Peace & Justice Weekly Updates

Join Dominican Sisters of Peace as we strive to bring PEACE and justice to our world in this post-truth era. Each week, our Justice Promoter will share important information (including action alerts, prayer opportunities and much more) that will help you to spread peace in your own local community and our world at large.


 

Peace and Justice Updates 5.20.2020

Navajo Nation Receives Needed Assistance, More Needed
As we reported last week, the Navajo Nation has been hit hard by the COVID-19 virus. The good news is that Doctors without Borders has announced its first-ever mission to the United States, helping the hard-hit Navajo Nation fight COVID-19.

However, news reports tell us that South Dakota Governor Republican Kristi Noem has threatened to sue Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Sioux leaders to force them to remove COVID-19 checkpoint set up to protect tribal lands from the spread of the disease. Tribal governments haven’t received one penny of the $8 billion allocated by the CARES Act.

Please join a Zoom call today to see how you can help.

WHAT: COVID-19 and Native American Communities

WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 7:00 PM Eastern / 4:00PM Pacific

WHO:

  • Special guest Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01, Laguna Pueblo)
  • Faith Spotted Eagle (Native Organizers Alliance, Brave Heart Society, Yankton Sioux)
  • State Rep. Ruth Buffalo (ND-HD27, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation)
  • Tara Houska (Giniw Collective)
  • Kevin Allis (National Congress of American Indians, Forest County Potawatomi)

Click here to register.

Laudato Si’ Week Events
There are many virtual learning and celebration opportunities available to help us celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’. Please click here to see the entire list and to register.

Help Protect Those Who Protect Children
The Administration’s border wall is now threatening a Catholic orphanage near the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Justice has filed an eminent-domain lawsuit against Sacred Heart Children’s Home in Laredo, Texas, demanding access to the orphanage’s land in order to conduct surveys for the wall.

As an attorney for the Texas Civil Rights Project told the Laredo Morning Times, the administration seems to be taking advantage of the pandemic to speed up wall construction, since public demonstrations aren’t possible during social distancing.

Under eminent domain laws, the government must pay landowners a fair price — yet Trump’s callous administration only wants to give the sisters a paltry $100 to let its construction teams parade around their land.

This orphanage has been run for more than 100 years by the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Poor. As these sisters fight back in court, let’s show them that they are not alone, and submit 10,000 signatures demanding the DOJ drop this outrageous lawsuit!

Click here to tell the Dept. of Justice: Drop your border-wall lawsuit against a Catholic orphanage. 

2020 Census – Every Person Counts
In a time when so many are marginalized by our government, a fair and accurate count in the Census is more important than ever.

In 2010:
2.2 million children weren’t counted
3.7 million African-Americans weren’t counted
3.8 million Latinos weren’t counted

You can join Faith in Public Life to become a Faith Census Ambassador. Click here to learn more.

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Peace and Justice updates – May 13, 2020

Celebrating Laudato Si, Caring for Our Common Home

Laudato Si’ Week is May 16-24! As we mark the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’, the coronavirus is forcing us to think of new economies and new ways of caring for the most vulnerable. Laudato Si’ Week offers people of faith a time to reflect on the gift of the earth and creation, and realize it is under threat. It is a time for Catholics around the world to pray, learn, gather virtually, reflect, and prepare to build a better world together. Pope Francis has invited everyone to take part.

As we prepare to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’ May 16-24, we hope that you and your community will consider planning a local event to celebrate #LaudatoSi5 Week.  You’ll find all the resources you need on the Laudato Si’ Week website,  and the Catholic Climate Covenant Covenant’s Laudato Si’ Week 2020 website. You’ll find logos and social media messages, videos, dialogue and study guides, and liturgy resources.

We also invite you to participate in a series of Laudato Si’ 5th Anniversary workshops set up by the Vatican. Set against the backdrop of the current Coronavirus crisis, the virtual workshops will talk about the climate crisis, climate injustice, and action we must take inspired by the encyclical, Laudato Si’. Register for one or all of the workshops at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oJFmciB8TSKBOLNWz_c-fg.

  • Introductory Session: Mon., May 18 at 2:00 PM GMT
  • Eco-Spirituality: Tues., May 19 at 2:00 PM GMT
  • Sustainability: Wed., May 20 at 2:00 PM GMT
  • Advocacy: Wed., May 20 at 4:00 PM GMT
  • Social Action: Fri., May 22 at 2:00 PM GMT

Please register your anniversary event at: https://laudatosiweek.org/activities/ and upload any events you’d like the Catholic Climate Covenant to promote (include picture if possible) at: https://www.catholicclimateproject.org/calendar/submit.  You can find out about all the global and U.S. activities and register for the Global Day of Prayer on May 24 at: https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/resource/laudato-si-week-2020.

Learn more about #LaudatoSi5 Week here.

Economic Injustice Examined
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the structural economic issues in our nation into sharp focus. Please click here for an analysis of the issues that must be resolved if the United States is to avoid continued increases in income and wealth inequality amid the coronavirus recession and recovery. 

 

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Peace and Justice Updates 5.06.2020

COVID-19 Response Exposes Racial Inequities
Join Faith in Action Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m. EST, for our Second Town Hall on Race and COVID-19. The Town Hall will feature special guest Congressman Joaquin Castro, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. We will discuss racial inequity in the CARES Act, the impact of COVID-19 on immigrant families, conditions in Puerto Rico, and our demands for any new stimulus legislation in Congress.

