August 10 – August 18, 2019
Our host church's mission statement is "Actively Faithful, Faithfully Active" -- and we love that succinct summary! In that spirit, here are some ways to be faithfully active right now.
Remember, we are not asking that you attempt to do them all, but we are hoping you'll take action.
"One cannot level one's moral lance at every evil in the universe. There are just too many of them. But you can do something, and the difference between doing something and doing nothing is everything." --Daniel Berrigan
Speak up and Support a Queer Black Undocumented Immigrant in Detention
From the UndocuBlack Network: "Sadat Ibrahim is a young gay man from Ghana where homosexuality is a crime punishable by three years in prison. He has faced brutal violence from a vigilante group that hunts and attacks gay men. He came to the U.S. and presented himself at the border requesting asylum. An asylum officer agreed that Sadat had a credible fear of persecution. Yet now, Sadat faces deportation back to the same situation that may see him incarcerated, attacked and/or murdered for being gay, as his asylum claim was denied.
Why was it denied? His family sent videos supporting his claim to Sadat in detention in Georgia, but not only did the officers in the detention center not give Sadat this critical evidence, they never even told Sadat that the evidence had arrived. Without the corroborating evidence, the judge denied Sadat's asylum." Read the rest of the case here.
So we need your help. Here are two ways you can support Sadat:
- Call and email the San Antonio Field Office Director: Dan Bible (210) 283-4712; [email protected] Tell him: "Hi, I'm calling to ask that Sadat Ibrahim (A# 208-920-376) be granted a stay of removal so that he may have a new, fair hearing on his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. At his last hearing, he was not allowed to present evidence in support of his claim. Sadat is a Gay Ghanian immigrant who is currently held in the South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall, TX. Deportation would mean death in Ghana. I ask that you please stay his deportation so that he can live in safety."
- Send him some (written) encouragement. Sadat has been in a Texas detention center for 19 months! Here is his address: Sadat Ibrahim, A 208 920 376, South Texas Detention Complex, 566 Veterans Drive, Pearsall, Texas 78061
Deportation means Death for Sadat Ibrahim.
Speak Out Against War
From Peace Action: Please call the Capitol Switchboard today at 202-224-3121. Follow instructions to reach your Senators and Representative and then say: “I am a constituent and I want (CONGRESSPERSON’s NAME) to speak out against war and dangerous posturing towards North Korea and in favor of negotiations without preconditions. My name is _________ and I live at ___________. I would like a response please.”
Actually, we hope you have your representatives' names and numbers in your phone so you can call them directly.
Take part in the Black August Bail Out Action
From Southerners on New Ground (SONG): Recently, attention has been brought to the targeting of Black people and the inhumane treatment and conditions of prisoners. Individuals often remain in jail simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. At its very essence, Black August emphasizes honoring and upholding the Black community and Southerners on New Ground (SONG) is commemorating the history of Black August by bailing out as many Black women and trans people across the South as they can. If you would like to highlight the human costs of destructive bail practices and mass incarceration by donating to this effort you may do so by clicking here.
Go See An Inconvenient Sequel - Free Tickets
Ten years ago, An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis into mainstream popular culture. Now, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power shows how close the world is to a clean energy revolution. Thanks to a generous donor, Interfaith Power & Light is able to offer free Fandango movie tickets to see this film in theaters. To claim your free ticket simply click here and select your desired date, theater, and time. Enter promo code CLIMATEEDU. The code only applies to one ticket per email address, so pass along the code to your family and friends and organize a movie night out. Offer is available while supplies last.
Address the Evils of Drone Warfare
- Encourage your congregation to view and discuss the five free half-hour videos on drone warfare available here. The videos and study guides are all available for free, either by streaming or you can click here to download. Or you can order a DVD. AND -- you can apply for a $100 grant to help with costs associated with your congregational or study group use of these videos!
- You might also consider joining this Conference Against the Use of Drones in Warfare.
Join us in thanking Missouri Governor Eric Greitens for staying the execution of Marcellus Williams
From Witness to Innocence: Just four hours before the scheduled execution of Marcellus Williams on Tuesday - while the U.S. Supreme Court deliberated, and after the Missouri Supreme Court had rejected without explanation the request for a stay - newly elected Republican Governor Greitens took matters into his own hands with an executive order halting the execution. The top two contributing causes of wrongful conviction in death row exonerations over the last 10 years were official misconduct (in 82.4% of cases), and perjury or false accusation (in 76.5% of cases). Williams' conviction depended largely on the testimony of two informants who came forward after learning of a $10,000 reward.
Please add your name to our letter thanking the Governor for displaying leadership in making the right call.
Responses to Charlottesville
In response to the events in Charlottesville, please see our website for some specific actions being called for by some of our partner groups.