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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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Resources and Actions (Dec 29)

December 29, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

‘At a time like this, when the barque of humanity, tossed by the storm of the current crisis, struggles to advance towards a calmer and more serene horizon, the “rudder” of human dignity and the “compass” of fundamental social principles can enable us together to steer a sure course. May we work together to advance towards a new horizon of love and peace, of fraternity and solidarity, of mutual support and acceptance. May we never yield to the temptation to disregard others, especially those in greatest need, and to look the other way; instead, may we strive daily, in concrete and practical ways, “to form a community composed of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another.’  2021 World Day of Peace message from Pope Francis

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Click HERE for the full text of the Pope's 2021 message for World Day of Peace

COVID-19 Vaccine for All

To stamp out COVID-19, we need to take GLOBAL action by joining World Health Organization-led global vaccine initiatives.

Sign the petition: Urge President-elect Biden to fight for global access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days.

 

No Cuts to Medicaid

Tell U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

"Do not approve proposed cuts to Medicaid, which threaten access to care for people across the country. These cuts will unfairly impact women, people of color, immigrants, people turning 65, and people with disabilities—worsening existing health disparities. The proposed changes are especially concerning for people with disabilities

During the pandemic, Congress approved more money for state Medicaid programs; in return, they were prohibited from cutting health services. This proposal lets states make cuts that would be harmful to the health and well-being of our communities. We should be working to strengthen our healthcare system, not tear it down." Comment Here  (It takes several seconds to load)

 

No to Line 3 Pipeline

Canadian company Enbridge has begun construction of the dirty Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline stretching from Alberta to Wisconsin  

Construction may be underway, but opposition is stronger than ever too. Last week, 22 water protectors were arrested for resisting construction.

Joe Biden has the power to review the permits granted by Trump and can still halt construction on this destructive pipeline. But he won’t do it without an unprecedented wave of public pressure. Add your Voice.

 

Migration

Add your voice to a new regional network of more than 330 grassroots and faith-based organizations from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, and the U.S. that have joined together to address the root causes of poverty, unemployment, climate change, corruption, and violence that force families to migrate north. Together we have the power to fundamentally change U.S. policy toward Central America. 

The policies that are advocated in their position are shared by the Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees. You can sign on via this link.

 

Epiphany

"An epiphany that is needed by all of us is the realization that once we emerge from the menacing threat of this pandemic, we must not try to return to “normal.” Normal was a country of severe economic inequality, of racism woven into the cultural and institutional fibers of our nation. Normal was corporate power in the hands of a few and political indifference to “the cries of the poor.” It was ecological devastation for short term economic gain—and more. Once the biblical Magi realized that this particular star was different and unique, they acted; they set out on a journey that led them to the great Epiphany, the revelation of the Christ Child whom they worshipped and to whom they offered their gifts. May we act on pandemic epiphanies to assure that we do not return to “normal.” Warned in a dream, the Magi returned home “by another way.” May we have the wisdom to heed the warnings of a terrible virus in order to return to post-pandemic life determined to create “another "way,” lighted by justice, peace, mercy, and compassion for ALL."

Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF
Franciscan Action Network Associate Director

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