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Justice Alerts - July 9, 2021

July 09, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

Prayer for the Pope

Merciful and Gracious God, we pray you guard and protect Pope Francis. Grant him continued healing, longevity, and many fruitful years of life, service, and hope to the world.  Amen.


Care of Earth

Last week I shared the link to Plastic Free July which challenges us to choose to refuse single-use plastics.  How are you doing?

Here are some "not-so-fun" facts:

  • Roughly 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950 — the weight of over a billion elephants or 50 million blue whales.
  • Only 9% of this plastic has been recycled, 12% has been burned and 79% has ended up in our environment.
  • The equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters the oceans every minute.
  • Up to 9 in 10 seabirds, 1 in 3 sea turtles and more than half of whale and dolphin populations have ingested plastic. Studies reveal that species of crustaceans at the deepest depths of the ocean have ingested plastic.
  • Microplastics are in our food, water, air and even our bodies. We each consume the weight of a credit card worth of plastic on average per week.


Laudato Si'

There is still time to register for the Laudato Si' and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common Home. a biennial conference series co-sponsored by the Catholic Climate Covenant, its 20 Catholic partners, and Creighton University is still open.
All Catholics are invited to attend the virtual LSUS Conference to be held July 13-15, 2021.

The conference is free, but registration is required, and a donation is encouraged to offset costs that include Spanish language interpretation.  


Undoing Racism

Where do we start?

I believe the first step in undoing racism is to be able to define what it is. "At it's core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value".  I borrowed this from a summary of Ibram X. Kendi's book, How to be an Antiracist.  Another definition I use is this:  Racism is a system of advantage based on skin color.  The normalized marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people.

I have an ongoing list of resources that have helped me discover the untold, or not so well-known, historical stories of racism.  I will be adding the films and documentaries I found in THIS LINK next!  I hope you will too!


Ending Human Trafficking

Exploring Intersections: Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate is a collaborative project of LCWR Region 10.  Each month they focus on a social issue and explore how it intersects with racism, migration, and climate.  The month's program is Wednesday, July 14th, 3-4 pm, with the topic:  Ending Human Trafficking.



Building a Just & Equitable Economy for All


On October 12, 2021 Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment (SGI-CRI) will hold its annual (in-person) conference at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  

This year’s theme is Resilience: Building a Just & Equitable Economy for All. The two crises of 2020 – the COVID-19 pandemic and the exacerbation of economic and racial inequities – demonstrated and accentuated the fragility of our systems, structures, and policies. The pandemic raised awareness of the critical importance of frontline workers, such as grocery clerks, meat processing and farmworkers, delivery drivers, and many more in maintaining business operations and ensuring the functioning of our global economic system. Many of these workers are women and people of color and this public health crisis has demonstrated their vulnerability and the disproportionate economic and health impacts they experience.

As we begin the recovery process from the COVID-19 pandemic, we see an opportunity to build a resilient society with systems and structures that are just and equitable for all. A panel of company, investor, labor, and NGO representatives will offer their perspectives on how we can implement positive change from the learnings and challenges of 2020, dismantle systems that perpetuate gender and racial inequities, and build an economy that serves all people and ensures the dignity of all workers.

Please contact Tracy or Sister Ruth if you are interested in attending with them.


Something to Smile About

I have been asked to share this beautiful audio story of two Mercy Sisters from Chicago. Their interview appears on the Spiritual Edge podcast, which explores the shifting, modern landscape of religion and spirituality. They air diverse stories of people and their communities. It's a reflection of our collective reality, injected with a dash of hope. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Option to Take Action

4,000 low-risk people could be sent back to prison.  Contact President Biden now.


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