Written by Bill Mefford, director of the Civil & Human Rights program at the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society. NJFON works closely with GBCS to advocate for immigration laws that are just and welcoming.. Many JFON supporters and volunteers collaborate with Bill and his team to advocate at the local, state and federal level. Bill is member of the NJFON board of directors.
- Over 300 Family Unity Prayer Vigils in support of just, humane immigration reform.
- Thousands of calls as the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up the immigration bill. (We didn’t get the bill we wanted, but we avoided an entire train wreck of a bill.)
- A letter signed by more than 130 bishops and United Methodist organizations to the full Senate asking for just, humane immigration reform.
- Hundreds more calls to the House of Representatives urging its members to say no to the SAFE Act (Strengthen & Fortify Enforcement Act) and say yes to genuine, solution-based reform.
- Dozens of letter drops to in-district House members’ offices urging them to support genuine, solution-based immigration reform.
- Over 200 screenings of the film “Redemption of the Prosecutor.”
- A letter sent to the Senate asking for solution-based immigration reform — the most solution-oriented letter I have seen from any faith organization — signed by 1,335 United Methodist bishops and clergy in just six days! On the seventh day we rested.
- Hundreds of calls into the Senate Judiciary Committee urging its members to reform mandatory minimum sentences and to support the Smarter Sentencing Act.
- Over 300 churches participating on Dec. 15 in remembering and praying for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting one year ago.
- Over 50 churches who became Immigrant Welcoming Communities.
- Over 50 churches who are Healing Communities.
Innate part of being
Man, I love being a Christian.
- Along with a few other faith leaders, United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño was asked to meet with President Obama to talk about immigration reform.
- Immigration reform no longer seems like a distant dream, but an inevitable reality.
- Bipartisan legislative efforts exist around criminal-justice reform, such as the Smarter Sentencing Act.
2013 has been amazing. I am amazed by YOU and all YOU have done, individually and especially collectively. Thank YOU for working so hard, refusing to give up, and for working for God’s Kingdom dream of justice to be made real in this world.
- We want to see genuine, solution-based immigration reform that reunites families and grants full citizenship to undocumented immigrants.
- We want to see an end to all deportations: not one more deportation.
- We want to see sentencing reform.
- We want to see strengthened reentry programs for those coming out of prison.
- We want to see conversations change in our congregations and communities around gun violence and the need to have a more responsible process associated to gun ownership.
- We want to see more United Methodists join us in the life-transforming work of building congregational movements to change the world and see God’s Kingdom dreams come true.