Sister Mary's Justice Notes | July 19

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


Nuns Protest Gas Pipeline by Building Chapel on Proposed Route
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a St. Louis, Mo.-based organization, are protesting a natural gas pipeline by building a chapel along the proposed route. The ASCs own a strip of land in Pennsylvania where the pipeline is planned to go through. But the nuns said the $3 billion pipeline violates their beliefs and values regarding the environment and oppose its construction. Read more.



New Facial Recognition Technology Fights Child Sex-Trafficking
FaceSearch is a new software program employing facial recognition technology to allow police to match a photo of a child's face to sex-trafficking ads on the internet. The initial photo can come from Facebook or other social media, from a "missing child" ad, or anywhere else. FaceSearch can then scan online photos and quickly determine whether this potential victim has been advertised online for commercial sex. Read more.



U.S. Mayors Back 100% Renewable Energy, Vow to Fill Climate Leadership Void
As the nation's mayors closed their annual meeting this week in Miami Beach, they sent a clear signal that cities are eager to fill a policy gap created by the Trump administration. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which includes both Republican and Democratic mayors, adopted a series of resolutions that are far more assertive than federal climate policy, including a pledge supporting cities' adoption of 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Read more.



Child Marriages Will Cost Poor Countries Trillions of Dollars
Child marriage will cost developing countries trillions of dollars in the next decade, seriously hampering global efforts to eradicate poverty, the World Bank reports. An estimated one in three girls in the developing world is married before the age of 18, with one girl married off every two seconds. The World Bank said ending child marriage would reduce population growth, boost girls' educational achievements and increase their earnings. Read more.



Summertime: A Season That’s Hard on the Earth
Most Americans say they have changed their behavior to help protect the environment, whether because they are heeding the warnings of Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si’” or are alarmed by stories of severe weather and rising sea levels. But summer may bring the biggest test of good intentions. A warming planet means more demand for air conditioning, and even the beloved backyard barbecue consumes surprisingly large amounts of energy. Read more.



Stand with Dreamers to Defend DACA
Lawmakers from ten states are calling for the Trump administration to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The DACA program grants a work permit and protects young immigrants from deportation. As a result, eight hundred thousand young people have received protection and lives have been changed for the better. Faith in Public Life urges us to tell President Trump to preserve DACA. Click here.


July 19, 2017

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