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 Update – 8.19.2020

STOP TRAFFICKING
To read the latest issue of the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking newsletter, click here.

Death Penalty Education and Action Events:
Wednesday, August 19, 2020: Valuing Speed: The Costs in Fairness, Accuracy & Money in Trying to Accelerate Executions. From 3-4:30 pm ET, features renowned speakers Marge Koosed, Jeff Fagan, and Steve Potolsky, with acclaimed Alabama Judge Tracie A. Todd moderating. Register HERE.

Thursday, August 20 and each day/evening until August 28: Death Penalty Action is a co-sponsor of “WalkTheWalk2020.US,” a faith pilgrimage of Racial Reckoning, Resolve and Love, starting August 20th in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you live in the area, come join us or just stop by to say hello to Abe, Shane and Doug. The 108-mile walk will connect to the National Action Network’s Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks on March 28th in Washington, DC followed by the federal execution protest at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC during the scheduled 4pm execution that day. DPA Director Abraham Bonowitz will be a part of first few days of this event, along with DPA Advisory Board Members Shane Claiborne and Doug Pagitt who are among those leading this event. The WalkTheWalk2020.US and the Commitment March have broader agendas which include stopping state violence, racial justice and reform of the criminal legal system. Watch Death Penalty Action’s Facebook Page for details on live programs each evening.

Thursday, August 20, 2020: A Tale of Two Trends: Decreasing Support and Accelerating Federal Executions from 3:30-5 pm ET, and features two pathbreaking speakers, Rob Dunham and Brandon Garrett, moderated by the new co-chair of the ABA civil rights section’s Death penalty committee, J. Wyndal Gordon. Register HERE.

Friday, August 21, 2020: The People’s Forum in NYC will host a diverse group of artists, activists, and community leaders spearheading an online art exhibition and panel discussion titled, #FreeBillieAllen | The Art of Innocence. A panel discussion featuring friends and family of those impacted by the death penalty, musical performances, poets and an art exhibition will begin at 6pm on August 21. It will showcase 23 years’ worth of powerful, thought-provoking, yet, diverse body of work by Billie Allen. who has been fighting a continuous battle to prove his innocence through the use of art by not only raising awareness about his case, but exposing the truth of the unjust and dehumanizing criminal justice system Watch HERE. Also,

PLEASE SIGN THE DEATH PENALTY ACTION PETITION FOR Billie Allen HERE.

Saturday, August 22: Starting at 3pm ET, check out Death Penalty Advisory Board Member Jerry Givens (of blessed memory) in the Socially Relevant Film Festival for Black Voices virtual screening event of In the Executioner’s Shadow, a film about justice, injustice and the death penalty. All details of the SR for Black Voices program, including ticket link to get the film links, can be found here: Facebook Event NOTE: Registration is imperative otherwise film links cannot be sent to you. More information is at www.ratedsrfilms.org. SRFF is based in New York City but all events are virtual.

Monday, August 24 at 11am EDT: Death Penalty Action press conference to call on Congress to stop federal executions will be live on our Facebook page. Save the date. Details forthcoming.

Wednesday, August 26 and Friday, August 28: Starting about 3:30pm  (Time subject to change, and hopefully these will be canceled): Join the Facebook live broadcast of execution vigils at the federal prison in Terre Haute on the Death Penalty Action Facebook page.

Friday, August 28: Federal execution protest at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC during the scheduled 4pm execution.

Please make sure you have signed and shared the Death Penalty Action petition to stop federal executions, here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-congress-abolish-the-federal-death-penalty.

Fund the USPS
In the midst of a historic pandemic, we need vote-by-mail to protect voters and ensure this election is fair in November.

Click here to sign a petition demanding President Trump and Congress fully fund the post office, a service that is essential for a functioning society and democracy,

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Peace and Justice Updates: 8.12.2020

Free Webinar
Fr. Bryan Massingale is one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African-American theological ethics, racial justice, and liberation theology.

He has served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and holds two honorary doctorates.

Fr. Brian Massingale will be conducting a Zoom webinar on racism on Wednesday night, hosted by Old St. Pats in Chicago. Click here to register for free.

