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Nonviolence... Human trafficking... Women... The elderly... Immigrants' rights... Housing... Children... Prisoners' rights... Health care... World Hunger... Globalization, as it affects Latin America... Care of the earth... Seamless ethic of life
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.
Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members.
Resource/Actions (January 26)
# 17. "To care for the world in which we live means to care for ourselves. Yet we need to think of ourselves more and more as a single family dwelling in a common home. Such care does not interest those economic powers that demand quick profits. Often the voices raised in defense of the environment are silenced or ridiculed, using apparently reasonable arguments that are merely a screen for special interests. In this shallow, short-sighted culture that we have created, bereft of a shared vision, “it is foreseeable that, once certain resources have been depleted, the scene will be set for new wars, albeit under the guise of noble claims”
Within the pandemic relief legislation just beginning to move through Congress, we have an opportunity to right an injustice. Urge Members of Congress to include an amendment to the bill which will provide a path to citizenship and protections for undocumented essential workers and their family members. Sign here
GOOD NEWS! It is anticipated that President Biden will sign his Executive Order to prohibit federal executions today, January 26.
Please join us in asking members of congress to take the following steps by clicking HERE
- Address pervasive and systemic racism in the criminal legal system by ending the federal and military death penalty; Sign on in support of H.R. 262, Rep. Pressley's & Senator Durbin's Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021. (Rep. Espaillat has a similar bill in H.B. 97.)
- Remove the power of the president to use executions for his own political purposes by passing legislation to end the federal death penalty and prohibit any further federal executions;
- Close the legal loophole that allowed the federal government to override the Navajo Nation's stated desire that Lezmond Mitchell not face execution.
Ending Human Trafficking
From: US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
On February 8th, St. Bakhita Feast Day, we will bring attention to the millions of victims of human trafficking suffering in our world today ...our brothers and sisters.
Join us on Monday, February 8, 2021, for a series of events honoring the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. We welcome you to take part and find out how we ALL can help combat human trafficking and what the Catholic Church is doing to fight this fast growing crime... occurring in our very own backyards. Register Here
Stop the Pipelines
There is a massive pipeline underway in northern Minnesota that violates Indigenous rights and would carry the pollution equivalent to 50 coal power plants.
The bulldozers have arrived to plow through sacred wild rice watersheds, over 800 wetlands, and 200+ bodies of water in Ojibwe treaty territory. Indigenous water protectors are fighting to protect their land, but the drones are overhead and the police are militarizing.
President Biden has the power to stop this project. He can review the permits granted by Trump and halt Line 3 construction immediately.
To sign a petition calling on Joe Biden to #StopLine3 immediately and invoke a climate test for all pipelines click HERE.
From Loyola Institute of Ministry:
Our events this semester include a public lecture series on Zoom entitled "The Demands of Encounter Today." Its three lectures explore the demands on us of Pope Francis’ call to create a culture of encounter, with special attention to racial justice. The first lecture takes place Monday February8, 7:00-7:30 pm Central time. Click here to register. The dates of the other lectures are March 15 and April 12,
You are also invited to attend a creation-centered retreat informed by the work of Passionist Fr. Thomas Berry on Saturday, February 20 at 10AM Central Time on Zoom. It is free and open to the public. You can register here.
Raise the Minimum Wage
The Raise the Wage Act ensures all workers are paid at least $15 an hour. Tell your Senators to co-sponsor the Raise the Wage Act. For over a decade, the federal minimum wage has been frozen at $7.25 an hour. And, millions of tipped workers like restaurant servers, and workers with disabilities, can be paid a subminimum wage.
The Raise the Wage Act eliminates subminimum wages, and could boost the paychecks of 40 million Americans. In 2019, the Raise the Wage Act passed the House, but stalled in the Senate. It’s crucial that your Senators hear from you.