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.


Plea for the Leaders of North America

Plea for the Leaders of North America: Trudeau, Biden and Obrador

We condemn President Biden’s decision to continue Title 42, which former President Trump initiated to ban asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico in order to prevent spread of Covid.  Biden promised a more humane treatment of migrants but that seems like empty words.  These current immigration policies separate families, cause unacceptable trauma, and threaten the lives of thousands of children and parents.  As a country, we are shirking our moral duty by acting contrary to Gospel values and slamming the door on families fleeing for their lives.  Just last month, we celebrated the Holy Family who were forced to flee to a foreign country to save their baby’s life.

Migrants have a human right to migrate. This right is balanced with a country’s right to uphold its national border. But it is against International Law and our own moral code to send the weak and vulnerable into sure danger when we have resources that could protect life.  Rather than adding to a climate of fear and life-threatening barriers, let us as Americans put energy and resources into addressing the root causes of migration.

I ask you to write President Biden to reverse Title 42 and work for a total reform of US Immigration Policy for  more just and humane treatment of migrants.  Our Chapter Commitments call us to create a culture of inclusion and take action to eradicate racism and exclusion.  While the leaders of North America meet, let us pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe to guide Trudeau, Biden, and Obrador to take responsibility for just treatment of migrants.  This time is too urgent for empty words while lives are threatened, and suffering continues.

Here are three ways to contact President Biden:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

By phone:

By email form:


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Protect Democracy – Protect the Right to Vote

President Biden will give the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, March 1. We need the President to highlight the threats facing our democracy, and his plans for protecting it – with or without Congress.

It’s critical that we continue to engage with our elected leaders, including the President, to ensure our freedom to vote and our democracy remains a top priority – and that the President does everything in his power to protect it.

Please call or email his office today or tomorrow and ask him to address the threat to democracy by State laws and dark money which threaten to suppress certain voters. Ask President Biden to take action to ensure each citizen has the freedom to vote and that their vote will be counted.

Please note: The White House call-in line is 833-345-2554 and it is only open on February 22, February 23, February 24 and March 1 from 11AM – 3PM ET.

Please see below for a sample script of what you might say:


As predicted, extremist state legislatures are hard at work continuing to introduce restrictive voting bills and quietly working to gain control over our election process. In addition, dark money is continuing to flood into our system in advance of the 2022 election.

We cannot sit idly by while voters and particularly communities of color are being silenced and their votes suppressed. 

While the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act was blocked in the Senate, President Biden still has a major tool at his disposal to protect and strengthen our democracy: executive action.  

We will continue to fight to safeguard the freedom to vote until the promise of American democracy has been realized for all. We are so grateful to have you in this fight with us.


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Letters to the Editor for National Migration Week

One way to stand with our neighbors who are coming to the United States for a better life is to send letters to the editors of our local newspapers. The USCCB’s Justice for Immigrants page has these tips for successful letter writing. 

National Migration Week Talking Points

• Catholics are called to stand with immigrants and refugees as our brothers and sisters. This is who the Catholic Church is. This is what we as Catholics do.
• Pope Francis invites us to be part of a culture of encounter as we welcome, protect, integrate, and promote
immigrants and refugees in our midst.
• Immigration is about real people who are trying to find a better life and a new beginning. It’s about more than
statistics, it’s about families. As Pope Francis stated, “Each migrant has a name, a face and a story.”
• Welcoming immigrants is part of Catholic Social Teaching and reflects the Biblical tradition to welcome the stranger.
• The Catholic Church has been welcoming immigrants and refugees to the United States since the nation’s founding and has been integral to helping them integrate into American culture.
• In addition to welcoming and caring for those in need, the Church continues to uphold the centrality of family
reunification as a critical component of our immigration and refugee systems.
• Forced displacement of people is at the highest level since World War II, with more than 65 million people displaced around the world and over 22 million refugees.
• Refugees are the most rigorously screened population coming into America. This screening happens before they ever set foot in our country. The United States has the most thorough background checks of immigrants of any nation in the world.

Letters to the Editor Tips

Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) is the perfect way to add another perspective, offer a rebuttal, or express your appreciation for an already-published article or commentary piece. Please let us know if your letter to the editor is published!

