Recovering from the Storm and Persevering

On this week’s JustLove Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be speaking with  Jesse Thompson about the Trump Administration’s decision on DACA  and what it means for Dreamers in the weeks and months to come.

 Jesse Thompson, Esq. is a Staff Attorney  in the  Immigration Legal Services Department of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an Obama Administration era policy that shields young unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as minors from deportation. The show will focus on what those young people – referred to as Dreamers – can do now that the President has announced the end of the DACA policy, and what Catholic Charities is doing to assist them.

For more information on the topics covered, please visit CatholicCharitiesNy.org/SupportingImmigrants

Also on the show is Jennifer Carr Allmon, Executive Director of Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops.  Jennifer oversees the day-to –day work of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, including providing technical and training assistance to Dioceses in review and preparation for the Legislative session. She joins Msgr. Sullivan on JustLove to talk about the impact that Hurricane Harvey has had on the city of Houston and the surrounding communities, and what they are doing to assist in that recovery.

For more information on Hurricane Harvey please visit Catholic Charities website

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Crossing Borders & Erecting Barriers

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with three guests focused on unaccompanied minors and border security.

Catholic Charities New York’s Director of Refugee Resettlement Kelly Agnew-Barajas will be on the show. Msgr. and Kelly talk about what impact the Trump Administration’s termination of the program granting temporary legal residence to minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has had on youth from those countries 

Msgr. Sullivan and Caryn Ashare, Chief Program Officer of Catholic Guardian Services an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York will be talking about Catholic Guardian Service’s work. Ashare will be focusing on how the agency provides assistance and support for unaccompanied minors left in their care.

Vanda Felbab-Brown, who is Senior Fellow at the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence  at the  Brookings Institution and has written on the proposed wall that President Trump has advocated be built on the border with Mexico – will be speaking to Msgr. Sullivan about what she foresees as some of the consequences and potential outcomes of building a physical wall on the Mexican border.

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Bringing Light & Hope to Refugees & Victims of Human Trafficking

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan focuses on supporting Refugees & Victims of Human Trafficking with Alice Min Soo Chun

Alice  is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Solight Designs – a for-profit company based in New York that manufactures the “Solar Puff” – a portable/ foldable two-ounce flat-packing solar powered light.  

Msgr. Sullivan and Alice will be speaking to us about her invention of the Solar Puff, what inspired her to invent it, and how the Solar Puff has proven to be an incredibly useful tool for providing reliable, safe and affordable lighting to people and families experiencing humanitarian crisis such as the earthquake in Haiti (where the Solar Puff was first used), to its current use of providing lighting – and therefore safety – to Syrian and other refugees in Europe and elsewhere.

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JustLove’s Memorial Day Show

Celebrating those Who Served and Continue to Give

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan focuses on the significance of Memorial Day with Bryan Anderson, an Iraq War Veteran and spokesman for Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility;  and John Strawn, General Manager of “The Refuge Café” – a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Community Services of the Diocese of Phoenix.

Bryan Anderson will be speaking about  his work with Quantum Rehab as well as being a spokesman for both The Gary Sinise Foundation and USA Cares – organizations that provide supportive services for veterans. Bryan  will also touch on his experiences during his service and  becoming a triple amputee after being wounded while on patrol during his second tour of duty in Iraq in 2005. He currently makes personal appearances at major rehab facilities across the country delivering his message of perseverance and determination.

Msgr. Sullivan and John will be speaking about the work of The Refuge Cafe, which functions as a coffee shop by day and a wine bar at night, with the proceeds generated going back into programs run by Catholic Charities in Phoenix. The cafe particularly provides job training and development  for refugees, at-risk youth and veterans living in the transitional housing program run by Catholic Charities.

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Marching for & Defending the Human Dignity of Others

L-R: Jodi Ziesemer & Kristan Hawkins

On this week’s JustLove episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with two guests about the topic of protecting and preserving human dignity.

On the show, Kristan Hawkins, of President of Students for Life of America will be speaking with Msgr. Sullivan about the work of her organization. Recently, Kristan attended the Women’s March on Washington as well as the 44th Annual “March for Life.” They will be discussing her experiences at both marches.

