Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary signed on in support of the following endorsements for justice:
July 16: In support of efforts by Catholic theologians, scholars, bishops, church leaders, and ministers, we signed this statement, A Home for All, affirming that Catholic teaching presents a positive case for ending discrimination against LGBTQ people, and that it should not be used to further oppress them by denying their inherent human dignity. The statement is posted on the New Ways Ministry website and in other publications.
July 21: Forces committing human rights violations have been allowed to act with impunity, with the Ethiopian government failing to prosecute or effectively act to stop the violence between government security forces, paramilitary groups, and rebel forces.
We support the request to enact an 18-month Temporary Protected Status designation for Ethiopians who live in the United States. The letter, promulgated by Masa Group, an immigration policy consulting firm, was sent to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
July 26: As members of Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and investors, we are aware that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is aggressively attempting to prevent the passage of S.1 For the People Act. We call on Congress to protect the public interest, the economy, and the good of the business community. Letters were sent to all members of Congress.
July 30: We signed onto a letter by the Global Catholic Climate Movement. The letter endorses a desire for countries to work together on the climate and biodiversity crises, limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, ensure equitable global action, and support those most affected by these factors. All countries that signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (1994) are invited to attend. The letter was sent to the Presidents of COP15 and COP26 and all political leaders who are participating in the meetings. COP stands for Conference of the Parties.
Aug. 24: The Church World Service (CWS) requested signatures on a letter calling on the Biden administration to provide significantly greater support for Afghan humanitarian protections. The letter was sent to President Joseph Biden.
Aug. 24: The Climate Action Letter, from Catholic Climate Covenant, is a faith-filled call for national solutions that would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, combat poverty, and restore dignity to excluded peoples. It is also a plea to political leaders to overcome partisan divisions and to work together for the future of God’s creation and the human family. The letter was sent to President Biden and all members of Congress.
Aug. 27: NETWORK Lobby invited us to sign a letter urging President Biden to follow through on his campaign promise to end Title 42. Title 42 is used by the Department of Homeland Security against asylum seekers by considering them a “public health risk.” The letter was delivered to President Biden on Sept. 26, the Vatican’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
Aug. 27: Alabama, Oklahoma, and Arizona recently announced that they are preparing to use a gas chamber for capital punishment. The statement from Death Penalty Action calls for a halt to all executions, particularly those by suffocation. The letter was delivered to the governors of Arizona, Alabama, and Oklahoma.
Sept. 3: In an effort to protect Afghan women under Taliban rule, we supported the invocation of a United Nations instrument (UNSCR 1325) to deploy peacekeepers to protect women and to enlist and train peacekeeping forces to monitor and prevent violence against women. The letter was sent to H.E. Ambassador Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the U.N.