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.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Some announcements

Maryknoll Requests Action
House Resolution 567 opposes recently adopted European Union (EU) guidelines that call for products made in Israeli “settlements” to be labeled as coming from settlements, which are illegal under international law, rather than labeled "Made in Israel." Click HERE to contact your representative and ask them NOT to co-sponsor H.R. 567. For nearly 50 years, the United States has opposed the construction of Israeli “settlements” in occupied territories. The U.S. government should adopt the EU guidelines. Instead, House Resolution 567 opposes the EU labeling requirements and blurs the line between Israel and the occupied territories by promoting the label “Israel or Israeli-controlled territory.”  

Eliminating Human Trafficking in Production Supply Chains 
During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, please consider urging your members of Congress to support an important piece of anti-trafficking legislation. HR 3226 and S 1968 Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 would require the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to create a rule mandating big companies to annually report their efforts to eliminate human trafficking and forced labor within their supply chains. This will enable consumers and investors to support companies that align with their values. Sisters at Nazareth Court and Center and the Motherhouse are taking action. Please join them! 

H.R. 4038 (American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015) Vote Blocked in Senate  
Thank you for continuing to stand in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee brothers. Your calls to Senators kept this anti-refugee bill from proceeding. Had it passed the Senate, it would have ground to a halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States. While the vote was close (55-43), our voices were heard loud and clear that as people of faith and as Americans, we do not support legislation that discriminates against vulnerable populations. See how your Senator voted here. Please take the time to thank those who voted “Nay” and stood with the refugee community.

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