Justice Updates – September 24, 2019

Need help with how to talk to people who have a different view than you do?  Watch/attend the Blessed are the Peacemakers workshop/webinar.  Here’s the flyer.

Call your Senator to support S. 1743 now.   During this Season of Creation (September 1 – October 4), the U.S. Catholic community is calling for national and international climate action. Failure to act on the climate crisis will mean increased flooding, droughts, heatwave, loss of biodiversity, and sea-level rise.  The most vulnerable – the poor, the elderly, children – will be the first and most impacted. Call your Senators and urge them to support S. 1743, the International Climate Accountability Act, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by 46 Senators.

The International Climate Accountability Act calls upon the U.S. to remain a leader in the global efforts to address climate change.  It asks the administration to develop and submit a plan that enables our nation to meet our commitments under the Paris Agreement, which our nation and 193 other nations signed.  The agreement’s central aim is to keep global temperatures from rising above 2 degrees Celsius and pursue efforts to limit to it to 1 1/2 degrees Celsius.  The agreement is a major step by the world’s nations to address the climate crisis and ensure a livable future for all peoples and our common home.  On June 1, 2017, the president withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Agreement.  Call your senators and ask them to support Senate Bill 1743.

Sometimes it feels like we are talking to the wind when we stress the importance of stopping the climate crisis. NCR’s article “Americans are waking up: Two-thirds say climate crisis must be addressed” shows that we are not alone.

Two years ago, the administration attempted to dismantle the DACA program. Today no additional DACA applications are allowed.  The Supreme Court will take up this issue on November 12th. Oral arguments for and against DACA will be made on that day. Please keep the DACA recipients in your prayers especially on that day.  For more information, click here.

The Census Data for 2018 was released on September 10.  Danilo Trisi from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains that many programs that the administration wants to cut actually “help improve children’s chances of growing up healthier, doing better in school, and having higher expected future earnings.” Read more here.

The Justice Blog talks about the impact of methane on the environment. For more information, read this article in the New York Times.  Curbs on Methane, Potent Greenhouse Gas, to Be Relaxed in U.S.

David Dark suggests in American Magazine that we stop reacting to Mr. Trump and start responding.  Given the fatigue associated with what’s happening every day, this is a tall order. Read his blog here.

Cutting aid will not stop immigration.  Stemming the tide of immigrants at the southern border requires work to eliminate or at least alleviate the root causes of the immigration – climate change, corruption, poverty.  The administration froze aid to the triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvatore, effectively eliminating help and increasing a motivation to come to the U.S. Geoff Thale, vice president for programs at the Washington Office on Latin America a think tank stated “Nobody thinks these programs are going to magically stabilize Central America or reduce migration figures overnight. But cutting them off just increases people’ vulnerability and can make a real difference in people’ calculations to leave.” This article from NPR describes what’s happening in Guatemala as a result of cutting funding.





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