September 9, 2017 — Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to Bannon Interview

September 5, 2017 — Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) with Regard to Announcement About DACA

August 12, 2017 — Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to White Supremacist Rally and Ensuing Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

June 29, 2017 — Mormon Women for Ethical Government Call for Decency in Political Discourse

May 2, 2017 — Mormon Women for Ethical Government Gather to Protest Unethical Detention of a Young Mother

April 6, 2017 — Mormon Women for Ethical Government and Others Gather in Prayer to Protest Feds’ “Changed Priorities” for Deportation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to Bannon Interview

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — As citizens of a nation founded on principles of honor, decency, and justice, we, as Mormon Women for Ethical Government, denounce in the strongest possible terms any attempts to justify indefensible behavior. In a four-minute pre-released clip of an interview that will air on 60 Minutes Sunday evening, Steve Bannon once again dismisses as mere “locker-room talk” the wholly repugnant and puerile boasting of sexual assault by the man our nation went on to elect to the highest office in the land. In attempting to excuse this reprehensible conduct, Bannon demeans not only the intelligence, but the humanity of good people everywhere.

While vulgar and juvenile braggadocio does sometimes, regrettably, occur, it is not the norm and it is never condonable, especially when it comes from a 59-year-old grown man.

This attempted normalization of indecency, along with the chilling revelation that for this administration, it is blind loyalty or the highway — even in the face of irrefutable evidence of depravity and wrongdoing — reminds us that we, as citizens, must be absolutely vigilant in ensuring that this type of morally vacuous ideology never in the least degree be allowed to influence the governing or policy-making of this country.

Bannon asserts in this interview clip that “people don’t care.” We are here to boldly proclaim on behalf of principled people everywhere that we do care. We care, deeply. We are watching, and we will continue to act and to speak out against dishonor and corruption wherever it is found.

*Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governance.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) with Regard to Announcement About DACA

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Mormon Women for Ethical Government believes in the dignity of all human beings, in the importance of families, in equal opportunity for all, and in justice, fairness, and compassion. We are grieved by today’s announcement that the Trump administration has rescinded DACA. This action shows an indefensible and reprehensible disregard for the 800,000 young DREAMers who were brought to this country as young children and have grown up here, graduated from high school, attended college, participated in the work force, paid taxes, purchased homes, raised families, and have otherwise shown themselves to be exemplary upstanding, law-abiding contributors to our society. We uphold the official statements of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on issues of immigration and, like the Church, support “an approach where undocumented immigrants are allowed to square themselves with the law.” We now call upon Congress to pass the DREAM Act of 2017 or similar legislation to protect these vulnerable DREAMers and to provide a path to citizenship for them. And we call upon people of conscience everywhere to make sure that their elected representatives do just this.

*Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan group dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing. MWEG is not formally affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do, however, fully sustain the leaders and doctrines of the Church.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to White Supremacist Rally and Ensuing Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) decries racism wherever its ugly tentacles reach. As devout followers of Jesus Christ, we believe our path is clear—to love and respect one another as fellow sons and daughters of God. In daily practice, in civil discourse, in policy, our goals are to love, honor, and defend the rights of all our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

We stand with the good citizens of Charlottesville, Virginia, who are being singled out because of skin color or religion by gangs of cowardly white supremacists. We believe in the inherent dignity of every human being. Our beloved nation was inspired by the ideal of a government that was not tribal, but based on rule of law, fairness, and equal opportunity for all. We call upon honorable people everywhere to stand with us against racism, bigotry, hatred, and violence.


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June 29, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Mormon Women for Ethical Government Call for Decency in Political Discourse

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Mormon Women for Ethical Government holds as one of its core principles nonviolence both in deed and in word. The language employed by those who engage in political discourse–particularly those who hold the highest offices of government — ought to stand as a model of decency, self-control, respect, and honor. Neither freedom of speech nor our treasured freedom of press grant impunity, but, rather, responsibility, and we call on all those in positions of public service to model greater responsibility in their exercise of those freedoms and to encourage others to do the same.


