulfill his campaign promise to end the federal government’s use of private prisons, including the detention of immigrants, and to work with states to incentivize ending private prison contracts at the state level.” Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility supports this message. Letters were sent to President Joe Biden and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
March 19 Teri Hadro signed on the congregation to a request of Church World Service in support of the Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement Act (Grace Act). The previous administration had dismantled the refugee resettlement program by more than 80 percent and set consecutively historic-low refugee admissions goals, with a FY 2021 refugee admissions goal of 15,000, despite facing the worst refugee crisis in history. This letter urges Congress to begin rebuilding the program and to increase refugee admissions by supporting the Grace Act. The bill would also ensure that the administration treats the Presidential Determination as a goal to reach and would help facilitate Congressional oversight over the administration’s operations of the resettlement program. A copy of the letter was sent to all members of the House of Representatives and Senate.
March 19 Teri Hadro endorsed on behalf of the congregation a letter supporting the closing of 10 immigrant detention centers. The letter originated with the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants and was recommended by Mary Ellen Meckley. This letter was sent to Lauren Alder Reid, assistant director of the Executive Office for Immigration.
March 25 Teri Hadro signed in the name of the congregation a statement in response to the violence against Asian American Communities from the National Domestic Workers Alliance. The statement calls on for standing together in grief and solidarity against systemic racism and gender-based violence. It is unclear how the statement would be publicized.
March 25 Teri Hadro endorsed Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility-requested support for migrant justice and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers by signing onto an investor letter to Hannaford Supermarkets to join the Milk with Dignity Program and Wendy’s Corporation to join the Fair Food Program. These two social responsibility programs are the “only existing model with the proven potential to afford protection for the most vulnerable and lowest-wage workers in global [food] supply chains.”
March 30 The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. asked for signatures on a letter supporting an extension of time for notification to those receiving Temporary Protective Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for citizens of designated countries. In addition, they recommended opening the Federal Registration period on the same day that the extension is announced so that those affected are able to complete the necessary paperwork in a timely manner and not risk deportation. Teri Hadro endorsed it on behalf of the congregation. The letter was sent to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Mayorkas and Acting Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Tracy Renaud.
April 2 Teri Hadro supported a letter from National Farm Worker Ministry in support of the Asunción Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act. It would establish a standard on the prevention of excessive heat in the workplace for outdoor and indoor workers. The act is named after a farmworker who died of a heat stroke in 2004 after picking grapes for 10 hours straight in 105-degree temperatures. This bill will direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop a heat stress standard for indoor and outdoor workers to prevent further heat-related tragedies. This letter was sent to co-sponsors of the bill: Representatives Judy Chu, Robert Scott, Raul Grijalva, Alma Adams, and Senators Sherrod Brown, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Alex Padilla.