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 5.19.2021

Ask President Biden to take Action in the Middle East
Over the past weeks, images of the violence engulfing Israel and Palestine have circulated around the world, capturing international attention as the threat of increased military action looms. The violence has already led to dozens of deaths, including children.

Military action will never bring about a just and peaceful resolution between Israelis and Palestinians. President Biden must take action to immediately de-escalate the situation, broker a ceasefire, and call on the Israeli government to put an immediate stop to the forced evictions and displacement of Palestinian families. Many more are likely to die if the situation does not de-escalate immediately.

President Biden campaigned on advancing human rights and a diplomacy-first foreign policy to restore America’s leadership around the world. In addition to brokering a ceasefire, the Biden administration must address the root causes of this decades-long crisis including calling on the Israeli government to put an immediate stop to the forced evictions and displacement of Palestinian families in order to achieve a just solution grounded in human dignity.

Click here to sign a petition asking President Biden to take urgent action to de-escalate the situation in Palestine and Israel, and secure an immediate ceasefire.

Pass Background Checks Now
This year, the AAPI community has repeatedly experienced that devastation. In Atlanta, nine people were shot, including six Asian women who were killed. In Indianapolis, eight people were shot and killed, four of them being members of the Sikh community. And yet, those tragedies are only a fraction of the violence the AAPI community has experienced this year. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against the AAPI community at large—particularly against AAPI women—has been on the rise like never before.

This AAPI Heritage Month, we must call attention to this hate-fueled violence, and demand our lawmakers work to stop it. We need strong gun safety laws now.

Tell your U.S. senators: Pass background check legislation now.

WEBINAR: Catholic Sisters Impact on Helping Trafficking Survivors Thrive
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
1:00pm Eastern

Register today for our webinar focused on “Catholic Sisters Impact on Helping Trafficking Survivors Thrive.” The panel speakers include:

  • Sr. Jean Schafer, SDS, a member of the USCSAHT Board of Directors and former Chair of the Survivor Services working group.
  • Sr. Kathlyn Mulcahy, OP, a Dominican Sister of Springfield and the Executive Director of Bethany House in Chicago.
  • Theresa Flores, LSW, Program Director for USCSAHT. S
  • Dawn Schiller, M.A., an expert survivor-leader in the anti-trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault movements.

Register Now.

Recognize Role of “Essential Workers”
Please contact your senators and representative and urge them to act boldly to provide a path to citizenship for the eleven million immigrants living in the United States without documentation.

Many have been here for decades. They include Dreamers (young people brought to the U.S. as children, many of whom have no ties to the country of their birth), recipients of Temporary Protected Status (persons from countries dealing with natural disasters, political upheaval or other crises), persons in Deferred Enforced Departure (similar to TPS but determined by presidential discretion) and agricultural workers.

The coronavirus pandemic has made the nation conscious of the critical role essential workers play in food production and food service, retail, healthcare, child and elder care. Many of these persons are immigrants.

It is critical that lawmakers hear that there is strong support for a path to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented immigrants living in the United States today.

Click here to speak up for immigrants. 

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Peace and Justice Updates 5.11.2021

Roll Up Your Sleeves!
In a January interview with Italy’s TG5 news program, Pope Francis said, “I believe that morally everyone must take the (COVID-19) vaccine, It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.” The pontiff has also come out in favor of a waiver on intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines, which would make this important medicine available to more people around the world.
Just as our Sisters continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing to keep others safe, we are also receiving our vaccines as a way to protect ourselves and others. 

Say NO to the Death Penalty
There has not been a state execution since July, 2020, the longest stretch without a state execution in 40 years, but all that may change next week with the execution of Quintin Jones, scheduled in Texas on May 19, to be followed by Idaho’s first execution since 2012 scheduled for June 2.
Please sign these petitions to say NO to these Executions!

Quintin Jones

Gerald Pizzuto, Jr.

Non-violence and Ecology: A Webinar
The Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform envisions seven goals for seven sectors of the Catholic community over the next seven years. This is an exciting moment for the Church, an opportunity to move forward in creative and effective ways to achieve a more just world for all creation.

Nonviolence is key to a Laudato Si future is a one-hour webinar on Monday, May 17 (10 am Eastern/7 am Pacific). Marie Dennis (Pax Christi International senior adviser), Ken Butigan (DePaul University) and Sr. Sheila Kinsey, FCJM (Union of Superiors General/International Union of Superiors General) will discuss how Gospel nonviolence for a Laudato Si’ future might be concretely advanced.

REGISTER HERE
French and Spanish translation provided.

 

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Peace and Justice Updates – 5.5.2021

Help Stop the Use of Landmines
In today’s Justice Blog, Sr. Judy Morris told us about the dangers of landmines and how people are still suffering and dying from these leftover weapons.

