The news that the Trump Administration has rescinded DACA is devastating. Several of IJPC’s Youth Educating Society (YES) members are DACA recipients themselves, or have family or friends who have DACA. As U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said today (September 5, 2017), “The program known as DACA…has been rescinded,” the faces of our YES members were fixed in our mind. We know that the faces, the stories, and the dreams of our YES members are representative of the estimated 800,000 other DACA recipients across the country whose lives are forever changed by this news. To take away their legal status so they can be deported in order to illustrate a tough stance on immigration is immoral and wrong.
On September 20th, at Pursuing Peace in Cincinnati, IJPC will host activist and author, John Dear. We will also honor local peace activists Don Sherman and Bonnie Neumeier. We will use this event to launch Nonviolent Cincinnati - a new initiative that we can't wait to share with you. For a bit of a background on Nonviolent Cities and Nonviolent Cincinnati, read here.
Written by Sister Andrea Koverman, SC As I write this blog on the Sunday before Ronald Phillips is to be executed, I am filled with dismay and struggle to hold on to the hope that there is still a chance that Governor Kasich will extend
Survivors of human trafficking deserve more than the services we are currently providing, and they deserve equal access to government insurance. Human trafficking is a bipartisan issue, so why is it that the healthcare legislature is not reflecting the respect for all humans – especially survivors of human trafficking? In order to create a society that reflects our support for survivors of human trafficking, we must first provide care for the physical needs of the person. The time is now to take action and demand freedom for everyone.
Each semester, IJPC opens its doors to interns from a variety of universities and colleges in the area to expand our capacity as a small office. Our interns become a vital part of our work for the semester - helping us research, write, build better presentations, develop toolkits, and more. Our summer interns, Lauren and Seth, started in late May and we invited them to share some of their story as well as their impressions of the work at IJPC.
Want one of these signs to show you stand in solidarity with all those in our community? IJPC will be offering them (yard stake included!) for a $10.00 donation!
"There are realities of war that can clearly be seen throughout El Salvador’s past and present. Once you walk through the doors decorated in bullet holes, you see the beauty that is forever present amongst the people and amongst the country. By telling the stories of the El Salvadoran people and listening fully to those immigrant and refugees who have come to the United States, we bring to life the realities of a post-war community, and we truly see beyond what the news portrays."