Advisory: National Faith Leaders Announce 7 Days of Fasting and Prayer

Media Contacts:
Janine Walsh, walsh@franciscanaction.org
Sharon Stanley-Rea, sstanley@dhm.disciples.org
Becky Belcore, becky@nakasec.org

National Faith Leaders Announce 7 Days of Fasting and Prayer to Urge Trump Administration to Protect DACA and TPS

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, August 29th, a coalition of faith-based organizations led by the Franciscan Action Network and Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Church World Service, Sisters of Mercy, and others will announce 7 days of prayer and fasting from August 30 to September 5, imploring the Trump Administration to not repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protection Status (TPS).  WHO:  Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service, Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network, Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries (RIM), and other faith leaders, impacted community members and GOP and Dem. Congressmembers who support DACA are invited to speak

WHAT:  Announcement of Week of Fasting & Prayer to Save DACA & TPS
WHEN:  Tuesday, August 29th, Wednesday, August 30th, 1:00 PM EST
WHERE:  The White House – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC

Sponsoring organizations include: Franciscan Action Network, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Faith in Public Life, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Korean Resource Center, HANA Center, Church World Service (CWS), National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, UndocuBlack Network, United We Dream, Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC)
From August 15 to September 5, immigrant and community leaders organized by NAKASEC and the Franciscan Action Network are standing vigil in front of the White House, 24 hours a day, calling on the Trump Administration to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protection Status (TPS) programs. September 5 is the deadline 10 state Attorney Generals have given President Trump to repeal DACA, putting 800,000 young people at risk of deportation.

Endorsing Organizations: Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (AFIRE), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home), Arab American Action Network (AAAN), Asian American & Arab American Collaboration for Deferred Action, Asian American Psychological Association, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Asian Americans United, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Center For Community Change/FIRM, Chicago Desi Youth Rising, Chinese American Service League, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinese Progressive Association, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Japanese American Citizens League, Korean American Coalition of Oregon, Laotian American National Conference, Lowcountry Immigration Coalition, MinKwon Center for Community Action, National CAPACD, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Pax ChristiUSA, Progress Virginia Education Fund, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Institute Justice Team, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), Unitarian Universalist Association, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO), Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, We Belong Together

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