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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Urgent Action - Health Care

The Senate is moving closer to formulating legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Catholic Health Association states that all senators need to hear about CHA’s opposition to the House AHCA bill, that it is unfixable, and the need for the Senate to start over to fix the ACA.  Please contact your senators now to protect health coverage for 23 million individuals, especially those on the Medicaid program, which serves the most vulnerable low-income children, pregnant woman, families and elderly and disabled individuals.  A sample letter, background materials and talking points are available on e-Advocacy. Please note to modify the draft letter to fit your position and personal concerns.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Consider joining Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

The organization is working on key issues we care about:
  1. Just treatment of immigrants and refugees.
  2. Protecting and improving Americans’ health care coverage
  3. Stopping cuts to poverty and hunger programs (social safety net).
  4. Ensuring care for God’s creation and participation in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Senate now Working on Health Care Legislation

Each of us is called to protect citizens’ rights to affordable and quality health care. While chaos reigns in Washington, a small group of Senators is working behind closed doors on a health care bill. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is among them. Please contact your Senators and urge them to guarantee non-discriminatory coverage, affordability, and quality health care for all. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach your senators. You can also find the direct number to any Senator's office by consulting the Senate Phone List.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Take Action!

American Health Care Act – Take Action!
Our representatives have another break this week (most recently it was for Easter/Passover). Let them know your sentiments about the American Health Care Act of 2017 which passed in the House of Representatives on May 4th (217 Yes and 213 No). How do you feel about its effects on the poor and vulnerable, those with pre-existing conditions, the elderly? Did your representative read the bill? Does he/she know what it will cost?
Remember, The CBO did not provide a cost in advance of the vote.
Contact your senators and urge them to oppose legislation that will make health care unaffordable for millions of people.
Your senators - dial (202) 225-3121
Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, (202) 224-2541) send email
If your Representative voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), contact him/her and express your sentiments.  Find out how your Representative voted:
Prayer:  That elected leaders realize that they need to work together across the political spectrum to provide health care for all their constituents. 
The Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) has long engaged in shareholder advocacy as a way of moving corporations to act responsibly. ICCR and other shareholder groups are now urging us to contact our legislators in Washington DC about the Financial CHOICE Act. It is designed to undo many Dodd-Frank reforms, eliminate numerous consumer protections and regulations, also includes a proposed change to SEC rule 14(a)(8) that would:
  • raise the filing limits from $2,000 to 1% of market cap (for example, an investor in Wells Fargo would have to hold $2.5 billion in shares in order to file a resolution);
  • increase the length of holding requirement from one year to three years;
  • increase refiling thresholds (to 6%, 15%, 30%).
Read a letter from Americans for Financial Reform about the so-called CHOICE Act.