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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.
Updates and Actions
Lord, Father of our human family,
you created all human beings equal in dignity:
pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit
and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter,
dialogue, justice and peace.
Move us to create healthier societies
and a more dignified world,
a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.
May our hearts be open
to all the peoples and nations of the earth.
May we recognize the goodness and beauty
that you have sown in each of us,
and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects,
and shared dreams. Amen.
Protect School Meal Program
The Trump Administration has proposed a rule that would continue the rollback of the healthy nutrition standards for school meals. It is time to get on the record against this damaging rule. Use our platform to quickly submit a model comment letter or send your own letter directly to USDA.
During a time of unprecedented food insecurity rates and health disparities, our nation’s children need strong, evidence-based school nutrition standards that support their learning, health, and well-being.
Yet, this last-ditch effort seeks to sustain existing rollbacks -- making permanent weaker nutrition standards for whole grains, sodium, and milk.
As part of USDA’s effort to railroad this through, there is only 30 days to comment. You need to act quickly to have your voice heard!
Comment Deadline: December 28, 2020
End Forced Labor
Write a letter for the Action Network letter campaign: Tell Senate: Support the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.
Since a brutal crackdown on civil liberties protests in 2009, the Chinese government has systematically exploited Uyghur and other Muslim ethnic minorities in a network of forced-labor camps.
In March, it came to light that Amazon, Apple and dozens of other U.S. companies have been benefiting from this horrendous system.
The House version of the bill was approved by a staggering 406-3 in September. That's why it's important we write to our Senators today and ask them to support S. 3471
Write a letter. Click here:
Join more than 800,000+ people who have signed on to the call HERE asking to save Dustin John Higgs from the death penalty. Higgs is accused of killing three girls, but maintains his innocence, as do all witnesses to the crime including one man who himself confessed to the murders. Higgs is scheduled to be executed by the outgoing Trump administration just five days before the presidential inauguration of death-penalty opponent Joe Biden.
Congress passed the Global Child Thrive Act
As we honor International Migrants Day this Friday, let’s celebrate that thousands of migrant and refugee children facing adversity will benefit from the passing of the Global Child Thrive Act which now awaits the final step of being signed into law. All children should be able to grow and thrive, and we are one step closer to accomplishing that vision.
Webinar Notice: Responding to Family Separation: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward
Please join this webinar on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 2 PM CT as presenters examine the consequences of family separation on immigrant families over the last half decade and provide recommendations to prevent family separation in the future. The panelists are:
Leah Chavla, Senior Policy Advisor, Women's Refugee Commission
Carol Anne Donohue, Managing Attorney, Family Reunification Project, Al Otro Lado
Ashley Feasley, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, USCCB/MRS
Jeremy McLean, Policy & Advocacy Manager, Justice in Motion
Please join us for the webinar at Bit.ly/Family_Separation
Care of the Earth
From the Mercy Justice Team:
The clothing we wear, especially the demand for “fast fashion has an unseen price on the lives of the workers and on the environment. In the effort to produce clothes more cheaply and quickly, companies often turn to workers in underdeveloped nations, where they are paid unfair wages and may work in slave-like conditions that contribute to the cycle of poverty. In garment factories, children may be put to work at any or all stages of the supply chain, from the production of cotton, to the yarn spinning, to the final cuts and sewing stages. The 2018 Stop Child Labor Coalition estimated that there are nearly 200 million child laborers throughout the world. Clothing production also creates a significant environmental impact, such as the massive amount of waste created as newer fashion trends push older ones into landfills.
The clothing industry is the second largest consumer of water in the world after agriculture. It takes about 1800 gallons of water to produced one pair of jeans. This is roughly the average amount of water used by an American in 20 days.. Dyes and harmful chemicals used in manufacturing are often toxic, not only for the workers but also for the environment, as the production waste is frequently discharged into the surrounding communities and area waterways, compromising sanitation and creating health risks to those living nearby.
While donating used clothing is better than putting it in the trash, most donated clothing ends up in the landfill, is sold to textile recyclers or is sent overseas. Recycling clothing for insulation, carpet padding, yarn, or paper, does reduce greenhouse emissions. But clothing sent overseas to be sold cheaply in poor countries has the effect of depressing and harming the local markets for clothing. You may read more here about what happens to your donated clothing.
How can we shop to promote the use of sustainable and ethical practices in the manufacturing of the clothes we wear and protect the people and places that produce them?
- Buy Fair Trade, Ethically Sourced, or Organic. Many companies have eco-conscious product lines and sustainability reports. Clothing made from synthetic fibers such as acrylic, nylon, polyester, coated finishes and the stretchy parts of clothing are made from oil.
- Buy secondhand clothing. If everyone bought one secondhand item of clothing a year instead of new clothing, this would be the equivalent of taking ½ million cars off the road.
- Keep your clothing longer. The average American now generates 82 pounds of textile waste each year. Even keeping clothing for 9 months longer reduces the carbon footprint for that garment by 30%
We hope that the attached reflection sheet helps you further consider your use and purchasing of clothing and the impacts of "fast fashion.". Access segments of this four-part series, or of previous series in the Mercy Earth Challenge, in the resources HERE