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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.


 

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Resource/Actions (October 9)

October 09, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA
Envisioning a Different Future

New Encyclical from Pope Francis

Pope Francis’s prophetic new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, acknowledges the perils of both our divisions and isolation, urging us to build and rebuild relationships, not just in our homes and neighborhoods, but between nations all over the world. We in the United States will recognize the realities that Pope Francis addresses and we may find ourselves uncomfortable--perhaps uncomfortable enough to take to heart his message. I encourage all of you to get your own copy. Until then read the following brief commentary by Joseph Nangle, OFM with Pax Christi.  Or download Maryknoll's 6 page study guide HERE.

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As difficult as it may be right now to imagine a future that is genuinely better than our present, we have to keep trying. Another world IS possible is the sobering but uplifting message of Naomi Klein’s extraordinary new animated short film,  “A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair.”  Watch and share this remarkable cinematic documentary to envision a better possible future for us all.

 

Immigration

Fighting Unjust Immigration Rule  

Attorneys at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection are representing plaintiffs who are challenging the rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security that would give nearly unfettered discretion to immigration officials to deny green cards to low-income immigrants based on speculation that the person may, at some point over the course of a lifetime, temporarily receive a small amount of certain public benefits and thereby become a “public charge.” The plaintiffs are members of CASA, a D.C.-area immigration non-profit. The attorneys argue that the rule upends a century of interpretation of the term “public charge” to apply only to those non-citizens likely to become permanently and primarily dependent on the government for their basic needs.

 

Ending Human Trafficking

Trafficking in Indigenous Communities

The October issue of Stop Trafficking focuses on human trafficking in Indigenous communities. Read it Here  Two bills have passed and await the signature of the president. The Not Invisible Act establishes an advisory committee on violent crime comprised of law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, and survivors to make recommendation to the Department of Interior and Department of Justice. Savannah's Act bolsters the data tracking of missing and murdered Native Americans and standardizes law enforcement and justice protocols. Action Needed: Contact your Senators asking them to renew the Violence Against Women Act. 

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One Child is a Canadian organization that is dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. Their representative has made presentations at the United Nations. They are planning a tour in the US and welcome invitations to present at schools, corporations, religious or business communities, and youth organizations. For more information contact Trixie Perara at info@onechild.ca

 

Peaceful and Just Elections

Haven't Voted Yet?

  • Check Here to confirm that you are registered even if you feel that sure that you are already registered.
  • Make a plan to vote now. 
  • If you are using an absentee ballot RETURN IT EARLY by mail or take it to a drop box.
  • Help others vote.
    • For people living alone -- offer to be the witness of their voting
    • Drive someone to the polls.

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From Creighton University: Voting and Catholicism: A Critical Discussion of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship with Bishop John E. Stowe of Lexington, KY and Cathleen Kaveny, Professor of Theology and Law at Boston College. Register Here

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The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns produced two-page briefs and host 30-minute webinars to help voters prepare for the upcoming U.S. elections. All eight topics are now complete and available here on their website.

 

Care of the Earth

Recourses for Sustainable Living

Etee products are all made with 100% biodegradable, natural materials. Whether it’s the packaging on the outside or the ingredients on the inside, everything is from the earth and goes back to the earth.

Tru Earth laundry strip packs are ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly cleaning power in a tiny, pre-measured strip of liquidless laundry detergent that you just toss in the wash. Its low-sudsing formula works in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency. Plastic bottles are eliminated and the cost of transportation is lowered. Replace dryer sheets with with their wool dryer balls. 

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