Sister Mary's Justice Notes | June 20

Take Action to End the Immoral Family Separation Now

Sister Teresa Maya, CCVI, president of LCWR, has issued a strongly worded statement opposing the forcible separation of parents from their children at the border. The LCWR Justice Office is asking all women religious to “turn up the heat” on the president and Congress and to call the White House and Congressional leaders to protect and unite immigrant and refugee families. There is also a petition to sign. Act now! To sign the petition, go to: To call members of Congress, go to: To call the White House, the switchboard number is 202-456-1414. 

Urge Congress to Pass the Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act
A Polaris report based on data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline identified some 800 individual victims of human trafficking from January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017 who were here and working under temporary work visas. Clearly, the temporary work visa system is badly broken. The dysfunction is due in part to the patchwork nature of regulation and a lack of transparency and accountability. Urge Congress to pass the Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act of 2018. The Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act would require that the federal government keep organized records on temporary visa holders and their employers and make the information publicly available. This helps ensure that workers won’t fall through the cracks, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers. Go to:

Sisters’ Request Approved to Remove Bottled Water from Mercy Health System Facilities
Bottled water is being removed from all Mercy Health care facilities, as a result of an initiative spurred by a group of Sisters of Mercy and Associates. Sister Mary Roch, RSM, former CEO of the Mercy Health System and a member of the committee which reflected on Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si,” contacted leaders of the health system and asked if something could be done regarding the use of plastic bottled water. This month, employees and visitors will notice construction around water fountains and in other areas of the hospitals as bottle refill units are replaced or upgraded. This is part of a larger Mercy initiative to remove all bottled water from Mercy facilities – including cafeterias, vending areas, gift shops and co-worker areas – effective October 1.

Majority of Americans Say Climate Change Affects Their Community
Roughly six-in-ten Americans say climate change is affecting their community, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Among the key factors in responses are political affiliation and proximity to the coast. Two-thirds of people who live within 25 miles of a coastline say they see some effects. Read more:

Four In Ten Americans Would Struggle With Unexpected Expense of $400
Four in 10 adults either could not cover an emergency expense costing $400 or would have to borrow money or sell something to cover it, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve System. The picture is bleaker for people with a high school degree or less: 54 percent of these respondents said they would struggle with such an expense. And more African American and Hispanic households would struggle than White households. Read more: 

Sacramento Approves Homeless Hospice
The Sacramento City Council recently gave unanimous support to a project that would offer residential care for homeless people suffering from terminal illnesses. The care facility will be one of the first of its kind in the country. The hospice is designed to care for people who might otherwise die on the streets. Read more: 

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