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

April 3: Sisters of Charity, BVM signed an investor statement in support of publicly traded companies ending the subminimum wage to all employees including tipped workers and paying a full minimum wage instead. Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility prepared this investor statement and filed a resolution with Dine Brands, which is among many companies involved.

April 14: The Masa Group sought signatures in support of extending the designation of Temporary Protected Status for refugees from Turkiye (Turkey) for another 18 months because of the catastrophic earthquake that struck on February 6, 2023, which displaced nearly three million people. The Masa Group sent letters with BVM Council endorsement to Joseph R. Biden, President of the U.S.; Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State; and Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security.

May 19: At the request of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the BVM Council joined other organizations in asking California legislators to support the work of the California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans (with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States). The California Reparations Task Force invited letters and organizational endorsements to safeguard its work.

May 19: Sisters of Charity, BVM endorsed a letter urging members of Congress to support responsible budget and debt policies and also to reject efforts to take away assistance from people with low incomes or impose administrative barriers that make it harder for people to access needed assistance. The Coalition on Human Needs sent letters to members of Congress.

June 9: The BVM Council signed a letter urging the Biden Administration to act against the destruction of democracy, rule of law, and human rights in Guatemala. The Guatemalan regime shut down leading independent media outlets, jailed and exiled anti-corruption prosecutors and judges, and manipulated election rules to keep independent candidates off the ballot of a national election on June 25. Root Causes Initiative sent letters to U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, President and U.S. Vice President Kamala D. Harris.

June 15: Sisters of Charity, BVM joined faith leaders in signing a letter supporting Pope Francis in his call for a ceasefire and diplomatic resolution to the war in Ukraine. The BVM Council joined with Pope Francis in appealing to those in authority over nations to to end the conflict, reach a ceasefire, and start peace negotiations. The Fellowship of Reconciliation, CODEPINK, and Peace in Ukraine (a coalition of over 100 groups) plan to publish this letter as a full-page ad in the National Catholic Reporter, Sojourners, and other religious-oriented publications.



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