We’ll deliver it to elected officials and promote it on our social media. Completing this final step in the letter
to the editor process helps ensure that your letter’s impact is even greater. Email us at with a link to your published LTE.

Letter to the Editor Writing Tips
• Keep it short (150-250 words) – If you don’t edit your LTE, the news outlet might edit it for you. Since they could cut out your main point, it’s best to write something both punchy and brief.
• Speak in your own voice. Tell why the article matters to you. Talk about your faith, professional experience or
knowledge of climate change. Be personal and authentic.
• Get local. Editors are generally more interested in letters that highlight local impacts. Can you relate the issues raised in a national piece on migration and immigration to issues impacting your own community?
• Get personal. Migrants are people on the move, but they are first and foremost human beings with families.
Show that human side. Personalize your perspective with a story about people you know affected by migration – a family member or someone you know from your church.
• Follow these best practices:

1) Reference a recent article (if possible). Your letter is most likely to be published if it responds directly to the
newspaper’s recent coverage of a specific migration issue. Mention the article you’re responding to by its
headline and date.
2) Send your LTE in the body of your email, not as an attachment.
3) Include contact information: Include your full name, contact information, location, and profession or
expertise (if relevant) in the email as well. (The paper will not print your contact information.)

• Be timely – Try to get your LTE in within one to three days the relevant article is published.

Get Engaged!

National Migration Week
Sample Letters to The Editor

Dear Editor:
Your recent article, [name of article], discussing the issue of immigration/refugees was alarming [or reaffirming
(depends on tone of article)]. [name of State or community] has a proud history of welcoming newcomers, including immigrants, refugees, and newly naturalized citizens.
It is imperative that our local communities continue to provide a warm and welcoming presence to newcomers, so that they can feel a part of the community and contribute to its ongoing well-being and prosperity. In fact, more than 40% of America’s largest companies were founded either by immigrants or the children of immigrants. Newcomers, such as immigrants and refugees are indeed a part of our future community well-being.

(in an article that has a religious angle or mentions a bishop, Church leader, or the Catholic Church)
Dear Editor,
Your recent article, [name of article], discussing the issue of immigration/refugees was alarming [or reaffirming
(depends on tone of article)]. As a Catholic, I have long held pro-immigration/pro-refugee beliefs and support for migrant communities as a central feature of my life of faith. We affirm that all people – immigrants and native-born alike – are made in the image and likeness of God whose human dignity is deserving of respect. The Church celebrates National Migration Week this week, which is a week-long opportunity to raise awareness on Catholic teachings related to migration. It is encouraging to see religious leaders stand in solidarity of migrants and encourage positive reforms that will help to fix our broken immigration system during this special time for the Church.
Estimado Editor:
En su reciente artículo [nombre del artículo], donde discute el asunto de la inmigración/los refugiados ha sido
alarmante [o reafirmante (dependiendo del tono del artículo)]. [Nombre del Estado o de la comunidad] conserva una orgullosa historia de acoger a los recién llegados, incluyendo a los inmigrantes, los refugiados y a los nuevos ciudadanos naturalizados.
Es imperativo que nuestras comunidades locales continúen ofreciendo una presencia cálida y acogedora a los recién llegados para que ellos sientan que son parte de la comunidad y contribuyan a su continuo florecimiento. De hecho, más del 40% de las grandes compañías en los Estados Unidos fueron establecidas por inmigrantes o por hijos de inmigrantes. Los recién llegados, los inmigrantes y los refugiados, forman realmente parte de la futura prosperidad de nuestras comunidades.


(en un artículo que tenga un ángulo religioso o que mencione a un obispo, líder de la Iglesia o a la Iglesia Católica)
Estimado Editor
Su reciente artículo, [nombre del artículo], donde discutía el asunto de la inmigración ha sido alarmante [o reafirmante (dependiendo del tono del artículo)]. Como católico, por mucho tiempo he mantenido a la inmigración y al apoyo por las comunidades inmigrantes como una característica central de mi fe. Nosotros afirmamos que todos los individuos— inmigrantes y nativos por igual—han sido hechos a imagen y semejanza de Dios y se merecen nuestro respeto y apoyo.
Mientras que esta semana la Iglesia celebra la Semana Nacional de la Migración, lo cual brinda una oportunidad para concientizar sobre sus enseñanzas relacionadas a la migración, es muy alentador ver a los líderes religiosos en solidaridad con los migrantes y apoyando unas reformas positivas que servirán para arreglar nuestro quebrado sistema migratorio.

