Sister Mary's Justice Notes | November 1


CSJ Justice Notes: November 1, 2017
 
ICE Accompaniment Project Training in St. Louis Nov. 14
Volunteer to accompany migrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) check-ins, show solidarity, help ease the anxiety of interacting with the legal system, and keep relatives and laweyers informed in case the individual is detained.. Plan to attend the ICE Accompaniment Project Training on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6:30- p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive.  Across the country, migrants have been detained after going for a routine check-in at the ICE offices. They have literally, disappeared without being allowed to inform their family or friends. In some cities, the ICE Accompaniment Project has proven to be a successful in assuring due process.  The training is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Peace & Justice Commission, St. Francis Community Services, Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, Office of Hispanic Ministry and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. For more information, contact mariekenyon@archstl.org.
 
St. Louis Resolution Seeks Clean Power
In a state that still gets nearly 80 percent of its electricity from coal, the city of St. Louis will try to chart a course to use entirely clean energy by 2035. The Board of Ald3ermen last Friday passed a resolution which calls for promoting greater energy efficiency measures and transitioning to wind and solar energy – and away from fossil fuels. Read more.
 
Shorter Winter Gives Gardens – and Pests – More Time to Grow
Winter is coming later. And it’s leaving even earlier. Across the United States, the year’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. Scientists say that is yet another sign of the changing climate, and it has good and bad consequences for the nation. There could be more fruits and vegetables – and also more allergies and pests. More information here
Promoting Renewable Future, Solar Outfits Rush to Aid Puerto Rico
As Congress last week approved a $5 billion loan that will further burden the already bankrupt U.S. territory, various solar companies and nonprofits continued working together to offer aid to the storm-ravaged island while also promoting a more sustainable future and resilient energy system.  More than 90 percent of the island's power grid has not been restored since Hurricane Maria struck in September. Read more.
 
#MeToo Floods Social Media with Stories of Harassment and Assault
Women are posting messages on social media to show how commonplace sexual assault and harassment are, using the hashtag #MeToo to express that they, too, have been victims of such misconduct.  The messages began appearing on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram when the actress Alyssa Milano posted "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet."   There were over 12 million posts on Facebook within 24 hours.  Read more here.
 
Pope Francis Calls for Change to Catholic Teaching on Death Penalty
Pope Francis said the death penalty was "inadmissible" and that official Catholic teaching should be changed to reflect that.  "It must be strongly stated that condemning a person to the death penalty is an inhumane measure," the Pope said.  The Catholic Church currently teaches that recourse to the death penalty is permitted but "the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare if not practically nonexistent." For more information, click here.
Save the Iran Nuclear Deal and Diplomacy with North Korea
As President Trump continues insulting and threatening North Korea, he also appears poised to abandon the hard-won Iran nuclear agreement.  That would be a disaster in its own right, but it would also be a disaster for the prospects of ever negotiating our way out of the crisis with North Korea.  Peace Action urges us to tell Congress to defend diplomacy with Iran and demand diplomacy with North Korea. More here
 
Poll: Most Don't Want Young Immigrants Deported
Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress.  About 60 percent of Americans favor allowing those young immigrants, commonly referred as "Dreamers," to stay in the U.S. legally, compared to 22 percent who are opposed. Just 19 percent of respondents say all these childhood arrivals should be deported. Read here.

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