Author Archive: saraofsc

Catholic “dreamers” fly “prayer kites” and pray for mercy

Reprinted from the Twin-City News, Batesburg-Leesville, SC, 11/14/13.   Photos are of Ismael Gerardo and Jennifer Zuniga.   “Unity in Diversity” is the motto of our church, St. John of the Cross in Batesburg.    As I helped our youth group make and fly “prayer kites” recently, I witnessed their dedication to making this dream a reality. …

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NETWORK’S “NUNS ON THE BUS” ARE TEXTING AND TWEETING FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

“Raise your hands!  Raise your voice!” entreats Sr. Simone Campbell with the other nuns “on the bus” as they make their way across America rallying faith-filled advocates, immigrants and Catholic sisters who serve immigrant communities.   This 6,500-mile bus trip over 15 states is about commonsense immigration reform “now,” about legislation that preserves family unity and …

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Democracy and “Turning the Other Cheek”

We advocates for compassionate immigration reform eagerly await a bill to be introduced in the U.S. Senate as early as this week.    We’ve memorized the talking points, imploring people of faith to “welcome the stranger” among us.   Now we’ll see the results of a national dialogue that has informed the work of the Senate’s “gang …

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You Can Stop Modern Slavery

Slavery still exists, not only in remote areas of the world but in every one of our United States. Called “human trafficking,” this modern-day slavery is the illegal trade of human beings for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. One can imagine how undocumented, financially-struggling immigrants could be vulnerable. However, it may …

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Get to Know Your Hispanic Neighbors

Wonder why National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15? Learn the answer as you discover things about your Hispanic neighbors, which will surprise and delight you. When I saw the bilingual sign in front of the little church which was to become my home parish, I was curious. It is the …

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The Immorality of Delaying Immigration Reform

My Op Ed piece appeared in the Columbia Star today: http://www.thecolumbiastar.com/news/2012-06-22/Opinion%7CCrime/The_immorality_of_delaying_immigration_reform.html If you’re local, please consider sharing from their website.

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Important Information for Dreamers

Please find attached two very helpful Fact Sheets on Friday’s announcement regarding the availability of immigration relief for undocumented youth. These were prepared by Catholic Charities for general distribution. Flyer – English Flyer – Spanish

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Racial Profiling Tears at our Social Fabric

I just learned that my Op Ed piece on racial profiling was published in an Orangeburg, SC newspaper, the T & D.   It’s a bit dated now, but I hope you find Fr. Sandy’s reflections useful as talking points in your advocacy:  http://thetandd.com/news/opinion/racial-profiling-tears-at-our-social-fabric/article_b650b6c0-8a64-11e1-ba6e-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=story Here’s a photo of Fr. Sandy:

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Cardinal Dolan on Immigration

How encouraging that Cardinal Dolan  and the American Bishops are advocating for immigrants.   It reinforces my belief that we Catholics, backed by our Church, should work together for comprehensive immigration reform. Cardinal Dolan on Immigration

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Roberto Belen gives practical advice about immigration to church members. Estemos listos caso de que la ley SB1070 sea aprobada por SCOTUS.

Advocate and court reporter, Roberto Belen, spoke on 4/28/12  at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Batesburg, SC.     Addressing both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking audiences, he gave practical advice to both groups in light of the news about immigration recently.   Of special concern is the Arizona law SB 1070 being challenged in federal court.    …

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