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, October 27, 2017

Stop Sabotaging International Efforts To Act On Climate Change

The current administration already broke faith with 194 other countries by pulling the United States out of its commitment to the Paris climate agreement. Syria, because of the devastation in their country, is the only other nation not a part of the agreement.  Originally Nicaragua was not a signer, but they have recently come on board.  However, senior Trump officials continue to obstruct progress for the rest of the world at meetings on the agreement with other international leaders.

Backed by fossil-fuel billionaires, Trump officials keep going to the meetings to represent the interests of big polluters. Since Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement, it's only fair that the U.S. also stop trying to sabotage international meetings about implementation. 

Below is a link for a petition put forth by Climate Hawks Vote calling on Trump and Exxon CEO-turned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to stop sabotaging international efforts to act on climate change. 

Sign our petition
Share this with family and friends (even enemies) who support the Paris Peace Agreement

Friday, October 20, 2017

51 Senators Vote to Slash Medicaid in order to Pay for Tax Cuts for the Rich

They also voted to cut Medicare, education, housing assistance, job training, home heating/cooling assistance, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Head Start, environmental and public health protections, child care, help for people with disabilities.

They were able to accomplish this by once again changing the rule from 60 to 50 votes needed to pass the budget.   Next they will try to pass a tax bill that put money into the pockets of the rich, raise the budget for the Pentagon, and increase the deficit.

Two pieces of good news:

  1. As a result of a 60 minutes piece the man that Trump nominated to become his drug czar, Republican Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania withdrew his name from nomination to head the Drug Enforcement Agency.  The law that he sponsored has removed effective DEA oversight of the distribution of Opioids, the addictive drugs that are taking lives in epidemic proportions.
  2. There is energy on the grass roots level for addressing the issues facing us as a result of policies and actions by the current administration.  Check it out.  There is an active group near you near you. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Call House Speaker Ryan


Call House Speaker Paul Ryan. Congress is getting ready to vote on a bill, HR 3668, that would deregulate flash suppressors, silencers, and armor-piercing ammunition.  

Tell him to kill this NRA-priority bill. Tell him we expect action from Congress, not silence. Call Speaker Ryan at (202) 225-3031.