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Nonviolence... Human trafficking... Women... The elderly... Immigrants' rights... Housing... Children... Prisoners' rights... Health care... World Hunger... Globalization, as it affects Latin America... Care of the earth... Seamless ethic of life
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.
Resources/Actions (April 23)
Care of Earth
From Pope Francis in Laudato Sí:
“Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.” (no. 91)
“A true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. (no. 49)
“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” (no. 139)
President Biden is in the midst of hosting an Earth Day climate summit to demonstrate that the United States is committed to climate action and willing to work closely with the international community towards the shared goals of the Paris Agreement. The United States has a plan to finance climate adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing countries, including how it will contribute to the Green Climate Fund.
As people of faith, we have an obligation to consider those countries that will be most burdened by climate change, which will only exacerbate existing inequities. Multilateral funds are a way for the United States to repair global relationships and engage in diplomatic partnerships, while working to address our disproportionate contributions to climate change. Learn more this and the “Green Climate Fund” here.
From Ignatian Solidarity Network:
This email-based campaign is an opportunity to explore the connections between environmental, racial, and economic justice in the period between Earth Day and Laudato Si Week. We hope that you will join us as we learn, pray, and take action for a more just world. JOIN the 21-Day Catholic Environmental Justice Challenge!
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
“The death of George Floyd highlighted and amplified the deep need to see the sacredness in all people, but especially those who have been historically oppressed,” read a statement from the U.S. bishops' conference. Although there is much work to yet to be done, we are perhaps at significant turning point in establishing an equitable justice system in our nation.
One thing we can all do is to call our senators and tell them to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R.1280).This bill opens a route to reestablish trust in law enforcement and facilitate greater police accountability, enabling them to faithfully protect the communities they are meant to serve. Call Your Senators: 1-888-496-3502
When you call, here's what you might say:
"Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [TOWN]. I am calling to encourage the Senator to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. It is clear that our legal systems are not equitably serving our communities. Violence and discrimination continue to harm communities of color across the nation. The time is long overdue for reforms that hold law enforcement accountable and equally responsible for protecting and serving everyone in society. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act helps to restore trust in law enforcement and protect the sanctity of Black lives. Please vote in support of these restorative justice measures. Thank you."
Check out the statement from Ignatian Solidarity Network and the resources listed at the end of it.
A Time to Heal
From Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation:
Please Join us on April 29, 2021 at 7 PM Central for a Live Virtual Event called A Time to Heal.
This will be an evening when members of the PBMR community here in Chicago showcasing art, music, dance, and storytelling. Emphasizing the importance of healing from trauma. It’s shaping up to be a great event, and we want to share the work, in particular with religious communities. In the Fall, we hosted a similar virtual event and invited a few communities to host “watch parties” at various community houses – which was a big success.
There would be no cost involved at all, though in full disclosure this is a fundraiser. Our goal is to share with religious communities the work that is being done, and will need to be done in the future. It’s not all gloom and doom here in Chicago (though the newspapers might have you believe otherwise), there is hope and healing.
A Time to Heal will take place on Thursday, April 29th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time.
Please note this link will not be live until April 29th at 6:50 p.m. CDT.
A Time to Heal: Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 847 6938 5447
To learn more about A Time to Heal visit this website
Here are several new petitions to sign:
- Quin Jones is scheduled to be the next person executed in the U.S. on May 19. The victim's family opposes the execution. Your signatures will go to the Texas Governor and the Texas Board of Pardons. Click here to add your name!
- Click here to ask Congress to implement police reforms to help stop extra-judicial executions.
- Tell Arizona officials NOT to resume executions.
April 29, 6:00 pm (CT) Webinar -- Death Penalty Photo Documentary Register here.