Save Social Security!
This weekend, the White House signed an executive order deferring payroll taxes — and vowed to make these cuts permanent.

According to this analysis from National Public Radio,  the payroll deferment will have to be repaid by workers around the country, basically making it useless as a stimulus.

Social Security is 100% funded by our payroll tax contributions. The proposed “permanent payroll tax cut” would gut Social Security, and all the money paid out over our lifetimes would be gone.

Please reach out to your State Representative (click here to find contact information) and your Senator (click here to find contact information) and tell them that a permanent payroll tax will hurt the most vulnerable in our nation.

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Peace and Justice Updates: August 5, 2020

Stop COVID Around the World
News reports indicate that the Senate plans to release an additional coronavirus relief package proposal in the next two weeks. Among the urgent priorities for this relief package is the provision of emergency international aid for countries struggling to manage the coronavirus. Experts in international assistance are calling for the U.S. to provide a minimum of $12 billion dollars in emergency international aid.

Tell Congress today: Provide emergency international assistance in the next relief bill to protect our vulnerable neighbors and to promote global resilience from this crisis.

Click here to sign the petition.

Stop Nuclear Destruction
August 6 marks the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This horrible event destroyed more than 80,000 lives and marked the beginning of the nuclear age.

The production and testing of nuclear weapons in the United States and internationally continues to harm the health, environment, and cultures of communities around the world. The United States is poised to spend well over a trillion dollars over the next 30 years rebuilding its entire nuclear arsenal of bombs, missiles, bombers, and submarines, all while abandoning arms control treaties and stoking tensions between nuclear-armed states.

Make your voice heard for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Sign the Hibakusha Appeal here. 

Stop Gun Violence
This week marks one year since more than 30 people were gunned down in El Paso and Dayton, OH. Since that time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow a vote on the bipartisan universal background check legislation that passed the House of Representatives last year. And in the year since El Paso, the Senate has not passed other major gun safety legislation either — even as coronavirus quarantines put many abuse victims in lockdown with their abusers and domestic abuse advocates urged immediate action.

For tips on how you can work for safer gun laws, visit the Newtown Action Alliance by clicking here. 

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Peace and Justice Updates 7.29.2020

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – July 30
Sign the Petition
Join U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking in our letter to Attorney General William Barr to protect children and prevent online trafficking and exploitation by funding and enforcing the Protect Our Children Act of 2008. You can read more in this short backgrounder and also mail in your own customized letter on your letterhead by downloading a word doc version of this letter.

Learn More
Please join USCCB and USCSAHT for World Day Against Trafficking Webinar – July 30th at 1pm EDT. You can learn about what local, national, and international groups are doing to combat human trafficking for labor and sexual slavery domestically and abroad.

Please click here to register.

Honoring the Legacy of John Lewis
Our nation just said goodbye to Congressman John Lewis, a man who dedicated his life to the fight for voting rights and equality.

John Lewis almost died in 1965 during the fight to pass the VRA — which was gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. The decision gave states the power to close polling locations, institute their own voter ID laws, change district lines, and restrict early voting.

If you’re ready to stand up for voting rights and honor the late champion John Lewis, sign this petition to Congress calling for a full restoration of the Voting Rights Act — renamed in John’s honor — today.

 

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Peace and Justice Updates, 7.22.2020

Nevada Desert Experience
The Nevada Desert Experience has educated thousands of people about the related issues of nuclear testing. Members gather at the Nevada Test Site for vigil, religious services, and nonviolent civil disobedience. NDE’s organizing seeks to honor all of God’s creation and the Beloved Community as we bear witness to sixty years of nuclear destruction. To read their newsletter, click here.

Tell Congress to Support Refugees During COVID-19
The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are devastating, and vulnerable communities are experiencing the worst of the virus. You can help support refugees and others on the move living in crowded settlements with little access to clean water and soap, space to social distance, and other basic needs.

Urge your members of Congress to provide at least $12 billion in funding for the international response to prevent, prepare and respond to COVID-19 around the world.

As negotiations continue on the next COVID-19 emergency aid package, your voice is needed so your members of Congress hear from their voters. Click here to send your letter through the USCCB website.

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