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H4PJ Among Filers of Amicus Brief Challenging 5th Circuit Court on Executive Order on Immigration

Citing disappointment with and frustration over US District Judge Andrew Hanen’s halting of President Obama’s executive order on immigration, Hope for Peace & Justice (H4PJ) joined 18 other faith-based groups in signing an Amicus brief calling for a resumption of the administration’s executive order providing deportation relief for some five million undocumented immigrants.

The brief—signed by faith-based organizations including the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC), Disciples of Christ Disciples Home Missions, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and the Mennonite Central Committee U.S.—broadly supports the Administration’s fully constitutional use of prosecutorial discretion through the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Lawful Permanent Residents and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application processes. Because faith plays a significant role in the lives of most immigrants and their families and because of the harm deportation and detention causes immigrants, children, and families, H4PJ was compelled to be among the signers. Read More...

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Upcoming Events
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Saturday, April 25
Faith in Texas: Listening Campaign Workshop, 10A
This workshop is for faith leaders (both clergy and laypeople) who want to see their religious community join Faith in Texas, a new multi-racial movement for social justice in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Saturday, April 25
Black Lives Matter March, Noon

Monday, April 27, 7P
Light the Way to Justice Vigil and Rally

Friday, May 1, 5P
Call for New Immigrant Rights March in Dallas

Friday, May 22, 8P
Dallas Harvey Milk Day Celebration

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They are coming for us.
And using religion to do it.

With America on the verge of nationwide marriage equality, many people across the country are starting to freak out. How else does one explain the velocity and hatefulness of religious “freedom” legislation like was just signed into law in Indiana? Or the kind being proposed in Georgia, Oklahoma, and even right here at home?

In ways similar to past movements for equality and equal treatment under the law, the nation is waking up and coming around to the ideal that all of us—regardless of whom we love or how we express our gender—are created equally. What’s deeply shocking is that the only weapon they seem have left—as they rapidly lose public opinion—is, ironically, religion! Proclaiming persecution and violation of their freedoms as Americans, they are using faith—something that can propel believers toward liberation and justice—to attempt to withhold freedom from others. Though I come from a very conservative faith background, I cannot comprehend how anyone can justify using faith to discriminate. It’s as if the core message common to many faith traditions—loving one’s neighbor as one’s self—is being completely disregarded for a most heinous purpose. Read More...

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Modern Women’s Movement Documentary
In Dallas for ONE Screening Only—April 26

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

Fewer than 25 tickets remain! To purchase tickets, go to the Studio Movie Grill website, select the Royal Lane location, then select Sunday, 4/26, in the pull down date menu and She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry will pop up. Click on 3PM and buy tickets.

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Todd Whitley Named H4PJ Executive Director / Michael Magnia to serve as Board Chair

Todd WhitleyAt its March board meeting, the board of H4PJ unanimously named Todd Whitley H4PJ’s executive director effective immediately. Michael MagniaMichael Magnia was elected the organization’s chairperson. Todd has served on the board since 2013, as board chair for 18 months, and part-time program director for six months. Michael has been involved with the organization for most of its life and has served on the board since 2014. Read More...

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H4PJ STATEMENT
Judge Wrong to Delay Executive Order on Immigration

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen halted President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Judge Hanen ruled that the Obama administration did not “comply with the Administrative Procedure Act” which governs how regulations are made and how much input the public has.

While some in Texas and across the country declare this action as some kind of a victory, Hope for Peace and Justice believes the president’s order represented a move toward compassionate and just immigration reform. Judge Haden’s order is a cruel, bullying act of injustice. Read MORE...

We accomplished great things together in 2014 and have the opportunity to continue to influence the world by changing conversations around religion, discrimination, the environment, and human rights. With your help, we can accomplish even more in 2015.

 

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