Sister Mary's Justice Notes | February 28

CSJ Justice Notes: February 28, 2018
Thank Pope Francis for Condemning Nuclear Weapons, Arms Trade; Send an E-Postcard
Pax Christi International and the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative have launched an e-postcard campaign to thank Pope Francis for his strong condemnation of nuclear weapons and the arms trade. Sisters Online has joined the effort. Postcards will be sent on International Women’s Day, March 8. Send a card and ask your networks to do the same. For more information, click here.
Nearly 9,000 Teachers at Risk Over DACA
Approximately 8,800 teachers are protected under the DACA program.  If these teachers are deported, it will likely be difficult to replace bilingual educators. All 50 states reportedly suffered from teacher shortages in the 2016-17 school year, and "African-American and Latino instructors were particularly in short supply" for purposes of creating diverse teacher pools. Read more here.
What Farmworkers Can Teach Hollywood About Ending Sexual Harassment
What could Hollywood's brightest stars learn from farmworkers in Florida's tomato fields? When it comes to creating a workplace where women are empowered to report sexual harassment-and receive justice rather than retaliation when they do so-the farmworkers of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers offer a proven model. For more information, click here.
US Imposes Arms Embargo Against South Sudan
The US has imposed a unilateral arms embargo on South Sudan in an attempt to pressure the country's President Salva Kiir to end the civil war that started in 2013. The conflict has seen the recruitment of more than 19,000 children as child soldiers by both the government's armed forces and the opposition groups.  Read more here.
Is California's Drought Returning? Snowpack Nears 2015's Historic Lows
The snowpack that's essential for California's water supply is at critically low levels again this year-approaching the historic lows of the state's prolonged drought, which officially ended in 2016.  Earlier this month, researchers measuredsnow in the Sierra Nevada, the source of about a third of the state's water supply, and found it was only at 27 percent of normal. More here.
Bride Trafficking in Vietnam
In remote parts of northern Vietnam, girls are disappearing - some as young as 13 years old. They are victims of bride trafficking, kidnapped and taken across the border to China where they are forced into marriage.  As a result of China's decades-long one-child policy and a societal preference for sons that led to female infanticide, China has a major gender imbalance. It is this shortage of women that is fueling bride trafficking from northern Vietnam. To read more click here.

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