Sister Mary's Justice Notes | January 10

CSJ Justice Notes: January 10, 2018
New Market/Garden in Ferguson Reaches Out to Those Living in ‘Food Desert’
United People Market/Garden in Ferguson, Mo., has opened a market at the Greater St Marks Church, 9950 Glen Owen, off of Chambers Road. Beginning Jan. 13 and 14, it is opened Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sundays, noon-3 p.m., yearlong. The market sells healthy food choices such as fruits, vegetables, and honey to all in this St. Louis County food desert. Members are asked to pay $5-$10 or volunteer two to four hours, thus allowing the market to local products with little or no mark up. The market also is relying on donations from people who advocate spreading healthy food practices and policies. To donate, contact Antajuan Adams at 314-448-3339

National Migration Week January 7-14; Sign Action Alert to Protect Dreamers
National Migration Week is this week, Jan. 7-14. For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, an opportunity for the Church to highlight immigrants, refugees, children, and human trafficking survivors. This year’s theme, “Many Journeys, One Family,” draws attention to the fact that each family has a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past. Regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another. In March, President Donald Trump will end DACA, putting hundreds of thousands of young people at risk of deportation. They came here as young children and would be deported to countries they know little of. The Francis Project calls this profane and unjust, but Congress has a chance to change this reality by passing the Dream Act. Click here.
Concordia CSJ Receives National Bakhita Award from USCSAHT
Sister Margaret Nacke, CSJ (Concordia) has been honored by the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking , a network of Catholic sisters and their colleagues devoted to eradicating human trafficking. In December, she received the first-ever Sister Margaret Nacke, CSJ Bakhita Award, in recognition of outstanding work by an individual or group for their efforts to end the crime of human trafficking. In 2013, Sister Margaret was the driving force that resulted in the founding of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Sister Margaret offered a presentation on human trafficking to the St. Louis Province in 2016. Read more here.
World Day of Peace Message: Global Migration is No Threat, but an Opportunity for Peace
Pope Francis’ message for the World Day Peace on Jan. 1 calls on the world to view global migration not as a threat but as an opportunity to build peace. He identifies four “milestones for action” that must be met if migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and trafficked persons are to find peace. He challenges all people of good will to: 1. Welcome people on the move. 2. Expand legal pathways to entry. 3. Defend the inviolable dignity of those who flee and 4.Promote integral human development of migrants and refugees as they integrate in the daily life of the society that welcomes them. Read the pope’s message in its entirety here.
Humanity’s True Colors Documented in Artist’s Photography
Angelica Dass’ photography challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity. In this personal talk, hear about the inspiration behind her portrait project, Humanae, and her pursuit to document humanity’s true colors rather than the untrue white, red, black and yellow associated with race.  More here.
World Bank to End Financial Support for Oil and Gas Exploration
The World Bank has announced it will end its financial support for oil and gas exploration within the next two years in response to the growing threat posed by climate change.  The Bank ceased lending for coal-fired power stations in 2010 but has been under pressure from lobby groups also to halt the $1bn a year it has been lending for oil and gas in developing countries. Read more here.
Kansas's Ravaged Economy a Cautionary Tale as Trump Plans Huge Tax Cuts For Rich
Kansas slashed taxes at the top to try to spur growth - but the plan crippled the state's finances and proved disastrous for its Republican governor.    Individual state income tax rates dropped from 6.4% to 4.9% - with the intention of getting rid of them altogether eventually. The state's revenues collapsed.  The state's coffers were emptied and the promised economic miracle failed to materialize. Click here to learn more.

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