Also on the show is  Jodi Ziesemer, Supervising Attorney for the Immigrant Children Advocacy and Relief Effort (ICARE) and the Immigration Court Help Desk at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.  Msgr. and Jodi will be talking about her experiences this past weekend out at Kennedy Airport in New York City including responding “on the ground” to travelers who were affected by President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order. This order restricts immigration from seven Muslim majority countries, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days, and bars Syrian refugee admissions indefinitely.

To learn more about the topics covered on this week’s show, visit the following links:

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2017 Inaugurations

You Mean There’s More than One?!

L-R: Shannon Kelly Director of Catholic Charities Community Services Hudson Valley Services; Beatriz Diaz Taveras Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services; Adriano Espaillat; Myself; Luz Tavarez-Salazar Director of Government and Community Relations

I, along with a few other Catholic Charities staff, went to D.C. last week for the inauguration not of the President that takes place January 20th but of the new 115th Congress on January 3rd.  The media made so little of this swearing in of 52 new members in the legislative branch of government, you almost could have ignored it.  I went because I was invited to two of these swearing in ceremonies – one for a Republican from the Hudson Valley, John Faso, and one for a Democrat from Washington Heights, Adriano Espaillat.   

I delivered one of the invocations at Congressman Espaillat’s swearing in event.  My view on invocations and political events is simple:  Engage often, endorse rarely, and pray always.  When it comes to politicians and elected officials, they and we – their constituents- can always use a prayer for God’s help.  I might add that the more problematic they are and the more we disagree with their policies, the more prayer is needed.  But that is just my opinion.  So when invited to pray I do so.  I’ve done it for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Enough about invocations.

Let me pause for a moment to discuss these two new members of Congress – very different – and yet both committed to represent their people and their concerns.  John Faso has a long history in New York State government from the Republican side of the aisle.  He is well respected for his competence as an elected official. He seems positioned to continue this record of service in D.C.  

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Changing Hearts & Changing Laws

JustLove Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. & National Migration Week

L-R: Laura Garcia & Br. Tyrone Davis

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with Br. Tyrone Davis, Director of the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York and Laura Garcia, Racial Justice Program Manager of the YMCA in Orange County, New York. On the show, Br. Tyrone talks with Monsignor about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and particularly what young people today know – and in some cases, don’t know – about this Civil Rights icon. In light of  National Migration Week, Laura Garcia will be talking about her and her family’s  experiences with immigration and DACA’s (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) future.

To learn more about the topics of the show, visit the following links:

 – The Website of The Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York

– New York University: 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week February 6 – 11, 2017 – “Essence Of A True Revolution”

– United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: National Migration Week 2017

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Immigration

Through the UN Summit on Refugees & Immigrants
and Recent Presidential Debate

Sister Donna Markham & Jamie Longazel

Sister Donna Markham & Jamie Longazel

This week on JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with guests who specialize in current issues surrounding immigration in the U.S. On the show. Sister Donna Markham, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) shares her experiences at the United Nations Summit on Refugees and Immigrants. She also talks with Monsignor Sullivan about CCUSA’s role in supporting immigrants and refugees. Also on the show is Jamie Longazel, Assistant Professor of Sociology; Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center of the University of Dayton. He speaks with Monsignor Sullivan about the presidential debate how and the topic of immigration was covered.

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Brexit & American Politics

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This episode of JustLove focuses on Brexit and American Politics with three guests. On the show,  R. Daniel Kelman Chair of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics at Rutgers University talk  with Msgr. Sullivan about the current situation between Britain and the EU. And Nolan McCarty who is Professor  and Chair of the Department of Politics at Princeton University, speaks about the concept of political division in government.

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Fair Labor & Farm Workers

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L-R: Sachin Pandya & Librada Paz

JustLove covers  topics surrounding fair labor standards and farm workers  with guests Librada Paz, Mexican-American activist for the rights of farm workers and Board Member of Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. and Sachin Pandya, J.D., Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut. On the show, Pandya speaks with Monsignor about changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations. While Paz talks with Monsignor about the 2016 March for Farm Worker Justice.