Our response to injustice calls us to personal and social transformation
We see spirituality and justice as one and commit ourselves to live this out in all our relationships. Systemic evils deprive people of their intrinsic rights and working to help restore these rights is the work of justice.
Information from the Office of Peace, Justice and
the Integrity of Creation
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Global Catholic Climate Movement
Key take-aways from the Pan-Amazon Synod are:
- A concept of “ecological sin,” which is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 340-344, says that the Creator established the world as a web of dependence. When we break that web, all are harmed, and we turn from our Creator’s love.
- We have compassion for the people who have been victimized by ecological sin, and especially for the indigenous people who suffer invaded, degraded lands and broken families.
- Divesting from fossil fuels and reducing our overall dependence on fossil fuels, as well as living more simply and sustainably, are concrete ways to recover from this sin.
- Our God is merciful, and we can recover. Integral ecology, which sees the deep connections between how we relate to God, each other, and our common home, is the way forward.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)- Arguments before the Supreme Court
Pictures from Tuesday’s rally before the Supreme Court can be found at the JPIC Instagram here
- Trump administration ordered the end of DACA in 2017. Saying it is illegal, and to phase it out. Implication: so work authorizations would not be renewed when they come up. It would be a gradual phase out.
- Executive Order was challenged in federal court and appealed to Supreme Court
- Supreme Court Oral Arguments: November 12
- Supreme Court decision: Between January 2020 and June 2020.
More information can be found in notes from a Wed. Nov. 13 briefing can be found here
Establishing a Common Understanding of Racism and White Supremacy
Zoom Conference Calling Only
Mondays 10:30 am-noon Nov. 18, 25 Dec. 2,9,16
Download the guide here
For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Office of Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation at (631) 316-8134.
Pax Christi International 2020 World Gathering
Pax Christi International will be holding its world gathering in Hiroshima, Japan, May 18-22, 2020 to mark its 75th anniversary as an organization, which is also the 75th anniversary of when the U.S. dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Some may say this is coincidence, but as people of faith we know we are promised resurrection and God transforms death into life. Therefore, the PCI 2020 world gathering is titled, “Remember, Rise: The Promise of Peace” and is dedicated to hearing the stories of the Hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bombings.
Get all the details at www.paxchristiusa.org/worldgathering
Please keep in your prayers, Srs. Eileen McCann and Elizabeth HIll and Marianne Macarski, all members of the Non-violence group who will be attending the School of the Americas (SOA) 30th anniversary Commemorative Gathering at the gates of Ft. Benning in Georgia this weekend, Nov. 15-17th. This year marks the anniversary of the Central American Jesuit University massacre in which six Jesuit priests and their housekeeper and her daughter were assassinated by US trained SOA graduates. The event organizers seek to bridge the intersection of the past with the present in memory and resistance. For more information and opportunities to donate to the project, go to the SOA Watch website, here.
Release Aging People In Prison Campaign
Today begins our statewide effort to make weekly phone calls to NYS Senate Democrats who do not yet co-sponsor either Elder Parole (S.2144) or Fair and Timely Parole (S.497A), including five Democratic Senators on Long Island.
Please call Senator Monica Martinez: 631-360-3356
Hi my name is [ ] and I’m (a Sister/Associate/Co-Minister of Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, NY) calling to leave a message for the Senator Martinez. I’m calling to ask the Senator to co-sponsor two critical criminal justice reform bills: 1. the Fair and Timely Parole Act, S.497A. This bill will ensure that people eligible for release from prison will receive a fair and meaningful opportunity to return to their families and communities.
I’m also calling to ask the Senator Martinez to co-sponsor, Elder Parole, S.2144, which would allow a consideration of parole release to people in prison aged 55 and older who have served 15 or more years in prison. The bill is not an automatic release but instead gives people hope and allows families a chance at reuniting. I ask them to please co-sponsor both bills. The lives of so many New Yorkers depends on it.