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Create Awareness, Advocate and Act for Justice

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The issues are everywhere and you are ready to get informed and to take positive action. This page is dedicated to ways that you can get involved.  Have some suggestions of your own?  Please email Mary Niebler at mniebler1@udayton.edu.

Racial Justice

BREATHE Act

Please join organizations across the country such as the Movement for Black Lives and Faith in Public Life Action in asking your Congresspeople to co-sponsor the BREATHE Act.  

The BREATHE Act’s promise is simple: take money from systems of punishment and surveillance that disproportionately harm Black communities and invest in infrastructure that supports growth, learning and equity. We can create a moral budget when we fund schools, affordable housing, culturally competent mental health care and support for people who use drugs. Right now we have the chance to protect our environment, create and sustain community jobs and value the labor of all workers.

We cannot hold our breath any longer waiting for white supremacy to dismantle itself. We must act with the courage of our convictions to demand a future free from anti-Blackness, racist policing, the school-to-prison pipeline and mass incarceration. Building a multiracial coalition of support for the BREATHE Act is a first step.

 

Watch, Listen, Learn, Act and Pray

Racism is on the minds of a lot of people right now. We have adapted a resource that you can use by yourself or with a small faith community that includes videos, podcasts, readings, ideas for action, and prayers that could help in becoming an anti-racist. In adapting this from the Mercy Volunteer Corps, we added a number of items created by members of the UD and Marianist families.

Take the Anti-Racism Challenge

Immigration

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From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Justice for Immigrants initiative:

It’s been almost five months since a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the: 

  • American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), which would provide legal status with a path to citizenship for millions of Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients; and
  • Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 1603), which would create an earned legal status program for undocumented agricultural workers and improve the existing H-2A temporary agricultural program.

Both bills were supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Unfortunately, neither has moved forward in the Senate. In the meantime, a July 16 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has blocked new DACA applicants from receiving relief and seriously threatens future protection for current DACA recipients.

As Catholics, we are committed to upholding the God-given dignity of every person. It is contrary to Catholic teaching to have a “double society”, one “visible” with rights and one “invisible” without rights, unable to fully integrate. This is especially true when so many have committed themselves to the wellbeing of others and are simultaneously excluded from programs and denied rights afforded to citizens, as we’ve seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This is to say nothing of the billions of dollars in federal, state, and local taxes paid by undocumented immigrants or the large economic impact they have on our communities.

 WHAT’S NEXT? 

American Catholics have been working toward immigration reform for decades, and it’s long overdue. The 117th Congress now has an opportunity to address immigration in a positive, productive, and forward-looking way. Last week, the Senate adopted a budget resolution that paves the way for a reconciliation bill. The resolution includes instructions for the Committee on the Judiciary to draft language providing “lawful permanent status for qualified immigrants.” Reconciliation only requires a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate, assuming certain other conditions are met. This was the same mechanism used to pass the American Rescue Plan in March. With the budget resolution adopted in the Senate—which the House will also have to adopt in the coming weeks—Senate committees can now begin drafting the text of the budget reconciliation bill itself. 

Bipartisan passage of the American Dream and Promise Act and Farm Workforce Modernization Act in the Senate would be preferable. However, since the Senate has not been able to move those bills forward as standalone measures, it should include them in the budget reconciliation bill. This might be the best opportunity we’ll have for the foreseeable future to secure legal status with a path to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS/DED holders, migrant agricultural workers, and other undocumented essential workers. 

TAKE ACTION!  

Contact Your Senators and Representative Today

We need your help to tell Congress NO MORE DELAY! Urge your senators and representative to support the enactment of immigration reform this year by completing these action alerts:

Send the Senate alert: No More Delay; Positive Immigration Reform Needed Now

Send the House alert: No More Delay; Positive Immigration Reform Needed Today

Hunger

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Hunger and Covid

In these uncertain times, many are at risk of hunger.  Ambassador Tony Hall, as Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger, wrote to Senate and Congressional leaders calling for a 15% boost to the SNAP, as well as an increase in the minimum benefit from $16 to $30 and a cessation of administrative rules decreasing eligibility and benefits for hungry individuals and families during the crisis. Now is the time to urge your senators to support SNAP (food stamps) benefits for those most vulnerable.

Ohio contacts are: Senator Sherrod Brown email Share Your Thoughts | U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio or call (202) 224-2315. Email Senator Rob Portman or call 202-224-3353. 

If you would like to contact your senator in your home state (not Ohio), find their information here.

For more information about ways to increase food security in Ohio, visit the Hall Hunger Initiative online.

Capital Punishment

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Ohio Death Penalty Update - 2/23/2021

Currently, a bipartisan group of Ohio legislators supports repeal of Ohio's death penalty. This is great news on the road to a more consistent ethic of life in Ohio.  

Equal Justice USA and OTSE (Ohioans to Stop Executions) have an action to take to contact your Ohio legislators, asking them to support this bill. Click here to act. You'll be asked for your street address and Zip code and they will produce three emails (state rep, state senator, governor) for you to customize and send.

 

Catholic Mobilizing Network

Please join the Catholic Mobilizing Network for virtual prayer vigils and other programs. 

More information and links to the events.

 

As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us: Lent, Forgiveness, and Restorative justice, Thursday, March 4 7:30-9:00 pm EST 

Come explore these topics with our amazing panelists:

  • Sister Donna Liette, CPPS works with mothers who have lost children to violence or incarceration and is a part of the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation team in Chicago.
  • Leonard Rubio is Executive Director of Insight Prison Project. While incarcerated, he created an interfaith roundtable to promote restorative justice between prisoners and volunteers with different faith backgrounds.
  • Bill Fischer serves as Vice President for Student Development at the University of Dayton where he focuses on student conduct, conflict resolution systems, and crisis/risk management.

Register Here  This event is hosted by the Death Penalty Abolition and Restorative Justice Issue Team of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.  

Peace and Disarmament

Intersections of Faith and Advocacy: A Focus on Peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine

Please join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP 1835) in a free, half-day webinar on November 14th entitled "Intersections of Faith and Advocacy:   A Focus on Peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine" 

More information and registration can be found on their website.

Gun Violence

EVENT: Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is holding a virtual meet up to get involved with promoting and electing officials with gun safety in mind. In Ohio, legislators continue to push for dangerous gun laws such as "stand your ground" or taking away required training from armed teachers. 

"It'll take us all giving up a small chunk of time every few days to win these elections. You can do this as an event for your group as well! No matter where you live now, if we allow Ohio legislators to get away with making our schools more dangerous the effects will be felt nationwide -- I'm going all in to ensure we elect gun sense candidates in Ohio and I hope you'll join me."    Jay- Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Sign up here for 5pm session on Thursday, September 3: https://act.everytown.org/event/sda-events/35934/signup/?source=&akid=&zip=

For more information about Students Demand Action, visit https://studentsdemandaction.org/

CONTACT

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
937.229.2524
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