Sisters of Mercy Arrested for Standing in Solidarity With DREAMers
February 28, 2018
On February 27, eight Sisters of Mercy and a member of the Institute Justice Team, along with 30 other Catholic leaders, engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience as a part of a Catholic Day of Action with Dreamers held in Washington, DC. Hundreds of other Catholic leaders joined in the day of action to demand a new policy for the approximate 800,000 DREAMers in the U.S. who “are being used as pawns on a chess board” said Sister JoAnn Persch during the press conference. “Every person is a child of God and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect," she continued.
Since the Trump Administration's decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Sisters of Mercy and our advocates have engaged on local and national levels to protect these young people.
The day of action began with a Mass at St. Peter's Church on Capitol Hill, followed by a press conference highlighting the voices of Dreamers and Catholic faith leaders, followed by song, prayer and nonviolent civil disobedience in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda. After the action in the U.S. senate building, leaders made visits to congressional offices to make sure members of Congress recognize the strong commitment of the Catholic community to stand in solidarity with Dreamers, their families and communities.
Mercy Sisters Janet Korn, Anne Curtis, Eileen Campbell, Pat Murphy, Anne Marie Miller, JoAnn Persch, Karen Donahue, and Rita Specht and Mercy justice coordinator Jean Stokan were among those arrested for committing acts of peaceful civil disobedience.
In addition to the Sisters of Mercy, participants included Catholic Dreamers, priests, other women religious, religious brothers and allies.