Joint Letter to Congress Regarding Fiscal Year 2017 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services, write to Congress requesting that as they work to finalize the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations, they ensure ongoing . leadership to help those living in situations of poverty, violence, and marginalization.
Letter of Support for the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016
In a letter to Congress , Bishop Oscar Cantú commends legislation that seeks to help those harmed by genocide.
Agreed, you can say that it was learned out of necessity, but not every child–or adult, for that matter–actually sees that necessity. In my own experience, my father is Iraqi (my mother American), and we lived in Iraq when I was little (until around age 5). English is my first (and only) language, while my aunts and uncles spoke only Arabic. That made me want to avoid them, because I couldn’t understand them. What I wouldn’t give to go back and spend more time with them… In the story you tell, you acted very courageously and compassionately. Actions like that change the world….please, carry on!!
This is the first ACUNS meeting to be held in East Asia, or in Asia broadly. We will be working with colleagues of the Korean Academic Council on the United Nations System (KACUNS) in Seoul, Korea, to reach out to UN studies associations, institutions and individuals in the region. We very much welcome this as an important bridge-building initiative; thus we will look for scholarly papers that might identify and engage regional as well as global topics including but not limited to the promotion and protection of human rights; the challenges of peace and development; supporting global civil education; the dynamics of relations amongst Asian states on issues of human rights, peace and development, and how these take shape within the UN framework—including the possibility of peaceful reunification; the evolving roles of regional bodies, non-government organizations, civil society and the private sector; as well as shifts in relations between the region and external actors.