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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.
Resources/Actions (March 23)
"It’s not an exaggeration to say that the health of the world lies in the hands of Aurélia Nguyen" (Time Magazine, February 17, 2021). It is Nguyen’s job, as managing director of the COVAX Facility, to ensure that the lifesaving and pandemic-ending vaccines developed against COVID-19 reach as many people around the world as possible.
Until her appointment with COVAX, Aurélia served as Gavi’s Managing Director for Vaccines & Sustainability. She and her team were responsible for designing ways for Gavi’s resources to support financially sustainable vaccine programs and markets, and ultimately increase life-saving vaccines.
Prior to joining Gavi, Aurélia held a variety of posts between 1999 and 2010 within GlaxoSmithKline, where she led the development of GSK’s policies on access to medicines and vaccines in the developing world. She has also undertaken research for the World Health Organization on generic medicines policies.
Take action to raise revenue for needed investments in our future. Several bills to do this and make the tax code more have been introduced in Congress over the past month. Begin to build a just tax system by calling your Representative TODAY at 888-436-6478.
Call Your Representative Now: 888-436-6478
When you call, here's what you might say:
"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [TOWN]. I am calling to encourage the Representative to support H.R. 1459 (the Wealth Tax Bill), H.R. 1785 (No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act), and H.R 1116 (the IRS Enhancement and Tax Gap Reduction Act) in order to make our tax code more just and equitable. Will you please ask the Representative to support these bills? Thank you."
Become a grassroots co-signer of Elizabeth Warren's Pramila Jayapal's and Brendan Boyle's new wealth tax (H.R. 1459). Sign Here.
Ending Racism and Misogyny
The Leaderships Conference of Women Religious has released this statement in response to mass shooting in Atlanta.
From Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns:
2021 Catholic Social Tradition Conference, March 25–27, 2021
Virtual and free due to the coronavirus.
"Action on behalf of justice and participation in the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of preaching the gospel," Justice in the World"
Thursday, March 25, 2021
7:00–7:15 p.m. | Introduction and Award Presentation
7:15–8:45 p.m. | Racial Justice—Engaging the Structure of Oppression
Friday, March 26, 2021
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Creating a Global Vision of Justice
4:00–5:15 p.m. | Hearing the Gospel and Spreading Good News
7:00–8:15 p.m. | Justice in the World of Work: Global, National, Local Perspectives
Saturday, March 27, 2021
9:00–10:15 a.m. | Starting Justice at Home
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Earth Day 2021 Resource
From Catholic Climate Covenant:
The new 2021 Earth Day program, “Restore Our Common Home” is now available to be part of your planning. With spiritual nourishment and practical activities, the free one-hour educational program can be easily downloaded. The program is intended for Earth Day (April 22), the 6th anniversary of Laudato Si’ (May 16-24), or whenever works for you. The interactive program includes prayers, readings, a short video, discussion questions, and suggested “restoration” activities.
Care of Earth
World Water Day was March 22. The UN’s #ActNow campaign promotes the following changes to address water scarcity:
- Take five minute showers: Water scarcity affects four out of ten people. 80% of wastewater is never treated so taking shorter showers is an important step to wasting less water.
- Don’t throw away edible food: 1/3 of food grown globally is lost or goes to waste. Agriculture is one of the largest water consumers, and reducing your food waste also reduces water waste.
- Turn off tech: 90% of power generation is water intensive. Power down devices when not in use and unplug chargers to prevent “vampire energy” use as they still use energy when plugged in.
- Shop sustainably: A typical pair of jeans takes 10,000 liters of water to produce, equal to what a person drinks in 10 years. Source your clothing from responsible companies or consider buying used clothing which reduces the consumption of water and other resources.
Calculate your water footprint at watercalculator.org.
Christ, who was baptized in water of the River Jordan and lived by the sea of Galilee, guide us to reflect and act as we recognize that the crisis of climate change is so linked with water. Grace us with the thirst for the knowledge and wisdom we need so we can become part of the solution to this global challenge. Giver of life, creator of water, grant us the strength and the resolve to work to save the precious gift of Creation. In Your name, we pray. Amen.