Nonviolence . . . Human trafficking . . . Women . . . . The elderly . . . Immigrants' rights . . . Housing. . . Children . . . Prisoners' rights . . . Health care . . . World Hunger . . . Globalization, as it affects Latin America . . . Care of the earth . . . Seamless ethic of life

Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

CSA Sisters Lend a Hand at Catholic Charities Respite Center (US Southern Border)

Sisters Clare, Patricia and Julie Ann are at the Catholic
Charities Respite Center at the US southern border.
Day 1

We were hoping to be helpful and we were. I helped to prepare baggies of toiletries, make sandwiches, and pack lunches for refugees to take on the bus. Four bus loads of refugees arrived from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Staff processed the adults while volunteers helped serve soup and salad, provide a change of clothing, a shower, and a mat. I took children by the hand to the dining area and they followed me trustingly. I got so chocked up that I could barely breathe. Children ran out to the yard and played while the parents were processed. Young families, some mothers were breast feeding. A doctor and health care professionals provide limited medical care. People want refugees to be admitted. Workers are needed in farms, restaurants, and hotels. I gave thanks that I am here. (Sister Julie)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

National Migration Week

Friday, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. You are welcome to participate in a prayer service in the chapel at 4:30 pm tomorrow. You can also in pray wherever you are for these intentions. 

This week we have been observing National Migration Week. We know that immigrants are vulnerable to labor and sex trafficking, among other dangers and struggles they face.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee commits to co-creating a just society

From a contemplative spirit we will promote systemic change by 
> Seeking guidance from the Gospels, Catholic social and environmental teachings and CSA justice statements 
> Educating ourselves and others about justice 
> Engaging in action for the common good
                                                        Approved: November 13, 2018

At their November meeting the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation committee adopted a new mission statement which was subsequently approved by the general council.  The committee has acted on its goal to care for water in several ways:
·      Through a PowerPoint presentation to sisters and associates highlighting the negative impact that large cattle farms are having on the nutrition of our food and the availability of clean water, which in turn harms human life
·       Sending a letter to the EPA objecting to the roll back of its protections for clean water and asking them to regulate large cattle farms
·       Writing to state and federal legislators asking them to provide the necessary funding for agencies entrusted with protecting our water; to require polluters pay for cleanup rather than having taxpayers pay or passing costs on to consumer; and to be truthful and transparent in providing information to the public
·       Evaluating our own every day usage of water

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Investment aligned with our values by Sister Dorothy Pagosa, SSJ-TOSF

On October 16, 2018, about 125 people attended the 45th Anniversary celebration of Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investing at Marquette University in Milwaukee. My religious congregation is a member of Seventh Generation and has been working on socially responsible investing for over 30 years.
In the early 1970s, religious congregations realized that they needed to invest their monies to fund their retirement needs. To address concerns that their investments would not conflict with their values, socially responsible investing became the goal.
In 1973, Capuchin Franciscan Fr. Michael Crosby and Srs. Charlita Foxhoven and Alphonsa Puls of the School Sisters of St. Francis founded the National Catholic Coalition for Responsible Investment. This was the predecessor to Seventh Generation Interfaith. The name was changed in 2015 to recognize that, under the Great Law of the Native American Iroquois, decisions should be made by considering the effects they will have for seven generations. Read more.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

From the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services


CRS Nicaragua
In Nicaragua, youth learn how to start and run businesses in farming. They become catalysts
of change for and within their communities. Photo by Oscar Leiva/Silverli
In this season of Advent, we call to mind the Holy Family who was in search of safety and shelter. Thank you for your continued support of migrant families around the world in search of those same things.
Your consistent action makes a difference. Send an email to Congress today as they finalize spending levels for critical funding that helps families around the world access shelter, food and new opportunity.
Blessings this Advent season,

Catholics Confront Global Poverty team
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services

Monday, December 17, 2018

A Forward from Justice for Immigrants: Tell Congress to Reject Unchecked and Inhumane Immigration Enforcement Funding Requests

JFI Partners and Supporters,

As of September 2018, appropriation bills funding almost 70% of federal government operations have been signed into law for fiscal year (FY) 2019, (including operations of Labor, Health and Human Services, which includes the Office of Refugee Resettlement). Operations related to three bills: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of State (DOS), are currently operating on a continuing resolution that authorizes funding at FY 2018 levels until Friday, December 21, 2018. Congress must pass the outstanding bills or extend current funding levels by December 21st to avoid a partial government shutdown.

As negotiations unfold this week, it is critical that Catholics and other people of faith urge Members of Congress to avoid a shutdown - recognizing that Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS), Department of Homeland (DHS) and State, Foreign Operations (SFOPs) fund important refugee and immigration-related programs - while also rejecting funding increases for inhumane enforcement measures.

Please ask your advocacy networks to send and sign our current action alert and urge Congress to deny unchecked funding increases for inhumane immigration enforcement efforts and to work together to find a bipartisan solution to avoiding a government shutdown.

Below is the message in our JFI action alert: 

Dear Representative/Senators:

I write as a constituent and concerned Catholic regarding the ongoing FY 2019 appropriations process. As you continue negotiations around this matter, I ask that you avoid a partial government shutdown but also ensure that funding is not appropriated to inhumane and unchecked immigration enforcement initiatives.

Specifically, I urge you to:
* Work in a bipartisan manner to move forward the funding for the outstanding appropriations accounts and return to regular order to the extent possible;

* Reject the $5.5 billion requested by the President for new border wall construction or, at the very least, not appropriate more than the $1.6 billion agreed to in the Senate's FY 2019 DHS bill; and

* Support increases in funding for alternatives to detention and reject requests to increase funding for immigrant detention beds above the FY 2018 enacted immigrant detention level.

Thank you for considering these recommendations and your ongoing work on this issue.

In Solidarity,
Tony Cube