Sister Mary's Justice Notes | May 2

CSJ Justice Notes: May 2, 2018
Tell Your Legislator to Vote ‘No’ on Farm Bill HR 2
The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) is under attack in the 2018 Farm Bill.  If the current Farm Bill is approved, it would make it harder for millions of people who are already struggling to put food on the table. It would take away or reduce benefits for families, people with disabilities, older workers and people who are working or in between jobs. It would roll back decades of bipartisan efforts that have made SNAP more accessible. Call your representative. Dial: 888-398-8702 and enter your zip code. Urge him/her to: VOTE NO on HR 2; VOTE NO on SNAP cuts; Support a Farm Bill that protects SNAP; Advocate for a bipartisan process moving forward. 
 
How Can We End This Senseless Violence?
Diane Wolk-Rogers teaches history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of a horrific school shooting on Valentine's Day 2018. How can we end this senseless violence? In a stirring talk, Wolk-Rogers offers three ways Americans can move forward to create more safety and responsibility around guns -- and invites people to come up with their own answers, too. Above all, she asks us to take a cue from the student activists at her school, survivors whose work for change has moved millions to action. "They shouldn't have to do this on their own," Wolk-Rogers says. "They're asking you to get involved." Click here to learn how to get involved.
 
Plastic-Eating Enzyme Holds Promise in Fighting Pollution
Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in the future help in the fight against pollution. The enzyme is able to digest a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in millions of tons of plastic bottles. Read more.
 
Drop Quotas on Immigration Judges
Immigration judges will now be required to close at least 700 cases a year and have fewer than 15 percent of their decisions overturned on appeal. If they do not meet these quotas, judges risk being fired or moved. Such a system does not allow immigrants sufficient time to present their cases and severely jeopardizes the courts' fairness. Vote Latino urges us to demand that the Justice Department drop quotas on immigration judges. Read more here.
 
The U.S. Has Accepted Only 11 Syrian Refugees This Year
Justifying military action in Syria, President Trump said, "We are very concerned...this is about humanity." But humanitarian organizations are challenging the president's commitment to humanity when it comes to Syrian civilians - particularly those seeking refuge in the United States. In 2016, near the end of Barack Obama's presidency, the U.S. resettled 15,479 Syrian refugees. So far this year, that number is just 11. More information here.
Starbucks Closing 8,000 Stores for an Afternoon, For Racial-Bias Education
Starbucks is closing thousands of stores across the U.S. on the afternoon of May 29 to conduct "racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores," the company said in a statement. The coffee shop chain has been criticized and protested against after two black men were arrested last week at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, where they were quietly waiting to meet someone. Read more.

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