Peace and Justice Updates – 3.17.2021

Recycling to Stop Human Trafficking
Do you have a few ill-fitted bras you’ve never worn stashed away in the back of your drawer? Many women do. Rather than sending these bras to the local landfill, you can donate those gently-used bras to Free the Girls. This non-profit organization partners with safe houses and aftercare providers to offer sustainable employment opportunities for women rescued from sex trafficking around the world.

In most developing countries, bras are sought-after items, and women selling donated bras may make three to five times the minimum wage in their communities. Selling bras also provides opportunities for these women to work exclusively with other women, which is important for a survivor who is working on recovering from years of being trafficked predominately by men. The women are able to build their own business selling bras while going to school and working to establish a home.

To learn more, click here!

A Strong Postal Service is a Justice Issue
We have all experienced the severe delays in the performance of the postal service. This will become more obvious as recovery stimulus checks are sent out to individuals and qualifying dependents now. Under the management of Postmaster Louis DeJoy,  the mailed check or debit card may be received weeks late or never.

 ACTION: Call or write your state’s federal Senator and Representative to pass the USPS Fairness Act–HR 695 for the House; S2965 for the Senate.  Moreover indicate the following: 

  1. Eliminate the mandate contained in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act requiring the USPS to pre-pay retiree health benefits 75 years in advance. No other government agency or private business does this; this ensures deficit spending by the USPS.
  2. A new Board of Governors be appointed and confirmed by the Senate; then a new experienced Postmaster General can be appointed to replace Dejoy.

Witness and Grace by Global Sisters report|
Catholic sisters have long been involved in efforts to protect the environment, address climate change and care for creation. Join Sr. Sheila Kinsey from Rome and Sr. Melinda Roper from Darien, Panama, with Gail DeGeorge (Editor, GSR) and Barbara Fraser (Editor, EarthBeat) for an inspirational and insightful conversation about the pressing needs of our planet, how sisters are making a difference – and you can too.

How Catholic Sisters are Helping to Save the Earth — and You Can Too
Presented by Sr. Sheila Kinsey and Sr. Melinda Roper

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
3 p.m. Eastern  |  2 p.m. Central  |  1 p.m. Mountain  | 12 p.m. Pacific

To learn more or register, click here.

Welcome Your New Legislators
U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking created a Welcome Packet for all legislators of the 117th Congress. The welcome packet introduces U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, focuses on the reality of human trafficking, outlines priorities for the 117th Congress, and help them make connections to some of the root causes of human trafficking through  policy papers on forced migration, gender inequality, neoliberal capitalism, and climate change. You can help new legislators learn about the importance of fighting human trafficking.

1) Download a copy of the Welcome Packet HERE

2) Download a sample Cover Letter HERE 

3) Look up your Legislator’s email and/or mailing address HERE and send them a copy of the Welcome Packet.

4) Fill out our short Google Form to let UCSAHT know to whom you sent the Welcome Packet.

Stop the Death Penalty
What would it be like to accompany another human being to their execution by the state? Sister Barbara Battista of the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN, tells her story in a report from CNN. Click here to read.

Kansas, Ohio, and Louisiana still have the death penalty’ Sisters in those states may advocate against the death penalty and for restorative justice measures in their State.

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