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Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:19

Catholic Action for Immigrant Children

Written by Beth Begley
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From Beth Begley - New Jersey Chapter

Below is letter from Eli McCarthy - I keep hearing more and more indivuals and groups interested in participating.  Exact location still TBD.  I would be glad to serve as a contact for any registered to attend. Cardinal Tobin is my bishop.

Beth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 845-357-8919)

Catholic Action for Immigrant Children!

Newark, NJ, Wed. Sept. 4th, 10am-12pm

Images of immigrant children detained in cages, separated from family members, and living in unsanitary, unhealthy conditions have outraged the nation in recent weeks.  The faith community has decried this treatment of children not only as a violation of human dignity and rights, but also as contrary to religious teachings and the sacred call to care for people who are most at risk, especially children.  

Catholic organizations are organizing a nonviolent campaign to end the traumatizing abuse of immigrant children and their families by the U.S. government.  Phase two is a national prayerful direct action in Newark, NJ between 10a-12p on Wednesday, September 4.  Anyone from around the country is invited to participate. The event will include prayer, ritual, and a call to action by Catholic leaders. Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, has agreed to accompany us. Because of the urgency and depth of the injustice there will also be an opportunity for those who discern to engage in nonviolent action of civil disobedience.   

This event follows a powerful mobilization of Catholic faith leaders to launch the campaign in Washington DC, on July 18th and a series of weekly local actions throughout.  With other coalition actions, this nonviolent action assisted in the release of over 2500 children, emptying both Homestead, FL and Carizzo Springs, TX influx facilities. We will gather on September 4 to renew and amplify our call for this Administration to end the abuse, trauma, and detention of migrant children. 

Please seriously consider coming to Newark on September 4 to participate with us in showing the Administration that our Catholic faith demands we treat our neighbor as we would want to be treated.  RSVP: Complete this form to share your interest in this event with organizers.

If you can’t attend this event but would like regular updates on the campaign, please fill out this form. Our campaign webpage with the strategic campaign goal, theory of change, and sources of power impacting ishere.


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