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Sanctuary in the age of Trump: Coming to a church near you

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Sanctuary in the age of Trump: Coming to a church near you

Faith leaders and congregants connected to LA Voice — a coalition of churches, synagogues and mosques — are stepping up to offer sanctuary in their own homes throughout Los Angeles County. The Rev. Zachary Hoover, executive director of LA Voice, a member of PICO National Network, said that “with some hustle” they could find sanctuary housing for more than 150 people.

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Religion Freedom Act advances from committee

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Religion Freedom Act advances from committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) by a vote of 5-0 with two members abstaining. Senate Bill 31 prevents California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

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OPINION: Streams of Justice

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OPINION: Streams of Justice

One key dimension of the moral strand is represented by a coalition of faith communities led by Debbie Ingram of Vermont Interfaith Action, in concert with Downstreet Housing, whose focus on homelessness has led to proposed legislation to create supportive housing for 368 units, half of which will be newly developed, and half, existing units. The Interfaith Action group defines “affordable housing” as “housing for which the occupants are not paying more than 30 percent of their income for gross housing costs, including utilities.”

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For undocumented: Fear, worry and wariness

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For undocumented: Fear, worry and wariness

“We’re getting a lot of calls from people in the community and ours isn’t even the most well-known nonprofit (working with immigrants). People are afraid.” Zoraida Ossa of Faith in New Jersey, a community-based nonprofit that works to reduce racial and economic disparities, echoed that alarm before the organization held a news conference in front of Camden’s City Hall earlier this month to voice support for undocumented immigrants.

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Cardinal defends Mexican migrant grandfather to be deported

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Cardinal defends Mexican migrant grandfather to be deported

El líder de la mayor arquidiócesis de Nueva Jersey inclinó la cabeza y oró junto a un mexicano que ingresó ilegalmente a Estados Unidos hace décadas antes de que éste entrara a un edificio federal para enfrentar una posible deportación, un ejemplo destacado de cómo los líderes religiosos están respondiendo a las acciones del presidente Donald Trump para expulsar a los inmigrantes.

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