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Peace and Justice Updates 9.15.2021


EARTHDAY‍.ORG invites you to join the next installment of our Earth Day Live series: Teaching the Teachers on Thursday, September 16th from 3:30-4:15 pm ET. Please join us for a critical discussion on how global youth are leading the way in climate education by teaching educators. Join us for the live event.

Panelists include:

  • Aishwarya Puttur, Project Coordinator at Teach the Teacher
  • Josh Tregale, Campaign Coordinator for MockCOP 26 and International Campaign Coordinator at Teach the Future

This panel will be moderated by Nick Nuttall, EARTHDAY‍.ORG’s International Strategic Communications Director.

Climate Week NYC is taking place September 20-26. The event will focus on fulfilling and increasing commitments made by businesses, governments, and organizations.

Interfaith Power and Light will showcase two zero carbon congregations during this virtual event. Click here to RSVP for virtual tours of two inspiring congregations, on Sept 22, noon Eastern time.


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Peace and Justice Updates 9.8.2021

Ban Arm Braces for Guns
In June, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) proposed a new rule that would specify the definition of “rifle” to include certain pistols equipped with arm braces that can be fired from a shoulder.  Much like with bump stocks, the gun industry has exploited a loophole to intentionally evade the law in order to make and market particularly dangerous short-barreled rifles. Some arm braces allow a user to turn a pistol into a short-barreled rifle — one of the most highly regulated weapons in the country due to its combination of lethality and concealability. This is the type of weapon used in the deadly Dayton shooting that took place in 2019.

Now, the ATF is asking for the public to weigh in on a proposed rule that will help close this dangerous loophole. Click here to give your thoughts. 

Support the Clean Cars Rule
Transportation is the #1 source of carbon pollution in the United States. That means the most important climate change policy we have on the books is vehicle fuel efficiency, or the Clean Cars Rule.
We have a chance to weigh in on the strength of the new clean car rule right now. This is a critical time for people of faith and conscience to make their voices heard in support of the cleanest car standards possible.
Click here to send a comment to the EPA in support of the Clean Cars rule.

Support Workers
As corporations have seized the pandemic as an opportunity to make more money, working families have continued to suffer. With 16-hour days a regular occurrence, workers at Nabisco are all too familiar with this dynamic. After cutting pensions back in 2018 and closing 2 U.S. facilities earlier this year, Nabisco-parent Mondelez has begun contract negotiations this summer with a proposal that includes lower-quality healthcare plans and alternate work schedules of 12-hour days. This offer is insulting to workers, who over 2020 helped Nabisco increase revenue by $26.8 billion.
Our food production laborers have carried us through a global pandemic. Tell Nabisco and Mondelez International that you side with the union, and keep Nabisco facilities in the U.S.
Sign the petition to Nabisco: No contracts, no snacks.

Celebrating the Season of Creation
The Laudato Si Movement have produced videos, stories, news releases, social media kits, and other tools to help to bring to life the Season of Creation. You can celebrate by using the valuable and helpful material included on this drive. Click here to review. 

Racial Justice and Religion
September 22, 2021, 4:00-5:30PM CDT
The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage presents Catholicism in Dialogue: Conversations on Racial Justice. This ecumenical and interfaith conversation will explore racial justice in Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, and Baha’i. Speakers include Pastor Chris Harris, Bright Star Church Chicago, Omer M. Mozaffa, Loyola University Chicago, Steve Sarowitz, Bahá’í Community, and Rabbi Michal Woll, Congregation Shir Hadash.
Click here to register. 

The National Catholic Reporter’s Earth Beat column features reporting from Marianne Comfort, a justice coordinator with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Click here to read her article on protesting Line 3 in Northern Minnesota. 

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