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Peaceful Resistance Recap: Week of December 10
Welcome! This is the weekly email for the BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz Peaceful Resistance group.
Prayer for the Week
from Rev. Emily Brewer, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
God who moves beyond and through all borders
break the walls of hostility and hate that exist in our world and in our hearts. 
For those of us who live in safety,
let us remember that our call is solidarity;
for those of us who live with privilege,
let us remember our call is to protest violence;
for those of us who live with abundance,
remind us that our call is generosity.*
And for those who flee violence, persecution, and poverty,
protect them and lead them to a safe haven.
*These words were adapted for this prayer from words that Rev. Traci Blackmon spoke on the California beach before leading a group of clergy to the US/Mexico border wall this week. Rev. Brewer and approximately 30 other clergy members were arrested by Border Patrol agents during this action.
Action Update
Opposing the Public Charge Rule
The Trump administration recently released a proposed rule that could deny permanent residency to legal immigrants who have used, or might use, safety-net programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid.
If this public charge rule is adopted, millions of immigrant families could be forced to make the impossible choice: use SNAP benefits to put food on the table and risk the chance of getting deported. Or, not accept help and suffer for lack food or medical care.
Many in the BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz community – and beyond – submitted comments in opposition, urging the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw this harmful rule. The comment period closed Monday, December 10, and while nothing definite has yet been determined, more than 200,000 comments were made during the 60-day comment period either by mail or online. This Vox article estimates that most are in opposition and mentions that this is much more of a response than any regulatory proposal typically gets. 
Action for the Week
Protect SNAP and international food aid programs
from Bread for the World
Congress is on the verge of voting on a bipartisan farm bill.
Call (800-826-3688) or email your members of Congress today. Urge them to pass a strong bipartisan farm bill that continues to strengthen SNAP and improve international food aid programs.
Domestically, the bill includes additional funding for employment and training programs targeting older Americans, the formerly incarcerated and other individuals with substantial barriers to employment. On the international front, the bill allows the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program the flexibility to purchase from local farmers and food markets, thereby improving the nutritional quality of the food served to children participating in the program.
While more can and should be done to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world, this bill is a good bipartisan compromise. It rejects harmful cuts to domestic food assistance that would negatively impact millions of people experiencing hunger. It also makes vital reforms to international food aid programs.
Sources for Text Updates
"SANCTUARY" to 228466 (PICO)
"resist" to 41411 (Causa Justa: Just Cause)
"DAILY" to 228466 (Daily Action)
"BEYOND" to 90975 (Beyond the Moment)
"MORAL" to 90975 (Poor Peoples Campaign) 
Fortification (from Standing on the Side of Love)
The Butterfly Story Collective (from the Butterfly Story Collective)
Helpful Resources
A guide to calling your government officials (Adapted from a blog by former US congressional staffers)
Print your own BPFNA postcards to mail to your government officials to voice your concerns as a person of faith. (from BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz)
Advent and Christmas worship resources (from BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz)
Great things to give for the holidays: 2018 edition (from BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz)
Resources in Spanish
Sanctuary Resources (from the Milwaukee New Sanctuary Movement)
La Guía de Planeación de Emergencia / Emergency Planning Guide (from NC Justice Center - Spanish and English)
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