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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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Resource/Actions (Feb. 10)

February 10, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Black History Month

Zora Neale Hurston was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-1900s American South and published research on hoodoo. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, was published in 1937.  She also wrote more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays. Hurston's works concerned both the African-American experience and her struggles as an African-American woman.

Other Hurston Novels

  • Jonah's Gourd Vine
  • Moses, Man of the Mountain
  • Seraph on the Suwanee

 

Racism

From: Coalition on Human Needs

Black and Brown people who get infected with COVID-19 are more likely to experience severe illness or death due to higher rates of pre-existing conditions and lack of access to health care. But, while COVID-19 has highlighted disparities in our health care system, racism has been a public health crisis since long before the pandemic began. 

The Anti-Racism in Public Health Act will take meaningful steps to end racism in our public health care system. Ask your members of Congress to act. 

Sample request"Racism is a public health crisis. For centuries, structural racism in the United States has harmed Black and Brown communities and served as a major barrier to health equity. Racism leads to worse health outcomes for Black and Brown patients than their white counterparts. Congress must address this issue immediately by passing the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act."

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White Supremacy and Guns
The article, "Guns are White Supremacy's Deadliest Weapon: We must disarm hate", by Rev. Sharon Risher, was posted by Pax Christi on February 5. Click on the  LINK to access the article. 
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You Tube Video: Five women discuss how gender, race, and politics impact Black women’s involvement with and experience in the U.S. criminal justice system.  Black Women and Criminal (In)justice: Missing Voices in the U.S. Incarceration Conversation

 

Stop Line 3 Pipeline

When nature is viewed solely as source of profit and gain, this has serious consequences for society.” – Pope Francis, Laudato Si #82

Join Build Back Fossil Free Week of Action

As part of the Build Back Fossil Free Week of Action, you are invited to sign a petition for people of faith urging President Biden to stop the Line 3 pipeline.  

Indigenous peoples are leading the opposition to this project, which is a replacement of an aging pipeline that if completed will carry especially dirty oil from Alberta, Canada, to the shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin. Much of the route passes through Minnesota, through untouched wetlands, the treaty territory of Anishinaabe peoples, and the Mississippi River headwaters.

 

A Catholic Message to Congress

For more than 30 years, the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has brought together hundreds of participants whose faith inspires them to address pressing current domestic and global challenges affecting our most vulnerable brothers and sisters at home and around the world. This year's event was done virtually. Following are the three asks that Catholics across the country made to legislators. They are worth keeping before our members of congress in the days ahead.

Provide Addition COVID-19 Relief that Meets the Needs of the Poor and Vulnerable.
Provide additional COVID-19 relief that addresses peoples' need for food, housing, health care, employment and income support, and safety in prisons and detention facilities. Continue to work together to help and protect the most vulnerable for the duration of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

Make Poor Poor and Vulnerable People an International Funding Priority
Increase funding for international poverty-reducing development and humanitarian programs in Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations to save lives, address the root cause of conflicts, and reduce crushing poverty.

Provide at least $20 billion in emergency spending in the next COVID-19 relief bill to respond to immediate and longer-term impacts of COVID-19 on poor and vulnerable people in other countries.

Support Immigration Reform
Support bipartisan immigration reform that gives a path to citizenship to the undocumented, addresses root causes, protects farmworkers, upholds the rule of law, and restores due process to asylum seeker. 

 

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