Peace and Justice Updates – 5.5.2021

Help Stop the Use of Landmines
In today’s Justice Blog, Sr. Judy Morris told us about the dangers of landmines and how people are still suffering and dying from these leftover weapons.

164 nations have banned anti-personnel landmines because of the horrific, almost never-ending legacy of death and destruction that they cause. It’s time that the United States do the same.

Over the past 30 years, the number of landmine casualties has plummeted around the world. Please click here to sign a petition asking President Biden to ensure safety for the future by banning landmines.

John Lewis Voting Rights Day
The Late Congressman John Lewis shed his blood crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Fight for Black voters and Voters of Color to participate in America’s electoral process and the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Voting rights are under attack nationally by state legislators, and special interests and billionaires are spending unlimited amounts of money to buy our elections.

Join the action on May 8 to demand the passage of the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and D.C. Statehood and to address one of the greatest obstacles to the passage of civil and voting rights – and one of the last vestiges of slavery – the filibuster! Find an action near you!

LCWR has endorsed the national John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day and we plan to release a joint statement with the National Black Sisters Conference on the critical importance of ensuring that all people—no matter race, zip code, economic situation—enjoy the sacred right to vote. Organizers have prepared this toolkit to help with messaging.

Celebrate Laudato Si’ Week!
Laudato Si’ Week 2021 will be celebrated May 16-24.  The theme of this year is the very positive message: “for we know that things can change” (LS 13). The Laudato Si’ Week will be a core event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year, and a way to celebrate the steps that the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion. It will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and how we might prepare for the future with hope.”

Click here to view all the events of the week. Inspired to take a fresh look at Laudato Si’—consider this study guide.

Take some time to learn about the Laudato Si’ Action Platform initiative and Laudato Si’ Goals.

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