Due to the holiday schedule, our normal first-Monday webinar schedule changes for December and January. The December 16 webinar will focus on learning from the successes of our work in 2013 and looking toward next steps for 2014. Please also mark your calendars for a special January webinar: Training on Civil Disobedience as an Escalation Tactic. This webinar will be held on January 13th at 4 pm EST.
Gratitude in action: From farm to table
- Monday, Nov. 4, 1pm PST/4pm EST
- Call in Number 805-399-1000 , Code 104402
- Please RSVP for the visual portion of the webinar
As we approach Thanksgiving, we remember the farmworkers that grow and prepare our food throughout the year. On this webinar, we will give an overview of the “Ag Act,” a bill in the House of Representatives that would negatively impact farmworkers. We will also discuss the escalating push for the House of Representatives to pass an immigration reform bill before the end of the year.
You will take away specific ideas your congregation can incorporate into a worship or a prayer service and into your Thanksgiving meal to educate about and act against the Ag Act. You will also learn about opportunities to continue to push for immigration reform in your community.
Oct. 18 call-in day: Breaking the fast
BACKGROUND: On Friday, October 18, we bring to a close our 40 days of prayer, fasting, and advocacy for immigration reform. On this day, we invite you to call your Representative in the U.S. House and urge her/him to pass compassionate immigration reform before the Thanksgiving recess.
Rev. Olufemi Fatunmbi, moderator for Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, joined nearly 300 other faith leaders at this week’s Global Summit on Immigration Reform, sponsored by Church World Service. On Monday, the leaders learned about immigration reform bills and organizing strategies and shared stories and fellowship. On Tuesday, they led a prayer service at the Capitol before meeting with members of Congress.
In coordination with our Interfaith Immigration Coalition partners, the MCC Washington Office has designated October 1 as a national Day of Action to oppose the SAFE Act. Among other negative provisions, the SAFE Act would make it a crime to provide services, transport, or shelter to an undocumented immigrant. Call 1-866-940-2439 and urge your Representative to vote “no” on the SAFE Act and “yes” for fair and compassionate immigration reform.
Join with these faith leaders in fasting for immigration reform. And call your members of Congress today!
From Kelli Yoder, Mennonite World Review:
Saulo Padilla is fasting for immigration reform. And the hunger he feels is familiar.
A few years ago while living in Goshen, Ind., his daughters were threatened with deportation. For four days they waited for border patrol officers to make a decision.
“There was a hole in our gut every day,” he said. “This is the same hole in my gut that I feel now when I’m hungry.”
Padilla coordinates the immigration education national program for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. He’s joined the Fast Action for Immigration Reform, a national effort Sept. 9-Oct. 18 organized by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, of which MCC is a member.