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June 15, 2015

Act now: human rights of Palestinian children

From our partners in the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness:

Every year, hundreds of Palestinian children—some as young as 12 years old—are detained and arrested in an Israeli military detention system where ill treatment and abuse are widespread.  

Many are taken from their families in night raids, held without charges or due process, and subjected to abuse and poor conditions while in custody. 

Congresswoman Betty McCollum has introduced a “Dear Colleague” letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, urging diplomatic action from the State Department on the issue of human rights for Palestinian children.

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April 21, 2014

Support the people of South Sudan

From our colleagues in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness

Support the people of South Sudan

Please contact your members of congress and urge them to support increased diplomatic initiatives and funding for humanitarian aid for South Sudan.  And, urge the Secretary of State and President to use all possible means to continue to press for humanitarian access.

The people of South Sudan are in desperate need of help.   On April 12, the United States along with the European Union and the United Nations out lined the problems and called for immediate action in a statement ...

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November 12, 2013

Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Loss of U.S. Vote at UNESCO, November 8, 2013

UNESCO LogoToday [November 8] the United States lost its vote in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference as a result of legislative restrictions that prohibit the U.S. from paying its dues.  While these restrictions are motivated by concerns that we share, the loss of the United States’ vote in UNESCO diminishes our influence within an organization that is looked to around the world for leadership on issues of importance to our country, including the rights of women and girls, Internet governance, freedom of the press, and the recognition and protection of cultural heritage.  The Obama ...

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March 13, 2012

Praying and acting for wisdom and creative alternatives to war with Iran

What should be done about Iran and their nuclear capability? While some advocate bombing Iran, Presbyterians and other followers of Jesus call for restraint.

On Feb. 21, General Assembly Stated Clerk, the Rev. Gradye Parsons, wrote to President Obama expressing concern. His letter notes that:

“The Christian tradition we share urges us to seek limits to violence and, therefore, requires us to oppose any rush to initiate another war in the Middle East.”

The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Office of Public Witness, joined colleagues from seven other churches and faith-based ...

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June 27, 2011

Trick-or-Treat Congress for UNICEF

Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs (Matthew 19:14).’

Presentation with UNICEF boxIn response to Jesus’ concern for children, Presbyterians have Trick-or-Treated to raise funds to support UNICEF and its work for children around the world. I’ve encouraged Presbyterians to do so - even going so far as playing UNICEF Box Man.

Now we have a chance to Trick-or-Treat Congress when we ask the U.S. Congress to continue its funding of UNICEF.

Every fiscal year, the U.S. Congress must pass ...

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November 11, 2010

Urge Senate to support START

Take five minutes to help get the new START treaty ratified. Contact your Senators! The Presbyterian Office of Public Witness writes: Our political leaders have put listening to the American people at the top of their agenda for the next...

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June 24, 2010

National call about oil spill

From Eco-Journey, the blog of our colleagues in the Environmental Ministries Office. Tyler Edgar with the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program sent the following invitation to a conference call about the Gulf Oil Spill.On July 1 at 3pm Eastern...

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May 11, 2010

Support Human Rights in the Philippines

Send a message to Congress that U.S. military aid to the Philippines should be conditioned on concrete signs that the human rights of unarmed citizens and groups within civil society are respected by all levels of government, including the Philippine...

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April 19, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Celebrate 30 Years

This year brings the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling. This document affirmed that peacemaking is a central task of individuals and communities who follow Jesus Christ. It celebrated the long history and faithful witness of Presbyterian peacemakers. And...

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April 7, 2010

Zaccheus Was a Tax Man

Bread for the World encourages congregations to observe Sunday, April 11, or Wednesday, April 14, as "Tax Day:" a to think and pray about the role of taxes and tax credits. Bread has created free resources to help mark the...

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March 28, 2010

Pray, act, give for Sudan

Our colleagues at the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum have a new look to their Web page. A great look! Check it out. While you are there, take time to act for peace in Sudan - calling Congress to hold the...

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March 9, 2010

Debt Relief for Haiti & Other Impoverished Countries

From our friends at the Jubilee USA Network: Ask your Representative to support debt relief for Haiti and other impoverished countries. "This week the US House of Representatives will vote on the Debt Relief for Earthquake Recovery in Haiti (HR4573)...

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February 18, 2010

Urge President Obama to address humanitarian needs in Gaza

Sign a letter urging President Obama to work address humanitarian needs in Gaza. Churches for Middle East Peace is coordinating this effort to ask the United States to work for peace. A recent report by international aid organizations notes that...

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November 18, 2009

Help keep families together this Christmas

You and Your Church Can Help Keep Families Together this Christmas: Join the Holiday Postcard Campaign! The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has called for comprehensive immigration reform through action of the 216th General Assembly and by signing on to faith initiatives...

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November 4, 2009

Support Health Care Reform - Contact Congress Today

From the Washington Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Support Health Care Reform - Contact Congress TodayACTION: Contact your member of Congress before Saturday, November 7th, and urge him/her to support H.R. 3962 - "The Affordable Health Care for America...

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August 12, 2009

Meet your representative to protect the world's poorest countries

During the August recess, meet your representative in the home district on behalf of our sisters and brothers who live in the world's poorest countries. Congressional committee leaders have indicated that they are interested in moving forward with the Stop...

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June 25, 2009

Videotape interrogations - stop torture

The National Religious Coalition against Torture and No2Torture (a grassroots Presbyterian organization) urge people to call our Representatives asking them to support an amendment that would require the Department of Defense to videotape interrogations of detainees in its custody. Rep....

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October 8, 2008

Stopping Torture, Congressional Visits, Executive Order

Volunteers are needed to organize local delegations to Congressional offices to ask our elected officials to encourage the next President to sign an Executive Order banning torture. No2Torture, a grass roots Presbyterian group seeking to end the use of torture...

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October 7, 2008

Valuing Human Worth and the Common Good

"We write out of concern for those in your congregations who are suffering loss of their homes, their jobs, their ability to meet other financial obligations or conduct their normal business activities. Indeed, we recognize that even for those who...

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October 2, 2008

On the Financial Crisis

The Presbyterian Washington Office sent a letter to the Members of Congress (PDF) speaking to current the financial crisis. Based on policies of the General Assembly through the year, the letter urges our elected officials to find a solution that...

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July 10, 2008

Talk, Not War with Iran

The dangerous climate created by the current tensions between the United States and Iran could lead to war. Both governments need to commit to diplomatic talks to ease the tensions and reduce the likelihood of armed conflict. Seymour Hersh reports...

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