Peace and Justice Updates 9.23.2020

Forced Sterilization at Immigration Camps

A tweet that says "Whistleblower from ICE detention facility files complaint alleging "'jarring medical neglect' within the facility, including a refusal to test detainees for the novel coronavirus and an exorbitant rate of hysterectomies being performed on immigrant women.""

A nurse, Black woman, and mom of five named Dawn Wooten, working at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, has reported that an “inordinate amount of hysterectomies” are being performed on female patients at the Center.

Ms. Wells said it was “like an experimental concentration camp.” The women who were undergoing the invasive procedure were often not told clearly, in their native language, why the procedure was necessary. One even said she was not properly anesthetized during it.

We demand that ICE immediately shut down the Irwin County Detention Center and that Congress hold ICE and CBP accountable for continuing human rights abuses by cutting funding to ICE and CBP in the 2021 budget now. Click here to sign our petition.

US Sisters Against Human Trafficking Newsletter

Click here for the September Newsletter, reflection and educational opportunities.

 

 

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Peace and Justice Updates: 9.16.2020

Water With Blessings 

Please join Sister Judy Morris and Water With Blessings for Give For Good Louisville on Thursday, September 17.

Water With Blessings provides safe and easy to use water filters to mothers around the world, with just one condition – that they share clean water with three other families. Water With Blessings has helped to provide water to more than 400,000 households, including in Haiti, Honduras, and the Navaho Nation.

You can donate on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 by clicking here.

World Cleanup Day

EARTHDAY.ORG is teaming up with Let’s Do It World and Keep America Beautiful to support World and National Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 19th.

COVID-19 has postponed most large-scale volunteer events, but trash in our environment continues to pile up. You can help us act on trash pollution and do it safely. Either by yourself or with a small group of family, friends or coworkers, you can make a difference by cleaning up litter by your favorite park or trail. Visit our registration portal to show that you’ve participated in World Cleanup Day. We have all the information you could need to do a cleanup safely — download our safety checklist!

Check out our Earth Challenge 2020 app to record the composition and amount of trash that you collected. Every data submission, including yours, will help researchers track global litter trends as part of the biggest citizen science project in the world.

Stand Up to Stop Executions

The Catholic Mobilizing Network has re-launched a petition urging Attorney General William Barr to reverse course on federal executions — a practice which he played a lead role in restarting this summer after a 17-year hiatus. Since the resumption, the federal government has carried out more executions than at any other comparable time in the past 70 years.

Please sign here to tell Bill Barr to follow true Catholic teachings and stop the executions!

Tell Amazon to Stop Using Dirty Fuel

Amazon Web Services is the largest cloud computing company in the world and consumes an enormous amount of energy from dirty coal, oil, and gas. It’s adopted an unambitious greenwashing “Climate Pledge” to be net carbon zero by 2040, but that means it can buy carbon offsets and continue to burn dirty fossil fuels that pollute our air. In fact, its carbon footprint grew 15% last year! The first step to real change is exposing Amazon’s hypocrisy.

Tell Amazon that you see through its corporate spin. It’s time to end reliance on fossil fuels once and for all, and this is the decade that counts most. Click here to sign the petition.

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Peace and Justice Updates, 9.9.2020

LCWR Presents New Immigration Plan

More than 170 immigration and advocacy organizations have endorsed Immigration 2021 Plan, a blueprint for the next administration to restore human dignity to a system weaponized by the current
administration, reinforce core American values and power the economic recovery of the nation.

“While the 2021 Immigration Action Plan seeks to undo the damage wrought by the Trump administration—from putting children and families in cages and restricting the due process rights of immigrants at the border, to extending the detention limit for children and families, and forging ahead with a failed border wall—it also acknowledges that more must be done to truly transform the system. Trump’s divisive, anti-Black and racist rhetoric against immigrants fans the flames of xenophobia, further corroding a system that has been broken for decades. Re-envisioning the country’s immigration system to work in the long term will take a coordinated, clear-eyed effort that aims to benefit immigrant families in every policy initiative.” (Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas)

To read the Immigration 2021 plan, please click here.

Sister Attracta Kelly, an immigration lawyer and director of the Adrian Dominican Sisters Immigration Assistance Office will provide an overview of the Immigration 2021 Plan on livestream.  Her presentation is scheduled for September 15 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm ET.

More and more right-wing Catholic priests are falsely claiming it’s a sin to vote for a particular candidate. This isn’t just bad policy — it’s bad theology, and a distortion of both the Gospel and Catholic teaching.

One prominent voice is Wisconsin’s Fr. James Altman, whose angry homily “You cannot be Catholic & a Democrat. Period,” has 280,000 views on YouTube.

The truth is that Catholic teaching allows discerning Catholics to vote for any candidate. Both the U.S. bishops’ conference and retired Pope Benedict have acknowledged that voters must often weigh multiple moral issues at the polls — including workers’ rights, protecting the poor, and stopping racist behavior.

Please click here to sign a petition to tell the US Bishops that our Church is not to be hijacked for political purposes.

 

 

 

As the 2020 national election cycle becomes more intense these next several weeks, the LCWR’s has created an eight-week long experience, “A More Perfect Union: 2020 Election Reflections,” that include three prophetic actions.

Beginning Wednesday, September 16, we will post weekly reflections as a part of the weekly Justice updates. These will include some food for thought, a couple of questions to seed your reflection and dialogue and a prayer for the upcoming election.

