Sister Mary's Justice Notes Nov. 29

CSJ Justice Coordinator Sister Mary Flick keeps us

informed on the latest social justice news each week.

Let the President Know We Believe in Protecting Our National Heritage

For the first time in history, a federal administration is considering removing protections for millions of acres of public lands encompassed in national monument areas. This could lead to irreversible damage to Native American sacred sites, wildlife safe havens, and delicate watersheds. Read more about the 10 national monuments that are threatened. 

Let President Trump know how we feel about our public lands and our national monuments. Go to:

‘Beyond the First 100 Days’ Offers Reflections for December

Click here for the December offering for “Beyond the First 100 days” produced each month by the St. Joseph Center, in conjunction with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.  Use this document for discussion and action with your friends and relatives.

How Do We Get People Engaged in Solving Global Warming?

We, as citizens of the earth, are being told by scientists that we have three years to cut emissions before it is too late. How do we get behind the five inner defenses that stop people from engaging? Watch this video for ideas.

States Prepare to Shut Down Children's Health Programs If Congress Doesn't Act

Officials in nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families that a crucial health insurance program for low-income children is running out of money for the first time since its creation two decades ago, putting coverage for many at risk by the end of the year. Congress missed a Sept. 30 deadline to extend funding for CHIP, as the Children's Health Insurance Program is known. Nearly 9 million youngsters and 370,000 pregnant women nationwide receive care because of it. Read more.

Global Atmospheric CO2 Levels Hit Record High

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at record speed last year to hit a level not seen for more than three million years, the UN has warned.  The new report has raised alarm among scientists and prompted calls for nations to consider more drastic emissions reductions at the upcoming climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. Read more.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on President's Ability to Authorize Nuclear Weapons

For the first time in over 40 years, Congress held a hearing about the authority of the president to launch nuclear weapons. "We are concerned,' stated Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), "that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with US national security interests." Read more.

Pope Francis: Four ‘Perverse Attitudes’ Could Push Earth to its Brink

Pope Francis issued a strong message to negotiators at the COP23 climate talks in Bonn, Germany recently, warning them not to fall into "four perverse attitudes" regarding the future of the planet—"denial, indifference, resignation and trust in inadequate solutions." Read more.

UNICEF: Few Teenage Girls Seek Help after Sexual Assault

Only one teenaged girl in 100 forced into sex will seek assistance, and sexual violence could impede progress towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, according to a new report from UNICEF. The agency has called for improvement in legal protections and social supports for sexual-assault victims. Read more.

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