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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 27)
Care of Earth
In twin Earth Day messages, Pope Francis warned a gathering of world leaders and the global community at large that "we are at the edge" with climate change, and the time to take action is now.
"Both the global catastrophes, Covid and climate change, prove that we do not have time to wait," Francis said in a pre-recorded video for Earth Day Live.
"Time urges us, and as COVID-19 demonstrated, we do have the tools to face the loss. We have the instruments. This is the moment to act. We are at the edge."
"We need to ensure that the environment is cleaner, purer and that it is conserved. We must care for nature so that nature may care for us."
What benefit is there from all our efforts, be they large or small, to care for Earth?
- Clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing, swimming
- Clear, clean air for plants, animals and humans to breathe
- Rich, fertile, nourishing soil to provide abundant, healthy food
- Beauty to behold -- blue skies, crystal clear water, lush vegetation, myriads of animal species
- Good health
- A thriving planet
Militarism and Climate Change
From World Beyond War:
Both anti-war and climate movements are fighting for justice and life for all people on a livable planet. It's increasingly clear that we can't have one without the other. No climate justice, no peace, no planet.
Join us on April 29 for a webinar on the intersections between climate justice and anti-war movements. Register Here
Protect the Right to Vote
Letter Writing Party
CSA's Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee invites you to a Zoom party -- Saturday, May 1, 2:00 pm CDT.
While anti-voter bills proposed in Wisconsin will be addressed, discussion about threats to voting rights and the letter writing will be pertinent to all. If you are interested, reply to this email and I will send you the Zoom link, sample letters, and helpful letter writing information.
Our social and civic responsibility encourages us to inform legislators when we have concerns about their actions. Currently our politicians are involved in legislation impacting our democratic rights related to the Right to Vote. We, as citizens and as Catholics, are concerned that voting in our state and country will become more difficult, more selective and restrictive, more controlled by political factions. Join us Saturday afternoon.
John Lewis Mobilization Town Hall
Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET
At this virtual town hall with the Workers Circle and activists from across the nation, we will learn why The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the For the People Act are crucial to protecting our democracy and everyone's right to vote and we will receive information to prepare for the upcoming John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Day of Action on May 8. Register Here.
From Georgetown University Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life:
An Online Dialogue on Owning Slavery, Pursuing Justice, Seeking Reconciliation: Lessons from Georgetown and the U.S. Jesuits, Thursday, April 29, 2021, 11:30 p.m. CDT. Register Here.
Ending Human Trafficking
The ability to sue human traffickers in civil court or use other legal means to make them pay - quite literally - for their crimes is an important tool for holding traffickers accountable and supporting survivors as they heal and rebuild their lives.
The Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act (S.895) would remove one hurdle by ensuring that civil damages, restitution or other monetary awards given to human trafficking survivors are exempt from federal income taxes.
Tell your elected representatives to support (S.895) HERE.
Consider these corporate tax horror stories:
- In 2020, 55 major U.S. corporations paid ZERO dollars in federal income taxes, even though they collectively enjoyed almost $40.5 billion in pre-tax profits.
- In 2018 over 1,500 U.S.-based multinational corporations paid an average U.S. tax rate of just 7.8% (even though the corporate tax rate is 21%)―a rate much lower than most middle-class families pay.
- American corporations dodge an estimated $60 billion a year in U.S. taxes by shifting profits and production offshore.
President Biden’s Made in America Tax Plan raises $2.5 trillion by increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, closing loopholes that have incentivized multinational corporations to outsource jobs and shift profits to offshore tax havens, placing a 15% minimum tax on corporations so they can’t get away with paying $0 in taxes, ending fossil fuel tax subsidies and more.
In order to create an equitable recovery from this pandemic and build an economy that works for all of us, it’s time for corporations to pay their fair share in taxes.
Sign the petition demanding Congress invest in our country’s future. (Click that you are not Ruth).
From Win Without War:
With your help, we can make sure Congress hears us loud and clear when we say weapons of war do not belong in our streets. Together, we can push Congress to do their job — that means representing AND and protecting us with legislation that will ban assault weapons from our streets. Sign this petition asking congress to ban assault weapons.