Peace and Justice Updates: 12.9.2020

USCCB: Tell Congress to Provide Covid-19 relief before Christmas 

It has been nearly eight months since Congress passed a COVID-19 aid package. Millions are struggling to pay rent, buy food, afford healthcare, maintain employment, and meet their basic human needs, and families cannot wait any longer. Congress must act quickly to pass a new COVD-19 relief package that addresses the needs of the poor and vulnerable, including:

  • Providing resources to meet the needs of those who are homeless and those struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
  • Increasing SNAP benefit amounts.
  • Enacting policies that encourage and support employers to retain and rehire workers, providing sufficient unemployment compensation, and considering additional stimulus payments.
  • Ensuring affordable healthcare access for everyone during this health crisis, but especially for the poor, uninsured, unemployed, and vulnerable populations including immigrants and refugees – without providing federal funding for abortion coverage.
  • Safeguarding those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 in our criminal justice system and increasing medical resources to care for those who do become ill while incarcerated.
  • Providing relief to all schools, including a ten percent reserve of K12 funding to provide tuition scholarships for families whose children attend nonpublic schools. Within the relief set aside for families that send their children to nonpublic schools, Congress should give special consideration to those families with greatest need.

We encourage you to add your own personal story about the pressing need for COVID-19 relief.
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), signed a joint letter with Catholic leaders calling our lawmakers to action. You can read the letter here. You can learn more about the USCCB’s specific requests for policies that protect those who are poor and vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic here.

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December 14 Laudato Si Action Platform Webinar

Please join us for a webinar December 14, 11:00-12:30 ET to learn more about a very exciting Vatican initiative.

The Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development plans to launch a seven-year plan to help Catholic communities around the world become more sustainable in the spirit of the integral human development of Laudato Si’.  This effoort includes mobilizing seven sectors within the global Catholic community: families; dioceses; schools; universities; healthcare centers; business and agriculture; and religious orders to journey toward seven goals: responding to the cry of Earth; responding to the cry of the poor; building ecological economies; adopting simple lifestyles; creating ecological education; recovering ecological spirituality; and promoting community action and advocacy.

Mark your calendar and plan to join Sheila Kinsey, OSF, executive co-secretary for the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission, of UISG/USG on December 14, 11:00-12:30 ET to learn more. No need to register. Just click here to join us on Zoom on December 14 at 11:00! Plan to sign in early to be sure you get a “seat.”

Meeting ID: 839 6596 4940

Passcode: 105283

National Day of Racial Healing

On Tues., Jan. 19, 2021, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation invites you to join for the 5th annual National Day of Racial Healing.

The day will be centered around experiences rooted in truth-telling that lead to racial healing for a more just and equitable future.

This year, we welcome back Baratunde Thurston as our host. We’ll be joined by leading advocates, musicians, artists and others, who are taking action to help heal our communities.

Click here to learn more about WKKF’s YouTube premiere event for the National Day of Racial Healing and RSVP today.




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