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Faith Leaders and Aid Organizations Respond to Mexico City Earthquake

by the Web Editors 09-20-2017

Rescuers and people work at a collapsed building after an earthquake hit Mexico City. REUTERS/Henry Romero

“We pray for all those impacted by the devastating earthquake in Mexico. And we pray for those working tirelessly on rescue and recovery efforts. May God grant them strength and courage in the days and weeks ahead.”

5 Wheaton College Football Players Facing Charges for Battery, Mob Action Against Teammate

by the Web Editors 09-19-2017

Image via rchdj10/Flickr

DuPage County Judge Joseph Bugos signed arrest warrants and set $50,000 bonds against the players — James Cooksey, Kyler Kregel, Benjamin Pettway, Noah Spielman and Samuel TeBos — late Monday afternoon. Prosecutors charged the athletes with aggravated battery, mob action, and unlawful restraint.

Ex-St. Louis Police Officer Acquitted of Murdering Anthony Lamar Smith

by the Web Editors 09-15-2017

Jason Stockley, an ex-St.Louis police officer pictured in this police handout photo obtained by Reuters August 10, 2017. Harris County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

"I’m sad, I’m hurt, I’m mad,” the Reverend Clinton Stancil of the Wayman AME Church in St. Louis said by telephone. “But this was expected. We haven’t made any progress since Ferguson, that’s clear. Cops can still kill us with impunity."

Weekly Wrap 9.15.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 09-15-2017

1. Americans Have Given Up on Public School. That’s a Mistake.

“Unfortunately, the current debate’s focus on individual rights and choices has distracted many politicians and policy makers from a key stakeholder: our nation as a whole. As a result, a cynicism has taken root that suggests there is no hope for public education. This is demonstrably false. It’s also dangerous.”

Faith Leaders Wash the Feet of DACA Recipients, Pray Outside Paul Ryan’s Office

by the Web Editors 09-13-2017

Photo by Jessica Cobian / Sojourners

In a pointed message to lawmakers in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a group of faith leaders gathered at the U.S. Capitol Building to wash the feet of DACA recipients and rally in favor of the Dream Act.

Pope Francis: Rescinding DACA Is Not ‘Pro-Life’

by the Web Editors 09-12-2017

Image via Shutterstock.com/Martin Podzorny 

"The President of the United States presents himself as pro-life and if he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that family is the cradle of life and its unity must be protected."

Weekly Wrap 9.8.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 09-08-2017

4. Houston Flooding Always Hits Poor, Non-White Neighborhoods Hardest

“You’re talking about a perfect storm of pollution, environmental racism, and health risks that are probably not going to be measured and assessed until decades later.”

DeVos Vows to Revamp Obama-era School Sexual Assault Policy

by the Web Editors 09-07-2017

Image via a katz / Shutterstock.com

She said the Obama- era directives were created with good intentions, but good intentions in this case are not enough. Her vision, she said, is to return to a system that prioritizes due process rights for students that are accused in an attempt to uncover “the whole truth.”

 

More Than 150 Faith Leaders Call for Denouncing White Supremacy

by the Web Editors 09-05-2017

Image via Christopher Penler / Shutterstock.com

"Our faith is rooted in the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and his teachings claim authority in life and in death.
We reject as false doctrine any other claim on our lives—whether contrived of state or reason—that violates Jesus’ ethic of the equal and inestimable dignity of all people, each created in the very image of God and as such equally created with the divine call and capacity to sustain, protect, and serve the world."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces End to DACA Program

by the Web Editors 09-05-2017

FILE PHOTO: Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a briefing on leaks of classified material threatening national security at the Justice Department in Washington, Aug. 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

As expected, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today the administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects from deportation about 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the country as children.

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