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Advocacy Corner

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The ADVOCACY CORNER Alert and Background Information is a new and ongoing collaborative effort of the Office of Community and Government Relations, The Office of Campus Ministries, and the Education for Justice program together with Catholic and Jesuit organizations and higher education associations.

For more information about this initiative, contact community@scranton.edu or call 570-941-4419. Students interested in getting more involved in advocacy and other justice related initiatives by joining the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassadors Group, can contact Club moderator, Cathy Seymour at catherine.seymour2@scranton.edu.  

This Higher Education Week, Take a Stand for Our DACA Students

October 16-20, 2017 is Protect Dreamers’ Higher Education Week. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is joining with the American Council on Education (ACE) to encourage campus leaders, faculty, staff and students to contact Members of Congress and engage in advocacy activities to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of DACA recipients on college and university campuses. 

With DACA scheduled to end March 5, 2018, we must urge Congress to act now to provide certainty for the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients/Dreamers who are currently working, attending college, or serving in our military.

The University of Scranton urges its students, faculty and staff to call upon Congressional members to now do everything in their power to protect DACA recipients from deportation and to support their right to work and study in this country free from fear.

For more information and to take action in support of Dreamers, visit the ACE Action Alert

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Global Refugee Crisis and Refugee Resettlement Advocacy

Please join Jesuit Refugee Service in sending a message to your elected officials that you support core American values of welcoming persecuted families and individuals who come to the U.S. to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.

Current JRS Action Alert

Background Statements:
We Must Uphold the American Values of Opportunity and Welcome
JRS/Interfaith Coalition Statement
JRS: Barring Refugees is an Affront to American Values 

University of Scranton Activities: 
University of Scranton Refugee Solidarity Committee
Information on previous Advocacy Corner activities regarding Syrian refugee crisis

Living Wage Advocacy

Families in Northeastern Pennsylvania confront severe economic challenges, including elevated levels of unemployment and extreme poverty. While there are many families that fall below the “official” measure of poverty — the federal poverty line — there are also many who work full-time but earn less than a living wage. Individuals and families lack economic security in both cases; but the latter find themselves in an ambiguous situation, which this report seeks to clarify. To be classified as economically secure, a household must earn wages that allow its members to meet their “essential basic needs and live a modest but dignified life.” The living-wage threshold represents the amount of income required to achieve this standard of living. 

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