Peace and Justice Updates 8.25.2021

Voters’ Rights are Human Rights
Congress is currently considering two important voting rights bills: The For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. There are several in-person events planning to support these bills, but for Sisters who cannot attend, the School Sisters of Notre Dame have created a Virtual March to Promote Racial Justice and Voting Rights on Aug. 28th. A 4-minute video explains the importance of protecting voting rights and invites participants to join the sisters in several at-home actions, including spending 10 minutes in their prayer room.

Speak Out for Gun Safety
In June, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) proposed a new rule that would specify the definition of “rifle” to include certain pistols equipped with arm braces that can be fired from a shoulder.  Much like with bump stocks, the gun industry has exploited a loophole to intentionally evade the law in order to make and market particularly dangerous short-barreled rifles. Some arm braces allow a user to turn a pistol into a short-barreled rifle — one of the most highly regulated weapons in the country due to its combination of lethality and concealability.

You can comment on a proposed rule that will help close this dangerous loophole. Click here to read more from Everytown for Gun Safety.

Save the Bees!
Threats to pollinators come from every corner. Pesticides infect bees and their hives, weakening the entire ecosystem. The extreme weather of climate change disrupts timing of plant flowering and the pollinator migration patterns. Agribusiness is destroying vital pollinator habitats.

On Sunday, the U.S. recognized National Honey Bee Day, but we need to take urgent action and fight for pollinators every day. Our apian friends are in danger and their possible extinction threatens our way of life.

Click here to tell Congress to Support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act.

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