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Resource/Actions (February 23)

February 23, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Black History Month

Britt Bennett

Newer on the American literary scene is Brit Bennett, a writer based in Los Angeles. Her debut novel The Mothers (2016) was a New York Times best-seller. Her second novel, The Vanishing Half (2020), was also a New York Times best-seller; further, it was chosen as a Good Morning America Book Club selection. The Vanishing Half was also selected as one of The New York Times ten best books of 2020. She is also an essay writer.

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Town Hall: Celebrating a Faithful Democracy as Black History 
 
Thursday, February 25th at 3:30pm CT
RSVP HERE.
All who RSVP will receive access to a recording of the event.

Join Faithful Democracy and their coalition partners to celebrate the impact of Black History on our democracy, the oldest in the world. Learn how the For the People Act would carry forward the legacy of Black History with transformational federal democracy reforms that protect voting rights and make our democratic systems more inclusive. This faith-based Town Hall will look at the racial equity benefits of the bill, how it complements the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and the urgency of passage for some of our most severely gerrymandered states.

 

Care of Earth

From GreenFaith:

Join the March 11 Sacred People, Sacred Earth global day of climate action.
 

Step 1: Check out our Day of Action Details page, which has everything you need to plan your action.
Step 2: Join our final training call on 3 March. It’s totally fine if this is your first time; we’ll have specific breakout sessions for people just getting started and for those who’ve already organized their action. We’ll cover everything from planning an action quickly to attracting media attention.  
Step 3: Register your action here!

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 US Returns to Paris Agreement

John Kerry, the US Special Envoy for Climate, sat down with Nobel Laureate Al Gore to discuss the make-or-break decade ahead of us. Listen as Kerry lays out how the US fits into the global plan to get to net-zero emissions, explains why the COP26 UN climate conference could be humanity's "last best hope" to build international momentum and explores the role of business and youth activists in promoting environmental justice. (This interview features an introduction from Christiana Figueres, the principal architect of the Paris Agreement.) Watch Now

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From EARTHJUSTICE Newsletter:

Read Here, "How Climate Change is Fueling Extreme Weather"
There is a petition to sign at the end of the article.

COVID Relief Bill
Call your Representative

This week, the U.S. House is poised to vote on the most expansive COVID relief bill yet. If you support President Biden's American Rescue Plan, call your representative at 1-855-329-5629 today. You will be asked to enter you zip code. 

 

The Myanmar Coup on Film

February 1, 2021 was the day the Myanmar military overthrew the elected government in a military coup d’etat, sparking nationwide protests that continue today. Here is is a summary of the past three weeks.  

 

Immigration

Please consider singing this letter to Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security expressing deep concern about the targeted detention and deportation of Black migrants and the expulsions of Haitians at the border under policies carried over from the Trump administration.
  
Join the Interfaith Immigration Coalition in signing this letter today! Deadline is 11:59pm ET on February 26.

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