Peace and Justice Updates 9.8.2021

Ban Arm Braces for Guns
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. This is the type of weapon used in the deadly Dayton shooting that took place in 2019.

Now, the ATF is asking for the public to weigh in on a proposed rule that will help close this dangerous loophole. Click here to give your thoughts. 

Support the Clean Cars Rule
Transportation is the #1 source of carbon pollution in the United States. That means the most important climate change policy we have on the books is vehicle fuel efficiency, or the Clean Cars Rule.
We have a chance to weigh in on the strength of the new clean car rule right now. This is a critical time for people of faith and conscience to make their voices heard in support of the cleanest car standards possible.
Click here to send a comment to the EPA in support of the Clean Cars rule.

Support Workers
As corporations have seized the pandemic as an opportunity to make more money, working families have continued to suffer. With 16-hour days a regular occurrence, workers at Nabisco are all too familiar with this dynamic. After cutting pensions back in 2018 and closing 2 U.S. facilities earlier this year, Nabisco-parent Mondelez has begun contract negotiations this summer with a proposal that includes lower-quality healthcare plans and alternate work schedules of 12-hour days. This offer is insulting to workers, who over 2020 helped Nabisco increase revenue by $26.8 billion.
Our food production laborers have carried us through a global pandemic. Tell Nabisco and Mondelez International that you side with the union, and keep Nabisco facilities in the U.S.
Sign the petition to Nabisco: No contracts, no snacks.

Celebrating the Season of Creation
The Laudato Si Movement have produced videos, stories, news releases, social media kits, and other tools to help to bring to life the Season of Creation. You can celebrate by using the valuable and helpful material included on this drive. Click here to review. 

Racial Justice and Religion
September 22, 2021, 4:00-5:30PM CDT
The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage presents Catholicism in Dialogue: Conversations on Racial Justice. This ecumenical and interfaith conversation will explore racial justice in Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, and Baha’i. Speakers include Pastor Chris Harris, Bright Star Church Chicago, Omer M. Mozaffa, Loyola University Chicago, Steve Sarowitz, Bahá’í Community, and Rabbi Michal Woll, Congregation Shir Hadash.
Click here to register. 

The National Catholic Reporter’s Earth Beat column features reporting from Marianne Comfort, a justice coordinator with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Click here to read her article on protesting Line 3 in Northern Minnesota. 

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