Legislative Action Center
The Catholic community of Washington gathered for a summit and town hall on August 27th, 2022, to accompany directly impacted communities and listen to their stories, learn about the most critical issues for the community, and to ground all our work in prayer and our Catholic faith. Help us pass these priorities for the community: (a) End Title 42 and Migration Protection Protocols, (b) Pass the Afghan Adjustment Act & (c) Provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and TPS holders.
Almost 10 years after Sandy Hook, we are again confronted with the semi-automatic weapons caused murders of 19 elementary school children and 2 teachers in Uvalde, 10 Black shoppers in Buffalo, and hospital workers in Tulsa, to name a few. There has been little, if any progress, in legislation to promote gun safety and decrease gun violence in the intervening years.
We call on the Biden Administration to end its racist Title 42 policy and its dehumanizing Remain in Mexico policy (aka Migration Protection Protocols- MPP), and fully restore access to asylum. Title 42 is a continuation of a Trump Administration policy which uses COVID-19 as justification to close the U.S. border to nearly all individuals seeking asylum. Invocation of this obscure public health policy on introduction of communicable diseases into the U.S. is being used as a false premise for stripping the long U.S. guaranteed right to seek asylum. MPP continues to put migrants at undue risk forcing them to wait on the border while their asylum claim is being considered if at all. As people of faith, we stand in solidarity with our migrant siblings and demand more just immigration policies that acknowledge and support the full human dignity of all persons. Learn More and Take Action!
Since Duterte’s election in 2017, the U.S government has given the Philippines over $550 million in military aid. These funds support the Philippine military and police who routinely accuse indigenous people, human rights workers, peasants, labor organizers, environmental activists, journalists, health workers, local elected officials, and clergy of being communists & terrorists to justify extrajudicial imprisonment and execution. Urge your representatives to pass The Philippine Human Rights Act (H.R. 3884) which seeks to withhold U.S. support from the Filipino Police and Military until they prove they have stopped their dehumanizing and violent practices. Learn More.
This is a critical moment for our democracy. Despite zero evidence, 60 failed lawsuits, and persistent false claims that the last presidential election was stolen, over 380 bills restricting voting access have been introduced in 48 States. 22 of these bills have been passed in 14 states and 31 bills have passed in at least one chamber. Next week, a version of For the People Act (HR1) will likely be introduced in the Senate, offering an opportunity to impress upon our Senators that we want our democracy and everyone’s vote protected. Learn More and Take Action!
On this anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, we continue to cry Black Lives Matter! Since the death of George Floyd, according to Mapping Police Violence at least 1,068 people have died at the hands of the police in the United States. Racial disparities persist at alarming rates, Black people were three times more likely to be killed by police than white people and made up Black 28% of those killed by police, despite making up 13% of the population. Learn More and Take Action!