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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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Updates and Actions (November 10)

November 10, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Fratelli Tutti and dove

261. Every war leaves our world worse than it was before. War is a failure of politics and of humanity, a shameful capitulation, a stinging defeat before the forces of evil. Let us not remain mired in theoretical discussions, but touch the wounded flesh of the victims. Let us look once more at all those civilians whose killing was considered “collateral damage”. Let us ask the victims themselves. Let us think of the refugees and displaced, those who suffered the effects of atomic radiation or chemical attacks, the mothers who lost their children, and the boys and girls maimed or deprived of their childhood. Let us hear the true stories of these victims of violence, look at reality through their eyes, and listen with an open heart to the stories they tell. In this way, we will be able to grasp the abyss of evil at the heart of war. Nor will it trouble us to be deemed naïve for choosing peace.

 

Remembrance Day -- November 11

From World Without War

November 11, 2020, is Armistice Day 103 — which is 102 years since World War I was ended at a scheduled moment (11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 — killing an extra 11,000 people after the decision to end the war had been reached early in the morning).

In many parts of the world this day is called Remembrance Day and should be a day of mourning the dead and working to abolish war so as not to create any more war dead. But the day is being militarized, and a strange alchemy cooked up by the weapons companies is using the day to tell people that unless they support killing more men, women, and children in war they will dishonor those already killed.

For decades in the United States, as elsewhere, this day was called Armistice Day, and was identified as a holiday of peace, including by the U.S. government. It was a day of sad remembrance and joyful ending of war, and of a commitment to preventing war in the future. The holiday’s name was changed in the United States after the U.S. war on Korea to “Veterans Day,” a largely pro-war holiday on which some U.S. cities forbid Veterans For Peace groups from marching in their parades, because the day has become understood as a day to praise war — in contrast to how it began.

 

COVID Relief Bill

"The current pandemic has highlighted our interdependence: we are all connected to each other, for better or for worse. Therefore, to emerge from this crisis better than before, we have to do so together; together, not alone. . . We must do it together, all of us, in solidarity." 
- Pope Francis, General Audience, September 2, 2020 


Now that campaigning is over, the election is over, and a Supreme Court justice has been seated, there is no excuse for Congress failing to provide relief to individuals, businesses, and states who are suffering from COVID 19 and its effects. Is it costly? Yes, very costly, and therefore there needs to be a shift in spending  priorities. In the August, the Senate Republican proposal included $29.4 billion additional funds to the $740.5 billion military budget Congress approved just a week earlier. Some of the additional money was meant to replenish funding the White House chose to use to build the boarder wall. 

Breaking down the big numbers, here is what it looks like on a smaller scale:

  • Victoria makes the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour  
  • She works 40 hours a week and never misses a day.
  • She works 52 weeks a year and never takes a vacation
  • It would take her 1,949,602 years to make $29.4 billion.
  • That’s roughly ten times longer than human beings have existed


ACTION:

Tell your Members of Congress it is time to put aside partisan politics and come to an agreement that supports those who are poor and vulnerable during this pandemic by:

  • Providing resources to meet the needs of those who are homeless and those struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
  • Increasing SNAP benefit amounts.
  • Enacting policies that encourage and support employers to retain and rehire workers and considering additional stimulus payments.
  • Ensuring affordable healthcare access for everyone during this health crisis, but especially for the poor, uninsured, unemployed, and vulnerable populations including immigrants and refugees. 
  • Safeguarding those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 in our criminal justice system and increasing medical resources to care for those who do become ill while incarcerated.
  • Providing relief to all schools.

 

Post - Election

You are certainly aware that we are facing a post-election quite unlike any other, even in 2000. Stay informed and contact your national and state legislatures demanding that the democratic process of ballot certification and the casting of electoral votes be allowed to play out without interference. 

Maintain your inner peace, continue praying, and be ready for action to protect our democracy.

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Justice for Immigrants will offer a webinar, The Big Picture: What does the Election Mean for Immigration Policy?, on Thursday, Nov. 12, 1p.m.CT, with insights on the results of the election and what it might mean for immigration advocacy and programs going forward. Speakers include Ashley Feasley, USCCB/MRS; Theresa Cardinal Brown, Bipartisan Policy Center; Carlos Guevara, UnidosUS; and Jacinta Ma, National Immigration Forum.
 
Click here to register. 

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While there is renewed hope that climate and environmental issues will be addressed based on science and the moral imperative to care for all creation, there is much work to do and it won't be easy. Sierra Club is looking ahead. Sierra Club invites you to join a special livestream event on Thursday, November 12 at 5 pm CT to address the question, 'Where Do We Go from Here?"  RSVP Here

 

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