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January is an important month because of our concern for Immigrants and our Congregation of Notre Dame commitment to fight Trafficking; January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the USA.

US Religious Leaders have planned a Weekend of Prayer (January 11-13) to end Slavery and Trafficking. They are looking for one million people to make the commitment to join in that prayer. Will you be ONE IN A MILLION? Sr. Jean Schafer who publishes Stop Trafficking has written a prayer for use on January 11 or 13. On January 12, there will be an Emancipation Rally in Washington. On January 13, Individuals and Congregations are asked to cry out with one heart and voice for the end of the abomination of modern slavery.

We cannot help but remember the terrible December tragedy in Newtown. I think one way we can begin to respond to the scourge of violence which permeates our culture, is to deepen our own commitment to nonviolence. That attitude can provide the foundation for our speaking out on several issues and advocating for the necessary legal and cultural changes we want.

With this in mind, I ask that we participate in the International Season for Nonviolence from January 30- April 4. In the meanwhile, I am gathering information on proposed legislation on banning automatic weapons etc. Federal Legislation is best because it applies across the country. In addition, I am looking for coalitions we could join to amplify our voices


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