Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary signed on in support of the following endorsements for justice:
Oct. 19: At the request of Pax Christi International, LaDonna Manternach signed a letter encouraging the United Nations (UN), on the occasion of its 75th anniversary, to renew its commitment for an enhanced UN system to sustain peace, to implement nonviolent approaches to resolve disputes, to shift funds to support sustainable development goals (SDGs) and away from global military spending, and to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Letters were sent to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, other UN officials, and Missions to the UN in both New York and Geneva, Switzerland.
Nov. 20: LaDonna Manternach endorsed a letter from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition recommending an increase of funding levels for fiscal year 2021 for refugee-related budget accounts, and removing funding from unjust immigration enforcements, detention, and border militarization. In addition, the letter asked that the committee consider rolling over unused family-based, employment-based, and diversity visas into the coming fiscal year. Letters were sent to Senators Richard Shelby, chair of the Committee on Appropriations; Patrick Leahy, vice chair of the Committee on Appropriations; and Representatives Nita Lowey, chair of the Committee on Appropriations, and Kay Granger, member of the Committee on Appropriations; and copied to Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Kevin McCarthy.
Nov. 25: LaDonna Manternach signed onto a letter, initiated by the Sisters of Loretto, requesting that the newly elected administration move immigration justice to the top of its agenda, and take immediate action to reunite the more than 500 migrant children with their families who were separated at our border. The letter was sent to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Nov. 30: LaDonna Manternach endorsed a letter from the National Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Alliance calling for an immediate response to the devastation left behind by Hurricanes Eta and Iota to include the following: swift and effective humanitarian aid; the restoration and application of TPS for people currently residing in the United States from the impacted region; and a long-term plan to support recovery and reconstruction. Letters were addressed to President Trump, President-elect Biden, and Senate and House leadership.
Dec. 4 LaDonna Manternach endorsed a framework for action developed by the Root Causes Initiative. The goal is to fundamentally change economic, migration, development, and human rights policies while helping families and communities survive the immigration crisis and rebuild a future with justice and equity. Policymakers in the United States, Mexico, and Central America will be engaged in these priorities over the next year. Root Causes Initiative/Iniciativa Causa Raíz, a program of Faith in Action International, is a coalition of grassroots and faith-based organizations committed to changing the economic, migration, human rights, and development policies across Central America.
Jan. 5 Teri Hadro signed the congregation onto a letter from Masa Group advocating for a restoration of benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Letters were sent to President-elect Joe Biden and the Secretary of Homeland Security.
Jan. 29 Teri Hadro signed onto a letter calling for additional remedial measures for those forced to migrate to our borders. It calls for ending both Title 42 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order that allows more asylum seekers to be turned away and swift processing of asylum claims that forced to remain in Mexico by Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and the Prompt Asylum Case Review (PACR). It urged a halt to the profit-motivated detention system in the United States and that steps be taken to address root causes and humanitarian dimensions of forced migration from Central America and beyond. This letter was sent to President Joe Biden.