Justice Alerts Blog
Nonviolence... Human trafficking... Women... The elderly... Immigrants' rights... Housing... Children... Prisoners' rights... Health care... World Hunger... Globalization, as it affects Latin America... Care of the earth... Seamless ethic of life
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.
Information and Updates
There is good news to begin this Justice Alert. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the NO BAN Act, H.R.2486. The NO BAN Act upholds our nation’s principles of religious freedom and our moral obligation to welcome migrants. The work continues as the bill makes its way to the Senate. Contact your senators.
This week President Trump signed an executive order to ban immigrants from being counted in the 2020 Census by limiting non-Citizens from being included in population numbers for redistricting. This order comes a year after the Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration’s attempts to add a citizenship question to the Census was unconstitutional. While the courts may well find the order unconstitutional, the proposed ban may still serve to suppress the count of our immigrants neighbors.
The best defense to the president’s xenophobia is for all of us to do all we can to ensure that everyone living in the United States today is counted in the 2020 census
COVID-19 has shined a spotlight on health disparities in the U.S. But people of color have endured inequity in health outcomes long before the current pandemic. What does the data show, what are the causes, and what can we do about it? Register Here
The De Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at Notre Dame University is hosting a webinar on Tuesday evening, July 28th titled “Racism is a Life Issue.” A panel from a wide array of contexts has been assembled to address this topic from varying perspectives. For more information and registration, Click Here
Ending Human Trafficking
July 30 is the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Here is the link to the web page of U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. A wonderful resource is this World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Resource Packet which includes information, action ideas, and prayer services. Download our helpful resource packet
Rep. Ayanna Pressley has introduced H.R. 4052, legislation to abolish the federal death penalty. Ask congress to support the bill by signing this petition and encouraging congress to speak out against the upcoming federal executions that remain in July and in August of 2020, and to remove the power of the president to use executions for his own political purposes by ending the federal death penalty. An article in the July 16, 2020 Terre Haute Tribune Star states that evidence came to light after the July 13, 2020 execution of Daniel Lee that the campaign to reelect Donald Trump has guided the strategy and timing of this spate of federal executions.
Peaceful and Just Elections
The legendary John Lewis nearly died in 1965 from beatings sustained during the march to pass the Voting Rights Act. Now, a bill to restore VRA has been sitting on Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's desk for 225 days. We can truly honor Lewis’s life by protecting the right to vote. Contact your Senators vote to restore the Voting Rights Act.
Care of the Earth
We know that water is critical for development and for human survival itself. Access to water is far from universal, leaving many thirsty. Women in particular bear the burden of providing water for their families. Many agree that there is sufficient water to satisfy the needs of persons across the world; rather, access to water is a question of equitable distribution.
- View the video “Are We Running out of Clean Water?” (4.42 minutes) Despite water covering 71% of the planet's surface, more than half the world's population endures extreme water scarcity for at least one month a year. Current estimates predict that by 2040, up to 20 more countries could be experiencing water shortages. Available in English, with Spanish sub-titles.
- Learn about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #6, “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” (3.16 minute video)
- Read about gender equality in the human right to water and sanitation from the United Nations’ human rights office.
- Learn more from Frequently Asked Questions about the right to clean water and sanitation