Justice Updates 6.15.2020

Please join our colleagues at NETWORK in advocating for policies that advance justice and equity by supporting the Justice in Policing Act.

Email your elected officials to support this legislation NOW.

The Justice in Policing Act will hold police accountable and fundamentally change the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they are meant to serve. We need legislation that will hold law enforcement officers accountable for misconduct and excessive use of force, de-militarize the police, create a National Police Misconduct Registry, and end racial and religious profiling in policing.

Passing the Justice in Policing Act is an important immediate step for our nation. Email your Senators and Representative today!

We are celebrating some great news from the Supreme Court this week. Monday, the Court declined to hear 10 gun-rights cases brought by the gun lobby.

This is a HUGE victory for gun safety nationwide and an important defeat for the gun lobby! This decision leaves in place crucial restrictions on assault weapons, concealed carry licensing, and other lifesaving gun responsibility laws.

One of the laws that the gun lobby objects to is Initiative 1639, a ballot initiative already approved by the people of Washington State that:

  1. Defines the term “semiautomatic assault rifle” to include all semiautomatic rifles.
  2. Raises the minimum age for purchasing semiautomatic rifles from 18 to 21.
  3. Imposes a 10-day waiting period before being allowed to claim a rifle from a firearms dealer.
  4. Expands background checks to include medical records requiring a waiver of HIPAA rights

Despite the fact that this bill was APPROVED BY THE VOTERS, The NRA and the gun lobby have filed THREE lawsuits in an attempt to stop Initiative 1639. This is just one of the lawsuits that the Supreme Court has refused to hear.

It was almost exactly a year ago that the Dominican Sisters of Peace adopted a corporate stance against the death penalty. Sadly, the Justice Department under the Trump Administration has reinstated the death penalty for criminals convicted of federal crimes.

The following prisoners are slated for execution by lethal injection this summer at the  U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, IN.

  • Daniel Lewis Lee, July 13,
  • Wesley Ira Purkey, July 15.
  • Dustin Lee Honken, July 17
  • Keith Dwayne Nelson, Aug. 28

We believe that the death penalty should be abolished because it is contrary to our Catholic faith. Please put your faith in action by calling your representatives or the Governor of Indiana Eric Holcomb. Ask them to respect the dignity of God’s people by cancelling these executions.

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