Sister Mary's Justice Notes: Sept. 13

CSJ Justice Coordinator Sister Mary Flick keeps us

informed on the latest social justice news each week.

How to Help Those Affected by DACA’s Rescindment

St. Francis Community Services, an immigrant and refugee services center in South St. Louis, offers a list of suggestions of how we can help in light of the president’s recent rescindment of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). For a look at what we can do, click here.

Call Your U.S. Representative, Senators to Encourage Support of Refugee Resettlement

The administration currently is considering how many refugees will be welcomed to the United States in the next fiscal year. As we face the worst refugee crisis in global history with more than 22 million refugees worldwide, we cannot and should not shirk our responsibility to protect the most vulnerable. Congress needs to hear that their constituents welcome refugees and that the U.S. should resettle as least 75,000 refugees next year. Call your senators and representatives today at the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Connect with your Representative and both of your Senators.

Here’s a sample script: “I’m your constituent from [city], and I strongly support refugee resettlement. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration resettles at least 75,000 refugees in 2018. As we face a global refugee crisis with more than 22 million refugees, U.S. resettlement strengthens our national security, encourages other countries to keep their doors open to refugees, and advances our foreign policy interests. Protect the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Reflect the best of our American values of compassion and hospitality.

Climate Change is Making a Mess of Things, But Don’t Lose Hope

With fires in the West, hurricanes and floods to the South, earthquakes in Mexico and monsoons in Southeast Asia, this environmental journalist tells us why he hasn’t lost hope – and we shouldn’t either. Read more.

A Persistent Case in Ferguson Raises Doubts About Reform

A black man was sitting in his car in a Ferguson park when a police officer drew his gun on him. The officer searched the man’s car without permission and wrote him more than half a dozen tickets, including one for not wearing a seatbelt, even though the car was parked. The episode, which occurred in 2012, helped spur the city to agree to criminal justice reform, and, along with the Michael Brown case, prompted a federal consent decree with the Justice Department in 2016. But five years after the arrest, Ferguson continues to prosecute the man. Read more.

North Korea Nuclear Crisis: Putin Warns of Planetary Catastrophe

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has warned that the escalating North Korean crisis could cause a "planetary catastrophe" and huge loss of life, and described US proposals for further sanctions on Pyongyang as "useless".   "Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it's a dead end," he told reporters in China. "There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue." Read more.

US Millennials Are More Welcoming of Refugees than the Global Average

According to a new report, millennials in the US are more accepting of refugees than many of their peers elsewhere. A majority of young people worldwide would welcome refugees to their country, although the strength of this feeling varies by place.  Nearly 90% of US respondents said they would welcome refugees to their country, compared with 72% globally. Read more.

More Than 1,000 Died in South Asia Floods This Summer

More than 1,000 people have died in floods across South Asia this summer.  According to the United Nations, at least 41 million people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have been directly affected by flooding and landslides resulting from the monsoon rains, which usually begin in June and last until September.  About 13,000 people are ill with diarrhea and respiratory infections in densely populated Bangladesh. Read more.

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