Religious Institutions Urge Senate to Pass Financial Transparency Legislation

The Jubilee USA Network has published a letter in which religious communities to voice their support of beneficial ownership legislation offered through the Corporate Transparency Act (H.R. 2513) and ILLICIT CASH Act (S. 2563). The full letter can be read below or downloaded here.

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December 12, 2019

U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” — Proverbs 29:2

Senator,

As communities of faith, we are grateful for your public service and we pray for your efforts daily. We are grateful for the efforts you’ve supported of Jubilee USA Network to build a more accountable and transparent economic system.

We write to urge you to support legislative actions in line with our faith – Jubilee legislation that promotes transparency, fights corruption and protects the vulnerable.

In particular, we invite you to cosponsor the Corporate Transparency Act and the ILLICIT Cash Act, which reveal the true owners of anonymous shell corporations to law enforcement.

This legislation is essential as it:

  • stops ways that human traffickers hide and make profits
  • prevents the exploitation of vulnerable communities in the United States through Medicaid and Medicare fraud
  • curbs the theft of development and debt relief aid
  • reveals theft from corrupt foreign governments of public monies
  • can help raise revenue in the developing world

We are thankful for your support of these vital pieces of Jubilee  legislation that protect and lift the vulnerable.

Gratefully,

Signatories below as of 12/11/19

Denominations and Denominational Representations

The Episcopal Church

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The United Church of Christ

The United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

The Presbyterian Church (USA)

The National Council of Churches

Religious Institutions, Faith Organizations and Denomination Offices

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy

Jubilee USA Network

American Friends Service Committee

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

Sojourners

Disciples Center for Public Witness

Pax Christi USA

Africa Faith and Justice Network

Africa Women and Youth Initiative

Congregations, Faith Communities and Religious Groups

Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, USA JPIC — Waukegan, IL

Lutheran Office of Public Policy — California

InterReligious Task Force On Central America and Colombia — Cleveland, OH

Muslims for Economic Justice

Jubilee Northwest — Seattle, WA

Jubilee Albany Capitol Region, NY

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church — New York, NY

Middlebury Friends Meeting — Middlebury, VT

The River Church South — Quincy, MA

Bernardine Franciscan Sisters — Reading, PA

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia — Aston, PA

Crossroads United Church of Christ — Indianola, IA

Sisters of Charity of New York

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church — Albany, CA

Sinsinawa Dominican Peace and Justice Office — WI

University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)/United Church of Christ — San Diego, CA

First Presbyterian Church — Portland, OR

Pax Christi Western NY

Ascension Lutheran Church — Thousand Oaks, CA

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral — Seattle, WA

B’nai Harim — Pocono Pines, PA

Athens Catholic Community Peace and Justice Committee — Athens, OH

Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator — Las Vegas, NV

San Dieguito United Methodist Church — Encinitas, CA

Central Pacific Conference United Church of Christ — OR

All Saints Episcopal Church — Salt Lake City, UT

Jubilee Southern California

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Los Altos, California — Los Altos, CA

Iowa City Pax Christi — IA

Mount Tabor Lutheran Church — Salt Lake City, UT

Peace Lutheran Church — Danville, CA

Pax Christi Florida

First Congregational Church of Chicago UCC

Mary House Inc — New Providence, NJ

Interfaith Worker Justice, New Mexico

First Congregational Church of Alameda, CA

Messiah Lutheran Church — Schenectady, NY

Jubilee San Diego

Jubilee Massachusetts

Pax Christi Hilton Head — SC

South East Area Mission and Justice Committee of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ — Framingham, MA

Mission Committee of the First Trinitarian Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) — Concord, MA

Pax Christi Hazel Crest — IL

Jubilee Ventura County — CA

Congregation Gates of Heaven — Schenectady, NY

South Coast Interfaith Council — Long Beach, CA

California Lutheran University

Pax Christi Seed Planters — Crete, IL

Roswell Presbyterian Church — Roswell, GA

Nicaragua Center for Community Action — Berkley, CA

Pax Christi Dallas — TX

Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart — Philadelphia, PA

Temple Beth El of South Orange County — Aliso Viejo, CA

Pax Christi St. Maurice/Broward Florida

Harbor House — Thousand Oaks, CA

IHM Sisters – Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office — Monroe, MI

Dominicans of Sinsinawa — Sinsinawa, WI

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland — Cleveland, OH

Pax Christi Illinois

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth JPIC Office, KS

Jubilee Vermont

Pax Christi Metro New York

Bethel Lutheran Church — Los Angeles, CA

Pilgrim United Church Of Christ — Carlsbad, CA

Pax Christi San Antonio — TX