World Update

World Update 

May 23, 2017

Sanctuary Movements and Congregations Today

Many congregations are participating in today’s sanctuary movement. Learn about the rise of sanctuary faith institutions here.

There will be a program on Thursday, June 15, 7:00-9:00 pm, Edina City Hall, 4801 West 50th Street, Edina, MN 55424.

John Medeiros, J.D., attorney at Myers Thompson, an immigration and nationality law firm, will describe the sanctuary movement’s history and key legal issues today. Rabbi Michael Adam Latz will discuss Minneapolis Congregation Shir Tikvah’s story of becoming a sanctuary synagogue.

The talk is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. Two standard CLE credits are available for lawyers, two ‘clock hours’ for educators.

Sponsor: Edina Citizens’ Human Rights Committee. Co-sponsors: League of Women Voters- Edina and World Without Genocide.

Summer Institute for High School and College Students

Recipient, Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award

Children and Genocide

August 1-3, 2017

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN

Children are overlooked in the casualties of genocide. They are victims of violence and displacement. They become orphans and witnesses to terrible atrocities. Children are used as soldiers and as supporters for militias and armies. Their futures are forever changed.

Explore the many faces of children during the Holocaust, the genocide of the Native Americans, and current crises in South Sudan and Syria. Students will partake in a mock trial, learn from experts and survivors, participate in a simulation, and build skills to become human rights leaders. Register by July 21.

Children of Genocide: 

Five Who Survived

Upcoming broadcasts on Monday, June 12

5:30 am, 11:30 am, 5:30 pm, and 11:30 pm

World Without Genocide’s documentary, Children of Genocide: Five Who Survived, will be broadcast on the six statewide Minnesota channels. Check your local listings.

Legislative Update

by Kathryn Ust, Research and Advocacy Coordinator

International Peace and Security

H.R.1677: Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017

Summary: This bill would impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Syria and any foreign person who provides financial, material, or technological support to the Syrian government. The bill would prevent aliens eligible for sanctions from attaining visas, or being admitted or paroled into the US. Sanctions would also be imposed on any person responsible or complicit in committing human rights abuses against Syrian citizens and those who hinder humanitarian access. The bill requires the Secretary of State to provide a briefing on ongoing assistance programs in Syria and the president to submit an assessment of potential methods to enhance civilian protections.

Sponsor: Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]  (Introduced 3/22/2017) Cosponsors (108)

Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Financial Services; Judiciary; Senate – Foreign Affairs

Latest Major Action: 5/18/2017 Passed in the House; Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

Civil Rights

S.Res.118: A Resolution Condemning Hate Crime and any other Form of Racism, Religious or Ethnic Bias, Discrimination, Incitement to Violence, or Animus Targeting a Minority in the United States

Summary: This resolution condemns all forms of hate crimes. The resolution calls on law enforcement and state officials to investigate reports of hate crimes and bring perpetrators to justice. The resolution encourages the Department of Justice to work to improve hate crime reporting and supports the establishment of an interagency task force to develop strategies for detecting and deterring hate crimes. The executive branch is called on to continue offering federal assistance to victims and preparedness programs for targeted religious institutions.

Sponsor: Sen. Harris, Kamala D. [D-CA]  (Introduced 4/5/2017)    Cosponsors (4)

Latest Major Action: 4/5/2017 Agreed to without amendment by Unanimous Consent


H.R.2414: Stop Waste And Misuse by the President (SWAMP) Act of 2017

Summary: This bill would require a person staying in a hotel or other establishment that the person owns or has financial interest in to reimburse the Treasury for the costs incurred by the government if they receive protection by the U.S. Secret Service.

Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]  (Introduced 5/11/2017)               Cosponsors (1)

Committees: House – Oversight and Government Reform; Judiciary

Latest Major Action: 5/11/2017 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary