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February 9, 2018 News, Public Policy Insights

2018 National Marriage Week

National Marriage Week 2018 will be celebrated February 7 through the 14 in a variety of ways including a seven-day virtual retreat.

The annual observance of National Marriage Week in the United States encourages a conversation on how strong marriages promote and sustain strong societies by curtailing poverty and benefiting children.

January 26, 2018 News

Pope Francis released his World Communications Day message this week, focusing on the perils of perpetuating ‘fake-news’ and the responsibility of all to discern and propagate only truth through media channels.

While World Communications Day 2018 takes place May 13, the Pope’s January 24 released statement, “The truth will set you free: fake-news and journalism for peace” emphasizes the ability of fallacious reporting to produce calamitous havoc on society.

January 25, 2018 News, News

Governor Jerry Brown gave his State of the State address today, his 16th and the final of his tenure as governor of the Golden State.

In his roughly 30-minute speech, Governor Brown celebrated much of his wins while in office and touched on the state of healthcare, education, and California’s prison system and environment. He also spent a significant amount of time defending the Delta water tunnels plan and high-speed rail in the State.

January 18, 2018 News

January is Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. Each year, an estimated 17,000 men, women and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. Many are fleeing terrible situations in their home countries, and refugees and unaccompanied children are especially vulnerable.

January 18, 2018 News, News

Catholics and other people of faith will hold several public demonstrations this week and next to affirm their support of life.  Held each year near the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the marches and gatherings have grown larger and larger each year.

Click on the links below to find an event to celebrate the sacred gift of life.

·      One Life LA – Los Angeles, Saturday, January 20, 2018

·      Walk for Life West Coast – San Francisco, Saturday, January 27, 2018

January 11, 2018 News, News

On January 8th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized humanitarian migration program that permits individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home. The vast majority of TPS recipients in the U.S. are Salvadoran.

January 10, 2018 News, News

Governor Jerry Brown, announcing the final budget proposals of his four terms as Governor of the Golden State, appears to be mixing savings with investing and insuring his legacy while “wrapping up” loose ends.

In what has been typical for him of late, the Governor cautioned that the current economic recovery may soon become one of the longest in the State’s history but that recoveries do not last forever. 

January 2, 2018 News, News

The New York Times concluded its December 28 article about the January 1, 2018 legalization of recreational marijuana in California by stating, “People are gaining confidence as legalization spreads, and the growth is going to be huge.” Medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, and recreational marijuana legal in eight states. Companies investing in marijuana are growing exponentially, well-exampled in Silicon Valley and Oakland, especially since selling marijuana in California has the potential to generate $5 billion yearly.

December 20, 2017 News, News

WASHINGTON— After the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed The Tax Reform and Jobs Act, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, drew attention to unacceptable problems that remain, and called on President Trump to insist that Congress fix them before he signs a bill into law.

The full statement follows:

December 18, 2017 News, News
Congress has released the conference report of the reconciled House and Senate tax reform bill language.   Below are important education issues being followed by the USCCB.  All the final provisions reflect the positions advocated by USCCB.  Other provisions of the tax reform bill still need to be changed.  The Catholic Legislative Network's action alert reflects these new provisions.  A final vote is expected by both chambers this week.

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