Sister Mary's Justice Notes | July 12

CSJ Justice Coordinator Sister Mary Flick keeps us informed on the latest social justice news each week.  


 House Panel Takes Step to Cancel 'Blank Check for Endless War'

The House Appropriations Committee has passed a repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used justify ongoing military actions in regions around the world spanning the George W. Bush, Obama, and now Trump administrations. Peace activists have referred to the AUMF as a "blank check for endless war." Read more.



Ex-Nuke Commanders: Talk To North Korea, Open NATO-Russia Dialogue
An international group of ex-nuclear commanders last week issued the first in a series of recommendations to world leaders to head off the rising threat of a nuclear war - calling on the Trump administration to open direct talks with North Korea and urging the United States, Russia and NATO to immediately establish military-to-military talks. Read more.



 Feds Will Now Target Relatives Who Smuggled In Children

The Trump administration announced it will begin arresting parents and other relatives who hire smugglers to bring their children into the U.S., a move that sent a shudder through immigrant communities nationwide. Previous policies allowed children fleeing violence in Central America to be placed with "sponsors" - typically parents, close relatives or family friends - who care for the minors. Read more.



 We Only Have Three Years Left to Prevent a Climate Disaster, Scientists Warn

A group of the world's leading thinkers on climate change have issued an urgent call for the world to reach peak greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The group, led by former United Nations climate chief and Paris Agreement architect Christiana Figueres, warns that the planet could face unsafe - and irreversible - levels of temperature increases if greenhouse gas emissions do not begin to fall by 2020. Read more.



 NRA Decries Liberal Violence While Appearing to Declare War on Resistance

A new ad released by the National Rifle Association, in which conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch casts the anti-Trump resistance as a violent threat-is receiving fierce pushback, with many pointing out the irony (and danger) of the nation's largest gun lobby casting itself as the victims of violence. Touting a crystal-clear "us against them" message, Loesch addresses a conservative audience about the dangers of the so-called "liberal media." Read more.



Fires Rise in Arctic As 'Lightning Follows the Warming'
Forest fires caused by lightning strikes are increasing with climate change, rising 2 to 5 percent each year for the past four decades. A new Nature Climate Change paper reveals that warmer temperatures are pushing the storms and wildfires farther north, to the permafrost tundra. Read more.



July 12, 2017

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