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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.

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 29)

January 29, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Black Women Authors 

During the month of February Justice Alerts will feature Black women authors, beginning with writer, poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. Her long and extensive career also included poetry, plays, screenplays for television and film, directing, acting, and public speaking. She was a prolific writer of poetry; her volume Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie (1971) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and she was chosen by US President Bill Clinton to recite her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" during his inauguration in 1993.  Click on to this link for Wikipedia's list  of Angelou's works.  


From the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, NY

Click HERE to access their calendar for Black History Month.  


Immigration Action

TODAY,  Friday Jan 29, is the Second anniversary of the Trump Administration’s devastating Remain in Mexico or MPP policy.
"The #SaveAsylum coalition, made up of border-based groups directly working with asylum-seekers stuck in Mexico and their national allies, is asking all of our organizations to take action on social media in as large a blitz as we can make. We fear this is an area that the Biden administration’s actions on restoring asylum will fail to make any practical difference for the thousands of families and individuals who have been stuck for months on the border."

Sign then share the #SaveAsylum coalition petition with others. Use this LINK:  

Share these testimonies from asylum-seekers trapped at the border  


Trafficking Conference

From: United States Catholic Sisters Against Trafficking (USCSAT):

We invite you to our VIRTUAL 2021 Shine the Light Human Trafficking Conference: Root Causes and Intersections on Human Trafficking.  The conference, which is free of charge, will be held over two afternoons, March 8 (12noon to 3:00 pm EST), and March 9 (12noon to 1:30 pm EST). We also are organizing a Call to Action Day on Trafficking for March 9.  
This year's participants will hear from survivors, service providers and other experts.  An additional advocacy panel will share easy and ongoing actions that can be taken to combat trafficking.  
Our co-sponsors this year are the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Justice Team, the U.S. Coalition of Sisters Against Human Trafficking, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of Migration and Refugee Services.
Monday, March 8, 12:00 – 3:00 pm EST & Tuesday, March 9, 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST
Advance registration required
Register online here or call 301-622-6838
There is no fee for the conference
On Day 1, we will begin with an overview of human trafficking that speaks to the various root causes. Panel presentations on both sex and labor trafficking with domestic and international components will follow.  On Day 2, we will focus on advocacy campaigns and how all of us can make a difference.  Additional details are available on our Conference webpage.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to engage in Q&A with panelists both days.

Speakers confirmed to date include: 
Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley; Sr. Winifred Doherty, RGS, United Nations Representative for the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd; Diana Fimbres, Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives on Labor Trafficking, Polaris; Hilary Chester, PhD, Associate Director, Anti-Trafficking Program, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Lawrence Couch, Director, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd; Sr. Ann Scholz, SSND, PhD, Associate Director for Social Mission Leadership Conference of Women Religious; Scott Wright, Director, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach; and current Members of Congress. As in previous conferences, trafficking survivors with their powerful stories will be pivotal contributors to the day.


"Biden, Bishops, Pope Francis"

An Online Dialogue:

President Biden, U.S. Bishops, and Pope Francis: 
How to Promote Catholic Principles in a Divided Church and Nation


Monday, February 1, 2021
11:30 a.m. CST


Guests include: 
  • Helen Alvaré is a professor at the Scalia Law School of George Mason University, a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, and an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops where she served as a long-time leader of the USCCB’s pro-life policy, advocacy, and communication efforts. She recently wrote that the "Catholic Church Is Correct in Not Letting Abortion Issue Slide."
  • John Carr is the founder and co-director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown. He served for more than two decades as director of Justice, Peace, and Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was recently interviewed by America on how pro-life Catholics who voted for Biden should approach the next four years.
  • Bishop Robert McElroy is the bishop of San Diego. A graduate of Harvard and Stanford, he is the author of The Search for an American Public Theology: The Contribution of John Courtney Murray (1989). His statement on January 20 called for “dialogue, not judgment; collaboration, not isolation; truth in charity, not harshness.”
  • Anne Thompson covers the Catholic Church and is the chief environmental affairs correspondent for NBC News. A Notre Dame graduate, Anne covers Pope Francis, and the Today Show recently showcased her report on Joe Biden’s faith, tensions in the Catholic Church, and what they mean for policy.

Kim Daniels, co-director of the Initiative, will introduce and moderate the panel.



Capital Punishment Action

For the first time in U.S. history, we have a president who openly opposes the death penalty. President Biden has not yet dismantled the federal death penalty. It is critical that President Biden hear the call of fellow Catholics to abolish this broken system and uphold the sacred dignity of every person. Sign Sign Catholic Mobilizing Network's petition Here

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