Resources for immigration raids

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Many of our supporters have asked about what they can do if immigration raids (by ICE) happen in their community. We are working to secure resources on this issue.  Below is a document put out by Church World Service that’s fairly comprehensive. Below that are several links to files of a Catholic resource as PDF files and PowerPoint files.   Immigration Raids …

An Iman’s message to Dr. King

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The Chair of the Islamic Circle of North America’s (ICNA) Council for Social Justice writes a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of Black History Month: Salaam Dr. King: It’s been almost 50 years since your fateful appointment with destiny on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Time and willful intent have conspired to transform …

Recap of 25th United Methodist Day at the General Assembly

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Nick Ruxton of the Virginia Conference Communications office put together this short video on the 25th edition of United Methodist Day at the General Assembly, held Feb. 2 with about 200 Methodists from around the Commonwealth participating. It was the first such event for new Bishop Sharma Lewis, who was escorted around the General Assembly office building by VICPP Executive …

Show support for Richmond mayor as he promotes diversity and inclusion

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Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Monday issued a statement affirming Richmond’s policy of inclusiveness. His directive ordered city leadership to “protect and promote policies of inclusion for all of its residents, regardless of their national origin, immigration or refugee status, race, color, creed, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or sexual identity.” Although the statement merely affirms current policy, he is …

Center is sponsoring three clinics for local workers; first is Feb. 15

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The Virginia Interfaith Center is sponsoring at series of three Worker Clinics starting next week at the Sacred Heart Center in Richmond.  These introductory sessions — Feb 15, March 1 and March 15 — will provide a safe space for workers to learn more about their rights and ask questions. Lawyers will be present for consultation. Both English and Spanish speaking volunteers will be …

Celebrate one victory: Bad TANF bill is ‘laid on the table’

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Your support has helped defeat Del. John O’Bannon’s horrible HB2213, which would halve the maximum number of consecutive months most people can receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), going from 24 months to 12. Late Thursday the full House recommended “Laying the Bill on the Table,” effectively killing it for this session. This is the bill that Virginia Interfaith Center …

Sermon by Bishop Kammerer at United Methodist Day at the General Assembly

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Text: Matthew 25: 42 – 46 Pope Francis has been participating with the Worldwide EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH in recognition services. These services commemorate the 500th Anniversary of priest Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenburg, Germany church. Out of this history began the birth of Protestantism on the European continent. In one such gathering recently, Pope Francis spoke directly …