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May 2, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Mormon Women for Ethical Government Gather to Protest Unethical Detention of a Young Mother

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Mormon Women for Ethical Government, SL Indivisible, Action Utah!, and other concerned citizens will gather at the Department of Homeland Security field office in West Valley City on 2975 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, in a show of solidarity for a young mother named Silvia. Silvia was detained by ICE officers in a Michaels parking lot on the morning of April 28, 2017, in front of her 8-year-old daughter. At the time, she was given no reason for the arrest, except that officials had been following her for several days. Her husband, who is a legal permanent resident, was called to come and pick up their daughter, and then Silvia was taken to an address undisclosed to even the family. She has been detained since then.

Silvia was brought to the United States at the age of 7 and has spent over two decades as a law-abiding member of her community. She has been compliant with ICE’s orders to check in over the course of many years, and she and her husband, Carlos, a legal permanent resident, had already filed for an I-130 (Petitition for Alien Relative), and were awaiting a decision. They had no reason to fear a deportation, least of all for a young mother who would have qualified for DACA protection all along if she’d had proper legal advice.

Silvia did not receive any notification to report to ICE prior to her abrupt arrest while in public with her child. She is the mother of three young children (ages 2, 8, and 10).

“That she would be detained like this is unconscionable,” says Sharlee Mullins Glenn of Mormon Women for Ethical Government. “It is our intent to gather at Homeland Security office in West Valley City to show solidarity for our sister and to pray that these inhumane orders that tear apart families and strike at the very heart of our Utah values will end.”

We echo the LDS church’s official statement given April 2014:

“The foundational principles on which the Church’s position [on immigration reform] is based are: We follow Jesus Christ by loving our neighbors. The meaning of ‘neighbor’ includes all of God’s children, in all places, at all times. We recognize an ever-present need to strengthen families. Families are meant to be together. Forced separation of working parents from their children weakens families and damages society.”

We oppose any method of enforcement that causes unnecessary harm or emotional distress to loved ones, particularly children. While we acknowledge the importance of obeying the law, we reject as an eternal falsehood the idea that mistakes cannot be corrected, and we urge comprehensive immigration reform to correct drastically disproportionate penalties for minor, immigration-related offenses. Until then, we will seek to strengthen our communities by reaching out in love and helpfulness to those who are threatened by these changes. We will mourn with, comfort, and bear the burdens of our fellow men and women.

Members of the nonpartisan Salt Lake Indivisible, Action Utah! and other grassroots groups will be on hand to stand with us in solidarity for the unethical treatment of this young mother.

When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00am
Where: ICE Salt Lake City Field Office (2975 South Decker Lake Drive, WVC, 84119 – UTA bus stop nearby)
What: Press conference calling on our government to demonstrate compassion
Why: Heavy-handed and inhumane deportation policy is tearing apart Utah families
Who: Mormon Women for Ethical Government, SL Indivisible, Action Utah!, and concerned citizens


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Mormon Women for Ethical Government and Others Gather in Prayer to Protest Feds’ “Changed Priorities” for Deportation

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Mormon women and other concerned citizens will gather at the Salt Lake City Airport in a show of solidarity for an area woman, “Isabel,” who has been ordered to leave the United States by ICE agents who will be on hand to escort her onto a flight bound for Colombia. Isabel is a single mother and is the sole caretaker for her disabled son and her 86-year-old mother. ICE will not provide her with a reason why her request for an extension was denied. We are currently seeking the intervention of members from our congressional delegation.

“It is our intent to gather at the Salt Lake City Airport to show solidarity for our sister and to pray that these inhumane orders that tear apart families and strike at the very heart of our democratic values will end,” said Sharlee Mullins Glenn of Mormon Women for Ethical Government.

As women of faith, we echo the words of Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: “Immigration questions are question dealing with God’s children. I believe a more thoughtful and factual, not to mention humane, approach is warranted, and urge those responsible for enactment of . . . immigration policy to measure twice before they cut.”
We call upon our government to fix our broken immigration system.

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Where: Salt Lake City Airport – Terminal 2. Lower level, near baggage claim. (776 N. Terminal Dr.)