Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary signed on in support of the following endorsements for justice:
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 Congress.
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.
Nov. 18: At the request of Interfaith Center of Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), the Leadership Team endorsed a letter calling upon the U.S. Treasury to prohibit stimulus funds (CARES Act, American Rescue Plan, infrastructure funds, etc.) intended for communities to invest in improving the quality of healthcare, clean water and sanitation, and promoting a green economy from being used to build prisons. Letter was sent to Janet Yellen, Secretary of the Treasury.
Nov. 18: LaDonna Manternach endorsed the ICCR Health Equity Team statement of expectations for pharmaceutical companies to adopt ethical, sustainable, and transparent practices so as to improve access to affordable medicine and ensure health equity. The statement was made public on World AIDS Day,
Dec. 1: The Leadership Team endorsed the Newtown Action Alliance’s call for passing gun safety legislation. Letters were sent to all members of Congress on the ninth anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
Dec. 16: We signed the ICCR “Statement of Investor Expectations for Job Standards & Community Impacts in the Just Transition”. This document recognizes that the global shift to net-zero emissions will require and economic transformation that will impact industries, jobs, and communities. In this transition, we support decent work, equitable opportunities for quality jobs, investing in impacted communities, just transition policies at all levels, transparency and accountability.
Feb. 4: The Coalition on Human Needs asked us to sign onto a letter urging members of Congress to approve funding for nutrition for seniors, infants and children, affordable housing, child care, substance use disorder and mental health treatment, public health, veterans’ services, environmental protection, infrastructure rebuilding and much more. Flat funding fails to meet needs.
Feb. 21: We signed onto a letter from Human Rights First urging the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to rescind the “Security Bars and Processing” rule, which would label asylum seekers a “danger to national security” and bar them from protection if they have transited from/through a country with a communicable disease or exhibit symptoms “consistent with” such disease. This final rule was issued rule by the prior administration in December 2020, but the agencies delayed implementation in March and December 2021.
March 16: Church World Service collected organizational signatures on a letter urging the Biden administration to respond to the protection of displaced and at-risk populations fleeing conflict – Ukrainians, and those of African descent – by investing in humanitarian aid through UNHCR, processing refugee applications swiftly, reunifying families in the U.S. resettlement program, and designating Special Student Relief to protect Ukrainian students in the U.S. Letters were sent to President Joseph Biden, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
March 22: We signed onto a letter urging approval of the Administration’s request to purchase more COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and testing to secure our preparedness for any new wave of the coronavirus. The letter was sent to all members of Congress.