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Congregational Endorsements
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary signed on in support of the following endorsements for justice:

Aug. 3: The Council endorsed a letter supporting the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 that addresses climate change by reducing greenhouse gas  missions by 2030, supports clean energy manufacturing and applies fees to methane emissions, as well as incentives for those who purchase electric vehicles;  provides funds to implement climate-smart practices in farming, forestry, and coastal management; and empowers communities experiencing the  detrimental effects of climate change. Catholic Climate Covenant sent this letter to all members of Congress.

Aug. 8: Sisters of Charity, BVM signed onto an ad created by Pax Christi Metro DC—Baltimore to be published in the National Catholic Reporter urging President Biden, senators, and representatives to pursue diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine; shift to clean energy to mitigate climate change; cancel spending on new nuclear weapons; and redirect military spending to address the causes of conflict, injustice, and environmental catastrophe.

Aug. 24: The Council urged President Biden to set the Fiscal Year 2023 Presidential Determination for immigration at 200,000 refugee admissions and hold meaningful consultations with Congress in support of  rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and to meaningfully invest in rebuilding the  resettlement infrastructure in the U.S. Church World Service sent this letter to President Joseph Biden.

Sept. 21: Sisters of Charity, BVM asked congressional leaders to support the Afghan Adjustment Act. Unlike immigrant visa or refugee programs, evacuated Afghans were given humanitarian parole that expires after two years, so finding stable, long-term employment is difficult. This Act would allow evacuees to apply for permanent status after one or two years. Church World Service sent letters to Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader; Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House; and Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader of the House.

Sept. 30: The Council endorsed a letter asking Secretary Xavier Becerra to issue regulations to allow recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  DACA) eligibility for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicaid. National  Immigration Law Center in collaboration with other organizations sent a letter to Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Oct. 19: The Council endorsed a letter asking Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to reverse Title 42 restrictions for Venezuelan asylum seekers and embrace the right to seek protection from persecution. The Biden administration should fully restore asylum protections, invest in community-based case management for asylum seekers, and increase access to the life-saving U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Church World Service sent a letter to Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

Nov. 14: Sisters of Charity, BVM supported the Justice Coalition of Religious in its submission to the 61st Commission for Social Development of the  United Nations Economic and Social Council. This statement expressed concern for the structural injustices embedded in today’s world of work: unsafe  working conditions; unjust wages concerning women, migrants, and youth in rural communities; people experiencing homelessness or inadequate  housing; and persons with disabilities. The Justice Coalition of Religious sent its statement to the 61st Commission for Social Development of the United  Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The congregation, as a member of the Loretto at the United Nations NGO, participates in ECOSOC.

Nov. 18: The Council urged Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley to prioritize expanding the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit to reduce  child poverty and help low-wage workers make ends meet. Common Good Iowa sent letters to Senator Joni Ernst and Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

 

 

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