Peace and Justice Updates – April 7, 2020

STOP TRAFFICKING
The April issue of STOP TRAFFICKING discusses the relationship between foster care and trafficking. Click here to read the April issue.

VOICES OF EXPERIENCE ON THE DEATH PENALTY
On Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 3pm, the Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty will feature noted author and leading death penalty abolitionist, Sr. Helen Prejean. Watch LIVE (or afterwards) on the Death Penalty Action Facebook page.

Join us on Maundy Thursday and the first day of Passover for a discussion with Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ about our work to stop executions and caring for prisoners in the context of the COVID19 Pandemic, juxtaposed with Good Friday, Easter & Passover.

AN END TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS
2020 marks seventy-five years since the United States conducted nuclear attacks against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.
Today, nine countries still possess over 14,000 nuclear weapons, enough to end all life on the planet many times over. The United States is set to spend $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years maintaining its own arsenal of roughly 6000 weapons. At the same time, our government is cutting spending on crucial environmental, social, health, and diplomatic programs.
To mark this 75th anniversary, a coalition of groups has formed to coordinate efforts to remember the victims of the bombings and mobilize the public to take action. Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Sign on to the position statement. You can sign the statement by filling out this form.
  2. Share the hibakusha appeal with your networks. This petition was created by the survivors of the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Organizers will be creating a full English-language version on their website soon.
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