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February 10, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Black History Month: Path to Sainthood

With February being Black History Month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has recognized four individuals of African decent who are on the road to sainthood.

The article, found here, profiles Venerable Pierre Toussaint. A hairdresser of high society women, Toussaint became very wealthy but used his wealth to shelter orphans, refugees and other street people. He founded one of New York’s first orphanages and raised money for the city’s first cathedral.

 

February 3, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Catholic Bishops Denounce President’s Immigration Executive Orders

Several U.S. Catholic Bishops publically vocalized their disapproval and disappointment this week in President Trump’s new Executive Order restricting the flow of travelers and refugees into the United States for 90 to 120 days.  

Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Diocese of Los Angeles released a statement lamenting the new policies.

“The first thing to say is that these executive orders seem like they were put together too fast. Not enough thought seems to have been given to their legality or to explaining their rationale or to considering the practical consequences for millions of people here and across the globe,” Gomez wrote.

 
February 1, 2017 Because We Are Catholic, Immigration, Publications

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When Diana Campos first came to live in the U.S., she was only an infant.  

“I was born in Mexico and arrived in the U.S. a year later. I have lived here my whole life,” said Campos.

“Growing up undocumented I became accustomed to what it felt like to be an Americanized Mexican living in a society that did not fully accept me. I graduated from high school in 2012 and found myself with acceptance letters to colleges that I could not attend. I found myself driving in fear of being pulled over without my license.  A lack of a work permit made me feel useless and my future looked dark,” she said. “I was stripped of basic rights, I, as a person of faith, knew every person was born with.”

As the new Administration continues to take action, the future of the almost 11 million undocumented individuals in the United States has become uncertain.  An atmosphere of anxiety permeates some of our communities, where many fear their families will be torn apart and their lives shattered.

The Catholic Church believes that migrants must be welcomed with dignity and respect – as if we were greeting Christ himself.  Migrants leave their home countries for a variety of reasons, with many escaping life-threatening war zones and extreme poverty.  In the United States, and throughout the world, the Church devotes both pastoral and material assistance to “welcome the stranger.”

One of the most prominent worries is the fear that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs will be eliminated. DACA and DAPA are designed to provide undocumented persons who were brought to the United States when they were children with temporary relief from deportation (deferred action).

“DACA changed my life and view on life completely,” said Campos. “It helped me re-establish my mental health and allow me to see that I am useful by giving me a work permit and a social security number. I felt safer and that with DACA I could now give back to this country that has given me so much.”

January 27, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Planned Parenthood and its Favored Treatment under California Law

January 20, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

State and Local Funding of Planned Parenthood

Part two in a three part series:  Why did California boost funding for abortion services during the Great Recession but eliminate funding for life-saving mammograms? How does Planned Parenthood continue to be funded into the millions in the state despite the fact that public polls show Californians do not want to pay for abortions? While this financial information is startling, it is only one part the elaborate web of political privilege that Planned Parenthood has weaved.

January 13, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood

How is Planned Parenthood funded? What special legal exemptions have been carved out for the industry? As the new Republican-controlled Congress takes up the question of defunding Planned Parenthood, understanding the specifics is critical – but funding is only part of larger concerns that must be addressed.  This piece is the first in a three part series examining the funding mechanisms and special treatment Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry has received.  

January 6, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

California Legislature Back in Session

California lawmakers returned to the State Capitol this week to begin the next two-year legislative cycle.

This year’s class of elected officials includes more than 20 new members who have not previously served as a state lawmaker. While there are now more Latino and Asian members than in the past, there are four fewer female lawmakers.

December 16, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Syria Crisis: Assistance for Refugees

Syria’s escalating civil war has killed more than 400,000 since the unrest began in March 2011. Tragically, the death toll continues to rise, and more than 6.6 million people are now internally displaced. Thousands of people have fled to neighboring countries and Syrian families struggle daily to survive.

September 19, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Governor Signs Farm Worker Overtime Bill, Other Bills Still Pending

On Monday, Governor Brown signed AB 1066, The “Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016,” which will phase in overtime requirements for agricultural workers who put in more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. The implementation will take place over the course of four years and includes important accommodations for small farms with under 25 employees.  Thank you for the thousands of emails you sent to the Governor and legislators to urge fairness for farm workers.

September 7, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Public Policy Insights: Special Legislative Wrap-up Edition

Focus Shifts to Governor with End of the Legislative Session

Wrapping up on the last day of August, the California Legislature completed its two-year session by sending Governor Jerry Brown more than 800 bills.  He now has until September 30 to sign or veto the legislation.  We have been and will continue distributing Action Alerts on most of these bills.  (You can find the complete list here and below.)  

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