Peace and Justice Weekly Updates

 From Catholic Nonviolence Initiative:

Three dates in the month of May have been chosen in the United States to ask Catholics to share their hope for greater teaching and commitment to active nonviolence with their bishop and invite him to affirm active nonviolence as the nucleus of the Christian revolution. During the month of May, write your bishop, using the sample letter provided (click here).  Share with him, as your Shepherd in the Lord, your call for a greater commitment to active nonviolence. Individual hard copy letters mailed directly to the bishop are more powerful than form letters, emails, or one letter signed by many. For more information, click here.

From Win Without War:

With an unpredictable administration, corporations amassing ever more power, and authoritarianism around the world on the rise, now more than ever, we need internet freedom. A free internet is not only the cornerstone of a free and open society, it is also an essential tool in how our movement makes our voices heard. We simply cannot fight militarism and work for peace without a free internet, and that’s why we need your help. Net neutrality is the cornerstone of the idea of the internet: that all web traffic is treated and delivered equally. As it stands now, all internet sites are delivered with equal speed when you type their name into the address bar or click on a link. Everyone is equal. The FCC will vote on a disastrous plan to gut net neutrality protections and allow Internet Service Providers to block content, control the pathways to information, and create pay-to-play schemes. Click here to sign this petition and tell the FCC that you want net neutrality protected.

Good news for our Earth! In a surprising victory for former President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy, the Senate voted last week not to consider repealing a climate change regulation on the release of methane from oil and gas wells on public land. Read more here.

Oppose discrimination and violence against all. Each year on May 17th, organizations around the world mark the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Click here for more information from New Ways Ministry.

If you haven’t read the Final Statement from the Salamanca Congress that was held in the Fall of 2016, you can read the Statement here. This Statement will help guide a collaborative Dominican effort to work on peace and justice issues.

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Preaching the Gospel through Shareholder Advocacy

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

Executive compensation. Incentive plans. Increasing numbers of common stock. Accelerated vesting of equity awards. Vote tabulation. These are corporate phrases that I rarely paid attention to before. Understanding that I felt a call to justice work, I had no need to surround myself with corporate verbiage and technical terms that I assumed would never affect me. Yet my role as Justice Promoter has quickly transformed me into a pseudo-corporate detective as I work with our proxies and our socially responsible investments.

Signing petitions, writing letters, calling legislators, and walking in marches are all ways to support just causes and make our collective voice heard. Yet we know there is beauty in diversity, and we can find multiple, effective ways to bring about change. One of those ways is through shareholder action.

As much as I wish we could easily change the system by changing hearts, telling stories, and forming relationships (and that is often an effective avenue to change!), I also realize that money talks, especially in the corporate boardroom. As shareholders, we have the ability to advocate for issues that are important to us and hold corporations accountable. We can ensure they know they have a responsibility to take care of their employees, to take care of the Earth, and to take care of all those they serve.

Investors have advocated for policy changes that have proved very effective over the long-term (although they are often slow victories to win, as is most systemic change work). Shareholder advocacy has been very effective in getting businesses to adopt sustainability standards and greenhouse gas emission limits, committing to sustainable sourcing, adopting human rights policies, and addressing supply chain risks. We now find ourselves at a critical time to protect the victories we’ve achieved through shareholder advocacy and ensure shareholders have a voice that will continue to be heard. Currently, before the House Financial Services Committee, there is a bill called the Financial CHOICE Act. Part of the legislation would curb the ability of small investors to bring issues to a shareholder vote during annual meetings. As shareholders, we have a moral responsibility to stand up for those without a voice at the table. Please click to review a letter about the Financial Choice Act and actions you can take today.

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April 18, 2017

From the Coalition on Human Needs

From the Coalition on Human Needs: Click here to sign a petition calling for a moral budget for all people.

First 100 Days Calendar

The Congregation of St. Joseph is offering the 1st 100 Days Calendar. Click here for April 16 – 30.
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April 11, 2017

Addressing the Broken Immigration System

The Ohio Bishops call upon Congress to address our nation’s broken immigration system through comprehensive reform that improves security and creates more legal and transparent paths to immigration. See their letter on immigration and migration here.

From Catholic Climate Covenant

The best way to influence your representatives is to meet with them. Join this webinar on Thursday, April 20, from 2 to 3pm (Eastern) to hear how you can influence your legislator through constituent visits and other strategies, for the protection of our common home and future. (The webinar will be recorded and sent to all who register).

Register here: Raising Our Moral Voice: Legislative Advocacy Training, Thursday, April 20, 2017, 2-3pm (Eastern).

From Global Catholic Climate Movement

Earth Day is April 22 and Mercy Sunday is April 23. Check out this list of 30 Acts of Mercy for our Common Home to give you some “simple daily gestures” you can do to show mercy to our Earth.

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April 4, 2017

First Friday Fast – Peace Around the World

The DSP Peace and Nonviolence Committee invites you to fast the First Friday of each month for peace around the world. Please join us this Friday, April 7. As we prepare to enter into the sacred mysteries of Holy Week, let us pause and reflect on our Lenten journey up to this point. If we have not been as faithful in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as when we began this journey, let us make a renewed effort to truly walk in Jesus’ footsteps this coming week.

Let us look carefully at the issues that are put before us and see how we can respond, eg, the issue of our immigrants. All they want is a better life for themselves and their families. How can we justify separating children from their parents if the parents are not criminals? Pray, call, or write your elected officials about this injustice.

“One cannot level one’s moral lance at every evil in the universe. There are just too many of them. But you can do something, and the difference between doing something and doing nothing is everything.” ~ Daniel Berrigan

Creation Care Guide

Read the Diocese of Columbus Creation Care Guide. Dominican Sisters of Peace Rose Ann Van Buren and Marguerite Chandler are on the Diocese of Columbus Creation Care Team and helped create this great resource.

Preparing for Earth Day

Catholic Climate Movement is offering this exam in preparation for Earth Day on April 22.

Pizza & Ponder

Last week, our Immigration Reform Committee partnered with Ohio Dominican University Campus Ministry to host “Pizza and Ponder,” an event that brought together Sisters, Associates, faculty, staff and students to watch a film on immigration and discuss the issue together, while enjoying pizza. Checkout photos from the event.

President’s New Executive Order

Click here for information on the President’s new executive order on climate change and find multiple actions you can take.

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