Sister Mary's Justice Notes Dec. 6

CSJ Justice Coordinator Sister Mary Flick keeps us

informed on the latest social justice news each week.

Have a Justice Advent: Prayer Ideas for the Season

There are several Advent reflection programs available to keep us focused on our commitment to justice. Maryknoll’s Advent Reflection Guide offers reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the experience of Maryknoll missioners who have lived and worked with communities affected by forced migration in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Go to: 

Ecospirituality Resources provides an opportunity for Christians to deepen their understanding of the Christmas/ Incarnation reality in the context of the New Universe Story. Go to: 

Finally, in this season of children, consider using this prayer for immigrant children. Go to:

Consider Giving Alternative Christmas Gifts This Year

Looking for an alternative Christmas gift this holiday season? Sister Maureen Freeman, CSJ offers several for us to consider:

  • Purchase a bucket for a Water Woman in Gulu - $7 (contact S. Maureen Freeman)
  • Purchase a water filter for a woman in Gulu - $60 (contact S. Maureen Freeman)
  • Purchase Bombas socks at (Socks are the most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. For every pair you purchase, one pair is donated.)
  • Host a cookie exchange and give half to the local shelter in someone's name
  • Make your own gift card and offer your time or talent as the gift (i.e. dinner and a movie at your house)

Call the House, Senate and Keep the Pressure on the Tax Bill

The tax bill is not finished yet! Put pressure back on the House of Representatives and keep up pressure on the Senate. NETWORK encourages us to call members of Congress today and every day until a fair tax bill is found. Call the House of Representatives at 1-888-422-4555, Call the Senate toll-free line twice to reach both senators: 1-888-885-1748. Your message might be: 

My name is ___. I live in TOWN, STATE and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative [NAME].

As a constituent and a person of faith, I believe that everyone should pay their fair share of taxes. I ask Senator/Representative [NAME] to OPPOSE the tax bill that delivers huge tax cuts to the richest 1% and wealthy corporations, paid for by increasing taxes on 87 million Americans and by slashing Medicare, Medicaid, and education. It’s wrong to give special tax breaks to the wealthy and powerful at the expense of working families. It’s a violation of my faith and a betrayal of American values. It’s not too late for the Senator/Representative to do the right thing and defeat the tax bill that is being considered by the conference committee.  Can I count on the Senator/Representative to do the right thing and defeat the Republican tax plan? Thank you for your consideration.

Racism is a Sickness of the Soul; How Ignatian Spirituality Can Help

Dealing with the reality of racism in the United States is not easy. If it were, we would be well on our way to a more just world. But to have an honest, adult conversation about race, people might need to feel uncomfortable, because there are few issues that grip and affect us emotionally more than the issue of race. What ought to be the Ignatian contribution to the fight for racial justice, given our mission and our values? Read more.

How Climate Change Is Damaging the Health of Millions of People

A recent annual medical journal report provides an annual "check-up" of how climate change is impacting public health, and how countries' actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are reducing health risks. The research, conducted by a group of leading doctors, academics, and policy professionals found that climate change is already damaging the health of millions worldwide. Read more.

Robert Gates: Ending DACA Will Hurt Immigrant Troops

In an op-ed for the New York Times, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates calls for a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.  He states that recruiting immigrants is important to address the shortage of military candidates as 7 out of 10 Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are disqualified from military service "because of physical, behavioral or educational problems." 

Training Men and Boys to Honor Women in the Age of #Metoo

As millions of women continue to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, men from all walks of life have responded.  Using hashtags such as #IHearYou, #IWillSpeakUp and #HowIWillChange, they are pledging to treat women with respect and challenge other men when they don't. Read more.

How Gendercide Fuels Trafficking of Brides to China

In China, the trafficking of women is particularly acute, in part because a preference for sons has left the country with a severely skewed sex ratio. Between 1979 and 2015 the imbalance was aggravated by a one-child-per-couple policy, which prompted many to abort females before they were born. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 30 million to 40 million Chinese men who will be unable to find wives in their own country.

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