- Save Medicaid
Good news: due to incredible pressure from activists around the country like you, Senator McConnell pushed back a vote on health care until after the July 4 recess. But we can’t let this delay lead to passage like it did in the House — we’ve got to keep the pressure on!
Call your Senators at 1-888-738-3058 NOW to oppose the GOP health plan and protect Medicaid. Call twice to reach both Senators.
These calls matter whether your Senators are Republicans or Democrats! Here are a few ways you can make noise in your community over the next few weeks:
1. Keep making phone calls, and encourage anyone you know in Alaska, Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or West Virginia to make their calls as well.
2. Read the news and write Letters to the Editor. These short messages should clearly state your opposition to Medicaid cuts and the Senate health proposals, and mention your Senator(s) by name. See our tips for getting your LTE published on NETWORK’s website, and send us published pieces at email@example.com.
3. Meet with your Senator at their office, town hall, 4th of July event, or elsewhere. Congress is home from July 1-9. Visit NETWORK’s website for printouts, graphics, and more that you can bring with you to their events.
4. Post on social media! It sounds silly, but Senators and reporters alike are watching what’s being said online. Find your Senator on Facebook and Twitter, and let them know your thoughts using #Faith4Medicaid, #SaveMedicaid, and #ProtectOurCare.
The Congressional Budget Office predicts that if this bill becomes law, 15 million currently insured individuals will lose their health insurance next year, and 22 million will lose their insurance by 2026. It cuts Medicaid by almost $800 billion, which will adversely affect our nation’s most vulnerable. And Senator McConnell is still wheeling and dealing to get more Senators on board, which will only make the bill worse for our nation.
Let’s be clear: Republican Senators are working long hours to try and make a deal happen, and the House of Representatives will follow their lead. When this is over, we can’t be left wondering if there was more we could have done to stop this bill.
- From Ohioans to Stop Executions:
Ohio is anticipated to resume executions on July 26 and has scheduled 27 executions. Sign a petition here asking Governor Kasich not to resume executions.
On Wednesday, July 12th, Ohioans to Stop Executions and partners are hosting a peaceful Vigil to Stop Executions, and you’re invited!
Stop the Execution Vigil at Riffe Tower
WHEN: July 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
WHERE: Riffe Tower, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Join for a prayerful vigil and visibility action on the sidewalk in front of the Vern Riffe State Office Tower at State & High Street, across from the Statehouse. A short program of prayer, song & organizing information will happen around 12:20pm.
- From The Coalition of Women for Peace:
Sign this petition calling on the EU and UN to take a stand to better the lives of Gazans, particularly women and youth, and act to end the siege!
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.
From the Friends in Solidarity of South Sudan:
South Sudan’s Independence Day is July 9. We invite you to pray for South Sudan in this time of deep violence and need. Click here for the prayer.
From Global Catholic Climate Movement:
The first component of the Laudato Si Pledge is: ‘Pray for and with creation.’ As Pope Francis has shown us in Laudato Si’, our ecological crisis is also a spiritual crisis. We need to praise God the Creator and celebrate creation. We need to recognize and mourn what parts of nature we are losing through our current lifestyle. We need to pray for ecological conversion. Click here for a prayer card or here for more prayer resources.
Click here for the Spring 2017 United Nations Newsletter from the Dominican Leadership Conference NGO.
From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns: Click here to urge President Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement.
From Catholics Confront Global Poverty: Remind the President and Congress to protect poverty-focused foreign aid.
Pace e Bene is hosting a conference – Blessed are the Peacemakers: A Conference and Training on Nonviolence. Click here for more details about the conference held in Huntington, Indiana from July 28-July 29.
Members of Congress have introduced a bipartisan bill named for American abolitionist Frederick Douglass that would seek to curb human trafficking. To read more, click here.
Action Alert from Network: Americans overwhelmingly agree that Congress must act to stop prescription drug corporations from gouging consumers with high prices on the medicines they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Click here to urge your Members of Congress to support the “Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act.”
From Catholic Climate Covenant: A decision on whether the United States will remain in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will happen any day. You have the chance to ensure we do. Please take a moment to send this letter to President Trump, your US Representative, and your US Senators.
From Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good: Women are 51% of the United States population. Yet there are 14 men and zero women on the working group that is drafting the Senate bill on health care. We demand equal representation for this bill. Women represent more than half the population of the U.S. and deserve to be represented in the working group writing the health care legislation. Will call your Senators today at (202) 224-3121 and demand that the Senate working group on health care add six women and remove seven men so there is equal representation?
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.