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 5.06.2020

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.

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Peace and Justice Updates – April 7, 2020

STOP TRAFFICKING
The April issue of STOP TRAFFICKING discusses the relationship between foster care and trafficking. Click here to read the April issue.

VOICES OF EXPERIENCE ON THE DEATH PENALTY
On Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 3pm, the Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty will feature noted author and leading death penalty abolitionist, Sr. Helen Prejean. Watch LIVE (or afterwards) on the Death Penalty Action Facebook page.

Join us on Maundy Thursday and the first day of Passover for a discussion with Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ about our work to stop executions and caring for prisoners in the context of the COVID19 Pandemic, juxtaposed with Good Friday, Easter & Passover.

AN END TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS
2020 marks seventy-five years since the United States conducted nuclear attacks against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.
Today, nine countries still possess over 14,000 nuclear weapons, enough to end all life on the planet many times over. The United States is set to spend $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years maintaining its own arsenal of roughly 6000 weapons. At the same time, our government is cutting spending on crucial environmental, social, health, and diplomatic programs.
To mark this 75th anniversary, a coalition of groups has formed to coordinate efforts to remember the victims of the bombings and mobilize the public to take action. Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Sign on to the position statement. You can sign the statement by filling out this form.
  2. Share the hibakusha appeal with your networks. This petition was created by the survivors of the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Organizers will be creating a full English-language version on their website soon.
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Justice Updates – 4/1/2020

#EveryKidCounts in the 2020 census

April 1 is CENSUS DAY! The Leadership Council for Women Religious (LCWR) has joined the National Partnership Program of the U.S. Census Bureau to help spread the word about the critical importance of ensuring that the 2020 Census counts each and every person living in this country. Current circumstances including political polarization, fear-mongering, anti-immigrant sentiment, and COVID-19 are enormous barriers to getting an accurate count.

There are many ways you can safely promote the 2020 Census. Post a blog or video message. Send notices to your email lists. Include messages in your newsletters, on your website, and on social media. Invite your sisters to call neighbors and friends who may need help in completing the process. Check out the attached toolkit for resources and for more information visit 2020Census.gov.

Learn More about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 3, 2020, at 2:00 PM EST, The Coalition of Human Needs will host a webinar on the historic $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and recovery legislation enacted by Congress, and how it responds to the massive public health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

Join CHN as we examine the good and the bad of what’s available so far, and the human needs that still must be addressed in a fourth package. We’ll discuss cash assistance, expanded benefits, help for nonprofits, and new programs such as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. And we’ll let you know how you can take action to call on Congress to take the next steps needed.

Presenters will include:

  • Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Judy Conti, Government Affairs Director, National Employment Law Project
  • Michelle McGrain, Federal Affairs Manager, National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

This webinar will be close-captioned. If you try to register but can’t sign up, please contact Nicolai Haddal to ensure you receive a recording: nhaddal@chn.org.

Click here to register for this important and informative event.

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