“I plan to get arrested Tuesday” were the sentiments expressed by Fr. Tom Reese, a Priest and political journalist, who contributes a regular column to the Religion News Service. Fr. Reese will be participating in the National Catholic Day for Dreamers on Tuesday, February 27 and shared his views on the peaceful act of civil disobedience that may occur as participants march on Capitol Hill. Fr. Reese stated: “At a time when Dreamers face arrest and deportation, getting arrested is a symbolic gesture of solidarity with threatened people who are part of our community. As a Jesuit, I feel this especially because thousands of these Dreamers have been our students and parishioners. They are our friends and colleagues.”
The February 27 National Catholic Day for Dreamers was organized by the PICO Network, in partnership with Faith in Public Life and members of the DC Catholic Coalition. Activities include Mass at 8:30 am, followed by a press conference, a non-violent action in the Russell Building Rotunda, and a visit to Congressional offices on Capital Hill.
Former President Barack Obama appointed Fr. Reese to the U. S. Commission in International Religious Freedom in 2014. This bipartisan Commission reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. He was reappointed to another two-year term in May 2016, and elected to a one-year term as chair of the commission in June 2016.
Please click here to review Fr. Reese’s column in the National Catholic Reporter