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

March 3, 2018: At the request of the Coalition on Human Needs, signed a letter urging a reduction in funding for immigration and border enforcement and passing permanent protections for “Dreamers.” A letter was given to Senators McConnell, Schumer, Cochran, and Leahy; and Representatives Ryan, Pelosi, Frelinghuysen, and Lowey.

April 2, 2018: At the invitation of the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, the BVMs signed a letter urging Congress to provide funding for life-saving programs including, the Violence Against Women Act, the Victims of Crime Act, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), and to address the need for an increase in housing programs and rural services. The BVMs asked that the FVPSA begin to meet some of the needs on tribal lands and serve more survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The letter was sent to Senators Shelby, Shaheed, Blunt, Murray, Collins, Reed, Boozman, and Tester; and Representatives Culberson, Serrano, Cole, DeLauro, Diaz-Balart, Price, Carter, and Roybal-Allard.

April 10, 2018: At the request of Pioneer Valley Project with notification from the Leadership Conference on Women Religious, the BVMs signed an organizational letter supporting federal funding that addresses domestic violence and sexual assault. The letter was in support of South Congregational Church in Springfield, Mass., that welcomed a woman from Peru and her two American-born children into sanctuary as she faced imminent deportation and separation from her family. The letter was sent to Springfield, Mass., Mayor Sarno.

April 25, 2018: At the invitation of the Catholic Climate Covenant, signed a letter in support of the U.S. Catholic Climate Declaration affirming the commitment of U.S. Catholic institutions to the Paris Climate Agreement goals.

May 1, 2018: At the request of the National Farm Worker Ministry, Mary Martens signed the Sisters of Charity, BVM to a National Farm Worker Ministry statement embracing the “Harvest without Violence” efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to raise awareness of the abuse of farm workers and to promote the Fair Food program.

May 10, 2018: At the invitation of the Coalition of Human Needs and the National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, signed a letter calling Congress to secure a path to permanent residency for all Haitians, Hondurans, Liberians, Nepalese, Nicaraguans, Salvadorans, and Sudanese in the United States (U.S.) with temporary protective status or deferred enforced departure status. Letter sent to all members of Congress.

May 10, 2018: At the request of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, signed onto the U.S. Catholic Statement with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Recommendations for Global Compact on Refugees to foster the role of faith-based groups to accompany refugees. The statement urged the U.S. to share responsibility with other nations that host a large number of migrating people to focus on solutions for those at risk, and to address the root causes of forced migration. Letter sent to U.S. government officials.

May 15, 2018: At the request of the Coalition of Human Needs, signed a letter urging Congress to reject the $25.3 billion rescissions package proposed by the Trump Administration (nearly half of which impacts the Children’s Health Insurance Program) and to provide adequate resources to address the unmet needs for education, child care, housing, healthcare, and other essential human services for Haitians, Hondurans, Liberians, Nepalese, Nicaraguans, Salvadorans and Sudanese. Letter sent to all members of Congress.

May 17, 2018: At the invitation of Pax Christi International, signed a letter urging Congress to use their powers and influence to return the U.S. to a multilateral nuclear disarmament agreement, and to encourage the ratification of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Letter sent to all member of Congress.

May 23, 2018: At the request of several organizations (Coalition on Human Needs, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, National Immigration Law Center, and Southern Poverty Law Center), signed a letter that elevates attention to the worksite raids that have taken place in Tennessee and Iowa. The letter highlights legal concerns, raises questions about Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement conduct, shares the stories of impacted individuals, calls for Congress to ensure due process for those involved and calls for an end to worksite raids. Letter sent to all members of Congress.

May 31, 2018: At the request of Church World Service, signed a letter urging the administration to extend Yemen’s temporary protective status for at least another 18 months. Letter sent to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen and Acting Secretary Sullivan.

June 7, 2018: At the request of the National Farm Workers Ministry, Mary Martens signed Sisters of Charity, BVM to the letter opposing Representative Goodlatte’s “Securing America’s Future Act” (HR4760), and any cuts to family-based immigration system or ramped-up enforcement measures that would further tear families apart. The bill would strip farmworkers on temporary visas of workers protections, lower their wages as well as humanitarian and due process protections from unaccompanied children, and expand detention of children apprehended at the border. Letter sent to members of the House of Representatives.

June 7, 2018: At the request of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., signed onto a letter asking the Department of Homeland Security to extend temporary protective status for people from Yemen for 18 more months because the country remains unsafe. Letter sent to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary Sullivan.

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