The public health and humanitarian crisis that is the coronavirus pandemic calls for bold and moral leadership from Congress to remedy the deep and systemic racial inequities in our country during the pandemic and beyond.

Register and join us on Thursday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m. EST for this important town hall as #WeDemandEquity and hear from impacted clergy and leaders. The Town Hall will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish.

Sign the BRADY Petition to Ban Assault Weapons
It’s been seven years since Sandy Hook, four years since Pulse, two years since Parkland, two years since Vegas, one year since Tree of Life and nine months since El Paso, But there has been no action from our government,

And yet it took Canada just over ONE WEEK after a horrific massacre to ban assault weapons. This is common-sense leadership to save lives.

We’re telling the White House: Ban assault weapons NOW! Click here to sign the petition. 

Support the Regulation of Ghost Guns
The House Judiciary Committee has sent a bold and urgent letter to the Trump administration’s ATF urging federal oversight to monitor and regulate the MASSIVE surge in sales of UNTRACEABLE ghost guns during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ghost guns are specifically designed to avoid all gun laws, oversight, and regulations — thereby posing grave public safety risks. Ghost gun kits are readily available online and open to purchase by anyone without a background check. This, paired with the absence of a serial number, is exactly what motivates prohibited buyers to seek out ghost gun parts and kits.

You can click here to send a “thank you” to the House Judiciary Committee to thank them for this important action!

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Justice Updates 4-29-2020

President Suspends Entry of Immigrants

On Wednesday, April 22, President Trump signed a new executive order banning many immigrants from entering the United States and prolonging family separation for at least the next 60 days. This seems to many immigrant advocates to be a blatant attempt to use the current public health and economic crises to accomplish this administration’s anti-immigrant agenda.

The president’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the US. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak will prevent individuals seeking to obtain a green card from entering the United States under the rationale that the U.S economy is in dire straits and the only way to protect it is to prevent new immigrants from arriving.  In fact, the Proclamation targets family-based immigration and constitutes a new form of family separation. The order bans nearly all parents and adult children of U.S. Citizens and spouses and children of green card holders from being reunited with their families while doing nothing to protect public health or U.S. jobs. It will simply cause the unnecessary of suffering of families who have been waiting for years to be reunited with their loved ones.

Please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to do all they can to reverse the harm to families and to our national values.

Sample Text: As your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and as a Catholic sister, I urge you to reject President Trump’s anti-family and anti-immigrant executive order of April 22. My faith and our national values call us to protect families and welcome immigrants. This Proclamation threatens both.

Now more than ever, our values must guide our actions. The COVID-19 pandemic calls for unity to save lives and to save families. We need to protect one another, support one another, and love one another. This is the moral challenge of these times.

Millions of our immigrant neighbors are on the front lines confronting this pandemic as hospital workers, harvesting our food, delivering our groceries, and caring for our loved ones. They are risking their lives for us. We need to stand with them.

Have Faith in our Democracy

Join Faithful Democracy on Wednesday April 29th at 12pm ET to hear how the faith community is mobilizing to ensure that the 2020 primary and general elections are safe and fair in the context of COVID 19.  Crucial issues of voting rights, public health and election security are emerging as key to any Get Out the Vote efforts.  Planning and preparations are needed now at the federal, state and local levels to protect our democracy during this pandemic.

  • Rev. Traci Blackmon of the United Church of Christ will share what’s at stake for voting rights and communities of color.
  • Hear the cautionary tale of Wisconsin’s recent primary election from Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Executive Director of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice.
  • Learn what leadership and funding is needed from the federal government to keep our democracy fair, safe and resilient in the face of the coronavirus.
  • Find out what YOU can do as a person of faith and an advocate.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H1zcwZL6RgaJp0uFmT7p4g

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Catholics For a Just and Sustainable Recovery

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team and some of our partners have drafted a letter to members of Congress calling for a just and environmentally sustainable response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This letter has been written in light of Catholic social teaching, to alert members of Congress that our faith calls us to meet hurting communities’ immediate needs and also to shape a recovery that addresses the impacts of environmental degradation and climate change.

The Dominican Sisters of Peace have signed on to this letter, which you can read here.

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Justice Updates – 4/22/2020

Ministering to the Imprisoned
Join the Catholic Mobilizing Network today, Wednesday, April 22nd at 2:00 PM ET for “Five Lessons from Restorative Justice: In the Time of COVID-19”

Our worlds have been turned upside down by COVID-19,  Our incarcerated brothers and sisters face this pandemic behind bars, often without protection, in increased isolation and at a disproportionate risk of infection.

This discussion features Sheryl Wilson, an esteemed restorative justice practitioner and national leader.

Click to register.

Three Days of Virtual Earth Day
April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, kicks off a three consecutive day livestream that will bring together celebrities, activists, performers, and thought leaders for an empowering, inspiring, and communal digital experience.

The fight against the coronavirus and the climate crisis go hand-in-hand, and as we work to flatten the curve of this pandemic, we must strive toward the longer-term goal of building a society rooted in sustainability and justice.

Don’t miss out! Head to earthdaylive2020.org to get involved.

April 2020 – Stop Trafficking
This month’s issue looks at the connection between foster care and human trafficking. Children in the foster care system lack a permanent and stable family, they may move multiple times during their time in foster care and may have limited access to educational opportunities.  These may contribute to their sense of vulnerability and puts them at risk of human trafficking.

Please click here to read.

Posted in Peace & Justice Weekly Updates