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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 16)

March 16, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Women's History Month

Beyoncé


Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, actress, director, humanitarian, and record producer. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child.

At the 63rd Grammy Awards on Sunday, Beyoncé made history as she earned her 28th win, making her the show's most-decorated female artist. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.  

In April 2020, Beyoncé donated $6 million to the National Alliance in Mental Health, UCLA and local community-based organizations in order to provide mental health and personal wellness services to essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her Foundation, BeyGOOD, also teamed up with local organizations to help provide resources to communities of color, including food, water, cleaning supplies, medicines and face masks.

 

Care of Earth

From Catholic Climate Movement:

The Church invites you to take action to care for our common home. Answer the call and become a Laudato Si Animator!  Watch a video and register here for an upcoming training beginning April 14.

The Sisters of St. Agnes are generous supporters of the work of Catholic Climate Movement

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Did you know that only 9% of plastic gets recycled?  Read about and watch a brief vide here. Perhaps one week in Lent you might fast from plastic.

 

Immigration

Immigration Legislation Requires Urgent Action

This week, the House is expected to vote on the Dream and Promise Act (HR6) and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (HR1063)—both of which would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants. However, HR6 excludes certain immigrants based on their past encounters with the U.S. criminal justice system, which disproportionately targets Black and Brown communities. This week is a critical moment to raise our voices and advocate for Congress to advance inclusive legislation that upholds the dignity of all.

  • Advocate | Urge Congressional Leaders to drop all criminalization bars in HR6
  • Call Congress | Join Faith on the Phones this Tuesday and Wednesday at 1 pm ET and Thursday at 5 pm ET to make advocacy calls on behalf of the bills
  • Petition | Demand that the House pass the Dream and Promise Act without delay
  • Toolkit | Call Congress and spread the word on social media

 

Forced Labor and the Fishing Industry

Each year, the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) launches a Campaign that begins during Lent to raise Catholic awareness of forced labor in the fishing industry. This year, due to the global pandemic, a new humanitarian crisis has emerged that is severely impacting all men and women who work at sea.

Thus in 2021, CCOAHT - together with Stella Maris and the Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America (AOS-USA) - are urging Catholics and all people of good will to pay witness to the life of the seafarer and to leverage their voices as community members and consumers to uplift the safety and wellbeing of one of the world’s most invisible group of essential workers.
 
Click here to download some background about the Campaign and more information. 

 

Peace and Nonviolence

End the Draft.

Congress is about make a fast-track decision to expand draft registration to women -- without even a hearing.

Litigation challenging the Constitutionality of the requirement for men, but not women, to register with the Selective Service System is pending in the Supreme Court, and is forcing Congress to choose either to end draft registration or to expand it to women as well as men.

Congress Members need to hear from us that it is time to finally abolish draft registration in the United States. Click Here to email your Representative and our two Senators. 

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End Sanctions During the Pandemic

As a result of broad U.S. economic sanctions, countries such as Iran, Syria, Venezuela, North Korea, Sudan, and Zimbabwe struggle without adequate food, electricity, medicine, medical supplies, masks and respirators. Those who suffer most under sanctions include pregnant women, children, and the chronically ill. Click here to tell President Biden to lift deadly sanctions during the pandemic.

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