Action Alert


The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.


Action Alert

Human Trafficking

January: National Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Beginning on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11, Human Trafficking Awareness Month is designed to raise awareness regarding the scourge of human trafficking, encourage people to learn more about the existence of human trafficking, and to discover ways to be involved in the elimination of human trafficking. “Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery, a multi–billion–-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 40.3 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it’s happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution in a hotel room, to a man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience—the loss of freedom.” (The Salvation Army)

Talitha Kum
Talitha Kum is an international network that is part of the Union of International Superiors Generals (UISG). Talitha Kum coordinates the anti-trafficking efforts of religious Sisters, facilitating networking, communication and formation, according to the strategic planning of the UISG and the social teaching of the Catholic Church. In 2019, the first general assembly identified three priority areas of structural injustice to address in the fight to end human trafficking. Access the study guide from Talitha Kum that examines the connections between the neo-liberal economic model and human trafficking.

Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT)
Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy to eradicate modern-day slavery. The work of USCSAHT is to inform the public, prevent this assault on human dignity, and assist survivors to live fulfilling lives. Over 100 congregations of Catholic Sisters make up the membership of USCSAHT. Each month, USCSAHT publishes a newsletter, STOP TRAFFICKING. This month’s issue focuses on supply chains. Did you know that as consumers, we can be complicit in labor trafficking? Read the January newsletter and find out how you can use your buying power to end labor trafficking.

Legislative Action: EARN IT Act (S 3398; H.R. 8454) Keep Kids Safe Online
Since the onset of the COVID-19 virus, incidents of child online exploitation have risen 126% according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The legislation contains a provision for a commission that will issue new protection standards for online platforms. The EARN IT Act invites tech companies to issue guidelines to limit sex trafficking, grooming, and exploitation of children online. The bill will revoke the immunity that computer services claimed under the Communications and Decency Act (sec. 230) so that survivors will be able to sue those who cause harm via online platforms, using federal civil law and state criminal and civil law. Take action: call or write your legislators and urge them to support the EARN IT Act.

Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking
Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) is a coalition of national and international Catholic agencies striving to eliminate human trafficking. Learn more about this coalition.

 


Immigration

About: American Immigration Council (AIC)
The American Immigration Council works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring.

How COVID-19 is Impacting the Immigration System
The American Immigration Council has recently published a special report on how COVID-19 has impacted the immigration system. The report identifies disruptions throughout the system due to the pandemic.

Belonging Begins With Us Campaign
The Belonging Begins With Us campaign is dedicated to fostering a more welcoming nation where everyone – regardless of their background – can feel they belong. “Our nation has gotten stuck in a dangerous 'us v. them' mindset which is deeply damaging to us as individuals and our future as a unified country. We must take seriously the work to repair our fraying social bonds. We need each other. Everyone needs to feel like they belong. This is a campaign about asking people to consider who they include and exclude in their daily lives.” Watch a video and read the stories.

Challenging the Immigration Court Fee Changes
The American Immigration Council, along with the National Immigration Law Center, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rule that would drastically increase fees across-the-board in high-stakes immigration proceedings. The new rule would immediately deny access to justice for economically disadvantaged individuals seeking a fair day in court. These changes are scheduled to take place January 18th. Learn more about this case.

Facts About Seeking Asylum
During these past four years persons seeking asylum at our southern border has led to enormous tension and conflict. Learn the facts about seeking asylum in the United States. 

 


Climate Change

Scientific Consensus: Earth's Climate is Warming
Even though there are still people who doubt that climate change is causing (and will continue to cause) drastic consequences such as powerful hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, famines, and drought, there is strong scientific consensus that supports the both the catastrophic consequences and the fact that human activity is the cause. Read what the scientists are saying.

Poverty and Climate Change
The poorest among us suffer the most from the consequences of climate change. Learn more about the effects of climate change on the poor around the world.

Laudato Si' Pledge
Following the anniversary of his historic environmental encyclical, Pope Francis endorsed the Laudato Si’ pledge campaign, which was also supported by many other Church leaders. Through the pledge, the Global Catholic Climate Movement aims to mobilize at least 1 million Catholics to become directly engaged in turning Laudato Si’ into action to care for the planet. Take the Laudato Si’ pledge to pray for and with creation, live more simply, and advocate to protect our common home.

Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL)
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. With over 600 chapters throughout the United States, you can easily find a chapter near you. Join the CCL and learn more about how you can work towards a solution to the problem of climate change.

 


Death Penalty

Advocate to Abolish the Death Penalty
The death penalty continues to be an issue due to the number of executions the Federal Government has already carried out and the recent announcement that between December 10th and January 15th, there will be five more executions, four men and one woman. Abraham Bonowitz, director of Death Penalty Action responded to the announcement of the five executions: “And who are they killing? Four Black men and a woman who is undeniably mentally ill. All of this is unnecessary.” Join with Death Penalty Action and oppose these executions and advocate to abolish the death penalty.

Interview with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now recently interviewed Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, anti-death penalty activist, and Sandra Babcock, clinical law professor at Cornell University and founder of the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide. Both Sister Helen and Professor Babcock talk about the resumption of the federal government’s use of the death penalty. Professor Babcock describes Lisa Montgomery, the woman scheduled for execution in January, as “profoundly mentally ill and questions why there is a rush to execute someone like Ms. Montgomery. This just illustrates the total brutality being witnessed right now.” Watch the interview.