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From our friends at WOLA: Last
week, six Cuban religious
leaders traveled to Washington, DC. Together with their U.S.
counterparts, the group met with Members of Congress, congressional
staff, and Obama administration officials to discuss religious freedom
in Cuba and U.S. policy toward the island. The group's message
was clear: the religious community in Cuba is growing and diverse; U.S.
and Cuban churches enjoy strong partnerships from which both sides have
benefitted; and an update in U.S. policy toward Cuba is long overdue.
In this op-ed published in The Hill, two leaders of the group-Reverend Joel Ortega Dopico, a Presbyterian minister and elected president of the Cuban Council of Churches, and Reverend John L. McCullough, a United Methodist minister and President of Church World Service-highlight the strong relationship between U.S. and Cuban churches and call on their governments to dialogue with one another.
Anibal's first thought was about his son: "I am relieved. I get to celebrate my son's birthday." But he said the temporary stay is bittersweet and leaves him in limbo. "But what happens after that? Will I see him grow up?" You keep supporting by singing the petition directed to President Obama urging him to stop all deportations: Si Se Puede DHS Rulemaking.
The faith community will keep mobilizing and praying for just immigration initiatives. We invite you to join our first monthly call to get updates about current immigration initiatives and learn how you can plug in as an individual/congregation.
Monday, March 10th, 2014
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On Monday, February 17, 2014 CRLN staff members, Rev. Sara Wohlleb and Marcela Hernandez participated in a civil disobedience in front of the White House as part of an interfaith action to urge President Obama use his executive power to Stop the Deportations. More than 30 religious and undocumented folks prayed, sang and chanted outside the White House before being arrested by the police. You can read more about this story at: Immigration Activist Arrested Outside the White House During Protest.
Sara and Marcela wrote the statements below reflecting on their experience:
Last Tuesday morning, February 18th, I woke up at about 3:30AM, ready to hop an early morning plane to DC (with a neck pillow in hand to catch up on lost sleep) and carried with me leave-behind materials for 11 different meetings with Congressional staffers scheduled either that day or the following. As Public Policy Coordinator at CRLN, it's exhilarating to take our messages of demilitarization, peace and justice directly to the offices responsible for representing our demands.
I talked with the offices of Reps Davis (7th), Schneider (10th), Gutierrez (4th), Quigley (5th), Enyart (12th), Foster (11th), Rush (1st), Kelly (2nd), and Schakowsky (9th), sometimes with multiple staffers from each office:
Update from the Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC) on La Puya! Thank you to all those who have supported the men, women and children of La Puya by signing our letter of solidarity and leaving messages of encouragement.
Last Wednesday, February 26th, community members at La Puya celebrated a victory -- the removal of the mining equipment from the proposed Tambor mine site.
P&F Contratistas (P&F Contractors) decided to break its
relationship with the mining company, Kappes, Cassidy
& Associates (KCA), and pull out all of the trucks and heavy
machinery that was left inside the mine when families began their
peaceful resistance nearly two years ago.
La Puya leader Yolanda Oquelí helped coordinate the removal of the mining machinery that morning with a representative of P&F Contractors and a member of the Human Rights Ombudsman office. Members of La Puya celebrated the second anniversary of their peaceful resistance movement on March 2. Click here to see pictures from GHRC's facebook page.
From our friends at the Presbyterian Mission Agency:
This Thursday, February 27th at noon, an ecumenical delegation from Cuba will be presenting a Congressional briefing on the status of religious freedom in Cuba in cooperation with Senator Jeff Flake and Rep. Jim McGovern. To demonstrate your support, please call members of congress and urge them or their staff to attend this briefing.
Click here to call your members of congress today!
Featured panelists include:
- Rev. Jose Ortega Dopico, Presbyterian, President, Cuban Council of Churches,
- Bishop Griselda Delgado, Anglican Bishop of Cuba,
- Rev. Dr. Reneirio Arce, President, Matanzas Seminary, Havana,
- Pastor Maria Yi, Quaker, Vice President, Cuban Council of Churches,
- Rev. Rhode Gonzalez, Christian Pentecostal Church, and
- Rev. Raul Suarez, Director of the Martin Luther King Center in Havana.
These faith leaders are well positioned to speak about U.S.-Cuban relations as faith communities are central to expanding and supporting the economic and political shifts happening in Cuba. This briefing will serve as a crucial resource to members of Congress and their staff on the issue of U.S. policy toward Cuba.
urge you to make a call to President Obama to demand a stop to deportations!
can call 1-800-907-2053 and tell President Obama:
President, as your administration approaches 2 million deportations, people of
faith have a simple message for you: STOP THE DEPORTATIONS. As a person of
faith and member of CRLN, we call for a ban to all arrest, detainments, and
deportations of undocumented immigrants as a first step to immigration reform.
We need you to show principled leadership to end all deportations as a first
stop for immigration reform. Thank you."
us make 1,100 Call to End Deportations!
CRLN Member Ann Legg shares her report-back from her recent trip to El Salvador for the elections that took place on February 2nd. Since no one candidate won a plurality in the Presidential elections, there will be a run-off election happening on Sunday, March 9th. You can take part! Click here to find out more about the crucial run-off election observation mission happening in March. And read Ann's testimony and see pictures for background and inspiration:
"I was part of the Center of Interchange and Solidarity's 10th International Election Observation Mission in El Salvador on Sunday, February 2, 2014. There were 90 observers from 13 countries. We observed in 7 departments in 14 large, medium and small municipalities governed by different parties. We also observed in the voting center for Salvadorans Abroad.
On Friday December 13th, Immigration agents raided an apartment building in the north side of Chicago, knocked on all the doors looking for a suspect, and checked the immigration status those they found in their way. Anibal Eligio Fuentes-Aguilar, a worker and father from Guatemala, and building resident was placed in immigration detention that night.
After Anibal's family and community mobilized, he was released from detention two weeks later, given an ankle bracelet, placed under continuous monitoring. On Friday January 31st, his request for prosecutorial discretion was denied, and he was given until March 4th to leave the country. He is now asking the Washington D.C. offices to review the case, and re-consider stopping his deportation.
YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN ALSO WRITE A LETTER OF SUPPORT! PLEASE SEE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD A SAMPLE FORMAT, E-MAIL US YOUR LETTER TO MHERNANDEZ@CRLN.ORG