Rabbi Ariyeh Azriel of Temple Israel, leaders of Omaha Together One Community, Nebraska Appleseed and other organizations will hold a celebration of the 7th day of Hanukkah on Tuesday December 3rd 6:00-6:30 pm on 18th Street between Dodge and Douglas (outside the Federal Building). We will light the seven candles of the menorah to signify that we are bringing light into the world rather than cursing the darkness. We will pray that our members of Congress will be enlightened about the need to pass comprehensive immigration laws that include a clear, inclusive path to citizenship for aspiring Americans. All are welcome to join!
Justice & Advocacy Priorities Archive
Congress only has a short window of time to agree on a budget, sequestration replacement, and the farm bill — legislation that has enormous consequences for struggling families at home and abroad. Call your members of Congress and ask them to replace sequestration with a balanced approach that includes revenues and responsible spending cuts, reject any legislation that would cut vital anti-hunger programs, and protect SNAP and international food aid from cuts in the farm bill. Find more information on this issue here, and then call the Capitol switchboard to be connected to your member of Congress: 202-224-3121.
There is a painful chasm in our healthcare coverage system for working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to pay for full insurance. As people of faith, PICO believes all God’s children should have access to the care they need, regardless of where they live or how much money they have. Join in telling our representatives that affordable and accessible healthcare is an essential part of living the full, productive, healthy life God intends for all of us to live. Send an email to your Representative sharing with them your family or community’s needs for affordable and accessible health care. Ask your Congressperson to be a voice of support for Medicaid coverage and expansion.
We need Speaker Boehner’s leadership on Immigration Reform. With just weeks left before the end of their calendar, Congress remains gridlocked on immigration reform. Policy leaders from both sides of the aisle want this problem addressed, and Christians from a variety of backgrounds have been vocal about the urgent need to tackle this issue. Add your name in support of immigration reform here.
This week, after over 1000 young leaders representing over 60 Catholic institutions from 23 states across the U.S. journeyed to D.C. for the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s annual justice conference, we invite you to join these advocates, the U.S. Catholic Bishops, and the U.S. Jesuit Provincials in calling for comprehensive and humane immigration reform. Call your representative now! Find their number, and an optional script for your call here.
Are you interested in learning more about current issues that deal with Migration, Peace and Non-Violence, Sustainability, Economic Justice, or Access to Education? If so, think about joining an Ignatian Advocacy Group through the CCSJ! These student-lead groups are a very accessible way to become more educated and to get involved in your local, national, and international community. For more information contact the students in charge of the group you’re interested in:
Migration-Refugees and Immigrants: Meets Mondays 4-5pm in the CCSJ (Harper 2067). (begins September 10) Contact Kelly Sullivan: email@example.com, Ian Fallon: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Maria Benevento: email@example.com.
Ecology & Management of Natural and Mineral Resources (Sustainability): Meets Tuesdays 8-9pm in the CCSJ. Contact Haley Warren: firstname.lastname@example.org, Christine Prissel: email@example.com, or Hannah Mulally: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Economic Justice & Access to Education: Meets Thursdays 8-9pm in the CCSJ. Contact Michelle Villegas: email@example.com, Leah Schaffer: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.