Peace and Justice Updates 8.18.2021

Urge U.S. to Expedite Resettlement for Afghan Allies and Refugees
Please contact the Biden administration, your senators and representatives and urge them to expedite resettlement, including Special Immigrant Visas, for Afghans who have assisted U.S. military and diplomatic personnel since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001.

Regardless of what one may think about the situation in Afghanistan today, the U.S. withdrawal or the original invasion of 2001, the United States has a responsibility to protect these Afghans who put their own lives at risk to further the U.S. mission and now face severe repression and death.

It is not just allies who will need assistance fleeing the returned Taliban regime. Faithful America has asked that we speak out to encourage President Biden’s administration to offer asylum to Afghan refugees. Click here to sign the petition.

Speak Up to Promote Gun Safety
Tomorrow, August 19, is the last day to contribute to public comments on the Biden administration’s proposed rule change on ghost guns, which would require ghost gun parts manufacturers and dealers who are engaged in the business of selling those parts to be federally licensed, parts would need serial numbers, and purchasers must pass a background check before buying ghost gun parts from a licensed dealer.

Please click here to add your comment before Thursday, August 19, 2021

Craft for a Cause
Sr. Judy Morris works with Water With Blessings, a Louisville-based group that equips and empowers and entrusts mothers to become Water Women: compassionate mothers to become agents of change in their communities who filter clean water for their families and neighbors.
You can contribute to this important mission with your crochet hooks and knitting needles, making protective covers for the precious water filters that Water with Blessings provides. Click for crochet instructions and click here for knitting instructions. You can also create knotted hangers for special filters provided to Navajo Nation women; click here for instructions.

Spiritual Retreat Reflecting on Our Common Home
During the week of August 23, 2021, Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, will preach a spiritual retreat focused on viewing Laudato Si’ from a Biblical perspective.

The retreat sessions will be available on the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA) YouTube channel at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 23 and concluding at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 28. For those wishing to participate at a later date, the recordings will remain available on the CSA YouTube channel and website indefinitely.

From Interfaith Power and Light
Our partner Dayenu, a Jewish Call to Climate Action, is hosting a series of public in-person Jewishly-rooted and multifaith actions across the country. The Hear the Call events are happening throughout the month of Elul as Jewish communities prepare for the High Holidays.

You can also join Interfaith Power and Light on August 27 for a day of action to ask our congressional leaders to invest in climate action and creation justice!

Sign up for this virtual event on August 27th at 12pm Eastern to join people of faith in calling your members of Congress, asking them to pass a climate budget that includes important, once-in-a-generation investments in climate change prevention and resilience.

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