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Action Alert

Lent 2021

Traditionally Lent has been thought of a time to make sacrifices and give up our favorite things (e.g. chocolate), in order to show our love for God. But what if we were to perceive Lent as a time of receiving? Diane Bergant, CSA, a theologian writes: “We are not the ones who are meant to accomplish great things for God. Rather, it is God who acts; it is God who makes the sacrifice; it is God who accomplishes for us.” 

Here are some resources for study, reflection, and action during this Lenten season. 

Pax Christi – Study Non-Violence

During the Lenten season and beyond, Pax Christi USA is launching study circles. “The Advancing Nonviolence” study circles are aimed at deepening the Catholic understanding of and commitment to Gospel non-violence. This project grows out of our fundamental belief that non-violence is critical to the life of the Catholic Church and the survival of our world, and that non-violence is an essential component to transforming violence and injustice. Learn more and register as an individual or a group. 

Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns – Lenten Reflections

These Lenten Reflections focus on Pope Francis' Fratelli Tutti ("Brothers and Sisters All"), a new encyclical on dialogue and social friendship. In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis models a sort of Lenten-style of “examination” of the challenges and social sins facing our world. He calls us to personal reflection and repentance for the ways in which we fail to recognize our neighbors as “brothers and sisters” and contribute to the social and ecological crises facing our world today. Join this prayer for Lent.

Ignatian Solidarity Network – Steadfast Call to Love
“Our call to love [is] one that transcends all prejudices, all historical and cultural barriers, all petty interests.” Fratelli Tutti 83

During Lent, in these turbulent times, how can we persevere in our work for justice with a steadfast spirit, rooted in love? Join writers from the Jesuit and broader Catholic network as we seek to answer this question, renewing each day throughout Lent our commitment to care for both our fellow human beings and our common home Receive Steadfast: A Call to Love in your inbox each morning.

Catholic Mobilizing Network Lenten Reflections – Hope Over Death Blog

“Catholics and people of faith working to transform the broken U.S. criminal legal system. Their clarity of experience and faith-filled witness empowers us in our own efforts to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice.” Receive these weekly reflections.

Video: Stations of the Cross

Pray the Stations of the Cross with the Dominican Sisters of Peace. This video features artwork by Fr. Marie-Alain Couturier, OP, created in 1940 while in residence on the grounds of the retreat house of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de'Ricci (now Dominican Sisters of Peace) in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.

Campaign NonViolence | Rend Your Hearts: A Lenten Journey into Non-Violence 

To turn from evil and do good is the Lenten invitation. Pace e Bene is offering a Lenten Retreat with our nonviolence manual Engaging Nonviolence as a way to respond to this invitation. Learn more and register.

 


Women's History Month

About
The theme for Women’s History Month 2021 is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.”

March was chosen to be National Women's History Month in the United States, declared as such by a biennial Joint Resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1981. Since 1910, March 8th has been observed as International Women's Day by people around the world. That is why March was chosen to be National Women's History Month in the United States. 

The idea of creating such a celebration did not spring fully developed from the minds of its Congressional sponsors. Research to recover women's "lost" stories began on college campuses in the early 1970s, and in 1978 the founders of the National Women's History Project began asking the historical question, "But what were the women doing?" And they've been sharing the answers about women's historic and contemporary contributions with the public ever since. Teachers, librarians, workplace program planners, and others have responded enthusiastically, integrating events for National Women's History Month into their March calendars. Read more.

Events

  • The Smithsonian Museum will be hosting a film festival throughout the month of March. See the schedule and register.
  • The Library of Congress: Rediscovering Eleanor Roosevelt 
    • When: Thursday, March 18, 2021
    • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
    • This presentation will premiere on both Facebook and YouTube. The presentation will be available for viewing afterwards at those sites and in the Library's Event Videos collection. Author David Michaelis will discuss “Eleanor” the first major biography of America’s longest-serving first lady in 60 years.
  • The Library of Congress will also be featuring other programs about women during Women’s History Month:
  • Time Magazine features Five Myths regarding the 19th Amendment in an article published in August, 2020 on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment - “There are still a lot of misunderstandings about what that 39-word addition to the Constitution did and didn’t do.
  • PBS will feature Women’s History Month Special Programming throughout the month. See the schedule here.

