Sister Mary's Justice Notes | January 24

CSJ Justice Notes: January 24, 2018
 
Life of Sister Antona Ebo Reveals ‘Uncommon Faithfulness’ of Black Religious Women
The life of Sister Mary Antona Ebo, FSM, who died on Nov. 11, embodies what many scholars have called the “uncommon faithfulness” of black Catholics, and black religious women specifically, in the face of unholy discrimination. Ebo, who was the first of two black sisters (the other was Sister Barbara Moore, CSJ) who marched in Selma in 1965, drew a substantial amount of attention. Historian Shannen Dee Williams reveals a glimpse of Ebo’s story, as she completes the first historical survey of black Catholic sisters in the U.S. Read more.
 
Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange Continue 100 Days of Prayer in 2018
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange has launched a site offering a weekly post of prayers and readings to lead reflection on being citizens of the world and healing instruments of unity and reconciliation in society today. Individuals can subscribe and receive a week’s worth of daily prayers with each weekly post. Three 100 days of prayer campaigns will run January-April, May-August, and September-December, with a couple of weeks of break in between. To view the first issue and subscribe to future posts, click here. 
Carondelet Congregation CLT Signs Letter in Support of TPS for Syrians
The Congregation Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet has signed a letter in support of the re-designation and extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syrians. During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries are not removable from the United States and cannot be detained by the Department of Homeland Security on the basis of their immigration status.  The Congregational CLT regularly signs letters of support for various justice issues.
 
U.N. Investigation Offers Stark Assessment of Poverty in America
Despite its wealth and advanced technology, the United States has maintained a policy of prolonged indifference to conditions of poverty that is thwarting the advancement of millions of its citizens, according to a recent United Nations investigation. Because of its failure to provide universal health care and its market-driven model of health care delivery, “Americans can expect to live sicker and shorter lives” than the citizens of any other advanced economy. Read more:https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/12/15/un-mission-offers-sobering-assessment-poverty-america
 
Tell Congress: No More Increase in Pentagon Spending
Many in Congress want to increase Pentagon spending by around $75 billion. This would raise our Pentagon budget to over $650 billion, which is more than the next 8 countries combined. Meanwhile, the budgets for human needs and peacebuilding have been cut to $45 billion total and face further cuts. The Conference of Major Superiors of Men urges us to tell Congress to put the brakes on Pentagon spending. For more information click here.
 
Immigration Agents Descend On 7-Eleven Stores in 17 States
Two weeks ago, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out a nationwide raid at ninety-eight 7-11 convenience stores, in an attempt to round up undocumented workers.  Acting head of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations Derek Banner threatened that "This is what we're gearing up for this year and what you're going to see more and more of is these large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters." Read more.
 
New York City Sues Oil Companies over Climate Change
New York City is suing five of the largest oil companies over the billions of dollars it spends protecting the city from the effects of climate change, and it plans to divest its pension funds' $5 billion in assets involving fossil fuel producers.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "They are the first ones responsible for this crisis," de Blasio alluding to Hurricane Sandy which hit the city in 2012. "It's time for them to start paying for the damage they've done." More information here.
 
Why the U.S. Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care
The United States spends almost twice as much on health care, as a percentage of its economy, as other advanced industrialized countries - totaling $3.3 trillion, or 17.9 percent of gross domestic product in 2016.   But a few decades ago American health care spending was much closer to that of peer nations.   What happened? Learn more here
 
We Cannot End Sex Trafficking Without Addressing Demand
Nationally, over 1,200 cities and counties have implemented 12 significant demand reduction tactics, including reverse stings, "John school," and public shaming. UCLA professor, Sarah Godoy, says that large-scale efforts to deter men from buying sex have rendered meaningful results, including the reduction of commercial sexual exploitation. Still, less is done to address the demand that both influences and encourages the supply and distribution. To read more click here.

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