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Border Workers United
Border Workers United (BWU) has received $120,000 from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development since 2017, including the $30,000 it received for the 2020-2021 grants cycle.
The problem with BWU is that it actively promotes homosexual and transgender ideologies, it partnered with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in a Women’s March (during which, it carried “Stand with Planned Parenthood” posters, and it is a member of the por-abortion National Domestic Workers Alliance.
On March 22, 2021, BWU posted this flow chart regarding sexual harassment, including in the harassment any sort of negative comment about homosexual or transgender behaviors. The p[oster asks, “What is sexual harassment?” It then defines it as:
“Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual behavior or language at work. There are many types of sexual harassment, including: Bullying with comments like “you’re not feminine enough” or “you’re not a real man.” Harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity/expression”
In the lower left corner of the poster can be seen a rainbow image and the colors of the transgender movement.
On March 11, 2017, BWU hosted a “Women’s March for Justice,” in partnership with the National Institute for Latina Reproductive Health, a radically pro-abortion organization.
In the write-up about the March, BWU wrote the following:
Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center
NLIRH RAL TX – “Las Poderosas”
And the day after the March, BWU posted this picture of their own procession carrying “Stand with Planned Parenthood” signs, indicating EXACTLY what they meant by “women’s rights.”
The CCHD absolutely forbids organizations from membership in organizations acting against Catholic teaching. In an FAQ on the USCCB website, the CCHD directly answers the question about whether grantees may be members of coalitions that oppose Catholic teachings. In answer, the CCHD firmly stated, “CCHD will not fund groups that are knowingly members of coalitions that have as part of their organizational purpose or coalition agenda, positions or actions that contradict fundamental Catholic moral and social teaching.”
Despite this, the National Domestic Workers Alliance identifies BWU as one of its affiliates. Even though the “Chapters and Affiliates” page contains a disclaimer which says that the “views expressed on this website or otherwise by the National Domestic Workers Alliance do not necessarily reflect the views, positions or policies of NDWA affiliates,” the disclaimer does no good to protect the organization from the CCHD guideline prohibiting membership in such groups.
All organizational affiliates of NDWA are required to pay annual dues, meaning that organizational membership in NDWA includes financial support for NDWA activism. According to NDWA’s Affiliate Manual, affiliates with an operating budget below $250,000 pay $50 every year. Affiliates whose operating budgets are between $250,000 and $500,000 pay $100 every year. Affiliates with operating budgets between $500,000 and $1 million pay $150 every year, and all others pay $250 per year. In 2018, Border Workers United’s operating expenses were listed at $136,000, meaning it’s annual dues paid to NDWA would have been $50.
With this in mind, there is no mistaking the fact that NDWA is a radically pro-abortion organization, which makes it impossible for any CCHD grantee to be a member.
And to show that NDWA’s promotion of abortion well pre-dates this grant, NDWA tweeted in 2016 its solidarity with Poland in standing AGAINST abortion bans.
In 2018, NDWA tweeted “Rise up for Roe!”
In June of 2019, NDWA said that abortion bans harm women’s health and their dignity.
In June of 2020, NDWA publicly supported the fight against Louisiana’s anti-abortion law saying, “The right to reproductive care means nothing unless ALL women can live full self-determined lives.”
On June 24, 2022, the day the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, NDWA published a tweet calling for readers to donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds to “show solidarity” by providing “direct financial support for abortions.”
That same day, NDWA issued a vision statement regarding its entire alliance, declaring that “the domestic worker movement will continue to fight for a world where everyone has access to the full spectrum of health care, including abortion.”
On June 28, 2022, NDWA claimed that “Abortion is healthcare.”
On July 11, 2022, NDWA called abortion a “fundamental right.”
But NDWA’s activities in fighting for access to abortion isn’t limited to mere social media screeds. NDWA has taken active initiatives in support of abortion. At some point, NDWA created a pledge card for people to sign saying, “Stop the Abortion Bans!”
During the Trump administration, NDWA created a petition to stop blocking immigrants and refugees from accessing abortion.
In 2021, NDWA sign onto a letter calling for protection of access to abortion.
Border Workers United is directly involved in the promotion of abortion, as is indicated by the Women’s March it co-hosted with the pro-abortion National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the pictures promoting Planned Parenthood. It is also advancing LGBTQ ideologies. And in addition to this, it is in direct violation of the CCHD guideline about being a member of a pro-abortion organization.