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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 4)

March 04, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Women's History Month

Vijanya Gadde


Vijanya Gadde, an Indian-American, is Twitter's legal, public policy and trust and safety lead. She was recently in the news for being at the forefront of the unprecedented decision, following the attempted insurrection of the US Capitol by supporters of the outgoing President, to "permanently suspended" him from Twitter. 

Gadde serves on the Board of Trustees of New York University Law School and the Board of Directors of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian aid and development organization, which partners with communities, corporations, and governments. She is also a co-founder of #Angels, an investment collective focused on funding diverse and ambitious founders pursuing bold ideas.  

International Women's Day - March 8

On International Women’s Day, you can hear from women in three Central American countries that have been heavily impacted by U.S. foreign policy: El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Through a video montage of interviews they will share their personal experiences of being caught in circumstances that threatened their livelihoods and their families. Register Here.

 

Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault

For all too many survivors of sexual assault, the path to healing is being blocked by the rape kit backlog. Right now, countless survivors’ kits are languishing on a shelf in evidence rooms and labs across the U.S. Ask your representative to support appropriations to remedy this backlog. Sign Here.

 

Immigration

From Center for Migration Studies New York:

If you want to keep up with what is happening with immigration, this resource provides a good summary.

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A petition asking for a pathway to US citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living in the US is available HERE.

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Join the National Immigrant Justice Center  next Thursday, March 11, at 12:00 p.m. CT to get up to speed on what is happening now with asylum and how you can help advocate for people fleeing persecution. Sign up now for the event, A New Era for Protecting the Right to Asylum.

 

COVID Relief

The House passed the COVID Relief bill and now the Senate must act. Contact your senators and let them know where you stand. Sign Here. 

 

Pharma and COVID-19 Vaccines

Extending Intellectual Property protections for pharma companies has led to higher prices for meds, not greater investment in development of affordable products. The World Trade Organizations must waive proprietary protections for COVID-19 vaccines to end this pandemic. Sign this petition to show your support.

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An investigation is bringing to light how the Big Pharma corporation Pfizer has been playing hardball with Latin American governments. These governments are attempting to acquire COVID-19 vaccine doses.

The most effective way to end the pandemic is to vaccinate the world. To do this, it takes a People’s Vaccine: the technology and know-how to make a COVID-19 vaccine should be shared with the world.  Add Your Voice (click at the top that you are not Ruth)

 

Peace and Non-Violence

From the School Sisters of Notre Dame:

Senator Jeff Merkley has introduced a bill to suspend U.S. support for the government of Honduras until the widespread corruption and human rights violations cease. The bill, the Honduras Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Act of 2021, presents an opportunity for the U.S. to help address some of the root causes of instability and violence in the region. Sign to support it. 

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From Pace e Bene:

The Compassion as Presence course: The six-week deep dive into meditation for nonviolent living starts today, March 4. This sample meditation is a great way to get a taste of the benefits of a guided mindfulness practice.

 

Care of Earth

From Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration - Ecospirituality Committee:

All are invited to the next Lunch & Learn session, “Ecology of Creativity and Community for the Backyard and the Future of the Planet”, Tuesday March 9, from noon to 1pm CT. Learn about the connections between the science of ecology and the spiritual traditions of the Earth community, how Creation is an ongoing movement of becoming, of generativity that starts in our own backyards. For more information and to register Click Here.

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