Sister Mary's Justice Notes Nov. 8

CSJ Justice Coordinator Sister Mary Flick keeps us

informed on the latest social justice news each week.

‘The Art of Protest and Peace’ at Fontbonne

“The Art of Protest and Peace,” painted panels from University City and Olive Street, is on display at the Fontbonne University Gallery, 6800 Wydown St., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A panel discussion of the art will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. A silent auction of the panels is slated for Nov. 18. For more information, contact

Let Speaker Ryan, Representatives and Senators Know You Oppose the Federal Budget

Congress needs to pass a federal budget by December and the stakes are high. The Administration’s budget slashes non-defense discretionary spending, including safety net programs for the most vulnerable of society. At the same time, the Administration proposes massive increases in military spending, $6.8 trillion over 10 years. NETWORK asks us to write House Speaker Paul Ryan, opposing the immoral federal budget, and to call your representatives and senators with the same message. For the Capitol Switchboard, dial 202-224-3121. For letter-writing ideas, go to

A Notable 200-Year History of Civil Rights Protests in St. Louis

St. Louis has a painful history of racial inequity; it is a city segregated more by custom and tradition than by law. But the Gateway to the West also has a vibrant history of fighting for civil rights, from the first demonstration on the steps of the Old Courthouse in 1819, protesting Missouri’s plan to enter the Union as a slave state, to today’s protests following the Jason Stockley verdict. For an impressive review of its civil rights history, read more.

Save DACA & Protect Undocumented Youth

President Trump announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which has allowed young people who were brought to the US as children to come out of the shadows to live, work and go to school without fear of deportation. The Dream Act would establish a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Community Center urges us to tell Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017 without delay. Click here for the Legislative Action Center. 

Construction of Natural Gas Pipeline Halted on Sisters’ Property in Pennsylvania

Construction of a short leg of a natural gas pipeline on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania has been halted by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ administrative stay issued on Nov. 6. This ruling comes in response to an emergency motion for stay filed by the Sierra Club and nine area groups. The emergency motion called for a halt to construction unless or until FERC conducts a more comprehensive environmental review and issues a more persuasive argument for the necessity of this project. Resisters say every day makes the pipeline more expensive and less tenable.

‘Beyond the First 100 Days’ Offers Reflections for November

Click here for the November 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 these document for discussion and action with your friends and relatives. 

How Deep Ocean Wind Turbines Could Power the World

Winter winds racing across the North Atlantic are so strong and steady, they could theoretically meet the world's entire energy demand, new research shows. On land, the atmosphere limits how much energy wind farms can generate. But over the ocean, wind speeds are 70 percent higher on average, and those winds are replenished from high up in the atmosphere. Read more. 

US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, who is the Air Force's top officer, is also asking his force to think about new ways that nuclear weapons could be used for deterrence, or even combat. Read more. 

12,000 Children Flee Myanmar Each Week, Many Witnessing Atrocities

In addition to over a half million Rohingya refugees who have poured into Bangladesh camps since late August, a UNICEF report says that 12,000 children are leaving Myanmar weekly, where cholera infection is increasing. The report indicates that many Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh have witnessed atrocities in Myanmar no child should ever see, and all have suffered tremendous loss. Read more.

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