Sister Mary's Justice Notes | July 26

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

World Day against Trafficking in Persons is July 30

July 30 is World Day against Trafficking in Persons. A prayer service has been prepared by the Center of Concern’s Education for Justice Office. May we continue our efforts to abolish trafficking and pray for its victims and those who buy and sell their brothers and sisters. For the prayer service, open the attachment.

Save the Date: Sept. 22 Conference on Restorative Practices in Missouri
Save the date—Friday, Sept. 22 – and plan to join justice practitioners, victim service advocates, school administrators and  teachers, social workers and social justice advocates to network and learn about restorative practices in Missouri at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Conference tracks include community; school/education; and the justice system. Read more.
Women Religious Needed to Defend Health Care
In 2010, women religious vigorously advocated for the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Now, as the Senate is considering a bill to repeal the ACA and take coverage away from 22 million people, it is time for Catholic women religious to speak out again.  NETWORK is seeking women religious to sign on to a letter to Congress asking them to vote no on a bill that would harm the most vulnerable and sick in our society by cutting Medicaid. Read more.
There’s a Ton of Plastic Trash for Every Person in the World
More than nine billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around. A new study that tracked the global manufacture and distribution of plastics since they became widespread after World War II found that only two billion tons of that plastic is still in use. Seven billion tons is stuck on Earth as garbage in landfills, recycled trash or pollution in the environment, including deep oceans. Read more.
Just 100 Companies Responsible For 71% of Global Emissions
According to a new report, just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions since 1988.  Traditionally, large-scale greenhouse gas emissions data is collected at a national level but this report focuses on fossil fuel producers. ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are identified as among the highest emitting investor-owned companies. Read more.

Christian Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's Devastating Budget Cuts
In June, a diverse and bipartisan group of Christian leaders gathered in Washington to protest potential budget cuts targeting the poor. Representing the full range of Christian traditions, the speakers spoke with prophetic urgency about Jesus' call to care for the poor, the sick, the elderly - the very people the administration's budget would hurt the most.  Their calls to lawmakers are featured on the Sojourners magazine website.  Read more.

Financial Sector Should Do More to Fight Human Trafficking
The global financial sector is not fully using tools it has at hand to help fight human trafficking, from reporting suspicious credit card activity to seizing assets, said a new report by a United Nations think tank.  The $150 billion a year generated by human trafficking comes from crime and handling those funds can be considered money laundering or, in some cases, financing terrorism.  Read more.

July 26, 2017

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