Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK, A Catholic Social Justice Lobby (third from the left) and other faith leaders met with President Obama at the White House Easter Breakfast.
(posted on FACEBOOK, June 28, 2011)
The Honorable Joseph Boakai, Vice President of Liberia, met with civic leaders early in his visit to Minnesota, June 17. That afternoon, the Coalition for Permanent Residency (CPR) hosted a reception in his honor at the Urban League in Minneapolis.
CPR is an interfaith and advocacy based coalition that since early 2007 has been working with the Minnesota Congressional Delegation and local and national networks (NETWORK, A Catholic Social Justice Lobby, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Advocates for Human Rights, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota…) urging the White House to grant early extensions of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to affected Liberians; and for passage of HR 1293 and SF 656, the Liberian Immigrant Refugee Fairness Act to grant permanent status to approximately 3,600 Liberians who have lived in the United States “temporarily” since 1991.
Scott Gray, CEO Minneapolis Urban League opened the reception with a welcome from the Urban League. CPR representatives presented a program: Mayalan Keita-Brown: African and American Association for Cooperation and Development served as MC; Ahmed Sirleaf, Advocates for Human Rights presented an update on DED and pending legislation in Congress; Theodosia Gray, Liberian on DED, described the multiple challenges of living a life in limbo on DED; Ginger K. Hedstrom, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates provided background on the mission of CPR lived through our advocacy efforts locally and nationally.
World Prayer and Peace Day 2011 (WPPD) events are being held in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area, June 18 -21. The events center around Bdote, (Mendota), the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. Sacred sites in this area include: Oheyawahi/Pilot Knob and Coldwater Springs. Since 1996 WPPD has grown to include grassroots and international communities – as part of a coalition for all Humanity involved in healing Mother Earth.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, founder of WPPD, is the 19th generation keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and holds the responsibility of spiritual leader among the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people.
Many of the events will be on the grounds of St. Peter Church, Mendota (Highway 55 and 13). NOTE: The Mendota Bridge will be closed Sunday, June 19, 2-4pm.
This event will recognize more than 100,000 refugees living across Minnesota and build bridges between the longtime local community and the newest members of the wider Minnesota communty. FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT; food and vendors from around the world, children’s activities, community resource fair and interactive educational displays. More information is available at TWIN CITIES WORLD REFUGEE DAY
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