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June 1, 2022, New York, New York – A week after people around the world were shocked by the tragedy of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a coalition of faith-based organizations led shareholders to call gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger, and Company to greater accountability. The passage of the resolution took place June 1, 2022, during the corporation’s annual meeting.
Laura Krausa of CommonSpirit Health led the campaign for the shareholder resolution, which calls for Sturm Ruger to prepare a Human Rights Impact Assessment on their products. The Adrian Dominican Congregation – which sponsors two hospitals in the CommonSpirit Health System – is one of nearly 20 participating congregations of the health system. In addition, the Adrian Dominican Sisters co-filed the shareholder resolution campaign, along with other members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR).
Adrian Dominican Sister Judy Byron, OP, was also involved in the campaign as Director of the Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, also a co-signer of the proposal. “Shareholders know that these days are challenging for those involved in the firearms business,” Sister Judy said. “But these folks are also sons, daughters, parents, grandparents, and members of communities and places of worship who understand the importance of being able to feel safe in school, in church, in the supermarket. We will support and pray for them as they conduct this assessment and determine what changes to their business they will need to make in order to respect human rights, protect their stakeholders and make our society safer.”
Read the press release issued by the ICCR.
May 4, 2022, Washington, D.C. – Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) met May 3, 2022, with five Ukrainian bishops in the United States to discuss the role of CCUSA in the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees.
“The focus of the meeting was to plan for the arrival of Ukrainian refugees,” Sister Donna said. “Catholic Charities USA pledged to do everything possible to assist the bishops as they receive their people. This will include financial support, housing support, jobs training, trauma counseling, and whatever else is needed.”
Sister Donna said the meeting began with a prayer as the bishops chanted an Easter hymn in their language in several parts. “It was a heart-wrenching meeting as we heard stories of the suffering of their people from men who have family still in Ukraine,” she said.
More information on this resettlement effort will be posted as the planning and implementation proceed.
In addition to immigration advocacy and refugee services, CCUSA works through its member agencies throughout the United States in areas such as affordable housing, food and nutrition, integrated health, social enterprise initiatives, advocacy and social policy initiatives, and disaster relief. Donations to Catholic Charities for resettlement of Ukrainian refugees or other programs can be made online or mailed to Catholic Charities USA, 2050 Ballenger Ave., Alexandria, VA 22314.
Featured photo: Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, and colleagues from Catholic Charities USA meet with five Ukrainian bishops in the United States to plan the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees.