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Justice for Undocumented Americans: A Start

Hope for Peace & Justice affirms President Obama’s executive action that will bring relief to millions of undocumented Americans and their families living in the shadows among us. Immigration reform is vitally needed in our country; while this plan is not perfect, it is progress.

Immigration reform is a human rights issue. It is a GLBT issue. And it is a faith issue. As people of faith, we believe it is vital that, following the words of scripture, we show compassion to the sojourners among us.

“When a foreigner lives with you in your land, don’t take advantage of him. Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love her like one of your own. Remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am God, your God.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)

That includes changing how we treat the immigrants who live and work among us and protecting LGBT immigrants who face unsafe circumstances in their home countries. H4PJ calls on people of faith to remain prayerful on behalf of them and for those involved in finding a legislative solution that is just and fair.

Pictured: J.W. Wylie, Nora Sanchez, Angie Wilson, Kate Kendell, Sherry Hilliard, Yinessa Romero

Pictured: J.W. Wylie, Nora Sanchez, Angie Wilson, Kate Kendell, Sherry Hilliard, Yinessa Romero

Celebration of Women Recap
by Sheila Coughlin, Board Member

Two weeks ago (November 7-9) Hope for Peace & Justice hosted "A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN: OUR BODIES. OUR SPIRITS. OUR SELVES." A committee made up of H4PJ board members and Cathedral of Hope members—women and men together—worked for two months to bring the event to Dallas. Our keynote speaker and guest was Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). It was a weekend full of networking, learning, sharing, and celebrating.

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