Current Issues

Current Issues

The US Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Objects to the Supreme Court Decision Upholding the Administration’s Travel Ban 

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph is extremely disappointed with the June 26, 2018, United States Supreme Court Decision in Trump vs. Hawaii, commonly referred to as the travel ban. The ban restricts travel from seven countries: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. We believe that this travel ban intentionally targets Muslims and that the Court’s decision adds to the climate of fear of Muslims and fuels the flames to anti-Muslim sentiment in the country. The travel ban, aimed primarily at Muslims, contradicts the values and principles of the United States

. As Catholic sisters, our mission is one of unity. We are grounded in a loving relationship with God and neighbor. We live the Gospel values and view each person, regardless of their race, religion, or nation of origin as our dear neighbor, whom we love without distinction. We join with the Leadership Conference of Woman Religious (LCWR) and other women religious in the belief that all people are created in God’s image, all are worthy of respect, and all are entitled to the protection of their human rights and religious liberty

We strongly object to President Trump’s continued attempts to use his authority to create policy by fiat, particularly when that policy is used to deny access to our Muslim sisters and brothers because of their religion. Such discrimination violates our deeply held faith beliefs and is inimical to the principles upon which this nation was founded.

LCWR joined other faith-based groups in filing amicus briefs in this case challenging the governmentimposed anti-Muslim discrimination. When religiousbased discrimination is permitted, especially when sanctioned by those at the highest levels of government, the free-exercise of religion by members of all faiths is threatened.

We will stand with the Muslim community and all who are subjected to the deeply troubling discriminatory policies of this administration. We call on Congress to exercise its power to challenge the President’s offensive and dangerous policy and ensure that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution are upheld

 

US Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph

Take Action!

 Advocate Against the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban and Other Discriminatory Policies.

 

In response to the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban we ask that everyone take action to let those in charge know we will not stand for the discrimination of our Muslim ‘dear neighbors.’ In addition to sharing our statement, we have some suggestions from Church World Service that you can post on your own social media pages. The U.S. Federation will also be actively posting these on social media, so please feel free to re-tweet or share.

Post to your Twitter page:

 

  1. The June 26, 2018, U.S. Supreme Court ruling is another shameful mark on our history. We cannot accept living in a country that willingly separates families and calls it justice. #NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

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  1. Stop deportations. Stop tearing families apart. Stop attacking immigrants. #NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

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  1. Families and loved ones are being ripped away from one another. This isn’t justice, it’s shameful. #NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

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  1. Immigrant communities are under attack. Our loved ones are being ripped away from us. This is why we’ll keep fighting, no matter what the court rules. #NoMuslimBanEver  #StandwithMuslims

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  1. On June 26, 2018, #SCOTUS failed to:

❌ Keep loved ones together

❌ Protect immigrants & refugees

❌ Strike down racism

#NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

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Post on your Facebook page

 

  1. The June 26, 2018, U.S. Supreme Court ruling is another shameful mark on our history. We cannot accept living in a country that willingly separates families and calls it justice. #NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

 

  1. Stop deportations. Stop tearing families apart. Stop attacking immigrants. #NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

 

  1. No hate. No fear.

#NoMuslimBanEver #StandwithMuslims

 

  1. Families shouldn’t be separated. Loved ones shouldn’t be banned. No one should live in fear. #NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

 

  1. Families and loved ones are being ripped away from one another. This isn’t justice, it’s shameful. #NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

 

  1. Immigrant communities are under attack. Our loved ones
    1. are being ripped away from us. This is why we’ll keep fighting, no matter what the court rules. #NoMuslimBanEver #StandwithMuslims

     

    1. On June 26, 2018, #SCOTUS failed to:

    ❌ Keep loved ones together

    ❌ Protect immigrants & refugees

    ❌ Strike down racism

    #NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

     

    are being ripped away from us. This is why we’ll keep fighting, no matter what the court rules. #NoMuslimBanEver #StandwithMuslims

 

  1. On June 26, 2018, #SCOTUS failed to:

❌ Keep loved ones together

❌ Protect immigrants & refugees

❌ Strike down racism

#NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

Contact Your Senators and Representatives at (202) 224-3121

 

Please call this number three times to be connected with your two Senators and one Representative

 

Sample Script:

“I’m your constituent from [City, State, Zip Code], and I urge you to OPPOSE the Administration’s travel ban that discriminates against Muslims and to do everything in your power to see that the administration rescind the executive order. [As a person of faith], I stand opposed to actions, either via executive order or legislation, that ban Muslims, refugees or immigrants from entering this country based on where they come from or what faith they practice. The travel ban does not represent the welcoming communities across the United States. I urge Congress to exert oversight and accountability over the administration and ensure no federal taxpayer dollars are used to implement the travel ban targeted toward Muslims. My community welcomes our immigrant, refugee, and Muslim neighbors, and I call on you to do the same.”

You can also share this message on social media with your Senators and Representatives:

  • The June 26, 2018, Supreme Court decision is another shameful mark on our history. We cannot accept living in a country that willingly separates families and calls it justice. #NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether
  • ​Families shouldn’t be separated. Love ones shouldn’t be banned. No one should live in fear. #NoMuslimBanEver #FamiliesBelongTogether

 

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMONS

 God of the Universe,

These are uneasy times when brothers and sisters everywhere

are struggling to escape want …  war …  carnage …  chaos …  pain.

I carry the imprint of their struggles upon my soul.

I hear the frightened voices of immigrants and refugees

with nowhere to turn and few to give t hem counsel.

I hear the desperation of families

shackled to systems hopelessly broken.

And yes, I hear your Summons,

Your call to attend to those in need.

I cannot turn a blind eye, a deaf ear.

The time is now.

 How I am to respond to your Summons is not clear.

I can only trust that you will give me a sense of direction and purpose,

a heart filled with compassion,

the strength to step up to the challenge

and your companionship on the way!  Amen!

 

In response to this Summons, I resolve

  • To listen to victims of our failed immigration policy
  • To recognize our obligation to welcome and protect immigrants and refugees seeking an opportunity to build a better life.
  • To elect leaders with the legislative will to work across political divides to fashion comprehensive immigration reform for the common good
  • To celebrate the richness of our diversity and its untapped potential both for our nation and for those seeking citizenship and asylum within our borders
  • To share this Summons with church and civic leaders, family members, co-workers and neighbors as a sign of our common quest for justice and compassion.