NAC2020 refers to the plans that the National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd has for the year 2020. This includes responding to the unexpected that happens every day in Washington, DC. The outlook for NAC2020 looks like this:
- We will continue to be vigilant in working to halt policies and legislation harmful to those living on the margins.
- 2020 is an election year, so we will be sharing our perspective on the issues through the lens of our united mission.
- Already we have advocated for the 56,000 refugees who are forced to wait in Mexico (in danger) for their rightful day in U.S. court as they seek a safe haven within our borders. We also remembered the three year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.
- This spring, NAC will organize a conference on the Root Causes of Immigration. This follows up on our reporting and visits to Central America. The conference will address how U.S. policy has contributed to the immigration crisis and what role the U.S. needs to play now in resolving the root causes of the crisis. So far, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Columbans and the Sisters of Mercy have agreed to co-sponsor the conference. The Leadership Council for Women Religious is very interested in collaborating closely with us.
- In addition to our spring conference (April or May), save the dates for Ecumenical Advocacy Days from April 24 – 27. The 2020 theme is Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored. It calls attention to the global crisis of environmental injustice, with special focus on the intersection of climate change and economic injustice.
NAC2020 and immigration
NAC2020 focuses heavily on immigration. NAC and the Good Shepherd International Justice and Peace Office have joined the Interfaith Immigration Coalition’s #Faith4Asylum Nonviolence Campaign. The campaign, called Stop the Inhumanity, supports those seeking safety in the U.S.
On January 29 the Interfaith Immigration Coalition launched a series of prayer vigils. The vigils seek to protect the safety and humanity of people fleeing danger and seeking asylum in the United States. Goals of the initiative are to dismantle anti-asylum policies, increase asylum grant rates, close tent courts, and end the “Remain in Mexico” policy. NAC supports the goals and encourages other to pledge support.
Take the pledge to join the campaign and learn more at https://faith4asylum.com. The National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd is a member of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. NAC asks us all to get involved. The campaign goal is to better ensure the safety, care and humanization of people fleeing danger and seeking asylum in the U.S. Learn more by visiting the campaign website. https://faith4asylum.com/join-the-campaign-2/ You can learn more about the Good Shepherd National Advocacy Center at https://www.gsadvocacy.org
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