Sister Mary's Justice Notes: August 30

CSJ Justice Coordinator Sister Mary Flick keeps us

informed on the latest social justice news each week.

Vigil at Eagleton Courthouse to Pray for DACA

Join the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) and Latinos en Axion STL this Friday, Sept. 1, for a vigil for immigration justice. The vigil will be held noon-1 p.m. in front of the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse, 111 S. 10th Street. This is part of the countdown to the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) deadline on Sept. 5, when the Trump Administration could decide to end DACA and put young people at risk of deportation, tearing many families apart. The gathering also will feature prayer for members of Congress as they return to Washington to negotiate the federal budget. For more information, go to

Let the White House, Congress Know You Oppose Terminating DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was established by President Obama to protect undocumented children who came to the United States early in their lives. On Sept. 5, the Trump Administration could decide to end DACA and put young people at risk of deportation, tearing many families apart. Let the White House and Congress know that you oppose terminating DACA. Call the White House at 202-456-111 and leave a message. Or call your Congressperson at 202-224-3121.

Celebrate the Season of Creation, Sept. 1-Oct. 4

Join in prayer and action with millions of Christians around the world to celebrate the Season of Creation. It begins on Sept. 1, the World Dav of Prayer for the Care of Creation, instituted by Pope Francis in 2015, and concludes on Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Resources to help you and your religious community or parish pray and act during this season are available from the Catholic Climate Covenant, in partnership with the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach. Go to:

Beyond 100 Days of Prayer Continues

Beyond 100 Days of Prayer continues in September with reflections on speaking and acting out for the sake of justice. It is produced monthly by the Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation Interest Group of the U.S. Federation. Click here for the flyer.

Report Shows Long History of Confederate Symbols

A report from the Southern Poverty Law Center shows that the majority of Confederate monuments weren't erected until after 1900 - decades after the Civil War ended in 1865. According to the report, there were "two major periods in which the dedication of Confederate monuments and other symbols spiked - the first two decades of the 20th century and during the civil rights movement."  Read more.

Sisters Urge US, North Korea to Dialogue and Disarm to Resolve Nuclear Conflict

Concerned about tensions between the US and North Korea, Catholic sisters are urging diplomatic efforts to ease recent hostilities.  The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, or LCWR, has called on President Trump "to engage in constructive dialogue and negotiation to resolve the current crisis between the governments of the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in a manner that guarantees the peace and security that all people seek."  Read more. 

California Crops Rot as Immigration Crackdown Creates Farmworker Shortage

Vegetable prices may be going up soon, as a shortage of migrant workers is resulting in lost crops in California.  Farmers say they're having trouble hiring enough people to work during harvest season, causing some crops to rot before they can be picked. Already, the situation has triggered losses of more than $13 million in two California counties alone, according to NBC News. Read more.

2017 Is So Far the Second-Hottest Year on Record Thanks to Global Warming

With the first six months of 2017 in the books, average global surface temperatures so far this year are 0.94°C above the 1950-1980 average, according to NASA. That makes 2017 the second-hottest first six calendar months on record, behind only 2016.  That's remarkable because 2017 hasn't had the warming influence of an El Niño event. Read more.

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