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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 (Sept. 29)

September 29, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA
Season of Creation

CONSUMPTION
Everything that lives must consume. But currently humans are consuming at an unsustainable pace with damaging consequences for our society and our planet. The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population but consumes about 30 percent of the world’s resources and creates almost 30 percent of the world’s waste.

Action:

  1. Shop less
  2. Reuse, refurbish, repair
  3. Buy in bulk
  4. Buy products from environmentally and socially responsible companies.
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With wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and rising sea levels causing chaos around the world, we need presidential debate moderators to questions about this existential threat.
 
Sign the petition: Demand all upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates discuss climate change!

 

 

Immigrants and Refugees
Some Good News
In his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis reminds us that “the precariousness that we have come to experience as a result of this pandemic is a constant in the lives of displaced people.”

The Global Child Thrive Act, which would help refugee and migrant children thrive, was recently voted on and passed through the House of Representatives This is a monumental achievement in the work  to support displaced families.  

Join together with Catholic Relief Service University on Wednesday, September 30, from 12:00-12:30 p.m. CST to celebrate how the voices of many partners across the country are changing the lives of children around the world. The next steps in getting the bill passed by the U.S. Senate will be discussed.

Join on Zoom

 

If prompted to enter a password, enter: CRS2020
To connect by phone, dial: 646-558-8656
Enter 984 0274 1323 when prompted for the meeting ID.

Learn about the root causes of immigration that impact nearly 80 milion displaced people around the world Here.
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ACTION NEEDED TODAY

Urge President Trump to Allow Refugees, Including Religious Minorities, to Come to the United States
 
As the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30) approaches, the Trump Administration is required to determine the number of refugees allowed to be admitted to the U.S., a process known as the "Presidential Determination". The FY2020 number was set at 18,000 refugees, the all-time-lowest number in the history of resettlement. Meanwhile, there are over 26 million refugees worldwide with approximately 2 million needing resettlement.

Despite the continued global need, it is uncertain that President Trump will even announce a Presidential Determination, meaning no refugees could even come to the United States to reunite with their families or be free from religious persecution. Already there has been a huge loss for religious minorities, for example in 2016, 1524 Iraqi Christians received refuge in the United States, in 2019, only 86 did- a 94% decrease.

As Catholics, we affirm the inherent dignity of every person and the ability of refugees to seek security and safety for themselves and family members. We continue to be deeply concerned that ending refugee resettlement mean that refugees fleeing persecution are left in harm's way, that refugee families are left separated across the continents and that the U.S. retreats in its global leadership position.
  
 Action Alert to President Trump.  Scroll to the bottom to sign the petition. 
 
Learn more about refugees and refugee resettlement on the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants resource page.

 

 

Holding Corporations Accountable

Would you like the money you invest through your 401(k) or pension to be used to create a greener and more just world?   

If the Department of Labor (DOL) gets its way, using these investments to urge corporations to act on labor, climate and many other corporate responsibility issues will be nearly impossible. 

Sign the petition so we can continue to hold corporations accountable for their impacts on people and the planet. 

Currently, 401(k) fund managers can vote to support shareholder resolutions that call on companies to be more responsible.  Voting this way curbs the worst corporate excesses and may even make companies more profitable in the long run. Shareholder resolutions address crucial issues such as worker rights, human health, the climate crisis, pollution, and corporate political activity. 

But corporations don’t like these corporate responsibility shareholder resolutions, which have been gaining higher vote counts. 

DOL is taking action to protect the worst corporate polluters and human rights offenders. It clearly wants to create a hostile environment for shareholder voting and to have any votes cast simply side with management. 

There is a brief public comment period for this proposed rule.  
Sign our petition by October 3, 2020 to make your voice heard for corporate accountability.

 

 

Peaceful and Just Elections

 

Continue the virtual tour with Nuns on the Bus. Register Here

 

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