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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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Resources/Actions (April 16)

April 16, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Care of Creation

Care of Earth

From Pope Francis' Laudato Sí

“I urgently appeal . . . for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” (no. 14)

The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.” (no. 23)

The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.” (no. 13)

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Online Resources:

Catholic Climate Lobby’s Catholic Action Team invites you to a virtual CCL Catholic Conference! The sixth anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical letterLaudato Si’ On Care for our Common Home” inspired us to hold our conference, entitled Call to Action to Care for Our Common Home .

When:  May 15th, 2021 from 12 pm - 4 pm Eastern time.
Why:  To explore the tools you’ll need to effectively reach Catholics and activate the Catholic voice to Care for Creation.
Where:  On Zoom.  Once you register, we’ll send you the link to join close to the date of the conference. 
Schedule:  You can view the conference schedule hereRegister Here 

Earth Justice invites you to join a four-part conversational series on April 29, May 27, June 24, and July 29, that delves into intersectional environmentalism and fighting for justice. To register and learn more about each event, please visit earthjustice.org/intersections.

Action: ditch plastic wrap

  • Read  "Plastic Wrap, Convenient for Humans Yet A Deadly Product For Our Planet" Here
  • Use glass or other containers of durable material that have lids.
  • Use aluminum foil. Clean foil is recyclable.
  • Use beeswax wraps and bags. Coming from the honeycomb of the honeybee, beeswax is a completely all-natural substance straight from Mother Nature. Beeswax has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help keep things clean and reduces the risks of contamination. Beeswax is edible, waterproof, a natural moisturizer, and never goes bad. Here are two places where you can order beeswax wraps:  Tru Earth and etee.  The wraps do not last forever, but they are washable and reusable many times. 

 

Immigration

Sign on Letter

Immigrant essential workers have been helping our communities endure this pandemic for over a year now, yet they have often been treated as expendable. In many ways, the U.S. benefits from their labor while disregarding their humanity. Now is the time to fight for a pathway to citizenship for essential workers and their families, farmworkers, and our neighbors with DACA and TPS.Sign on to this letter to the Biden administration and Congressional leaders. The deadline to sign is Friday, April 23. Use this toolkit to engage in advocacy and invite others to take action by posting on social media.  

 

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Across the nation, many survivors are hours or even a plane ride away from a trained health care provider who can get them the support they need after they have been sexually assaulted. Right now there is a bill in Congress that would provide for more sexual assault nurse examiners as well as make meaningful change in how survivors are supported, finally addressing some of our nation’s systematic deficits in supporting survivors. 

Tell congress to pass the Survivors Access to Affordable Care Act. Sign Here.

 

Human Trafficking

Combatting, Understanding, and Detecting Human Trafficking:
The Power of Essential Partnerships 


Wednesday, April 28 | 12-1:30 pm CT | Zoom

Rick Small, Executive Vice President, Director Financial Crimes, Truist
Sara Crowe, Strategic Initiatives Director, Financial Systems, Polaris
Tanya Montoya, Director, Product Management AML-Risk, ACAMS
Paul Frey, Detective, Oshkosh Police Department
Erin Karshen, Assistant District Attorney, Team Captain of Sensitive Crimes Unit, Milwaukee County
Moderated by John J. Byrne, Esq., CAMS Executive Vice President, AML RightSource

Please wear teal to show your support for survivors of sexual violence.
Register to attend via Zoom.

Sponsored by AML RightSource, Truist, ACAMS, Polaris, Marquette Center for Peacemaking and Near West Side Partners.

 

Capital Punishment

Two New Petitions:
 
#1 - Arizona's Attorney General has asked for two new execution dates to be set. It's been seven years since Arizona had an execution, and both of these men have been on death row well more than three decades!  Also, it turns out the state spent over $1 million to procure drugs for executions, even as so many of its citizens are suffering the economic impacts of the pandemic. The petition is here.

#2 - In the wake of the George Floyd murder last summer, Death Penalty Action took a stand against extra-judicial executions, which is when a government official operating in their official capacity acts as judge, jury, and executioner - especially when there is no reasonable threat to their own safety. It's not just police murders during traffic stops. Prisoners are abused and killed during incarceration for minor offenses, and that needs to be addressed too.  Today we are launching a new petition to Congress calling for reforms. Please add your name and spread the word.

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Good News!  Nevada's assembly passed a resolution to ban capital punishment their state.
 

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