To view the LCWR’s Voting Guide, click here. 

You can also view other voters’ guides, strategies for resisting voter suppression, civility pledges, and voter registration and “get out the vote” materials by clicking HERE.

 

 

 

The White House has approved a dangerous and untested plan to transport fracked gas from northeast Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Four Democratic governors—governors of New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, who promised to follow climate change science— are going along with the fracking plan.

This dangerous plan will allow a company called New Fortress Energy to take fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale in northeast Pennsylvania to export overseas. New Fortress Energy is attempting to get fast-track approval to transport the gas by trucks and rail tank cars to circumvent lengthy federal regulatory reviews that would require more public input.

Please click here to sign a petition calling on NJ, NY, PA, and DE governors to put a stop to the fracking project on the Delaware River.

EACOP Project

Sr. Rita Schwarzenberger is requesting that you participate in gathering signatures for Africa. She writes:

Please read the details here and share to your Facebook page or however you can get as many people as possible to sign it. Africa does not need another disaster. We have so much sunshine that solar energy could be such a lifesaver. No more oil spills. Nigeria has learned that well with more than 60 years of total devastation in the Niger Delta and all the conflict that has been a result of that.  Thank you from the people of many countries in Africa.

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Peace and Justice Updates, 9.2.2020

Webinar – September 3, 2020:
Following Jesus in Election Season – Christian Allegiance: Two Perspectives. Join our colleague, Fr. John Dear, on this webinar organized by The Global Immersion Project. Learn more and register here.


Stand Up For Families in  Ohio 

Please consider taking 5 minutes right now to sign and share this Ohio faith leader sign-on letter to Senator Portman. Sources indicate that it may be possible to convince the Senator of the importance of including mixed-status families in the financial relief offered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we hope you will sign our letter urging him to cosponsor the “Coronavirus Assistance for American Families (CAAF) Act” and to support an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit in order to provide economic stimulus and financial relief to families in need during this global pandemic.

The deadline for signatures is September 4, so please act now!

The Refugee Council USA is organizing Virtual Lobby Days this week. Please consider participating by contacting your senators and representative and urging them to hold the administration accountable and restore the U.S. refugee quota to historic levels.

Background
By September 30th, the Trump Administration is required by U.S. law to consult with House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders before deciding how many refugees can be resettled to the United States in FY 2021. Since 1980, the U.S. has set a ceiling of about 95,000 refugees each year. However, this number has dropped precipitously during the Trump administration, reaching a low of 18,000 for FY 2020, a decrease of more eighty percent.

The United States can and should resettle more refugees. By comparison, Germany, with a population about one fourth the size of the U.S., settled more than 800,000 refugees in 2015. Refugees are a great gift to our country. Many are working on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic, including 176,000 in the health care field.

NOTE: If your senator or representative holds a key leadership position (named below), a call to their office would be very helpful. The message is simple:
Please restore the U.S. refugee quota to at least the pre-Trump administration level of 95,000. The United States can and should welcome more refugees. They are a gift to our country.

  • Sen. Graham (R-SC), Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-5972
  • Sen. Cornyn (R-TX), Chair, Senate Immigration Subcommittee: 202-224-2934
  • Sen. Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-3841
  • Sen Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member, Senate Immigration Subcommittee: 202-224-2152
  • Rep. Nadler (NY-10), Chair, House Judiciary Committee: 202-225-5635
  • Rep. Lofgren (CA-19), Chair, House Immigration Subcommittee: 202-225-3072
  • Rep. Jordan (OH-04), Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee: (202) 225-2676
  • Rep. Buck (CO-04), Ranking Member, House Immigration Subcommittee: 202-225-4676

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Peace and Justice Update 8.26.2020

An Invitation from Catholic Mobilizing Network

CMN invites you for a series of two Virtual Prayer Vigils next week, as we lament the latest round of executions in the federal government’s campaign to ramp up the practice of capital punishment. Lezmond Mitchell is set to be executed on August 26, followed by Keith Dwayne Nelson on August 28.

Together we will hold in prayer the victims (Alyce Slim, Tiffany Lee, and Pamela Butler), their loved ones, and all those who will be impacted by these acts of state-sanctioned violence. Find more information below:

Virtual Prayer Vigil for Lezmond Mitchell with Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, New Mexico
Wednesday, August 26  |  2-3 pm EDT

Virtual Prayer Vigil for Keith Dwayne Nelson
Friday, August 28  |  2-3 pm EDT

NYT Book Review – White Too Long

This thought-provoking book by Robert P. Jones presents a stark choice: Hold onto white Christianity or hold onto Jesus. Read the review here. 

Civic Engagement Resources: Prepare now to vote

  • Confirm your voter registration status here
  • Find your state’s registration deadlines and voting resources
  • League of Women Voters has information on how to protect the 2020 election
  • Intercommunity of Social Justice Summer newsletter, “A Matter of Spirit,” provides resources that discuss the democratic process, the spread of misinformation, voter suppression, and respectful dialogue to promote unity
  • Interfaith Power and Light’s Democracy and Values & the 2020 Election Reflection Guide
  • Read Stacy Abrams Sojourners’ article on voting: “We’ve Got To Talk About Power: How to outsmart the deliberate barriers placed in voters’ way”
  • Read about the foundational principles of Catholic Social Teaching

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