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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. 16)

February 16, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Black History Month

Octavia Butler 
 

Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became, in 1995, the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. 

After her father died, Butler was raised by her widowed mother. Extremely shy as a child, Butler found an outlet at the library reading fantasy, and in writing. She began writing science fiction as a teenager. She attended community college during the Black Power movement, and while participating in a local writer's workshop was encouraged to attend the Clarion Workshop, which focused on science fiction.

She soon sold her first stories and by the late 1970s had become sufficiently successful as an author that she was able to pursue writing full-time. Her books and short stories drew the favorable attention of the public and awards judges. 
Some of Butler's  works:

  • Kindred (novel)
  • Fledging (novel)
  • Bloodchild and Other Stories
  • Unexpected Stories

 

When Does a Protest Turn into an Insurrection?" 

From Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin:

Wednesday, February 24, 4:00-5:00 pm CT
Confusion abounds on definitions of what falls under the First Amendment of freedom of speech and freedom to assemble. Join us on Zoom for a panel discussion of the events of the past six months. Five panelists will discuss the scope of the 1st Amendment, the gray area of it, and when things are illegal. The panelists will use historical references and case studies to explain current day events in the US, from the Black Lives Matter protests to the recent armed insurrection in Washington, DC. 

Format: Twenty minutes opening remarks from panelists will follow with 15 minutes of panelists engaging in their discussion across opening remarks and conclude with 20 minutes of audience questions.  
Panelists include: Bryant Crubaugh, sociologist (Pepperdine U.); Mary Gross, historian (Marian U.); David Leichter, philosopher (Marian U.); James MacGillis, retired Director of Training (Milwaukee Police Academy); Matt Szromba, historian. 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and the Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation grant fund. 

 

Exploring Intersection: Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate

The communicators for LCWR Region X are very excited to debut their joint project Exploring Intersections: Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate.
 
Exploring Intersections is a yearlong, monthly series that will debut during Catholic Sisters Week. Each month, we’ll focus on a social issue and explore how it intersects with racism, migration and climate in a thought-provoking and engaging conversation. Host Charish Badzinski–writer, communication consultant, strategic planner, and public relations professional–will skillfully steer the conversation among three selected panelists. You can join live via Zoom, watch on YouTube or stream it as a podcast the following week.

Please help us spread the word; if you could share the opportunity with your sisters and other audiences, we would appreciate it. Thank you in advance for your support!

  • Find out more Here
  • Register Here for the March episode
  • LIKE their Facebook Page  
  • JOIN their mailing list to receive monthly reminders
  • SUBSCRIBE to their You Tube channel

 

Tax Credit

Did you know that in 2019, people earning between $10,000 and $20,000 received an average of just $850 from the Child Tax Credit while those earning between $75,000 and $100,000 typically received more than three times that amount, or the full $2,000 per child? Tell Congress: "We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve the lives and futures of millions of U.S. children and cut childhood poverty in half. I urge you to vote in favor of the expansion of the Child Tax Credit and raise the Earned Income Tax Credit for millions of struggling workers and families at this time of urgent need." 
Add your name HERE. (Click that you are not Ruth)

 

Care of Earth

EarthBeat Lenten reflections focus on climate change as an urgent moral issue 
We invite you to join us, beginning on Ash Wednesday, as EarthBeat publishes selections from the series on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You can read more about the series here. You can also sign up here to receive Fr. Farrell's "Reflections on the Care of Creation" in your inbox three times a week.

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From Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development:
Join a webinar on Catholic Eco-Theology with Father, Sean McDonough an Irish Columbian missionary priest and author of On Care for our Common Home, February 18,12 pm CT. More information can be found HERE.   

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The plastic bag is doomed. Here are better alternatives backed by Walmart and Target:

Americans throw away 100 billion single-use plastic bags a year. And so in mid-2020, some of the country’s largest retailers—including Walmart, Target, Kroger, and CVS—teamed up on the Beyond the Bag Initiative. It was an ambitious plan to fund and scale replacements to the plastic bag. Read this Article in in Fast Company

 

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