I am Ju Hong, the "heckler" that interrupted your speech last week. I spoke up not out of disrespect, however, either for you or our country. No, I spoke up -- and am writing to you now -- to ask that you use your executive order to halt deportations for 11.5 million undocumented immigrant families.
What haunts me most is not the countless studies that document the inhumane treatment of animals or the research by the Environmental Working Group that established that each ounce of turkey consumed has the carbon footprint of driving a mile in a car.
In order to create lasting change, we need to further the conversation and advocate for solutions that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.
As I sit down to a Thanksgiving feast I ache and pray for millions of Americans who won't be able to obtain health coverage because, as Pope Francis notes, we treat people as "leftovers."
"My mother and older sister could still be deported," he said, and shared how they were unable to visit their ailing grandfather because of immigration status, and then unable to attend his funeral when he died.
If you're looking for a good reason to celebrate family unity and revive Thanksgiving from its ahistorical traditions consider giving thanks for the California TRUST Act, which, starting January 2014, will help keep tens of thousands of families from being torn to pieces by the Obama Administration's deportation machine.
Coffman is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the U.S. Congress, and reporters should be watching for him to make statements and stage events, like this stem-cell tour, that may appeal to moderate voters but run counter to Coffman's forever-held beliefs and policy positions.
As we approach American Thanksgiving, it is time to express gratitude for a very important development in the life of the Catholic Church, which I very much love. And that is the grace of your pontificate.
In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we've been sharing a look at just some of what the League has done to increase political participation and strengthen our democracy -- and our country -- in 2013.
Right now, the future for the Undoculife team is still quite uncertain.
A straight up or down vote in the House of Representatives on the immigration bill would likely see bipartisan passage. It is a matter of choice by the House leadership that keeps immigration reform from being reality.
I'm not at all suggesting you give up your viewpoints or your beliefs. Feel free to hold on to any point of view you want. And continue to argue and fight for them. Just don't claim that yours are true and that someone else's is false. None of them are "the truth." And it's fine to prefer one to the other.
America's immigration system is broken. Today, there are 11 million aliens who are working just as hard as my father worked and are an indispensible part of our economy. Yet all but a few cannot gain permanent residency.
Had McCain been president for the last five years, a lot of things would probably be the same, and some would be different. The biggest difference would be that many Republicans would stand by the president, and just as many Democrats would be calling for impeachment.
As we reflect on these migrant journeys in Scripture, particularly as we head towards Christmas, let our Advent this year be about expectant waiting and preparation for a reform long-sought, heralding new, whole, welcoming communities.
What makes a white, 32-year-old, middle-class queer woman with no prior charges decide to risk arrest in order to stop ICE from deporting immigrants? I have lived my life as a survivor of sexual violence and as a queer person in the South. I know something about fear.