164 nations have banned anti-personnel landmines because of the horrific, almost never-ending legacy of death and destruction that they cause. It’s time that the United States do the same.

Over the past 30 years, the number of landmine casualties has plummeted around the world. Please click here to sign a petition asking President Biden to ensure safety for the future by banning landmines.

John Lewis Voting Rights Day
The Late Congressman John Lewis shed his blood crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Fight for Black voters and Voters of Color to participate in America’s electoral process and the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Voting rights are under attack nationally by state legislators, and special interests and billionaires are spending unlimited amounts of money to buy our elections.

Join the action on May 8 to demand the passage of the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and D.C. Statehood and to address one of the greatest obstacles to the passage of civil and voting rights – and one of the last vestiges of slavery – the filibuster! Find an action near you!

LCWR has endorsed the national John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day and we plan to release a joint statement with the National Black Sisters Conference on the critical importance of ensuring that all people—no matter race, zip code, economic situation—enjoy the sacred right to vote. Organizers have prepared this toolkit to help with messaging.

Celebrate Laudato Si’ Week!
Laudato Si’ Week 2021 will be celebrated May 16-24.  The theme of this year is the very positive message: “for we know that things can change” (LS 13). The Laudato Si’ Week will be a core event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year, and a way to celebrate the steps that the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion. It will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and how we might prepare for the future with hope.”

Click here to view all the events of the week. Inspired to take a fresh look at Laudato Si’—consider this study guide.

Take some time to learn about the Laudato Si’ Action Platform initiative and Laudato Si’ Goals.

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Peace and Justice Updates 4/28/2021

Sign for Gun Safety
New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan is co-sponsoring gun safety legislation in the Senate to ban assault weapons, expand background checks, and protect domestic violence survivors. We know that bills like this will save lives, and it’s long past time for them to become law. Unfortunately, the NRA is spending $2 million to fight President Biden’s gun safety measures and his effort to name gun safety advocate David Chipman to head the ATF.

We have to do more to end the horrific acts of gun violence in this country. You can click here to sign a petition from Senator Hasson asking the Senate to pass sensible gun safety measures.

Sinsinawa Sisters Present Anti-Trafficking Education
The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Against Human Trafficking Committee, Madison, WI, invites Sisters and Associates to a virtual performance of

The True Cost: Stories of Human Trafficking, Saturday, May 22, 2021, 1pm -3pm, CDT,
via Zoom. presented by Still Point Theater Collective, a Chicago non-profit

There is a 50-minute performance followed by a panel discussion open to the audience with local representatives of efforts against trafficking. Please join us for this opportunity to learn more about human trafficking that continues to happen all around us–and how you can make a difference. Click here for a flyer about the performance.

To register for this FREE event, please click here. Registration will close at 12:00pm, CDT, Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
If you have questions, please contact Reg McKillip, OP, opjustice@sinsinawa.org.

A few days before the performance all registrants will receive the Zoom link to join a few days before the performance.

Faithful Call to Action on Voting Rights and Climate Change with Senator Rev. Warnock
You are invited to join a powerful discussion with the new U.S. Senator from Georgia Rev. Raphael Warnock on voting rights and climate change on Thursday, April 28, 2021. The Zoom presentation will take place at 2:30 om.

Click here to register for a Faithful Call to Action on Voting Rights and Climate Change with Senator Rev. Warnock.

When: Wednesday, April 28th at 2:30pm Eastern Time
How to join: RSVP here

Speakers:
Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock, U.S. Senator from Georgia
Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Interfaith Power & Light Board Chair
Codi Norred, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light Executive Director
Rev. Brendolyn Jenkins Boseman, Pastor of Hudson Memorial CME, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light Board Member

 

 

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Peace and Justice Updates: 4.14.2021

Speak Against the Death Penalty
In the wake of an unprecedented federal execution spree by the Trump administration, the momentum and urgency behind abolishing the federal death penalty has never been stronger. Over the past few months, you might have seen Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) promoting a petition targeted to President Biden, urging him to take the concrete steps at his disposal to dismantle this broken system. Already more than 5,500 Catholics and people of goodwill have signed.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to add your signature to this petition, click here to sign.

Care for People, Care for Creation
The way we grow our food and manage our land has a huge impact on the climate, and has the potential to be a powerful solution as well.

Modern industrial agriculture has allowed us to grow food more abundantly and cheaply than ever before, but the hidden cost is the health of our soil. Tilling and chemicals degrade the soil, inhibiting its ability to hold water and carbon. This leads to erosion and desertification, releasing carbon into the atmosphere contributing to climate change.

There is funding to improve agriculture and land practices in the proposed infrastructure package. Now, we need Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack to commit to prioritizing USDA resources for small to medium farmers and ranchers directly –  especially those of color, who have too often been underserved – to support their efforts to innovate and act quickly to regenerative practices that keep carbon in the soil.

Click here to sign the petition to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

 

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