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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 (March 30)
Ayesha Jennifer Verrall MP FRACP is a New Zealand politician, infectious-diseases physician, and researcher with expertise in tuberculosis and international health. In 2020 she became a Labour Party Member of the New Zealand Parliament and a Cabinet Minister with the roles of Minister for Seniors, Minister for Food Safety, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister for Research, Science and Innovation. Dr. Ayesha Verrall has spent her career seeking to stop the spread of infectious diseases, and in a moment of global crisis, she used her knowledge to advocate a science-based approach to tackling COVID-19 and improving contact tracing that has helped save lives in New Zealand, especially among those most vulnerable. Ayesha has always understood, and seen firsthand, the link between infectious disease and inequality.
Earth Day -- Save the Date
For the last few years LCWR 9 Legislative Network has prepared an Earth Day Prayer Service for all Region 9 sisters and associates to pray together at the same time, where possible. With our newly acquired tech savvy we will be doing the service via Zoom. We invite you to begin the day of observance by joining in prayer with region 9 members on Thursday, April 22, at 9:30 am. The service will be made available to the public and for later viewing.
Earth Day Resource
Catholic Climate Covenant has announced their new 2021 Earth Day program, “Restore Our Common Home” is now available. The free one-hour educational 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.
Roundtable Discussion on Unaccompanied Children at the Border.
In response to delegation visits to migrant centers, child advocates discuss need to ensure all unaccompanied children are treated humanely This was a March 25 briefing . If you missed it, you can find it HERE.
Free Speech Dilemmas
From Marian University Social Justice Committee:
On April 13, a presentation entitled, “Free Speech Dilemmas in Social Media” featuring St. John's University Professor Kate Klonick, a leading expert on the issue will be offered from 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Registration is required for the event, which is being Zoom hosted by the Institute for Humane Studies. People can register for the event here.
Care of Earth
Recently Introduced in Congress: The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021
Contact your members of Congress to support this bill. It will address the plastic pollution crisis and protect our communities and wildlife to create a healthier, more equitable future for us all by:
- Shifting responsibility for waste management and recycling to manufacturers and producers
- Setting up a national beverage container refund program
- Establishing minimum recycled content standards
- Phasing out certain single-use plastic products that aren’t recyclable
- Prohibit plastic waste from being exported to developing countries
- Placing a moratorium on new and expanding plastic facilities until the Environmental Protection Agency updates and creates vital environmental and health regulations on those facilities.