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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 (May 21)
Care of Earth
From Friends of the Earth:
Plastic is accumulating on our beaches and in our oceans. There could be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.
Corporations love plastic. Thanks to the fracking boom, it’s cheap for the fossil fuel industry to create. So oil and gas companies are pushing plastic consumption -- including the widespread use of one-use plastics -- to line their pockets.
But the plastic waste problem has become massive: in the United States 91% of plastic ends up being thrown away, never recycled. Some of it ultimately ends up in our oceans, where it harms or kills marine wildlife.
Call on Congress to protect our planet by supporting the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act. Sign HERE.
Today, 719 billionaires in the United States hold four times more wealth than the 165 million people in the bottom half of our economic spectrum. At the same time, the racial wealth gap continues expanding. How did we get here and what does it mean for our communities? Join me for NETWORK's newest workshop: Tax Justice for All: Unveiling the Racial Inequity of the U.S. Tax Code.
This 90-minute workshop looks at the U.S. tax code and economic inequality in two parts. First, we'll explore how the tax code currently disadvantages women and people of color together. Second, you'll work with fellow justice-seekers to reimagine a new tax code to build a just and inclusive society. For more information Click Here.
For the People Act
The For the People Act (also known as H.R. 1) intended 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 failed to make it out of the Senate Rules Committee. As a result, Senate Majority Leader Schumer will need to find a way to bring the bill to the floor himself, will need the entire Democratic caucus on board to bring it to a vote, and then will face the possibility of a filibuster. Polls show that a majority of rank-and-file Republicans support S.1 reforms, but it does not have the support of Republican senators.
In a spirit of hope we must continue to push for these reforms. Please call your Senators and urge them to support the For the People Act (S.1). If they are already co-sponsors—Thank them!
Let them know where you live and that you are a Catholic sister, teacher, health care provider, a committed citizen, or other connections you have in your community. It's powerful.
Tell them that you are a person of faith and that the democracy reforms outlined in the For the People Act (S. 1)are a moral issue for you. Ask if you can depend on them to support the bill.
The For the People Act (S1) is a once-in-a-generation package of proven reforms that would:
- Expand and protect voting rights and access to the ballot;
- Put ordinary Americans ahead of Big Money donors;
- End gerrymandering so that electoral districts are fairly drawn;
- Hold elected officials to the highest ethical standards.
Good News and Bad News:
The Idaho Board of Pardon and Parole voted to grant a hearing to Gerald Pizzuto, which will be scheduled in the November session. The State stipulated to a stay of execution to allow the clemency process to go forward.
The May 19th killing of Quintin Phillippe Jones was the 1533rd execution since 1977.
South Carolina just passed a law to force condemned prisoners to choose between being burned to death in the electric chair or shot by a firing squad.