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Justice Alerts - July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

Remembering John Lewis

“We all live in the same house, we all must be part of the effort to hold down our little house. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just… do something about it. Say something. Have the courage. Have the backbone. Get in the way. Walk with the wind. It’s all going to work out.”

John Lewis
(February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020)
John Lewis' Last Message


Laudato Si'

Introducing a NEW Website!

As women religious around the world begin the work of the Laudato Si' Action Platform, the Catholic Climate Covenant has created this new US-based site, which houses and provides wonderful resources for all Catholic sectors (families, parishes, organizations, colleges, etc).  Enjoy navigating around!

Please also consider signing the individual petition to send a united message to U.S. Leaders to protect our common home and our future.   


Plastic Free July

As we continue Plastic Free July, test your knowledge.
How much do you know about the threats our planet faces from plastic pollution?
Take the Plastic Pollution Quiz


Undoing Racism

Education and Conversations!

The Wisconsin Council of Churches is co-hosting a virtual training in local civil engagement called, Taking A Faithful Stand of Equity on Monday, July 19th at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome to register and join.


For the People Act 

The Sisters of Mercy Justice Team and anti-racism committee and the Franciscan Action Network are hosting a teach-in on the For the People Act  (S.1) at 6:30 p.m. CT, Tuesday, July 20.
As you may know, this bill is focused on protecting voting rights, ending partisan gerrymandering, reducing the influence of big money in politics, and strengthening ethics rules for government officials. These basics of our democracy are critical if we’re ever to address important issues like climate change, environmental injustice, gun violence, immigration, and hunger and homelessness.
In this teach-in they aim to provide some background on voter suppression, explain why this bill is so important and provide some ideas for action over the next few weeks to press for passing the bill in the Senate. (It already passed in the House of Representatives, but was blocked by the filibuster in the Senate earlier this summer.)
You may register HERE.  Please share with others who might be interested.



Learn How Congress Can Defund ICE & CBP on July 20 at 6:30pm CT.  
Register today for a Defund Hate event to learn how Congress funds immigration enforcement agencies and how you can advocate to defund them.

Citizenship for All: Faithful August Recess Advocacy on July 27 at 4pm CT
Sign up now for a webinar to learn how your faith community can put pressure on Congress during August recess to include citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, and essential workers - including farm workers - in the next recovery package.


Death Penalty

Mr. Rodney Reed is on death row.  He is scheduled for an evidentiary hearing at the trial court level in Bastrop County, Texas starting on July 19, 2021.  He is believed to be innocent.  Read the Innocence Project's letter to Texas Governor Abbott HERE.

Add your name to the petition to Free Him Now!

Additionally, you are invited to register for a special FREE on-line concert in honor of the work of Death Penalty Action, featuring musical artists Charlie King and Elise Bryant at 6pm CT on Thursday, July 22. 


Like Podcasts?

The Gloria Purvis Podcast is a newer podcast from America Media hosted by radio personality and Catholic commentator, Gloria Purvis. The podcast centers the opinions, stories and experiences of individuals who have been marginalized in the Catholic Church and in society. 

I enjoyed this one this week:  "What if you are wrong - How to engage with opposing ideas and beliefs."


Additional Options to Take Action

Urge Congress & the Administration to Evacuate and PROTECT our Afghan Allies

Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition

Pass a national red flag law to help reduce gun violence.

Close down private immigration detention facilities

Tell Secretary Haaland know we stand with her and urge her to take swift, bold steps toward ending fossil fuel extraction on our public lands and waters.


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