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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 (October 16)

October 16, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA
International Day of the Girl Child
11 October

On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN human rights experts have highlighted the vulnerabilities of girls in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and called on Governments to unlock young girls' potential and keep the promises made to them in Beijing, 25 years ago.
Read the statement here HERE.


Support from CSA

The Sisters of St. Agnes have co-signed the following statements with other people of faith, religious congregations and justice minded groups.

  • A letter was sent to both presidential candidates asking for a commitment that on day one of their presidency each would commit to use his authority to grant Deferred Enforced Departure to protect 2.2 million at-risk immigrants, including 400k+TPS holders at immediate risk of losing work permits and status. 
  • In a letter to congressional leadership CSA opposed the "Voluntary Water Partnership for Distressed Communities Act", which despite its title, would serve to coerce communities into privatizing their public water system. Along with water privatization the bill would most likely lead to poor water quality and higher rates that would disproportionately impact Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.
  • CSA signed a joint investor statement asking companies to do more to include people with disabilities in the workforce.



Next Wednesday, October 21 at 1 pm CT, Ignatian Solidarity Network will broadcast the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) Children Seeking Asylum March in Nogales, Sonora. This action is part of a KBI series to bring awareness to human rights issues surrounding the U.S. Remain in México policy and the struggle asylum seekers are facing at the border. Join Here


Ending Human Trafficking
Rumors vs Reality 
From Polaris


Have you heard about the white vans? Or the zip ties that human traffickers are using to catch and hold their victims? We have - more than ever in the last few months. Rumors like these about secret cabals or other complex, cloak-and-dagger schemes to kidnap sex trafficking victims are nothing new. Sometimes they even have a grain of truth. There is no one way that human traffickers operate in every case so it can be hard for caring, well-meaning people to know whether to seek help.

Unfortunately, the very real tragedy of child sex trafficking has been used by some whose agendas have little do do with protecting communities and whose real aim is is to spread fear and division. The rumors they have spread are misleading countless thousands of people who want only to be good citizens.

That's the problem. These rumors take up valuable Trafficking Hotline staff time and resources that could be better spent serving actual victims and survivors.

You can help. Share this page on the Polaris website to help stop the spread of misinformation. Tell your friends and loved ones that before they believe something is true, check back on this page to see what we know about common rumors and stories related to human trafficking.

Here are a few other tips:
  • Be skeptical of organizations that claim to “rescue” survivors or set survivors “free.”
  • Avoid organizations that use sensationalistic imagery like women in ropes and chains or children being approached by total strangers.
  • Pay attention to the people you know - friends, family, colleagues. These are the people who you are in the best position to be able to help.


Capital Punishment

Stay updated on developments in states and the nation: Visit the website of Death Penalty Action  


Peaceful and Just Elections

Who We Elect in Wisconsin Matters -- from NETWORK    

Register Today for Events in Your State 

Next week the Nuns on the Bus will be "zooming" into Wisconsin and we hope you will join us! Life during the COVID-19 pandemic shows that the gaps in access to health care, housing, adequate nutrition, and more are clearer than ever for millions of families.  

Our goal is to highlight the most pressing issues in our nation through elevating the lived experiences of those facing the greatest challenges, and to help participants prepare to vote for the common good on Election Day. Nuns on the Bus will share history, stories, and data in order to communicate the moral urgency of being a multi-issue voter in the upcoming election.

We invite you to save the date and RSVP for the virtual events taking place across Wisconsin:
Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (Site Visit) 
Oct. 20 at 2:00 PM Central | RSVP
Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) works to ensure high quality of life and access to opportunities for members of the Black community in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Dialogue Across Geographic Divides
Oct. 21 at 2:00 PM Central | RSVP
Join grassroots leaders from across Wisconsin to listen to experiences across rural communities, suburbs, and cities and to talk about policy solutions that benefit all communities.

Milwaukee/Kenosha Town Hall for Spirit-Filled Voters 
This event is co-sponsored by Racine Interfaith Coalition and CUSH Kenosha
Oct. 21 at 7:00 PM Central | RSVP
This Town Hall will focus on southeast Wisconsin specific issues and is intended for people living or working in this area.

Care of the Earth
World Food Day 

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns:

The annual meetings of the World Bank are happening this week. Groups all over the world, from grassroots organizations to the United Nations are calling on the World Bank to stop financing fossil fuels. We invite you to join your voice to this call to the World Bank to invest in a more sustainable future.  
Here are ways you can get involved:  

  1. Sign this petition in English asking the World Bank to make the “big shift” away from fossil fuel investments toward investing in renewable energy. 
  2. Today, October 16 is also World Food Day. Read this article about the intersection of fossil fuels, climate change, and food insecurity and this one about promising solutions. Watch our webinar on food security. Share what you learn with your community.   
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