Justice Updates – Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Are we doomed? Or can we really stop climate change? NPR interviews an energy entrepreneur, an urban planner, and a farmer who describe what it would be like to live in a zero-carbon world. It’s 2050 And This Is How We Stopped Climate Change

What you can do to make peace with the earth during Lent.   Fast from meat a couple of days a week… from purchasing new items… from using disposable items.

Death Penalty.  This 1982 article written by Mary Meehan and published by American about Ten reasons to oppose the death penalty is as relevant today as then. Why haven’t we learned?  Check it out.

Why Boycott Wendy’s?  Read this great New York Times article about why colleges are kicking Wendy’s off their campuses.  It’s about the TOMATOES and the farmworkers who grow them. It’s also about labor trafficking.

H.R.6 Dream and Promise Act. If you haven’t done this yet, call your representative and urge him/her to support this bill. There’s more information on the Justice Update for March 19. It’s time to protect immigrants with TPS (Temporary Protected Status), DED (Deferred Enforced Departure), and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)  J.D. Long-Garcia describes what DACA recipients think of the Dream and Promise Act.

Fast and Pray. The Immigration Reform Committee invite you to pray that the hearts and minds of people who fear our immigrant sisters and brothers will come to recognize the human suffering that moves people to flee from their homes.

Shelter for Migrants. Click here for an update from the CCS Monastery shelter.

Another Border Opportunity. Sisters Rachel Sena and Esther Calderon share that Casas Alitas needs volunteers to help with asylum seekers. .

The Diocese of Tucson needs help on the Border in Yuma, AZ (4 hours west of Tucson that borders California and Mexico) where Catholic bilingual ecclesial lay ministers are working to provide services to immigrants coming through the port-of-entry of San Luis, AZ and San Luis. Mexico. This is coordinated by diocesan networks. In Tucson, the Diocesan House for immigrant families called CASAS ALITAS needs volunteers who are willing to support the medical professionals, cook, drive families to bus stations, clean bathrooms, sort clothes, play with young children, help in any capacity needed. Casa Alitas is temporarily housed in the former Benedictine Monastery, where Sr. Esther goes to lead the Rosary in Spanish, or just-be-present-to young mothers and dads with children. No Spanish Necessary…however…if you are bilingual this is a plus to minister directly with refugees seeking asylum. These children are not in schools because they are in transit to another state within days. Numbers will only increase.

Housing: 3 bedrooms available here in our CASA GUADALUPE OP Peace house in Tucson. We are open to receiving Associates or Sisters who wish to visit the Border for 1-2 week visit and design an educational program to help our OP Peace membership to consider this place as a place for short term mission placement. We will gladly work with any who would and could do this.  Collecting socks, children’s clothes for both refugees and homeless communities here in this diocese is another option. 

Contact Sr. Gemma Doll if you are interested in this opportunity.

Click here for an article from Tucson newspaper describing Casa Alitas as “sanctuary truly extraordinary “



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