Sister Mary's Justice Notes | June 28

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


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.



Refugees Contribute More in Taxes Than They Ever Receive in Benefits

Within the first weeks of the Trump administration, the president attempted to suspend America's decades-long refugee program in favor of a more isolationist approach. One reason the president gave for wanting to temporarily bar the world's refugees was their supposed financial burden-but a new study suggests that refugees ultimately pay far more in taxes than they receive in welfare benefits. Read more here.



Sixty Percent of Cuts in Trump's Budget Affect Low- and Moderate-Income People

A new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that roughly three-fifths of the $4.3 trillion of non-defense cuts in President Trump's proposed FY18 budget come from programs assisting low- and moderate-income people. These programs account for just 29 percent of non-defense spending and just 24 percent of total program spending. Read more here.



Group Unveils $1M Campaign to Fight Super Bowl Sex Trafficking

A group of community leaders in Minneapolis has unveiled plans to discourage sex trafficking at next year's Super Bowl. From billboards spreading educational campaigns to enhanced statewide law enforcement stings, the anti-trafficking committee outlined new efforts to take place before, during and after the February 4th game. Read more here.



Sisters Express Cautious Hope As Trump Continues 'Dreamers' Program

President Donald Trump's administration has rolled back one of his campaign promises by continuing the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, ensuring that so-called "Dreamers" are safe from deportation for the duration of their work permits. The program granted work authorization for certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, lifting their fears of deportation. Read more here.



Keep Our Cars Clean

Legislation introduced recently by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and others would weaken federal fuel economy standards. The bill - S. 1273 - is an attempt by the automakers to roll back clean car and fuel economy standards that are reducing pollution and saving drivers money at the pump. This bill would actually give automakers the green light to sell less fuel-efficient vehicles. Interfaith Power and Light urges us to ask our Senators not to support this bill. Click here.


June 28, 2017


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