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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.


 

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Actions and Resources to Keep You Busy

November 20, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

This is longer than usual. 
Short on time? Choose the item that you are most interested in. Save the rest for your stay at home Thanksgiving break. 

Fratelli Tutti and dove

95. Love also impels us towards universal communion. No one can mature or find fulfilment by withdrawing from others. By its very nature, love calls for growth in openness and the ability to accept others as part of a continuing adventure that makes every periphery converge in a greater sense of mutual belonging. As Jesus told us: “You are all brothers (and sisters)” (Mt 23:8).

 

Journey with Black Migrants

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, of which LCWR is a long-time member, is  offering a resource for our Advent journey. This year’s resource will focus on the struggle faced by Black migrants to the U.S
 
The series, Lighting the Candles: Journey with Black Migrants, includes seven sessions, one for each of the 4 Weeks of Advent, Christmas, and the feasts of the Holy Family and Epiphany.  Each session scripture, spiritual reflection and question, a story of black migrants, suggested actions, and a prayer.
 
Please sign up HERE to receive the resources when they are ready.

 

Immigration

Sojourners offers Immigration Mondays a time for prayer and action in support of our immigrant community. "During our calls, we learn how we can join the efforts of coalitions led by immigrant people fighting for the rights of our immigrant community, strategizing around protecting the right to seek asylum. We advocate for more humane detention and deportation practices that honor the God-given dignity of every person. We advocate for the reimagining of our immigration system and reexamining of police funding. We also hear from each other about our efforts to seek justice for our immigration community, both the celebrations and the struggles." RSVP to join HERE.

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From Maryknoll:

Right now, Congress is deliberating about budget priorities for the rest of Fiscal Year 2021, as current federal funding is set to expire on December 11. Among other urgent priorities is the need to provide additional funding for refugee resettlement and assistance for refugee families for the year ahead. 

The incoming Biden-Harris administration has promised to raise the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. annually to 125,000 – a significant increase from the admission goals set in the last four years. In the midst of a pandemic, and with this new goal, it is critical that Congress provide generous funding for refugee resettlement and refugee families already living in the United States. 

Take action today.

 

SOAW Vigil

School of the Americas Watch is an advocacy organization founded by former Maryknoll Father Roy Bourgeois and a small group of supporters in 1990 to protest the training of mainly Latin American military officers, by the United States Department of Defense, at the School of the Americas. Many of these trainees returned home carrying out brutal tactics on their citizens.

School of the Americas Watch vigil is this weekend via zoom: November 21-22. The program “Rooted in Resistance” includes a host of workshops and music planned for this 30th anniversary of SOAW.  To register, see web site.   

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A number of religious men and women were the victims of the violence perpetrated by SOA graduates. December 2, 2020, will mark 40 years since the murders of the four U.S. churchwomen in El Salvador – Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, American lay missioner Jean Donovan of Cleveland, and Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel. For communities in El Salvador and in the United States, honoring this anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the churchwomen’s legacy and to be inspired by their witness of Christian solidarity. 

The Maryknoll Sisters will host a virtual gathering on December 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. CST. The event will feature Maryknoll Sisters, family members of the churchwomen, and missioners currently working in El Salvador reflecting on the legacy of the four churchwomen. 

Click HERE to find the link to join the webinar on December 2. There is no registration, just click on the Zoom link on December 2 at 6 p.m. CST to join. 

 

Human Trafficking

Film Festival sponsored by Religious Sisters of Charity
The film festival is intended l to raise awareness of the diverse issues surrounding HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Since the time zone for viewing does not work for most of us, you can always view the previous days films at seeitendit.org sign in with email and create password it’s all FREE!  

 

Protect the US Postal Service

During this unprecedented election, postal workers worked long hours to make sure every ballot was delivered and to protect our right to vote safely -- even during a nationwide pandemic.

But our USPS is still under threat, due to President Trump’s handpicked postmaster general Louis DeJoy -- who is resuming his disastrous policies that disrupted mail service earlier this year.

Plus, the Postal Service’s finances are still devastated by COVID-19. The House has passed $25 billion for the USPS in COVID-19 relief packages twice, but Senate Republicans and Mitch McConnell have continued blocking efforts to protect this vital public institution.

You can make a major difference right now by calling your lawmakers -- just dial 833-924-0085 to get started.

Here’s an idea of what to say: Hi, this is [NAME] and I’m calling from [TOWN] because our democracy relies on a strong USPS. Please fully fund the Postal Service and reverse the mail slowdown policies implemented by postmaster general Louis DeJoy.

 

COVID Relief

Urge Congress to Quickly Pass a Comprehensive COVID-19 Relief Package that Includes SNAP Boosts

Urge Congress to quickly pass a comprehensive relief package that invests in nutrition assistance, housing, income support, state fiscal relief, and other critical needs.

SNAP serves as the nation’s first line of defense against hunger. This proven program not only helps to put food on the table — it also stimulates the economy.  

When you call your Members of Congress, here's what you might say: 

“Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent from [town]. I am calling to urge ____________ to pass a comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill that protects families and communities from economic disaster. Millions of families have lost their jobs and can’t afford their food, rent, and health care. Individuals and families need real, immediate help to weather this crisis and they need Congress and the administration to quickly enact a strong COVID relief bill. Any relief package must include SNAP benefit boosts.”

 

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