Sister Mary's Justice Notes | June 21

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


Beyond 100 Days of Prayer Offers Resources Prayer for Those at Risk from Policy Choices

Beyond 100 Days of Prayer, a resource to engage positively with others and pray for those at risk from government policy choices, is produced by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange Justice Center. This is a follow-up to the 100 Days of Prayer, distributed during the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. Find a new resource each week here.



Join the Laudato Si Pledge Campaign in Honor of the Document’s Second Anniversary

The Global Catholic Climate Movement has launched its new Laudato Si Pledge campaign! The wild and ambitious goal is to get at least one percent of the Catholic family (12 million) to sign the pledge in support of the Pope's message and commit to #liveLaudatoSi. Join us in commemorating the second anniversary of Laudato Si’ and help spread the word! Click here.



New Trump Budget Bolsters Nukes, Cuts Non-Proliferation Programs

Experts at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation criticized President Trump's newly released fiscal year 2018 defense budget for increasing the Pentagon budget, boosting funds for nuclear weapons programs at the expense of programs that keep nuclear weapons and material out of the hands of rogue states and terrorists. The President's budget includes $639 billion for the Pentagon, an increase of nearly $41 billion over last year's appropriated funding, and $1 billion increase in nuclear weapons spending. Click here to read more.



These Military Vets Have Found a Smarter Way to Fight the War on Terror

During four hard combat tours as a Marine commander, Jake Harriman began to understand why the United States is failing to eradicate violent Islamic extremism. What Jake Harriman and his fellow Marines saw was that the United States, for all its battlefield prowess, does not recognize or act on the causes of violence. But the extremists do. Read more here.



Pace of Sea Level Rise Tripled Since 1990

Scientists, in a new study, have found that the Earth's oceans are rising nearly three times as quickly as they were throughout most of the 20th century. This new finding is one of the strongest indications yet that a much-feared trend of not just sea level rise, but its acceleration, is now underway.



Trump Administration Extends Protected Status for Haitians

After Haiti was devastated by an earthquake in 2010, the U.S. designated the country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), meaning that Haitian nationals who were in the United States could receive temporary relief from deportation while Haiti recovered. The designation was scheduled to end in July 2017 but DHS has announced on that TPS will be extended for another six months. Nearly 59,000 Haitians currently receive TPS. Read more here



ICE Shutters Detention Alternative for Asylum-seekers

This month, the Trump administration will terminate the Family Case Management Program for asylum-seekers. The program, for pregnant women, nursing mothers and families with young children, included counseling service, and help finding healthcare, housing, lawyers, enrolling children in school, etc. Instead, asylum-seekers will be placed in a restrictive program that requires participants to wear GPS ankle monitors while they wait for court hearings. Read more here.



U.N. Warns of Shortages of Clean Water Daily by 2025

The United Nations secretary-general has warned that by 2050 global demand for fresh water is projected to grow by more than 40 percent and at least a quarter of the world’s population will live in countries with a “chronic or recurrent” lack of clean water. Read more here.


June 21, 2017

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