Bending the Arc
"the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." - MLK
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Participate in National Gun Violence Awareness Day
June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The recently formed collaborative group Nuns Against Gun Violence is preparing materials for religious Congregations to use on that day. This new group consists of justice promoters from congregations across the country and is supported by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).
More details will be shared from the CSA JPIC Office, but for now, please mark your calendars and plan to participate in some way. Here are some suggestions:
- Place a light or candle in your window as a sign of your commitment to bringing this issue to light.
- Wear Orange to honor survivors of gun violence. Learn more about the Wear Orange movement here: https://everytownsupportfund.org/how-to-participate-in-wear-orange/
- Take a picture of your candle or yourself in orange and post to social media. Flood social media with your light amidst the darkness of violence and a call for action to end gun violence. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are willing to be featured on CSA social media sites.
- Read the recently released FACT SHEET where President Biden announces 13 New Action to Reduce Gun Violence.
Honoring the 75th Anniversary of International Day of UN Peacekeepers
Peacekeepers help to prevent conflict, protect civilians, advance political solutions, and support democratic processes. They promote human rights, build capacity of state institutions, and ensure that women and youth lead and participate in peace processes and nation-building. Today, UN peacekeepers work in increasingly dangerous contexts and are targeted with violence.
The theme for this year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers is "Peace Begins with Me". Since 1948, more than 2 million men and women have served in 72 peacekeeping operations. Read more about the 75th Anniversary.
Read about the important role that women play in peacekeeping.
Red Dress Day, May 5th
The REDress Project by Jaime Black is a public art installation that was created in response to the missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) epidemic in Canada and in the United States. The on-going project began in 2010 and the color red was chosen as indigenous believe red is the only color the spirits can see. The dresses are empty, so they evoke the missing women who should be wearing them. Watch this powerful short video from the Ontario Provincial Police.
This is a human rights crisis of gender-based and racialized violence. In Canada, 4,000 Indigenous women, girls and members of the 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) have gone missing or were murdered between 1980 and 2012. The Final Report from the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, released 2019, concluded that the staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls amounts to race-based genocide.
In 2021, Wisconsin Attorney General, Josh Kaul created a MMIW Task Force to study the problem as he believes jurisdictional issues, human trafficking and drugs may play a role in the issue. Read more here and see how other states are addressing violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Raise Awareness! You may also be interested in showing support by attending events such as Wisconsin’s 2nd Annual “Wrap the Capitol Red” Day on Friday, May 5th, 12-2 pm.
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