 


Human Trafficking

Polaris: Freedom Happens Now
Polaris, an anti-human trafficking project founded in 2002 is named for the North Star, which people held in slavery in the United States used as a guide to navigate their way to freedom. Today Polaris is filling in the roadmap for that journey and lighting the path ahead. 

There are several common myths about human trafficking:

  • Myth 1 – Human Trafficking is always or usually a violent crime  

  • Myth 2 – All Human Trafficking involves commercial sex

  • Myth 3 – Traffickers target victim they don’t know

Learn more myths, facts, and statistics about human trafficking.

“Human trafficking does not exist in a vacuum but rather is enabled by underlying systems – both tangible and intangible. These include economic, legal, social, political and other systems as well as racism and discrimination.” Learn about the long-term solutions that could contribute to ending this scourge on our society.

What can you do? There are a number of ways to take action. Call or write your congressional leaders and urge them to support legislation to end human trafficking, sign a petition, and learn how to recognize human trafficking.

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
Read the February 2021 Monthly Reflection from the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking - Human Trafficking: What Can We Do About It? Where Is God in This Tragedy? How Can We Find the Courage to Fight This Indignity?

 


Immigration

U.S. Citizen Act of 2021
President Biden is proposing the most comprehensive immigration reform since the Reagan Administration. The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is President Biden's plan to reform the U.S. immigration system. The goal of the legislation is to “modernize our immigration system,” prioritize family unity, “grow our economy,” and “ensure that the United States remains a refuge for those fleeing persecution.” It includes:

  • Pathways to citizenship for undocumented individuals, Dreamers, TPS recipients

  • Updating the family-based and humanitarian systems

  • Restructuring employment-based immigration

Learn more about the U.S. Citizen Act of 2021 and watch an ABC News interview with Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center as she provides an analysis of the Biden Immigration Plan.

Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC)
Interfaith Immigration Coalition is a coalition of faith-based organizations that come together to ensure that Congress and the Administration enact humane and equitable immigration policy reforms. Read more about the IIC's platform.

  • As organizations and individuals who believe in the dignity of all people, the IIC welcomes the sea-change on immigration policy that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are ushering in.

  • On January 20, 2021, IIC delivered a letter to President Biden asking for immediate protection for nationals from Cameroon.

  • The IIC focuses on many issues related to immigration as it impacts asylum, refugees, DACA/TPS, and more. Learn more about the issues

  • What you can do: Let your Representatives and Senators know that you support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship and ensures humane and equitable treatment for all immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, DACA recipients, and TPS holders. Make calls often until comprehensive immigration reform is passed into law.

 


Nuclear Weapons

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
On January 22, 2021, the landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force.

  • The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. In 2017, ICAN won the Nobel Prize for Peace.

  • Nuclear weapons are now illegal. Join the movement. “Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, inhumane, and indiscriminate weapons ever created.” Pope Francis, speaking at Hiroshima, Japan, said the “possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.”

  • Legislators are in a key position to promote the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in every country, pushing for its signature and ratification or promoting it abroad. Over 1,600 elected officials all around the world have committed to do so through the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge. Check this list to see if your legislators have taken the Pledge. If your legislators are not on this list, call them and encourage them to take the ICAN Pledge.

 


Gun Violence Prevention

On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was stormed by men and women with guns who had every intent of using them. The halls of the U.S. Capitol and State Capitols are not places where guns are appropriate or necessary.

 


Death Penalty

For the first time in history, the United States has a President who openly opposes the death penalty. President Trump oversaw 13 executions in the final six months of his term in office. A return to federal execution dormancy is certainly welcome but now is not the time to slow down the work of abolishing the death penalty.

  • Call the White House (202-456-1111) or email and urge President Biden to declare an official moratorium on executions at the federal level; commute the sentences of all those currently on the federal death row; and advocate to end the death penalty in law with Congress and the states.

  • Watch the webinar “Killing in our Name: Federal Executions and Pro-Life Witness” hosted by Georgetown University Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and the Catholic Mobilizing.

  • Death Penalty Action (DPA) is an organization that provides leadership, resources, and direct action direct action events and activities within the broader death penalty abolition movement. DPA also assists various local, state, and national groups in their work to end the use of the death penalty. Read more about the DPA mission. Sign up to receive email alerts from Death Penalty Action.

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.

 


Climate Change

NASA: Global Climate Change
“Earth's climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 11,700 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives. The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95% probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia. (NASA)

Resources from NASA:

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.