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2020 General Election

By |October 23rd, 2020|

In addition to candidates for national, state and local offices, Californians will be asked to vote on twelve statewide ballot measures. As faithful citizens we are called to make informed voting decisions based on a clear understanding of our faith and a deep appreciation of life, the common good, solidarity, care for the poor and the other principles of faith and morals that are to guide our life. We can use these principles to help us make informed, faithful discernments on the candidates and the issues. To help with the complicated issues involved in each of the propositions, the California Catholic Conference has provided descriptions of each one with clear background, non-partisan analysis and a sampling of the principles of Catholic social teaching to help us in that discernment. These principles are also the reason why the California bishops have encouraged all Catholics to vote No on Propositions 14 and 20.

Be sure to return your ballot to a trusted source and you can also track your ballot here to make sure it is counted.

Funding for Increased Security at Religious Nonprofits

By |October 23rd, 2020|

In response to attacks on Catholic churches and schools around the country, as well as attacks on the property of other faith groups, an interfaith coalition in asking Congress to increase funding for nonprofits and houses of worship in order to enhance security through physical security improvements, funding for emergency planning and training, upgrading security systems, and some renovation projects.

Click here to urge Congress to increase funding to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

Build Back the US Refugee Resettlement Program

By |September 3rd, 2020|

Update (10/23/2020): Revised advocacy actions based on the Trump Administration’s recommended limit of refugees

Since 1980, over 3.1 million refugees and 700,000 asylum seekers have found protection and built new lives for their families here in the United States. For next year, the Trump Administration has recommended to Congress that we only admit 15,000 refugees and asylum seekers. They must still consult with Congress about the recommendation and set the final number. If the limit is finalized at 15,000 refugees, it will be the fourth consecutive year that our country will have the lowest refugee admissions goal in the program’s history.

Click here to urge Congress to support three bills that protect refugees and asylum seekers:

  • H.R. 2146/S.1088, the GRACE Act, returns the minimum annual refugee resettlement goal to the historic average of 95,000 refugees
  • H.R. 2214 /S. 1123 the NO BAN Act, ends six Presidential executive actions that have slashed resettlement, asylum, and family reunification; and
  • H.R. 5581 the Access to Counsel Act, allows access to counsel for asylum seekers who are inspected by Custom and Border Protection.

Also, click here to urge the Trump Administration to build the program back to historic norms and to allow more refugees, particularly separated families and those suffering religious persecution, to be resettled to the United States.

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