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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.


 

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The Other Twin Pandemic

December 03, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Fratelli Tutti and dove

Some economic rules have proved effective for growth, but not for integral human development. Wealth has increased, but together with inequality, with the result that “new forms of poverty are emerging”. #21

While one part of humanity lives in opulence, another part sees its own dignity denied, scorned or trampled upon, and its fundamental rights discarded or violated”.  What does this tell us about the equality of rights grounded in innate human dignity? #22

Homelessness and Hunger

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  James 2: 15-16

As COVID-19 continues to impact the economy, more people are finding themselves homeless and/or without food while those already destitute prior to the pandemic are worse off. At the same time the Stock Market is setting record highs. The wealthy have grown richer while many enter poverty. By the end of this month more than 13 million people stand to lose their unemployment benefits. There is still no agreement in Congress over a relief package. Contact your members of Congress to demand a package that keeps people from losing their homes and going hungry.

As a part of your Christmas giving remember the hungry and be generous in supporting your local food bank.

 

The Death Penalty
Human Rights in Crisis: The U.S. Federal Execution Spree
A Virtual Conference on the Death Penalty
December 6 through 12, 2020
 

Five federal executions are scheduled between December 10 (international Human Rights Day) and January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr's birthday), and more could be scheduled. Please join us for a series of on-line panel discussions about this unprecedented federal execution spree and state of the death penalty in the United States today. Click HERE for details. On the right side click on tickets and then click on the first option.

 

Refugees/Migration

Migration Policy Institute Webinar:
Two Years into the Life of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration: A Status Check
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2020 
7:30 A.M. CT  
Register Here 

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From the Justice Conference of Women Religious

We invite you as a faith leader to sign on to the Root Causes Policy Framework developed by our coalition of grassroots and faith-based organizations – along with religious leaders – in Central America, Mexico and the US. The deadline is Friday, December 4. CSA has already signed on as a congregation.
 
We offer this framework for action, with the goal of fundamentally changing economic, migration, development and human rights policies in the region while helping all of our families and communities to survive this crisis and rebuild a future with justice and equity. We will be engaging policymakers in the US, Mexico and Central America around these priorities over the next year.
 
You can view the final version of the framework here.

 

Ending Human Trafficking

Stop Trafficking Newsletter for December

As consumers we are all complicit in labor trafficking. This issue focuses on how we can use our buying power to help end labor trafficking. Click HERE.  

 

Transform American Democracy

From Network:

President-elect and the 117th Congress must prioritize the For the People Act in 2021 -- an overhaul of voting, elections, money-in-politics, and ethics laws that will make our democracy more inclusive, more representative, and less partisan. In order to to rebuild and heal this nation, we need to start with a solid foundation.

The For the People Act (H.R. 1) 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;
- Clean up government and hold elected officials to the highest ethical standards.

Sign the Petition

 

Care of the Earth

Laudato Si' Action Platform Webinar

 Join this Webinar December 14, 10:00-11:30 CT to learn more about a very exciting Vatican initiative.
 
The Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development is planning a May roll out of a seven-year plan to help Catholic communities around the world become more sustainable in the spirit of the integral human development of Laudato Si’.  The seven-year effort includes mobilizing seven sectors within the global Catholic community: families; dioceses; schools; universities; healthcare centers; business and agriculture; and religious orders to journey toward seven goals: responding to the cry of Earth; responding to the cry of the poor; building ecological economies; adopting simple lifestyles; creating ecological education; recovering ecological spirituality; and promoting community action and advocacy.
 
No need to register. Just join us on Zoom December 14 at 11:00! Plan to sign in early to be sure you get a “seat.”
 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83965964940?pwd=WFNxU2FzMFdVUkwza283R2dEaFNBZz09 
Meeting ID: 839 6596 4940
Passcode: 105283
 

 

 

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