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Digest for the Common Good

The monthly Digest for the Common Good is a collaborative effort by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, to create a resource page that engages in pressing and current social justice issues. This includes offering timely action alerts, compelling articles, and thought provoking videos on many contemporary issues. We invite you to join us in working for the Common Good by taking action on social justice issues surrounding immigration, the environment, labor, and civic engagement.

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A Reflection on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a beautiful opportunity to enjoy good food and company with loved ones. The spirit of gratitude seems to emerge during this time, and presents everyone with an opportunity…

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Environment
VIDEO- The Stand at Standing Rock

Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock is a short documentary about the issues and governmental push-back that Standing Rock activists faced for their attempts to protect the land from environmental…

TAKE ACTION- Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline

Crude oil pipelines are more and more frequently violating the right to health, safety, and dignity that Indigenous nations are entitled to. The severe environmental threat that crude oil poses…

Organizations
Changing the Narrative About Native Americans

Reclaiming Native Truth is a project whose goal is "to move hearts and minds toward greater respect, inclusion and social justice for Native Americans". In order to counter false and…

Civic Responsibility
Racial Justice
A Reflection on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a beautiful opportunity to enjoy good food and company with loved ones. The spirit of gratitude seems to emerge during this time, and presents everyone with an opportunity…

Additional Information
Perspectives on the Celebration of Thanksgiving

The history surrounding Thanksgiving has largely been distorted into a myth about the friendship between the Wampanoag tribe and European colonists, also known as the "Pilgrims". In order be better…

Franciscan Peace Center

The Clinton (Iowa) Franciscans publish the Action Alert Digest weekly. It consists of current news items and opportunities for taking action on social justice issues such as active nonviolence and peacemaking, human trafficking, immigration reform, the death penalty, environmental concerns, and poverty.

Actions in the current edition include:

  • Oppose Troop Deployment to the Border
  • Support Childcare for Working Families Act
  • Stop Trump’s Nuclear Weapons Policy
  • Stand in Solidarity with Those Experiencing Gender Based Violence
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LCWR Resolutions to Action

The Global Concerns Committee is pleased to be able to share our summer publication of Resolutions to Action. Many thanks to Eileen Haynes, SCL for her excellent piece, We are Made for These Times. No matter where you stand, or how you see the universe, these are challenging times. Recognizing that division, disappointment, and discord are always part of ebb and flow of life, Eileen reminds us of our need to take simple, basic steps to maintain a healthy balance in our lives, for ourselves, and those with whom we are called to journey.

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Contact Us

For more information about social justice issues of the Sisters of Charity, BVM and the Sisters of St. Francis, contact:

justice@bvmsisters.org

“I mean to say, I want to see a better world. I mean to say, I want to see some peace somewhere. I mean to say, I want to see some honesty, some fair play. I want to see kindness and justice. This is what I want to see. ”

—Dr. Maya Angelou

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