After the Trump administration ended DACA on September 5th, the DREAM Act, a bi-partisan legislation that would protect Dreamers, is needed more than ever before. YES is devoted to pressuring our members of Congress to support and co-sign the DREAM Act. One of the ways to pressure our congressman is through social media. Join YES in this social media campaign!
Late August, The Fair Punishment Project released a report concerning Ohio’s death penalty titled “Prisoners on Ohio’s Execution List Defined by Intellectual Impairment, Mental Illness, Trauma, and Young Age”. As an initiative run through Harvard Law School, The Fair Punishment Project works for a fair and accountable justice system. They address excessive punishments, and issues in the broken judicial system. This report is one of their newest reports addressing the unjust use of the death penalty throughout the United States.
The news that the Trump Administration has rescinded DACA is devastating.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 As U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said today (September 5, 2017), “The program known as DACA…has been rescinded,” the faces of our YES members were fixed in our mind.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.
Read our Summer 2017 newsletter here. Be sure to get caught up on the updates around the death penalty that ended in the execution of Ronald Phillips in July, read about national immigration policy updates, be inspired by our vision for a Nonviolent Cincinnati (and sign up to be part of the coalition), and mark your calendar for our September 20th event where we host John Dear and more.
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