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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/Actions (March 12)

March 12, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Women's History Month

Vanessa Nakate 
 

Vanessa Nakate is a 24 year old Ugandan climate justice activist. She grew up in Kampala and started her activism in December 2018 after becoming concerned about the unusually high temperatures in her country.  

Inspired by Greta Thunberg to start her own climate movement in Uganda, Nakate began a solitary strike against inaction on the climate crisis in January 2019. For several months she was the lone protester outside of the gates of the Parliament of Uganda. Eventually, other youth began to respond to her calls on social media for others to help draw attention to the plight of the Congolian rainforests. Nakate founded the Youth for Future Africa, the Rise Up Movement and started the Green Schools project.  

Nakate was on the list of the BBC's 100 Women in 2020 and also one of Time's 100 in 2021.

 

Immigration

The House is expected to vote on two very important bills next week. Both provide path to citizenship to millions of our neighbors, co-workers and friends.  See this letter of support for both from USCCB.

Call your US Representative and tell them to stand with immigrant youth, TPS holders, and farmworkers by supporting The Dream And Promise Act (H.R. 6 - 117th) and Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R.1537). Call 213-335-2333

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The Biden administration is expected to take executive action to increase refugee arrivals and begin restoring the resettlement program.  

Church World Service has developed letters to the Biden Administration urging the restoration and strengthening of the refugee resettlement program. You can sign on using this form.  Sign Here  All signatures are due by the close of business, March 18, 2021.

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From Church World Service:


Since February 1st, 18 deportation flights have gone to Haiti, expelling over 1,000 Haitians, including at least 270 children, under a policy of the last administration, that uses COVID-19 as an excuse to deny immigrants access to the asylum process. Thousands of other immigrants, including people from Cameroon and Mauritania, face harm upon being deported to their home country due to violent crime and political instability.  
 
It is vital that the administration re-designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti and designate TPS for Cameroon and TPS (or Deferred Enforced Departure, DED) for Mauritania - and end ongoing deportations of our Black immigrant neighbors. TPS was created to provide protection from deportation to those already in the United States when it is unsafe for their return home – precisely the conditions Mauritania, Cameroon, and Haiti face. It is imperative that we make our voices heard to our national leaders - join us in taking action today

CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Click here to send an email to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative!
 
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN] and [as a person of faith / refugee] I urge you to tell the Biden administration to re-designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, as well as designate TPS for Cameroon and TPS (or DED) for Mauritania. Since the beginning of February, 18 deportation flights have left the U.S., expelling over 1,000 Haitians, including at least 270 children, and other migrants, including from Cameroon and Mauritania, who face harm upon returning to their home country due to violent crime and political instability. I urge you to call upon the administration to do its part to protect our Black immigrant neighbors seeking safety by calling on the administration to take swift action for these countries. The targeting and prioritization of Black immigrants for deportation is immoral and wrong. My community welcomes Black immigrants and asylum seekers, and I urge you to do the same.”

 

Campaign Nonviolence

From Pace e Bene

Campaign Nonviolence Skillbuilding Webinar: Building Momentum 90-minute Webinar on Zoom

When: Tuesday March 23, 7-8:30 pm CST

Objective: Learn about how to grow participation, do creative outreach, and connect people to the movement. This is the first of a series of skillbuilding webinars for Pace e Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence. 

Facilitator: Rivera Sun  Cost: $20, or sign-up for Action Week and get a free pass!  Register Here.

 

Capital Punishment

There is one execution scheduled for the month of April. Lawyers for Ramiro Gonzales have raised 10 error points from his 2006 trial, including claims that his confession was not sufficiently corroborated by independent evidence. They also challenged testimony from a forensic psychiatrist who told jurors Gonzales would be a continuing threat, one of the questions a jury must decide when considering a death sentence. Read more about the case and sign the petition to save Ramiro.  

 

Another Action to Stop Pipeline 3

As a person of faith and spiritual practice, your voice is needed for this movement to stop the destructive pipelines that are threatening our water, our land, and our communities. Please sign this nationwide petition and call on President Biden to use his executive office to stop Line 3. Sign Here

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