News Flash: Speaker Boehner confesses sins to Pope Francis

After the Republican Party unveiled their “Republican Principles on Immigration Reform”, Speaker Boehner, a devout Catholic, asked Pope Francis to hear his confession.

Bless me Father for I have Sinned…

“There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals…Rather these persons could live legally only if they are willing to admit to their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be without access to public benefits.” *

 

 ”Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity, they are children, women and men who leave [...]

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Six Weeks After the Storm: Rebuilding for Empowerment in Full Swing

It’s the Solstice season and the spirit of the Bantayan Back To Sea (BTS) team is buoyant. They have just formed a fishing association in a seventh ward, with residents of Barangay Okoy in Santa Fe electing their officers. The project team helped establish a boat repair station and a schedule of master-builders to assist the locals in getting the vessels back to the sea. In an impressive show of resilience and grit, Bantayonans are rebuilding their lives and in the process empowering their community.


In another sign of renewal, fisherfolk in Barangay Guiwanon launched 20 repaired boats on Christmas Day. Families proudly stand by their newly-painted vessels.

“Never felt more alive than [...]

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Report from Bantayan: Building Community Resilience in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda

 Twenty days after the disaster, the people of Bantayan Island are far from forgetting Typhoon Yolanda. Houses and boats are in pieces and trees felled or turned bald of their crowning husks.  The island used to look like an oasis, but now there is nothing to protect the land from the scourging heat of the sun.  With only the rough road cleared from debris, the island’s natural environment and its 120,000 people are facing years of recovery and rehabilitation work.

 

Out of the 25 Barangays (similar to a ward or district in the United States, usually comprised of at least 100 families) in Bantayan, 20 are majority fisherfolk communities. Since Yolanda destroyed their boats, fishnets and crab cages, the people have [...]

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