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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.

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Actions and Resources (Feb. 2)

February 02, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Black History Month

Toni Morrison 
American 
novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor.


Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison, known as Toni Morrison, was an American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Morrison was the first black woman to become an editor at Random House and to win the Nobel Prize for Literature for her book of essays, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination” (1992). Among other notable works are:

  • Beloved 
  • A Mercy 
  • Sula 
  • Jazz 

The Year in Hate and Extremism

The Southern Poverty Law Center has published the Year in Hate and Extremism, an annual census and analysis of hate groups and extremist organizations, each year since 1990. They define a hate group as an organization that – based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities – has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. The FBI uses similar criteria in its definition of a hate crime.

 

Undoing Racism

The Franciscan Federation JPIC committee is sponsoring a free webinar on Monday, February 22, 2021, on Click Here. 

Ending Human Trafficking

Celebrate the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita 
by Working to End Human Trafficking

February 8th is the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita who was enslaved and received her freedom with the support of the Cannossian Sisters. The Catholic Church has designated her feast day the World Day of Prayer, Reflection, and Action against Human Trafficking. This year’s theme is A Light Against Trafficking: An Economy without Human Trafficking.
 
U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) and other Talitha Kum networks around the world are planning a prayer marathon on the feast of the patron saint of survivors of trafficking. They are offering a prayer service as well as a 15-minute prayer service in English and Spanish USCSAHT’s YouTube channel.  
 
USCCB’s Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) has prepared a resource kit to help celebrate the feast by combatting human trafficking. In addition, CCOAHT’s partner, the John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy at St. Thomas University, is collaborating with the University of Miami Health Systems Thrive Clinic to offer a webinar on victim centered approaches to health care for survivors of human trafficking.  Registration is open to all. Learn more and register HERE.

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Link to February Stop Trafficking Newsletter

 

Capital Punishment

Action Opportunities:
Sign letters on behalf of individual people scheduled for execution:

PENDING EXECUTION PETITIONS

February 4, 2021: Oscar Smith in Tennessee
February 10, 2021Edward Busby in Texas
February 11, 2021: Willie Smith in Alabama
March 4, 2021: Ramiro Ibarra in Texas
April 9, 2021: Pervis Payne in Tennessee. Visit the Innocent Project's page on the case.

 

Criminal Justice

An Online Dialogue on
Black Women and Criminal (In)justice

Missing Voices in the U.S. Incarceration Conversation

Thursday, February 4, 2021
11:30 p.m. CST

Livestreamed Online --  IF you register, you can view it a later time.

RSVP

The War in Yemen

From World Without War 

Yemen today remains the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations. Over 4 million people have been displaced because of the war, and 80% of the population, including 12.2 million children, are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. To add to the already dire situation, Yemen has one of the worst Covid-19 death rates in the world – it kills 1 in 4 people who test positive.

This humanitarian crisis is a direct result of the Western-backed, Saudi-led war and indiscriminate bombing campaign that has raged against Yemen since March 2015, as well as an air, land and sea blockade which prevents desperately-needed goods and aid from reaching the people of Yemen.

UN agencies and humanitarian organizations have repeatedly documented that there is no military solution possible in the current conflict in Yemen. The only thing the constant supply of arms to Yemen does is prolongs hostilities, and increases suffering and numbers of the dead.

Congress needs to re-introduce the War Powers Resolution under a Biden administration.

Congress needs to end weapons shipments to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Sign the petition: Urge your Congress members to immediately end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen!

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