Peace and Justice Update May 27, 2020

Facing The days after the Pandemic
Sisters Elaine DesRosiers, OP, Luisa Derouen, OP, Mary Louise Edwards, OP, have sent a letter to their local newspaper to ask their fellow Kentuckians to worm towards a “new normal” of compassion. Click here to read their letter,

DACA Webinar
Justice for Immigrants (JFI) will present a webinar on the day immediately following the SCOTUS decision regarding the legality of the Trump Administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) protecting the “Dreamers.”

The webinar is scheduled for 2 PM (ET) on the day after SCOTUS announcement on DACA.  Presenters will explain the decision, examine its implication and discuss how we might support DACA recipients in the days and weeks following the SCOTUS decision. We will share the URL as soon as it is available.

In the meantime there are a couple of things you can do:

  • Continue to pray for DACA recipients, their families and all of our immigrant community members who are at risk.
  • If you can, plan to join us for an interfaith prayer every Monday Morning DACA Prayers at 9:30. Click here to RSVP.
  • Urge your Senators to provide a permanent solution. Pass a clean Dream Act of 2019, S. 874.


People of Color Suffering from COVID-19

The health dangers and economic ramifications of COVID-19 do not affect everyone in the United States the same way.

Due to centuries of systemic injustice, people of color in the U.S. are more likely to get sick and die as a result of this pandemic, or be left unemployed and uninsured.

Our federal government needs to prioritize communities of color in the next stimulus legislation!

Please call, write or email your representatives and ask them to support communities of color in stimulus, medical and unemployment support!

Our Sisters In Iraq
News sent by Sr. Marcelline Koch, OP

Sr. Roberta Popara recently spoke with Sr. Marie Therese Hannah on Messenger.   Sr. Marie Therese shared that the Nineveh plain including Mosul has been spared from COVID-19.  She indicated that the authorities in the northern region have acted swiftly.  The students are continuing their education online (she is principal at the grade school that was opened up in Qaraqosh when people returned).  Sisters are well in the north.

Asking her about Baghdad, she indicated the virus is there, brought in from Iran.  The maternity hospital is open but not the schools.  I would expect students are learning online as well in that city.

Sr. Beth Murphy has spoken with Sr. Habiba in Jordan.  The clinic had been closed at one point and has reopened. Habiba is not going to the clinic to work, however, because she is in an at-risk age group. Instead she has become the chef for the community. She is not happy about not going to work,  but is resigned to the idea for now.

I emailed Sr. Luma who shared that it is a different time for all everyone and online teaching has been a challenge.   She noted that everyone is well in their area.  One of their elderly sisters in Qaraqosh died and, like us, they were not able to go to the burial.  There are few cases of the virus in Iraq compared to other places. But she also noted that Iraq is not able to deal with such situations as other countries have. So there, the government imposed curfew from Feb 27 until the beginning of May.

As we pray for each other here, we also remember our family around the world.

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