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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Urge Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act
Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience.