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JUSTICE NEWS: Week of January 24, 2012


Reflection

The teachings of the Church insist that government has a moral function: protecting human rights and securing basic justice for all members of the commonwealth. Society as a whole and in all its diversity is responsible for building up the common good. But it is the government's role to guarantee the minimum conditions that make this rich social activity possible, namely, human rights and justice. (Economic Justice for All, #122)

STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH TONIGHT

When you listen to President Obama tonight be alert to how much the President talks about the things we, as Sisters of Saint Joseph and Associates, support – comprehensive immigration reform, healthcare, safety-net programs for poor people, renewable energy, addressing the wealth gap, etc. NETWORK has created a handy “bingo-like” chart to help you keep track as you listen to the State of the Union. So gather your bingo chips and click here for your justice bingo card – then sit back and see if this State of the Union Speech is a winner.

ELECTION 2012 PROJECT

NETWORK is partnering on an Election Project with several national Catholic organizations including the Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Pennsylvania is one of the focal states for this project. In response to the last hotline, several sisters and associates have volunteered to participate in this project and facilitate dialogues in PA. Information about these dialogues will be communicated in the February Justice Memo and through SSJ Announce. For more information on this national election project click here.

ENVIRONMENT

Last week President Obama rejected the permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial project, which would have run for 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, would have devastated efforts to slow climate change and endangered people, animals, land, and water. Send President Obama a thank you and tell him he made the right decision. Take action

DEATH PENALTY

On January 17th Governor Markell of Delaware made an historic decision to grant clemency to Robert Gattis after a recommendation of commutation by the Delaware Board of Pardons. It is believed to be the first time that a Delaware governor has exercised the power of commutation to stop an execution. Join the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty in thanking Governor Markell. Take action.

Sustainability Tip of the Week

Non-food usage tips for olive oil - We're familiar with olive oil in relation to cooking, but there are so many other ways it can be used; often avoiding the need to use synthetic chemicals, compounds and substances that aren't very environmentally friendly. For these three tips, you don't need to use the best grade of olive oil. 1) Mix one part lemon juice with 3 parts olive oil to make a wooden furniture polish. 2) Rub olive oil into wooden cutting boards to help prevent cracking, repel staining and marking. 3) Apply a little olive oil to your shoes to restore their shine. (www.greenlivingtips.com)

Upcoming Events

Camden Diocese - February 28 @ 7:00PM: Human Trafficking Presentation by Ronald Chance; St Simon Stock Roman Catholic Church, Berlin, NJ 08009

Baltimore Archdiocese - March 3 from 8:00 – 3:30: Archdiocesan Social Ministry Convocation - Reading the Signs of the Times: Catholic Social Teaching in Action; Seton-Keough High School, Baltimore MD. Cost: $10.00. For more info click here.

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