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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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Post Election Updates and Actions

November 05, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Fratelli Tutti and dove

Let us pray for our newly elected political leaders that their "biggest concern...not be about a drop in the polls, but about finding effective solutions" to the serious issues facing our nation and the world.

"Politicians are called to “tend to the needs of individuals and peoples. To tend those in need takes strength and tenderness, effort and generosity in the midst of a functionalistic and privatized mindset that inexorably leads to a ‘throwaway culture’… It involves taking responsibility for the present with its situations of utter marginalization and anguish, and being capable of bestowing dignity upon it. It will likewise inspire intense efforts to ensure that “everything be done to protect the status and dignity of the human person. Politicians are doers, builders with ambitious goals, possessed of a broad, realistic and pragmatic gaze that looks beyond their own borders."  #188

 

Post Election

"When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide."
—John Lewis 


Post Election Action:

Faith in Action
is partnering with Auburn Seminary, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Faith in Public Life and Sojourners in calling on faith leaders of all traditions to sign a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts urging him and the other Supreme Court Justices to protect the integrity of the election by resisting any calls to intervene in ways that exclude ballots or ends ballot-counting before every vote is counted.

Some post election reflection resources:

  • On Tuesday, November 10, join Scott Hahn and Ralph Martin for a free virtual event discussing the state of the Church and the state of religious freedom.
  • In a brief video, Without War shares it vision of the world it is building, one that demands a drastic reshaping of U.S. foreign policy priorities. It requires a global movement for change rooted in solidarity and the shared values of justice, equality, and security for all.
  • Join LCWR, the Faithful Democracy Coalition and other interfaith partners in prayer on Friday, Nov 6 from 2-4pm CT. The vigil will close this week with gratitude for a peaceful voting process and robust civic participation. Interfaith prayers will also bless the path forward to transform our democracy through bold, comprehensive, and meaningful reforms in the next Congressional session. Join in prayer
Immigration

It is time to refocus from political campaigns to migrants. Their situation continues to deteriorate. This is a short but very powerful U-Tube video that will move you to action. Call or write your newly elected or reelected representatives urging them to make the lives and wellbeing of the people waiting at the border a priority. 

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The district court in Cook County, Illinois, et al v. Wolf et. al.,  granted summary judgment in favor of  Plaintiffs on their claim that the Department of Homeland Security’s Public Charge Rule, violates the Administrative Procedure Ac  The district court specifically ruled that (1) the public charge exceeds DHS’s authority under the public charge provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (2) is not in accordance with law; and (3) is arbitrary and capricious. 

Therefore, the court  immediately set aside  the DHS Public Charge Rule nationwide without staying its decision pending appeal, meaning that DHS may not apply the public charge rule. 

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On October 29, 2020, the House Judiciary Committee released the findings of its 21-month investigation into the development and execution of the Trump Administration's family separation policy, which resulted in more than 2,500 migrant children becoming unnecessarily separated from their parents.
 
The report, entitled "The Trump Administration's Family Separation Policy: Trauma, Destruction, and Chaos," provides the first complete narrative of the inhumane family separation policy, in the Administration’s own words.  

The Committee's report draws the following conclusions: 

  • Within weeks of President Trump’s inauguration, the Administration began formulating a plan to separate parents from their children as a means to deter migration.
  • Before a formal policy had even been developed, the Administration was accelerating family separations. By March 2017, the number of separated children transferred to ORR custody had increased by nearly 900 percent, as compared to November 2016.
  • In July 2017, without warning, the Administration implemented a family separation pilot program in the El Paso Border Patrol Sector. The pilot program lasted five months and resulted in hundreds of additional children being taken from their parents and placed in ORR custody.
  • During the pilot program, the Administration discovered that it was unable to track separated family members in a way that would facilitate eventual reunification.
  • Knowing this, and without doing anything to address the tracking systems employed by federal agencies, the Administration chose to expand the policy nationwide in May 2018.
  • To make matters worse, the Administration failed to provide advance notice of the policy to front line agents and officers, which caused unnecessary chaos and inconsistent implementation of the policy across border sectors.
  • When judicial intervention and political pressure eventually resulted in the end of the policy, the lack of interagency cooperation and preparedness was laid bare by the inability of the Administration to quickly reunite separated parents and children.

 

UNANIMA - Homelessness

UNANIMA International invites you to a webinar on Nov. 12th 8am (USA) CST on Family Homelessness and the "Planet" SDGs (11, 12, 13, 14, 15). SDG stands for Sustainable Development Goals. The goals referred to are:

  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Register Here (Just delete my information with yours)

 

Capital Punishment

Ask President Trump to stop the execution of Lisa Montgomery
Lisa Montgomery is scheduled for federal execution on December 8. The offense for which Lisa was convicted is serious, and devastating, but must be understood within the context of her own victimization. Lisa experienced multiple rapes, trafficking, child abuse, torture, and domestic violence. More information about Lisa and her case is available here.  

Call or write a letter -- online or a personal letter, to President Trump asking him to commute her sentence. Information on how to contact the president is available here. Included there is a link that takes you directly to an online form. Sample statement: Lisa Montgomery, who is scheduled for execution on December 8, 2020, has suffered some of the worst forms of sexual violence, and we now know that victims of such violence experience lifelong psychological damage. Under these circumstances, I urge you to grant her clemency as an appropriate and just extension of mercy.

 

Care of the Earth

From the Adrian Dominicans
The Sustainable College Committee of Siena Heights University is delighted to present Project Drawdown’s CEO Jonathan Foley as its Fall 2020 William Issa Endowment Speaker on the Environment. Jon’s talk is scheduled for November 10, 9:30 am Central Time as a ZOOM webinar and is titled "Achieving Drawdown: Solutions for a Climate Safe Future”. Jon’s talk and associated events are free for the public.
Please click https://sienaheights.zoom.us/j/94823799718 to join the webinar.

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