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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.
Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members.
The stories related to COVID 19 that tug at my heart the most are those of people dying alone, their families distraught at not being present with a loved one who is dying. It reminds me of my own distress at the death of my father alone in a hospital. Nurses had just returned him to his bed and left when he died. My sister was just 5 minutes away, working in the same medical complex where my father was hospitalized, but the suddenness prevented her being with him at the time.
As friends gathered to be with me, I remember being upset that Dad had died alone. My friend, pastor and employer knelt beside me, took my hand, and comforted me with the assurance that Dad was not alone. We are never alone. God is with us. Remembering the words of St Paul that "we are of Christ and Christ is of God" (1 Cor. 3:23) I envisioned my family and the whole communion of saints surrounding my dad as he entered into eternal life. God encompasses us all with no boundaries of time or distance.
COVID 19 amplifies in so many others the stress I felt when they are unable to be physically present for days or weeks as their loved one journeys through the dying process. Then, deprived of the warm and comforting embrace of family and friends, their own sense of being alone weighs heavy.
May your faith that we are one with God and intimately connected with each other give you comfort knowing that no one is ever alone. I invite you to listen to the song, We Are Not Alone, written by Pepper Choplin and produced by Mark Jeleniewski.
Today, plaintiffs in one of the cases challenging the Trump Administration’s termination of DACA filed a letter with the Supreme Court asking them to consider the real-world consequences of the COVID-19 global health crisis for more than 700,000 DACA recipients and their families – including their 256,000 U.S. citizen children. The letter argues that if the Court upholds Trump’s termination of DACA and deprives 700,000 people of their deportation protections, their jobs and therefore their healthcare, that it would wreak havoc on an already fragile health care system.
The Home is Here coalition members are already seeing the devastating effect this deadly pandemic is having on DACA recipients and their loved ones. The Supreme Court has a responsibility to consider the new circumstances that now includes the closure of USCIS offices, which could delay essential renewals as DACA recipients need to go to these offices in person to have their biometrics taken. This new unknown has caused a ripple effect that compounds anxieties around the real threat of deportations, financial instability, education, access to health care and treatment, and caretaking of their loved ones. These basic human rights are at stake during an unprecedented public health crisis that will jeopardize immigrant youth who are doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, child care providers, cleaners, business owners, and other first responders. Read more HERE.
Sign the petition urging the Supreme Court Justices to DELAY issuing a ruling on DACA during the national health emergency.
This is a little long, but then you may have some extra time to read Scott Wright's reflection on St. Oscar Romeo. Scott is the Director of Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach. Today is the first time the feast of St. Oscar is being celebrated by the Catholic Church.
I share this resource which is helpful to more than educators:
In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Education for Justice has created resources to respond to the “signs of the times” as educators continue to share Catholic Social Teaching (CST) in a digital format.
The resources are included below. Additionally, a page on the website will be updated with FREE content that can be shared with anyone as we unite and help each other cope with the changing reality of COVID-19, especially with care for the most vulnerable and the common good at the center of our work.
Stay safe and care for one another.
Director of Education for Justice and Environmental Initiatives
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious social mission offices passed this along. We cannot forget the most vulnerable.
In light of fast moving developments on the coronavirus response we wanted to make sure that solutions of particular importance for immigrant communities were elevated and acted upon. We are launching a set of demands that President Trump and all levels of government should take action on:
- Suspend ALL immigration enforcement activities and operations. DHS must suspend deportations, immigration arrests, mass raids, detentions and enforcement in sensitive locations.
- Provide Free COVID-19 testing, treatment, and services for ALL, regardless of immigration status. Black, brown, undocumented and low income communities are more vulnerable to health and economic crises. Additional supports and/or stimuli that shore up the safety net and the economic security of those most in need–from food stamps to rent/housing assistance to unemployment insurance to paid leave among others–should be universally accessible without triggering any immigration penalties.
- Guarantee safe conditions and provide healthcare, testing and support to protect those in detention and prisons.
