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

Season of Creation 2021



 

About the Season of Creation
“The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our common home. Together, the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect God’s creation. The season starts September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.” This year’s theme is “A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God.” Learn more about the 2021 Season of Creation and watch this video.

Pray with us during the Season of Creation:

  • A Prayer for Earth

  • Penitential prayer for the care of creation

  • A Prayer inspired by the encyclical, Laudato Si’ Praised Be

  • Pray the Rosary with meditations focused on Care of Creation

  • Celebrate the Season of Creation with the help of liturgical materials prepared by Father James Hug, SJ, Chaplain of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. “The Season of Creation gives people of faith the opportunity to focus on God as Creator and on their need to appreciate and reverence creation and to cherish and protect Earth. It has become a powerful way to raise awareness of the gifts of creation and the mission given us by God to care for creation and respond to its needs and crises today,” Father Jim wrote in his introduction to the liturgical guide. The Catholic Liturgical Guide can be downloaded from the Dominican Center: Spirituality for Mission website. 

In this year’s theme, the Greek work Oikos appears. What is Oikos? Here are 5 things to know about Oikos.

Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition 
“Our common home and common family are suffering. The climate emergency is causing rising seas, a warmer planet, and more extreme weather. It’s devastating the lives of our poorest sisters and brothers. At the same time, biologists estimate that we’re driving species to extinction at a rate of 100 to 1,000 times their usual rate. “We have no such right.” (Laudato Si’ 33).

This fall we have an opportunity like no other. At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in October, world leaders can set meaningful targets to protect creation.

In November, at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), countries will announce their plans to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.
Ahead of those meetings, it is our responsibility as Catholics to lift up the voices of the most vulnerable and advocate on their behalf. We must act now. Sign the petition. Ask the World Leaders attending these conferences to come together and promote solutions to overcome the climate crisis that is facing the world.” Learn more.
 


Immigration

Immigration: A Pressing Issue
Immigration continues to be a pressing issue for the United States. Recently the Supreme Court reinstated Migrant Protection Protocols, informally called the “remain in Mexico” policy put in place during the Trump Administration. This policy forces people seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to stay in Mexico and could have life-threatening consequences for those migrants, advocacy groups, and immigration lawyers say. People seeking asylum have a have the right to request asylum without being criminalized, turned back, or separated from their children — even during a pandemic.

Take Action:

Title 42
Title 42 is another Trump-era immigration rule that continues to prevent asylum seekers from exercising their right to seek safety and security in the United States. Title 42 is an “emergency regulation to implement a specific aspect of U.S. health law, Section 265 of U.S. Code which permits the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “prohibit … the introduction” into the United States of individuals when the Director believes that “there is serious danger of the introduction of [a communicable] disease into the United States.” 

This rule has been applied to suspend individuals who may have come from “Coronavirus Impacted Areas” targeting individuals who have entered the United States from Canada or Mexico and “who would be introduced into a congregate setting” at a port of entry or in a Border Patrol station. There has been opposition to this rule both by some scientists at the CDC and federal courts have also rejected the legal basis for the use of Title 42 to expel individuals who have entered the United States.

Take action:

Root Causes of Immigration
"Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.” - Pope Francis, World Day of Migrants and Refugees (2014)

Pope Francis reminds us that there are root causes that drive people to migrate. These are fundamental reasons such as persecution, oppressive poverty, violence, and natural disasters that can drive people from their homes. Read the The Justice for Immigrants (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Root Causes of Migration.
 


Gun Violence Prevention

Gun Violence Epidemic
This year over 21,000 people have died from gun violence. This is the equivalent of the entire population of a small city and there is only one way to name this, gun violence is an epidemic and unlike the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no vaccine to bring this catastrophic health problem under control. Year after year, there is one mass killing after another, and still Congress has failed to pass any sensible laws that could curb gun violence. 

Since taking office, President Biden has issued a number of executive orders but it is up to Congress to pass gun control laws that could bring an end to the tragedy. Red flag laws can save lives by allowing family members or law enforcement to petition for a court order to temporarily prohibit a person(s) from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others. In addition to giving family members and authorities the ability to remove firearms from people in crisis, a national red flag law could establish grant programs to help states and Native tribes implement their own legislation. Local governments could also get funds for training and for public awareness campaigns about the new legislation.

Take Action:

  • Tell Congress to pass a national red flag law and help bring an end to the constant tragedy of gun deaths in America. Sign CREDO’s petition.

Ghost Guns
Ghost Guns are becoming a growing hazard and a serious gun safety problem in this country. These guns are homemade from easily accessible parts that can be purchased without permits or background checks. An individual with no skills or training in firearms manufacturing can create a gun in about an hour. Learn more about some solutions to help stop the creation of ghost guns.

 


Human Trafficking

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT)
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. Our members include 100+ congregations of Catholic Sisters, coalitions working against human trafficking and individuals who share our mission. Ending slavery is everyone’s work!” 

Blue Campaign
The Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases. Learn more and watch a video, What Is Human Trafficking?

Must Watch Documentary
Watch the PBS Frontline Documentary Sex Trafficking in America that tells the story of stories of young women coerced into prostitution and follows one police unit that’s committed to rooting out sexual exploitation.
 


Nuclear Weapons

Global Zero
Can you imagine a world free of nuclear weapons? Global Zero is the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. Its members understand that the only way to eliminate the nuclear threat – including proliferation, nuclear terrorism and humanitarian catastrophe – is to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, secure all nuclear materials and eliminate all nuclear weapons: global zero.

Global Zero has a plan, a treaty that is verifiable and permanently eliminates nuclear weapons from the world’s nine countries that have nuclear weapons. This is a plan that includes four phases.  

Take Action:

 


Climate Change

Citizens' Climate Lobby
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22) reintroduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2021 in the House of Representatives on April 1st with 28 co-sponsors. The bill would place a rising fee on carbon pollution that will get America to net zero emissions by 2050. Revenue from the fee would be distributed evenly to all Americans as monthly payments. Learn more about this legislation. What can you do?

  • Call your Representatives and urge them to support and/or sponsor the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2021.

  • Join a local chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

  • Become a member of the monthly calling campaign. Once a month you will receive instructions for calling your representative’s office along with suggestions for how to express your concerns and respectfully urge climate action.