2. The Pew Research Center reports a widening regional divide over abortion laws. Says Pew: While the balance of opinion toward abortion nationwide has remained largely steady over the past 20 years, there are widening disparities in public attitudes on the issue across different regions of the country. Opposition to legal abortion is highest in parts of the South – including Texas, which recently passed sweeping new abortion restrictions. The South Central region is the only one in which opposition to legal abortion has significantly increased since the mid-1990s. By contrast, support for legal abortion remains highest in New England – and the gap between New England and South Central states has widened considerably over the past two decades.
3. This August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s memorable I Have a Dream speech. From the NAACP website: “The historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a collaborative effort by the major civil rights groups and icons of the day, including A. Phillip Randolph, the renowned labor leader who originally conceived of such a march, and Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the NAACP. Feeding off of a rapidly growing tide of grassroots support and outrage over the nation's racial inequities, the rally drew over 260,000 people from across the nation. King's celebrated speech, ‘I Have a Dream’, was carried live by television stations across the country. ‘I Have a Dream’ is remembered as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, speech of the 20th century.”
4. Catholics are urged to work for immigration reform while legislators are in their districts during summer recess. Specific concerns: a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people; policies that preserve family unity; a guest worker program to help unskilled workers enter the country legally and safely and restoration of due process protections for immigrants an policies that address causes of immigration.
5. God loves you.