Washington Post: U.S. special envoy to Haiti resigns, says he will not be associated with ‘inhumane, counterproductive’ deportations of Haitians

The resignation Thursday of the U.S. special envoy to Haiti in protest of what he called “inhumane” deportations of Haitian migrants spotlighted a widening crisis for the Biden administration, as Democratic allies turned on the White House over images of pursuit and squalor that some lawmakers denounced as racist and immoral.

Daniel Foote’s blistering resignation letter accused the administration of conducting a “deeply flawed” policy of returning Haitian migrants to their home country despite the deteriorating political and humanitarian conditions there.

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Global Exchange on Haiti

Yesterday the internet flooded with horrific images of border patrol agents on horseback violently capturing Haitian migrants who were trying to re-enter a migrant camp in Texas, on the banks of the Rio Grande, after they had crossed back into Mexico in order to get food.  Border patrol agents using lariats to whip and detain, were recorded yelling “This is why your country’s shit.” 

This is our taxpayer dollars at work. But we don’t want to pay for inhumane and racist deportation policies. It has got to change.

Global Exchange joins our allies at the Haiti Action Committee in denouncing the inhumane and racist deportation of Haitian refugees from the US-Mexico border, where thousands of people are living in terrible, even deadly, conditions, and are being systematically deported by the Biden Administration. This is a crime.

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Give Ye Them to Eat

Dear Friends of GYTTE:

We hope you are well and enjoying summer. Almost all of our staff are now vaccinated – pretty incredible! We thank God for all of you and your prayers for the GYTTE staff and the people we serve in the state of Puebla. Know that we hold all of you in our hearts and prayers and hope to see you soon. We have a group from Pennsylvania coming in January 2022 and hope that more groups confirm soon (hint hint).

We have trained people on installation and use of the appropriate technology rope pump. Carlos and Miguel are building the parts at the center.

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UM News Daily Digest from Sep. 20, 2021

“Her impact on the church is immeasurable and immensely positive.” — Bishop Robert Schnase, about Wespath’s Barbara Boigegrain, who is retiring at the end of 2021.

Boigegrain ready for life after Wespath
GLENVIEW, Ill. (UM News) — After 27 years leading Wespath through economic crises and toward investments that are ecologically and ethically sound, Barbara Boigegrain is retiring at the end of the year. One of her signpost accomplishments is the creation of a pension plan for United Methodist clergy in Africa. Jim Patterson reports.
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Holston Conference
Letter shows how kits bless Liberian kids
ALCOA, Tenn. — Every spring, churches throughout Holston Conference collect food, school and health supplies to help missions in Liberia and Zimbabwe. This month, the conference heard from a church leader in Liberia about the difference the supply kits make.
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California-Nevada Conference
Lay leaders’ grant helps church grow young
PITTSBURG, Calif. — Faced with the isolation of the pandemic, Esther Taufa and Lesila Leger of Pittsburg United Methodist Church wanted to find a way to connect with their fellow young adults. Their prayers and initiative led to Café Agape, an online ministry that now has grown to include in-person gatherings. Conference lay leaders have awarded the ministry a $1,100 grant.
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Pastor receives Asbury award on milestone anniversary
PRINCETON, N.J. — In the year marking the 250th anniversary of Francis Asbury arriving in the U.S. to organize the new Methodist Church in the British colonies, a New Jersey pastor will receive an award named after American Methodism’s pioneering bishop. The Rev. Erik “Skitch” Matson of Princeton United Methodist Church and the Wesley Foundation was one of 10 recipients of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Francis Asbury Award, which recognizes and encourages outstanding support of higher education and campus ministries. Heather Mistretta reports.
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UM News: Celebrating Asbury’s impact on 2 shores

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