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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 Alerts - June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

Celebrating Independence Day - the 4th of July

The opening lines of the Declaration of Independence read: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men/women are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.&aquot;

As we celebrate our American Independence this weekend, we are ever so mindful of the inherent human rights endowed by our Creator to all gender identities, among these are LOVE, JUSTICE, HUMAN DIGNITY, and EQUALITY.

I thank you for joining in this justice work with us. May you always be in contemplation and praise for the work done before us, the work you're doing now, and the work that must continue.  

"Not all of us can do great things,
but we can all do small things with great love."
Mother Teresa

 

 

Care of Earth

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

LEARN MORE HERE  

 

Undoing Racism

Should Catholic Schools Teach Critical Racial Theory? 
This is a good article from the Jesuits.

 

Ending Human Trafficking

Consider this:
If all ships stopped for 1-2 weeks in the world, how would this affect your life?

Friday, June 25th was Day of the Seafarer.  I attended a webinar by  the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) which opened my eyes to an issue I admittedly knew little about, but should have - as should every U.S. customer.  Seafarers travel the world, bringing us goods daily.  The worldwide exploitation of seafarers needs our attention.  Below are some takeaways from what I learned:

  • 90% of cargo is transported via waterways.
  • There are ancient prejudices against seafarers; they are treated as incompetent threats to our societies when in reality, they are just people trying to support their families. 
  • Businesses and governments must recognize the value of seafarers to our shipping industry and support their human and labor rights.
  • Seafarers are the first ones to suffer during economic recessions.  At the height of the COVID pandemic, over 400,000 seafarers were forced to work well beyond their contracts without compensation, were abandoned on ships without food or pay, and denied access to go ashore or return home.
  • Seafarers have severely dangerous jobs.  They can be held by pirates for ransom that often goes unpaid.  They are abused and are some of the most exploited workers of the world.

There is some good news!  There are Catholic Maritime Ministries, such as Stella Maris and Apostleship of the Sea, supporting our seafarers at ports around the world.  You too can demonstrate your solidarity with seafarers with prayer, signing petitions, and simply learning more.  Here are some resources to get you started:

Solidarity with Seafarers Call to Action:  U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

Solidary with Seafarers Educational Resources

Stella Maris National Office, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America

Burmese Cowboy: The Shwe Tun Aung Story
 

"You May Choose To Look the Other Way But Never Say Again You Didn't Know."
-William Wilberforce

 

Capital Punishment

John Hummel, an honorably discharged US Marine, is scheduled to die by lethal injection TODAY, June 30, 2021 in Huntsville, Texas. 

There may still be time to stop this.  Please contact the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles at bpp-clemency@tdcj.texas.gov or 512​-406-5852 OR contact the Governor of Texas at  https://gov.texas.gov/contact/ / (512) 463-1782.

"To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice"
-Desmond Tutu

"There can be no stepping back from this position. ... A life sentence is a secret death penalty.
- Pope Francis

Follow the 28th Annual Starvin' for Justice Fast and Vigil to abolish the death penalty.  Schedule found here.

 

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Peace & Blessings through Christ, our Teacher

Tracy Abler
tabler@csasisters.org
920-907-2315

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.” (Psalm 89:14).

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