Sister Mary's Justice Notes | May 30

CSJ Justice Notes: May 30, 2018
Refugees in Shackles: A Heartbreaking Reality from the U.S.-Mexico Border
At this year’s Annunciation House “Voice of the Voiceless” Event, the opening ritual included a procession of refugees in shackles being led by Immigration officers – a powerful metaphor for what is happening at the U.S. Mexican border. But Ruben Garcia, director of the El Paso house, says it is not metaphor, but reality for refugees at the border. See attachment
Who is the Cause of Society’s Polarization? All of Us
Matt Malone, SJ, editor of America magazine, writes that the question is not, “What is the cause of polarization?” The question is, “Who is the cause of polarization?” The answer, he says, is all of us. And unless we are willing to admit it, the situation will only get worse. Polarization is not something that is happening, it is something that we are causing. Read more here.
Oppose More Funding for Immigration Enforcement
The Sisters of Mercy ask that we urge our legislators to reject spending on enforcement that tears our communities apart, especially in the absence of action that would protect and provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, and immigrant youth, Temporary Protected Status holders, and other vulnerable populations. Congress should instead invest time and energy on positive changes to our immigration system. Click here.
Protect Our National Monuments and be Stewards of God’s Creation
During his first year in office, President Trump drastically reduced the size of both Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase Escalante. As stewards of God's creation, we are asked to be practice stewardship of the land. The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is circulating a religious leader sign-on letter for the anniversary of the Antiquities Act (June 8) to protect national monuments.  Please join other religious leaders in opposing the reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments and supporting the Antiquities Act by signing. More here.
House Rejects Harmful Partisan Farm Bill
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill. The House farm bill would have made deep, damaging cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). The House farm bill would have left millions of households, including working families, struggling to feed themselves. More information here.
Air Conditioning Demand to Soar, Contributing to Climate Change
The number of air conditioning units worldwide is projected to grow from 1.6 billion today to 5.6 billion by midcentury, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. Ironically, the units are major users of electricity, further contributing to climate change. Click here to read more.
Federal Agency Says It Lost Track of 1,475 Migrant Children
Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee.  Federal officials came under fire two years ago after rolling back child protection policies meant for minors fleeing violence in Central America.  More here.
Swedish Girls Fearing Forced Marriage Told To Hide Spoon in Underwear
The Swedish city of Gothenburg is advising girls who fear that they will be taken abroad for a forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon into their underwear before going through airport security. The spoon will trigger metal detectors when going through security checks. The girls will be taken aside and can then talk to airport security staff in private. Read more here.

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