Contact the U.S. Senate in support of ‘Dreamers’

Downloadable one-pager on DACA Downloadable one-pager on DACA (español) Action alert is at https://justiceforimmigrants.org/category/action-alerts/ A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2020 prevented the Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program was implemented in 2012 and has enabled approximately 800,000 young people, who paid a fee [...]

ICC Newsletter, July 1, 2020

The end of June usually means the release of several decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and this year is no exception. Yesterday the Court issued its decision in “Espinoza vs. Montana Department of Revenue,” where a family challenged the Montana Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate a school tuition organization tax credit similar to Iowa’s. [...]

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ICC Newsletter, June 25, 2020

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST BILL REQUIRING A WAITING PERIOD BEFORE ABORTION Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa have filed a lawsuit in Johnson County to stop the “24-hour waiting period before an abortion” bill recently passed by the Iowa Legislature. As of press time the bill awaits the governor’s signature. We believe a 24-hour waiting [...]

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ICC Newsletter, June 16, 2020

The Iowa legislative session ended Sunday afternoon as the state “reopens” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and protests continue on racial and justice issues. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to take up House Joint Resolution 14 for debate in the waning hours of the session. The bill would have amended Iowa’s Constitution to permit [...]

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ICC Newsletter, June 7, 2020

The Iowa Legislature has picked up where it left off after a three-month pause due to the coronavirus. Here’s a report from last week’s action on some bills of interest to the Iowa Catholic Conference: House Joint Resolution 14 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 10 to 4. The bill would amend [...]

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ICC Newsletter, May 29, 2020

LEGISLATURE SCHEDULED TO RE-CONVENE ON WEDNESDAY The Iowa Legislature is scheduled to come back into session next Wednesday, June 3. Some predict that the legislature will work for about 10 days on budget bills and a few policy items. The second legislative deadline is June 5. Only bills that have passed one chamber and a [...]

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ICC Newsletter, May 12, 2020

The U.S. Catholic bishops have issued several action alerts asking for contacts with Congress related to the COVID-19 crisis. You can find the first two action alerts at https://votervoice.net/USCCB/home: Increasing the SNAP (food stamp) benefit. Families are struggling to put food on the table during this time of economic crisis. Churches and charities are working [...]

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ICC Newsletter, April 30, 2020

IOWA BISHOPS ISSUE LETTER ON SUNDAY MASSES DURING PANDEMIC Earlier this week Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted restrictions against some public gatherings, including religious assemblies. The Catholic bishops of Iowa have decided it would be most prudent for now to continue to follow the liturgical restrictions already in place, including the suspension of public Masses. The [...]

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Iowa bishops’ letter regarding provision of Sunday Masses – April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020 Our Dear People: Since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, Catholics in Iowa have been obliged by civil, scientific, and church authorities to sacrifice the opportunity to receive sacraments and worship in common. With the lifting of restrictions against certain public gatherings, including religious assemblies, by Governor Kim Reynolds, members of the [...]

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ICC Newsletter, April 21, 2020

We are praying for you and your family during this time. Click here for a link to the diocesan websites to learn more about streaming Masses and other spiritual opportunities. Your diocese and local parish are there to support you! The U.S. bishops have written to Congressional leaders to thank them for the swift bipartisan [...]

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