OMI Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation Effort

1. 29,000 Reasons to Stand Up
2. Ask Congress to Support the DREAM Act!
3. Support Legislation in California to Eradicate Slavery
      and Human Trafficking from Company Supply Chains

29,000 Reasons to Stand Up

Ten years after world leaders first promised to cut extreme poverty in half, there are still 29,000 children who die every day due to preventable causes.
Next week, President Obama will join 140 other Heads of State in New York to discuss how best to meet the Millennium Development Goals in the next five years.  With the global economic crisis and building climate crisis, it’s no secret that there’s a long way to go.

The danger is that these world leaders will come together to pat themselves on the back and exchange vague promises – and not make the concrete commitments necessary to truly accelerate progress and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Please join millions in telling President Obama to make next week’s meeting really mean something.
Send him a message today.

Millions around the globe will Stand Up this weekend, September 17 – 19, to remind leaders the world we want to see – a world where everyone has the right to enough food, basic education, and a healthy start at life.  Jubilee supporters across the U.S. have organized 97 separate events in their congregations and communities. See if there are stand up events in your area here.

Jubilee has spent the last several months urging President Obama to include an end to unjust debt that enslaves impoverished countries in his plan to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.  Our high-level advocacy with the Administration included letter to the President from 48 members of congress and 14 national religious leaders in support of these demands.

Your voice can now make the difference.  

We know that President Obama’s speech to this group of world leaders is being written now – please send a message to him today.  These world leaders must make concrete commitments, stick to them, and encourage other developed countries to do the same – and to take the steps needed to end unjust debt that enslaves poor countries.

Thanks to Jubilee USA for this alert.

Ask Congress to Support the DREAM Act!

Congress is only back in session for a couple of weeks before the November election. Momentum is strong in Congress to help immigrant youth. They can do this by passing the DREAM Act.

Young people who have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives but who were brought to the US illegally, often as young children, face a difficult future.  These children have grown up in our communities and include honor roll students, star athletes, talented artists, and aspiring environmental scientists, doctors, and entrepreneurs. They face unique barriers to higher education. Unable to work legally in the United States, they often live in fear of deportation. This is a terrible loss both for them and for the larger society.

Bipartisan Support for the DREAM Act

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (“DREAM Act”) is bipartisan legislation that was introduced in the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives in 2009. According to June 2010 polls, about seventy percent of Americans favor this bill.

DREAM Act legislation is supported by a wide range of organizations from the education, military, and business communities as well as and faith organizations such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Provisions of the DREAM Act:

The DREAM Act (first introduced in 2001) would create a pathway to Lawful Permanent Residence and eventual earned citizenship for young people who grew up in the US without proper citizenship through no fault of their own. To be eligible, the immigrant must enter the country before the age of 16, live five consecutive years in the U.S., earn a high school diploma or equivalent, and have a clear record, void of criminal activity.Around 2.5 million undocumented youth under the age of 18 who live in the United States would benefit.

Tell Congress: It’s time to pass the DREAM Act.

Contact: George Ngolwe in the OMI JPIC Office for more information.

Support Legislation in California to Eradicate Slavery and Human Trafficking from Company Supply Chains

Governor Schwarzenegger has until the end of the month to veto or sign SB 657 - the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. This legislation would require about 3,200 large retailers and manufacturers to disclose on their website their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains. Greater disclosure of information goes a long way toward stopping bad practices.

Take Action TODAY: Sign an online petition organized by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), a California-based not-for-profit human rights organization established in 1998. CAST’s mission is to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.

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