Nuns on the Bus — Charlottesville

 

Nuns on the Bus in Charlottesville

Nuns on the Bus arriving in Charlottesville

The Nuns on the Bus stopped by Charlottesville in helping to promote the need for fair and just immigration reform in America.  Charlottesville Mayor Sandrana Huja, himself an immigrant from India, greeted the nuns and spoke of his support for their cause of needed immigration reform.  The nuns were greeted with a diverse and enthusiastic group of people from Central Virginia.

Mayor Satyendra Huja welcoming Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, and the Nuns on the Bus to the City of Charlottesville

Mayor Satyendra Huja welcoming Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, and the Nuns on the Bus to the City of Charlottesville

Crowd supporting and welcoming the Nuns on the Bus to Charlottesville

Crowd supporting and welcoming the Nuns on the Bus to Charlottesville

Sister Simone Campbell was joined by other nuns from around the country and various religious orders to join  Network: A National Catholic Justice Lobby, to lobby for fair and needed immigration reform.  She was excited to report that she had just met with President Obama who supports immigration reform and he said that it is a bi-partisan issue and this is the year to get a bill passed.  The reforms that Network lobby are supporting are immigration reform that include the following items:

  • ensures family unity
  • protects the rights of immigrant workers
  • speeds up process of already-approved immigrants
  • acknowledges our borders are already secure, with only minor changes needed
  • enhances the present diversity visa program
  • provides a clear, direct path to citizenship.
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of Network

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of Network

 

President Obama meeting with Sister Simone Campbell in the Oval Office.

President Obama meeting with Sister Simone Campbell in the Oval Office on May 30, 2013.

A fellow parishioner, Fanny, from Church of the Incarnation, came and gave powerful testimony at a meeting with representatives of Congressman Robert Hurt’s office in Albemarle County.  She said that she is heartbroken due to her son being deported this past February.  Fanny said her son is a law-abiding and hard-working person who contributed to the New Jersey community for over 20 years, but was deported to Ecuador and not given option for appeal.  She lobbied for fair immigration reform that does not separate families and offers a path to citizenship.

Fanny & Nuns on the Bus speaking to representative of Congressman Robert Hurt's office

Fanny & Nuns on the Bus speaking to representative of Congressman Robert Hurt’s office

Toan Nguyen (Cville Coffee owner) speaks in support for immigration reform and talks about his experience immigrating from Vietnam

Toan Nguyen (Cville Coffee owner) speaks in support for immigration reform and talks about his experience immigrating from Vietnam

Nuns on the Bus – The Movie

Melissa Regan is an award-winning documentary film maker, and she is following and recording the nuns on their journey.  She is currently working on fundraising through her website and about to release a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to help complete the support needed to make this movie.  You can follow the Nuns on the Bus on their website and though their social networks–check links below.

Filming for Nuns on the Bus

Filming for Nuns on the Bus — The Movie

 

NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus are back on the road driving for faith, family, and citizenship — traveling across the United States — 6,500 miles over 15 states — 53 events in 40 cities — standing with immigrants, faith-filled activists, and Catholic Sisters who serve immigrant communities.

NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus are back on the road driving for faith, family, and citizenship — traveling across the United States — 6,500 miles over 15 states — 53 events in 40 cities — standing with immigrants, faith-filled activists, and Catholic Sisters who serve immigrant communities.

Video from Catholic New Service:

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, marks 25 years of service to supporting immigrants, and are anticipating a lot of work ahead with reforms:

 

LINKS

USCCB Immigration website

Nuns on the Bus website

Nuns on the Bus Movie website

More photos from Nuns on the Bus visit to Charlottesville May 30-31, 2013

Washington Post article of Nuns on the Bus (May 31, 2013)

Nuns on the Bus 2 — National Catholic Register (June 6, 2013)

Last Blog about 2012 Nuns on the Bus – The Faithful Budget 

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