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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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Justice Alert (Feb. 5)

February 05, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Black History Month

Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she published the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The novel follows a young, troubled black woman fighting her way through not just racist white culture but patriarchal black culture as well. The book was adapted into a critically acclaimed 1985 movie directed by Steven Spielberg, featuring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg, as well as a 2005 Broadway musical. An avowed feminist, Walker coined the term womanist to mean "A black feminist or feminist of color" in 1983.  Among the other novels she wrote are:

  • Meridian
  • The Third Life of Grange Copeland
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy
  • In Love and Trouble 

Good News Items

  • There are no guarantees, and ongoing vigilance will be required, but President Joe  Biden announced an end to U.S. participation in and arming of the war on Yemen.
  • The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill to repeal that state's death penalty with a bi-partisan vote of  to 57 to 41. It awaits the governor's signature, becoming the first state in the the South to repeal the death penalty.
  • Edward Busby received a stay of execution to allow him to pursue his claims that his intellectual disability makes him ineligible for execution next week, or ever.

Ending Human Trafficking

 A Prayer to St. Josephine Bakhita
Feast Day, February 8

St. Josephine Bakhita you were sold into slavery as a child and endured untold hardship and suffering. Once liberated from your physical enslavement, you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ.  

St. Josephine, assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery; intercede with God on their behalf so that they will released from the chains of captivity. Those who are enslaved, let God set free. 

Provide comfort to survivors of slavery and let them look to you as an example of hope and faith. Help all survivors find healing from their wounds. We ask for your prayers and intercessions for those enclaved among us. Amen.

Lenten Resources

From Catholic Climate Movement:
Join Laudato Si’ Lent today to receive weekly reminders and ideas about how you can live this journey of ecological conversion with this movement, including opportunities to connect through retreats, webinars, and prayer services. Each week will feature a “mini-fast” challenge that will help all of us reduce our ecological footprint and reflect on our relationship with God and all creation.

From Pace e Bene:
Rend Your Hearts: A Pace e Bene Lenten Journey Into Nonviolence 
Six-week Course on Zoom
When: Wednesday February 17,  4:30-6 pm CST

Objective: Take the Lenten invitation to turn from evil and do good. Use Engaging Nonviolence to explore the evils and dynamics of the violence that confront us and gain an understanding of the goodness and power of nonviolence and how it offers a path to personal and social transformation. Facilitator: Julia Occhiogrosso; Cost: $80

From Catholic Mobilizing Network:

  • 2021 Lenten Reflections: A 12-Part Series Hope Over Death Blog. Subscribe Here

  • Restorative Justice in Light of the Lenten Gospels: A five-part series guiding small groups and individual believers on a Lenten journey of restorative justice.  LINK

From Ignatian Solidarity Network:
ISN's 2021 Lenten series Steadfast: A Call to Love, invites writers to help us to remain steadfast in our work for justice, renewing each day throughout Lent our commitment to care for both our fellow human beings and our common home. The series features writers including Fr. Greg Boyle, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Fr. James Martin, Fr. Bryan Massingale, Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, Sr. Norma Pimentel, and Olga Segura. Subscribe to this free series today.

Immigration

News Items:

  • Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. re-introduced the Dream Act, part of a new immigration reform push. The proposed legislation, first introduced in 2001, would give some young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children the opportunity to pursue a path toward American citizenship.
  • ICE is defying the spirit of a 100-day moratorium from President Biden (temporarily blocked by a Trump-appointed judge) on some deportations. Deportations are continuing at an alarming rate. In the next few days, additional deportations of almost 1,800 individuals—including children and families—are planned to Honduras, Haiti, Cameroon, Angola, and other countries.

Actions:

1. Sign this petition to President Biden to halt imminent deportations and take steps to ensure families remain together and free in the U.S.

2. Call the Biden Administration
Urge them to stop deportations, expulsions, transfers, and to ground ICE-air related flights during this global health crisis.

  • Call the following numbers:
    • The White House  (202-456-1111)
    • DHS (202-282-8495)
    • Speaker Pelosi (202-225-4965)
    • Majority Leader Schumer (202-224-6542)

Sample Script:  Hello, I am calling to demand that you stop the mass deportations of people from Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, and Haiti. ICE transfers, deportations, and expulsion flights spread COVID-19 and put everyone at risk. You have the authority to stop all deportations now. I also urge you to halt all Title 42 expulsions, transfers, and ground all ICE-Air related flights during this global health crisis. President Biden must not return families, individuals, and children to countries experiencing violence and political instability in which their lives are endangered.

Resources: 

From UNANIMA:
You are invited to "Migration, Displacement & their Cross-cutting Issues In the Context of Digital Technology & Just Transitions Event Information". It will take place on Tuesday the 9th of February 7:30-8:45 CST via zoom. Register via this LINK.  If you are unable to attend the event there will also be a livestream available on UNTV after its conclusion. 

Join Kino Border Initiative's Migrant Justice in the First 100 Days Campaign to learn about migrants and migration policy, accompany migrants in prayer, defend their rights, and share their stories. 

From Interfaith Immigration Coalition:

  •  Resources on Recent Executive Orders and Major Legislation
  • Join the IIC this Monday, February 8 at 4 pm CT for an overview of the current immigration landscape, to hear how recent changes are impacting the most vulnerable, and to learn how you and your faith community can take action for immigrant justice. RSVP HERE. Space within Zoom is limited, but the webinar will also be streamed live on the IIC Facebook page.
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