Sister Mary's Justice Notes | August 2

CSJ Justice Coordinator Sister Mary Flick keeps us informed on the latest social justice news each week.  

Stand with the Dreamers
The Dream Act of 2017 was recently introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives as a bipartisan effort. It is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The bill offers qualifying immigrant youth "conditional permanent resident status" and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship. This bill would protect numerous youth, including the estimated 780,000 individuals who received temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility through the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Urge your senator to co-sponsor the Dream Act. Click Here.

 
Don't Repeal, Don't Reduce the ACA, Say U.S. Sisters
As the United States Senate prepares to again tackle health care reform this week, senators will have the voices of thousands of sisters to consider.  A letter signed by 7,150 women religious from all 50 states was delivered to the Senate on July 24, urging senators to vote against any bill that repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or cuts Medicaid. The effort was coordinated by NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby. Read more.

 
Paying People to Stop Cutting Down Trees Pays Off, Study Finds
Researchers found that "payments for ecosystems services" in Ugandan villages had climate and economic benefits. In two years, where landowners were paid to leave trees standing, forests lost 4.2 percent of trees, while forests in villages where landowners received nothing lost 9.1 percent.  Read more.
 
How to Help the Thousands of Human Trafficking Victims Each Year
The latest smuggling tragedy occurred when authorities in Texas found a tractor-trailer at a Walmart parking lot packed with more than two-dozen immigrants. Eight bodies were found in the truck and two other victims later died at a hospital.  Officials say it's not uncommon for smuggling to lead to trafficking.  Advocates suggest proactive initiatives to prevent such atrocities. Read more.

 
Half of All Female Homicide Victims Are Killed By Intimate Partners
More than half of female homicide victims were killed in connection to intimate partner violence - and in 10 percent of those cases, violence shortly before the killing might have provided an opportunity for intervention.  That is according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that takes a close look at the homicides of women. Read more. 

New Poll Shows Nation Moving Left on Healthcare, Embracing Medicare for All
In the face of "cruel" attempts by the Republican Party to strip health insurance from more than 30 million Americans with the goal of providing massive tax breaks to the wealthy, a new poll finds that a growing majority of the public is "shifting toward the political left" on health care and expressing support for a system that ensures coverage for all. Read more.

August 2, 2017

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