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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 (October 14)

October 14, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA
ICE and Racism

Hundreds of Black Cameroonian and Congolese immigrants are in imminent danger of being deported after speaking out about abuses and mistreatment in ICE detention centers. All of them were in Mississippi and Louisiana and then transferred to Prairieland Detention Center in Texas last week. Many of them could be killed by their own government upon return.

Help stop their deportation by reaching out to the Congressional Black Caucus at (202) 224-3121.  

Many of the Cameroonian immigrants about to be deported have indicated that ICE is intimidating them into signing documents for voluntary departure. Beatings, breaking of fingers, pepper spraying at the eyes, and choking are among the egregious acts of violence detailed by Cameroonian men detained at Adams County Correctional Facility in an 11 page civil rights complaint submitted October 7, 2020.

 

Refugee Resettlement

Support Refugee Resettlement
In a report to congress, the Administration proposed setting the refugee admissions goal  at a new all time historic low of 15,000 refugees. The administration is required by U.S. law to consult with Congress about the refugee admissions goal, also known as the “Presidential Determination”, before the start of the fiscal year. It has failed to do so.  And, it has failed to sign a refugee admissions goal for 2021, grinding the resettlement program to an indefinite halt.
 
Congress must weigh in on the President’s decision. It is critical that all legislators, especially those on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, who are charged with the responsibility of consulting the administration, hear strong support for a robust refugee admissions goal of 95,000 in fiscal year 2021.
 
Please express your support for welcoming refugees. Send an email to your legislator through this action center and tell them you strongly condemn a low admissions goal and call for a robust refugee admissions goal of 95,000 in 2021.

Click the link Here to log in and send your message:

 

Peaceful and Just Elections

Pax Christi's USA's Executive Director Johnny Zokovitch and other faith leaders are calling for integrity, safety and fairness in the 2020 U.S. election. The letter can be read HERE.

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In what has been a contentious and hostile election season, you are invited to a virtual breathing space to ponder how we can listen to our own inner voice and spirit in the midst of all the noise and chaos. The Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and the Franciscan Spirituality Center will co-host three sessions in the series, "Listening & Loving Through the Political Storm."  Two of the sessions precede the election and one follows. Attendees will receive the Zoom link after they register. Each of the three sessions has a $5:00 fee. For details and registration information click HEREYou have to scroll down all of the offerings to find the three with the V hand sign.

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