Join us, Community Change Action, United We Dream Action, FIRM Action, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, and National Immigrant Justice Center in calling on government at all levels to www.ProtectAllPeople.com
Please help us to amplify these demands through these graphics and gathering signatures on this petition.
While your usual activities curtailed to efforts by contain COVID19 use the time to advocate on on behalf of social justice issues (care of Earth, immigration, gun control, voting rights, etc.) with phone calls, letters and signing petitions with your own added comments. Tune in to webinars to increase your understanding of issues that you care about. Fill out your census form: https://2020census.gov/en.html
I welcome any of your suggestions.
A Prayer for COVID-19 Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
It’s urgent: Please, you have to call your Senators!
It is urgent that Congress takes at least initial action NOW to protect people as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold. Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin are working on a bill. We don’t yet know how much of the good steps in the House bill* will survive. We need: immediate paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, nutrition aid, more Medicaid funds for states, free testing and treatment, and protections for health care and other workers.
The Senate must hear the loud voice of constituents saying WE NEED THESE PROTECTIONS NOW. If we’re silent, more dangerous delay.
This is a first step. We need to make sure it puts the needs of low-income and vulnerable people first.
Two easy options to call:
Thanks to MomsRising and Indivisible, there are two phone numbers you can use to reach your senators. They each have suggested messages you can use, or use what’s below.
Here are MomsRising’s numbers: Text COVID19 to 747464 or call 1-844-633-2048
Here’s the link for Indivisible’s line: : Click here to connect directly to your senators' offices.
“Hello, my name is ______ and I am from [city/town]. This is urgent: Please tell Senator _____ to vote for the House coronavirus bill NOW – it protects people most in need and so protects all of us. Immediate paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, nutrition aid, more Medicaid funds for states, free testing and treatment, and protections for health care and other workers are essential. The House bill is a necessary start – you must do more [add example], but please vote for this now. “
This is a true national emergency – you know that. Congress must do a lot more than this bill, but this must pass now. If there ever was a time for you to speak up, it’s now.
*The House bill, H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, it itself a first step. Here’s a summary.
Coalition on Human Needs
April 1, 2020, National Census Day, is just a few weeks away. Every ten years, the federal government is required to count every person living in the United States. That count lays the foundation for our democratic representation, the distribution of public funds in communities around the nation, and an understanding of the makeup of our people. As people of faith, we believe that every person has inherent dignity and worth, ordained by God. When we respond to the Census and encourage those in our community to do so, we declare that we are part of “we the people”. A complete count is each person claiming their value in the foundation of our democracy.
Below are some points to keep in mind regarding the census:
- Our community benefits from everyone being counted, and we have one chance in a decade to get it right.
- Your census information is confidential, and we have a legal and moral responsibility to take part.
- When you fill out the Census, your personally identifiable information will not be shared with any other government agency.
- The 2020 Census will not have a citizenship question, and even if you can’t vote you can be counted.
- Completing the Census is easy, and there is support available for you and your community.
- You can choose how you want to respond – online, by paper, or over the phone. Telephone assistance and an online questionnaire will be available in 12 languages.
I invite you to share this information and offer to assist anyone needing help with filling out the form. We want everyone to say, "Yes, count me in the 2020 Census!"
On Tuesday, March 10 tell Congress: “Welcome Asylum Seekers and Restore Lifesaving Asylum Protections.”
Join the Interfaith Immigration Coalition on March 10 for a virtual day of action!
A toolkit provides three easy action tools:
- A click to call Congress alert;
- Posts and graphics to share on social media;
- Support for writing and submitting letters to the editor to your local paper.
Please share the toolkit with your networks in advance, and act with us on March 10 to #SaveAsylum #EndMPP and #RestoreAsylumNow.
Sister Ruth Battaglia CSA
Pope Francis invites Catholic communities around the world to celebrate Laudato Si' Week from May 16 to 24, 2020. Those interested in celebrating the anniversary will find materials in a toolkit to plan and implement their actions and a template of promotional materials to share the word about activities with their community.
Mark your calendars and begin planning to join the Catholic community to celebrate, learn, pray and act to protect all of God’s creation!
You can find suggestions for engagement on the Laudato Si' Week website.