Sister Mary's Justice Notes: Sept. 6

CSJ Justice Coordinator Sister Mary Flick keeps us

informed on the latest social justice news each week.

Save the Date: Sister Antona Ebo Social Justice Conference Sept. 30

The first Sister Antona Ebo Social Justice Conference will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center. It is sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. For more information, contact Marie Kenyon in the Archdiocesan Peace and Justice Office at at or 314-792-7062.

LCWR Issues Statement Calling Congress to Pass Bipartisan Dream Act of 2017

In the wake of President Trump's decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has issued a public statement calling on Congress to immediately take up and pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017. Ending DACA will cause irreparable harm to families and communities and force 800,000 of our young people back into the shadows. Read the statement.

Here’s What You Can Do to Further the Dream Act

Call your members of Congress and asking them to ensure the bipartisan Dream Act 2017 becomes law. The U.S. Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. Here’s a suggested call text:

My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY/STATE]. I am deeply disappointed that President Trump announced the end of DACA. I urge you to do everything in your power to protect Dreamers by making sure the bipartisan Dream Act 2017 becomes law. As a [NAME YOUR CONGREGATION], our faith calls us to love our neighbor. DACA recipients are contributing members of our communities. They are Americans in all things but citizenship. They deserve our protection. Will the [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] do all she/he can to pass the bipartisan Dream Act 2017, so that DACA recipients gain protection under the law? Thank you for your time.

Pope, Patriarch Issue Joint Statement on World Day of Prayer for Creation

Last Friday, Sept. 1, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew issued a joint statement on the World Day of Prayer for Creation. The Season of Creation continues through Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Read the statement.

Call for Diplomacy with North Korea

North Korea tested another missile this week, this time provocatively launching it over Japan. This escalated response comes after President Trump's threatening of "fire, fury, and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before," in early August. Peace Action urges us to tell Congress to step up and demand an end to the dangerous nuclear saber-rattling and a beginning of diplomacy with North Korea. Click here to contact your members of Congress. 

Judge Rules Adorers Must Give Access to Land for Pipeline

A federal judge recently ruled that the community of religious sisters, Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Lancaster County, PA, must give a pipeline company immediate access to their land. Judge Jeffrey Schmehl's decision comes about a month after the company building the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline extension, sued the sisters for immediate seizure of their land to prevent the construction of a chapel in the path of the planned pipeline. Read more.

Worker Wages Flat, But Since 1978 CEO Pay Has Soared by 'Outrageous' 937%

Wages for most American workers have remained basically stagnant for decades, but a new report published by the Economic Policy Institute shows that the CEOs of America's largest firms have seen their pay soar at a consistent and "outrageous" clip. Between 1978 and 2016, CEO pay rose by 937 percent. By contrast, the typical worker saw "painfully slow" compensation growth-11.2 percent over the same period. Read more.

High School Video Confronts ‘Prayer Shaming’

Watch this brief video made by high school students who don’t say a word, in response to a Senator's remark about "Where is God in all the tragedy in the world?” It’s produced by East Catholic High School, archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut.

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