Category Archives: Advocacy Alerts

Bishop Deb speaks to Syrian Refugees     Dear friends, My heart is breaking over the terrible and tragic attacks that have recently taken place around the world. My prayers are for all those whose lives are impacted by the constant threat of violence and terror. In the wake of attacks this past week, more than half of our country’s […]

Take action to welcome Syrian refugees now!

Message from the General Board of Church and Society Office of Civil and Human Rights: U.S. leaders are vowing to reject Syrian refugees Take action to welcome refugees now! November 18, 2015 Refugees are the single most vetted and scrutinized individuals entering the U. S. Yet we have U.S. elected officials who are fully aware of […]

Stand up for Families

  Tell Congress to Support President Obama’s Deferred Action to Keep Families Together Some members of Congress have threatened to stop administrative action through legislation, legal action or blocking funding for implementation. The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has supported the call for Immigration Reform and encouraged local communities to participate in […]

Tell President Obama:

It is time for bold action on immigration Before the elections, President Obama and Senate Democrats put political considerations above moral and humanitarian concerns of millions of aspiring Americans by delaying action on immigration reform until after the mid-term elections. The president’s broken promise1 ended up backfiring as it deflated key parts of the Democratic […]

Statewide Day of Prayer

Please consider participating in a state-wide day of prayer for children at the border, on Sunday July 27, 2014, for the many children crossing our southern border who seek refuge from the dangerous situations they have left behind. Attached you will find a suggested prayer in English and in Spanish. You can also download this […]

NJFON Unaccompanied Minors Update

Urgent Humanitarian Crisis Overview The surge of unaccompanied minors is a migration emergency that is growing in national attention as increasing numbers of children flee violence and extreme poverty in their home country and cross the border into the U.S.  Below is a brief overview of this crisis, along with some resources for more in-depth […]

A Humanitarian Crisis

5 Things You Need to Know About Unaccompanied Children SOURCE: AP/Eric Gay Detainees play as others sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. By Philip E. Wolgin and Angela Maria Kelley | June 18, 2014 Léalo en español The number of children fleeing violence by themselves to the United States from Honduras, Guatemala, […]

Shocking Photos Of Humanitarian Crisis On U.S. Border Emerge

An Article from Huffington Post – Posted: 06/06/2014 4:31 pm EDT Updated: 06/06/2014 5:59 pm EDT    Disturbing images of children warehoused along the border by the federal government emerged on Friday, posted by Breitbart Texas reporter Brandon Darby. The haunting pictures show a system overwhelmed by children and families detained by Customs and Border Protection, reflecting a growing […]

#NOT1MORE and Prayer for Families

April 4-6 pray for families to stay together Call to stop deportations by Bill Mefford on March 14, 2014 President Obama will only listen if you and I speak up. We are approaching 2 million deportations, but are not anywhere closer to reforming the U.S.’s broken immigration system. Deportations have devastated communities and torn apart […]

Your Calls Are Needed to Stop Cuts to Refugee Program

Call your members of Congress now! As Congress gets nearer to a budget deal, it is likely that the Office of Refugee Resettlement will not receive the funding it needs, which would likely result in drastic cuts to services. Your Senators and Representatives need to hear from you that a funding increase is drastically needed to ensure […]