Sister Mary's Justice Notes | July 5

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


Deportation to Deadly Countries is an Evil We Can Avoid
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Tex., last year questioned the morality of the United States deporting refugees seeking asylum, rightly treating their plight as a right-to-life issue, and calling some deportations “not unlike driving someone to an abortion clinic.” Can a Catholic carry out his or her job duties in good conscience if they include the deportation of people facing imminent death in their home countries? Read more.



Catholic Advocates for Immigrants Assess How to Win Allies, Combat Fear
Catholic advocates for immigrants are searching for new ways to persuade elected officials and the public to see newcomers to America as positive economic, social, and cultural influences and assets. During a recent Catholic Legal Immigration Network conference, participants learned how building coalitions among allies provides support for promoting the narrative that immigrants and refugees make a positive contribution to the United States. Read more.



Email Congress and Uphold Affordable Health Care in the Senate
If the Senate passes its health care bill, its impact will be harmful and immediate. 15 million people will lose their healthcare by next year, and 22 million will lose insurance by 2026. The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center provides a simple form for emailing Congress to tell them to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act and instead work together to improve the quality and accessibility of our health care system. Click here.



U.S. Renewable Energy Jobs Employ More Than 800,000 People and Rising
Renewable energy jobs are growing around the globe as prices fall and interest in clean power rises. Worldwide, 9.8 million people are now employed in the renewable energy industry, including 3 million in the booming photovoltaic solar sector, up 12 percent from just a year ago, a new study shows. Read more.



Exxon Mobil Lends Its Support to a Carbon Tax Proposal
Exxon Mobil, other oil companies and a number of other corporate giants have announced that they are supporting a plan to tax carbon emissions that was put forth this year by a group of Republican elder statesmen. The underlying idea is that, by making energy derived from fossil fuels more expensive, the free market will move more quickly and effectively toward renewable energy and other low-carbon solutions. Read more.



Violence and Persecution Uprooted Record 65.6 Million People in 2016
Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, the United Nation refugee agency reports, stressing the "very high" pace at which conflict and persecution are forcing people to flee their homes. The figure equates to "one person displaced every three seconds - less than the time it takes to read this sentence." The report marks a jump of 300,000 since the end of 2015. Read more.



Will Missile Defense Keep America Safe?
If World War 3 were to break out between the United States and North Korea, there is good reason to believe that the highly-touted missile defense system, the very same system hailed as a success last week by the Pentagon, might not be able to protect the U.S. from North Korea's ballistic missiles. Watch this two-minute video and learn more.


 July 2017

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