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Day of Action and National Call-In for Immigrant Children and Families

September 03, 2019
By Ruth Battaglia, CSA

During 4:30 p.m. mass on Wednesday, September 4, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes will take time to remember immigrant children who have been detained at the border.

This remembrance is in solidarity with Newark Catholic Action who will be gathering that morning in Newark, NJ to protest the mistreatment of immigrant children and families.

How will you engage in defending the human dignity of those at the border?

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." 
- Matthew 25: 35&36

Here are some options to consider:

Take time on September 4 to call your Senators (202-224-3121) and call or message the White House (202-456-1111). Tell these elected officials to—Stop the Inhumanity—NOW. 

Suggested Text:

I am a [Catholic sister] [person of faith] and I am calling to demand that [Senator ____ ]  [President Trump] immediately end the unjust and immoral practice of detaining children and families. Family is sacred. It is the cornerstone of our church and our communities and it must be protected.  Guided by our Catholic faith and our national values, we affirm the dignity of all people and our call to love our neighbors. We can and must remain a country that provides refuge for children and families fleeing violence and persecution. Thank You!

Amplify the message on social media:

#Catholics have a sacred duty to defend the rights and dignity of all immigrants. On 9/4 Catholic leaders from all over the country are demanding an end to child and family detention. #CatholicDayofAction.

We’re joining #CatholicDayofAction in Newark to urge #Trump and #Congress to end child and family detention. We must end the injustice. #Catholics4Migrants.

Prayers + statements are not enough when immigrant children + families are in cages and the powerful refuse to act. Catholics will risk arrest 9/4 in a demonstration of sacred resistance @Newark. Stop the Inhumanity #EndChildDetention.