Sister Mary's Justice Notes | December 20

CSJ Justice Notes: December 20, 2017
Let Your Congressional Representatives Know You Oppose the Tax Bill
This week, the Senate will vote on a final tax bill, which the House has passed. The bill cuts taxes for the wealthy and corporations while raising taxes on people in poverty, devastates the Affordable Care Act, and increases the federal deficit, which will lead directly to cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. It is imperative to let both of your Senators know you oppose this tax plan. Call your Senators at 1-888-885-1748 (Call twice to reach both Senators.) When you call, here’s what you might say:
"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. As a person of faith, I’m calling you to OPPOSE the tax plan because it is inconsistent with my faith teaching. It delivers huge tax cuts to the richest 1% and wealthy corporations, paid for by increasing taxes on millions of middle-class 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. I urge the [REPRESENTATIVE/SENATOR] to vote NO on the tax plan.”
 
Are We Headed Toward a New Korean War?
When Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof traveled to the world's most isolated country, he found a nation furious with Trump and primed for nuclear war - in kindergartens, amusements parks and the halls of government.  His chilling video presents a rare inside look at the attitudes of the people of North Korea and the prospects of war. More here. 
Free Yourself from Your Filter Bubbles
Joan Blades and John Gable invite you to make friends with people who vote differently than you do. A pair of political opposites, the two longtime pals know the value of engaging in honest conversations with people you don't immediately agree with. Join them as they explain how to bridge the gaps in understanding between people on opposite sides of the political spectrum -- and create opportunities for mutual listening and consideration. For more information click here.
 
Republican Ground Shifts on Immigration
The Republican approach to immigration is shifting as the 2018 midterm elections loom. The earthquake began when candidates backed by President Trump played strong anti-immigrant cards in Virginia’s gubernatorial race and Alabama’s Senate race — and both came up losers. Trump, who had begun pulling down the curtain on the Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is himself now talking a different game. Read more of this insightful opinion piece here.
 
How Can I Make a Difference?
Increased awareness about sexual violence has left many wondering, "What can I do to help?"  The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network suggests that just being aware of what's happening around you can be useful and will let you step in to help, even when you aren't directly involved in the situation. Read more.
 
Top U.S. Corporations Including Walmart and Ford Oppose Trump on Climate Change
Some of the largest U.S. businesses, including Walmart, General Motors, Ford and Mars, met in Miami last week to discuss how sustainability and clean energy targets can be achieved despite Trump's plan to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement.  More information here.
 
Protect Public Lands
Last week, President Trump announced a plan to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.  It is apparent that the real goals were clear: to reward the oil and gas industries with unfettered access to our most special places -- sites that are sacred to Native American communities. The Sierra Club urges us to tell Congress to protect our public lands. Click here.

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