Peace and Justice Action Updates: 12.2.2020

Tracking Gun Violence
Please contact your own state legislators today, Wednesday, December 2, 2020, to ask them to support H.2045/S.1388, an act relative to crime gun data reporting and analysis.

This bill will require a detailed analysis of MA crime gun trace data to better understand the origins of crime guns. We want House Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka to bring it to the floor for a vote.

Click HERE to send an email to your state representatives to support a vote on H.2045/S.1388.

You can also make a quick call – see the suggested script.


My name is _________. My address is _________. I am calling to ask my representative to contact House Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka to bring a vote on H.2045/S.1388 An Act Relative To Crime Gun Data Reporting and Analysis. People are dying from crime guns, 50% of which come from within MA. We need to know the source of these crime guns so we know how to stop them from getting to our streets.

Click here to find your legislator.

The Effects of COVID-19 on Marginalized Populations
The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic extend far beyond health care. It is also impacting the following:

COVID-19 could push 71 million more people into extreme poverty this year. As a result, the global extreme poverty rate would increase to 8.82% –representing the first increase in global extreme poverty since 1998, effectively wiping out progress made since 2017. Projected impacts are likely to be long-lasting.
The World Bank

Data show that people of color are experiencing a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 cases and deaths. In addition, Black, Hispanic, and Asian people are at increased risk of hospitalization due to the virus.

Minorities are less likely to be insured and healthcare access is limited by other factors such as: lack of transportation, child care, ability to take time off of work, communication and language barriers, cultural differences between patients and providers and historical and current discrimination in healthcare systems.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Racial & ethnic groups are disproportionately represented in essential work settings such as healthcare facilities, farms, factories, grocery stores, and public transportation. These often include close contact with the public or other workers, not being able to work from home, and not having paid sick days.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Minorities often live in crowded conditions that make it more challenging to follow prevention strategies. Growing and disproportionate unemployment rates during the pandemic may lead to greater risk of eviction and homelessness or sharing of housing.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Visa processing overseas as well as the processing of some immigration benefits within the country have come to a near standstill.
Entry into the United States along the Mexican and Canadian borders—including by asylum seekers and unaccompanied children—has been severely restricted.
Tens of thousands of people remain in immigration detention despite the high risk of transmission in crowded jails, prisons, and detention centers that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses to hold noncitizens.
The pandemic has led to the suspension of many immigration court hearings and limited the functioning of the few courts which remain open or were reopened.
American Immigration Council

168 countries have fully or partially closed their borders to refugees due to the health crisis.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Refugees to the United States, especially those recently resettled, often experience living arrangements or working conditions that put them at greater risk of getting the virus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Criminal Justice System
The number of incarcerated people needs to be reduced to mitigate the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic because adequate social distancing and healthcare are just not possible in correctional facilities.
New England Journal of Medicine

20 states do not require masks to be worn by staff and most are not requiring incarcerated people to wear them.
Prison Policy Initiative

Growing evidence suggests that outbreaks or epidemic diseases may become more frequent as climate continues to change.
UN Environment Program

Domestic Violence
In some regions, the number of calls to domestic violence hotlines has dropped by more than 50% — not because of a decrease in the violence, but rather because victims are unable to safely connect with services.
New England Journal of Medicine

International Image
Across 13 nations surveyed, a median of just 15% say the U.S. has done a good job of dealing with the outbreak.
Pew Research Center

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Peace with Justice

Blog by Sr. Roberta Miller

“Patience, people” is the Advent call. Yet we ended the liturgical year with the call to embrace the stranger, the needy and all those at the bottom of the totem pole (Mt. 25:34ff.). Does patience mean wait, just count on prayer and trust in God to bring change? What happens to the dictum from Matthew for action? Fear not is another constant Biblical urging.

We have a both/and call for this Advent season—a time of COVID, inequalities and injustices with people lacking shelter, food, health access, immigrant/minority fears of ICE and police violence, and disasters from climate warming.

Yes, we need patience together with action from holding onto Love: when violence seeks to destroy us, when prejudice poses as freedom, hold onto love (Jesse Manibusan). We find our healing through kindness, acts of compassion; our way through the darkness of denials in speaking the truth, modeling Gospel wisdom through inclusion and reaching out to our vulnerable such as the immigrant, the feared, the different.  We encourage friends to learn and understand the realities of this day, badger our legislators and all in power to cast off their blinders for the sake of the well-being of everyone.

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Special Peace and Justice Update: Roses in December, 12.2.2020

Dear Sisters and Associates,

December 2nd marks the 40th anniversary of the murders of Sisters Ita Ford, Maura Clark, Dorothy Kazel, and lay missioner, Jean  Donovan.  These four missioners “heard the cry of the poor” and worked in solidarity with the poor for many years.  They understood the risks and challenges of remaining in El Salvador.  The many martyrs who died before them were constant reminders of what could be their fate.

On this 40th anniversary of their supreme sacrifice, Pax Christi has provided a prayer service and study guide to keep their memory in front of us.  Their efforts for justice and peace remain with us in our prayers and efforts for justice and peace.  I invite you to use this resource on December 2nd.  You may also be interested in the webinar on the four churchwomen to be presented this evening by the Maryknoll Sisters detailed below.

Sr. Judy Morris, OP

Maryknoll Webinar


When: Dec 2, 2020 07:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time

Topic: Martyrs

  • Please click here to join the webinar:
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US: +16468769923, 85121522778# or +13017158592, 85121522778#

  • Telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592

Or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 851 2152 2778

  • International numbers available; click here.
  • To view “Remembering the Martyrs” on YouTube, click here.

The Global Sisters Report published a special article on the anniversary, What is the US churchwomen martyrs’ message for us today? Click here to read.

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