Justice Updates – Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Death Penalty Resources.  The Peace and Nonviolence Committee invites you to reflect and pray about the Death Penalty Corporate Stance and the rationale for taking this stance.  Please click here for the corporate stance, the rationale, and articles about the Death Penalty.

Pope Francis changed the Catechism saying executions are an attack on human dignity and promising that the church would work “with determination” to abolish capital punishment worldwide.  Read more in this New York Times article and from Crux Now.

An invitation to go to the Border.  Sisters Manuela Crisologo Gonzalez and Barbara Kane are going to El Paso from July 7 – 22. If you are interested, please contact Sr. Barbara at bkane@oppeace.org.

Update on Asylum Seekers.  On April 29, 2019, President Trump issued a memorandum directing the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security to issue regulations on asylum by July 28th. The USCCB Justice for Immigrants prepared this information to explain more about this memorandum.

Thousands of unaccompanied children are coming to the border. They are sent to ‘influx’ or emergency shelters like the infamous Homestead, Florida facility. Justice for Immigrants has prepared this fact sheet about these facilities and how they can be made better.

Earth Day Network is launching a new program called Foodprints for the Future to address one of the largest contributors to climate change facing us today – our food system.  A foodprint measures the environmental impacts associated with growing, producing, transporting, and storing our food – from the natural resources consumed, to the pollution produced, to the greenhouse gases emitted. The campaign will enhance literacy around our food choices and food waste and create a call to connect plant based food choices with climate solutions. For more information about Foodprints for the Future visit foodprints.earthday.org. 

The Administration has proposed to weaken regulatory oversight of overseas gun sales by transferring export controls from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce. The decision to transfer control will allow semi-automatic pistols, assault-style firearms, sniper rifles, and ammunition from the United States Munitions List to be exported under significantly less stringent criteria, effectively exacerbating gun violence, human rights abuses and armed conflict abroad. Additionally, this transfer eliminates existing congressional oversight of arms transfers by circumventing the Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Assistance Act – laws that provide critical oversight impacting human rights abuses. Congress has introduced two bills to prevent this dangerous transfer: H.R. 1134, sponsored by Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA-35) and S. 459, sponsored by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). Please ask your elected officials to co-sponsor and vote for these bills to ensure adequate oversight of firearms sales abroad.

 

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