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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 (May 14)

May 14, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Care of Earth

To celebrate the end of the Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year, Pope Francis invites the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to joyfully participate in Laudato Si’ Week 2021, to be held My 16-25 May. The theme for the weeklong celebration is, “for we know that things can change” (Laudato Si’ 13).

The week will feature presentations from world-renowned leaders that will showcase how they’ve transformed their communities and invite Catholics to take similar action regionally and locally.

Catholics will be uniting at a crucial time in 2021. In November, at COP26, countries must announce their plans to meet the goals of the Paris agreement. At COP15, scheduled for October in China, the world will have the opportunity to set meaningful and robust targets to protect creation. So, the dialogues will carry a special focus on advocacy efforts aimed at raising the Catholic voice ahead of COP15 and COP26.

More information can be found at laudatosiweek.org. All of the events will be streaming to the Laudato Si Week webpage, the IHD and GCCM’s YouTube Channels.

 

For the People Act Advances

The Senate on Tuesday advanced S. 1, the For the People Act, setting up a floor vote on the bill. The For the People Act is a bill in the United States Congress to expand voting rights, change campaign finance laws to reduce the influence of money in politics, limit partisan gerrymandering, and create new ethics rules for federal officeholders. Contact your Senators. Phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

 

Immigration

Today, President Biden is meeting with DACA recipients in the oval office. Here is the NBC story previewing this meeting. Thank President Biden Here for meeting with DACA recipients today and ask your members of Congress to act now.

 

Capital Punishment

He's Already in Hospice - Stop the Execution of Gerald Pizzuto Jr. in Idaho. Gerald Pizzuto's attorney: "At 64, Mr. Pizzuto is a frail shell of the man he once was. He has stage 4 cancer and is approaching natural death. The idea that such a sick, feeble man presents enough of a danger to society that he must be executed is far-fetched."  Sign the petition to Idaho Governor Brad Little and Idaho Pardons and Parole Commission to stop this execution.

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On May 19, 2021, Quintin Phillippe Jones is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas for the 1999 murder of his great-aunt, Berthena Bryant. A grassroots effort is underway to seek a commutation of his death sentence to life in prison without any possibility of parole.

Jones has accepted full responsibility for his crimes and has repeatedly expressed profound remorse and regret. He committed the crime when he was 20 years old, after a tragic childhood of violence and abuse that was as nightmarish as anyone could imagine.

In the 20-plus years he has spent on death row, he has transformed himself into a decent, compassionate, thoughtful person.

Sign a petition for clemency for Quintin and other execution petitions here, opportunities to help stop federal executions here, and a special action to call on Congress to take steps to end extra-judicial executions in the United States

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