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Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan

The Congregation of Notre Dame International Justice Network has determined that a major focus of our Justice efforts in the coming year throughout the Community will be Climate Change. We have a unique opportunity to participate in an historical movement to draw attention to the effects of Climate Change. While September 21 is International Peace Day and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the General Assembly’s Declaration of the Right of People to Peace, September 21 also marks the day for the Climate Change March in NYC. As the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network stated, “..the People’s Climate March seeks to ‘bend the course of history, drawing global attention and exerting direct pressure on attendees of the UN Climate Summit. WECAN encourages everyone who is able to march with us on this momentous day as we mobilize for the rights of women, indigenous peoples, nature, and future generations.” I hope our Province will be well represented in this March. Let us make every effort to do our part to bend the course of history.

In a related action, the Congregation of Notre Dame International Justice Network voted to endorse Global Frackdown Day, October 11, 2014. It is extraordinary and somewhat alarming how the practice of fracking has expanded not only within our country, or on our continent, but also in the rest of the world as well. Until we can fully assess the consequences of fracking, it seems prudent, even necessary to ban it. I will be sending more information on this. In the meanwhile, you can find additional information at www.globalfrackdown.org

I received a note from our Sisters in Japan thanking us for the donations our Province made to their “relief fund.” Thanks to your generosity, checks of $4,000.00 and $300.00 were sent. The first check is to support scholarships in our Fukushima schools and to support the new ministry of reaching out to those elderly family members who are living alone and isolated from their families. The second check was for a donation to the Fukushima Badge Project. As a part of the Justice Network Report from Japan, special mention was made of the efforts of our Kankakee Associates to reach out in solidarity to Japanese Associates. Our Prayer Partners Program was also mentioned. Don’t forget that Fukushima continues to feel the terrible effects of March 11, 2011. I promised we wouldn’t forget.

Finally, some thought provoking facts – LCWR reports that:

Women in this country are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in any other developed country. Five women are murdered with guns every day in the United States, most often by their intimate partners.

The profits gained from forced labor, human trafficking, and slavery are producing profits of $150 billion annually, or more than three times the estimated profits of 2005.

Unfortunately, it is still true that…“Everywhere the Flight into Egypt goes on: the little home is forsaken, the child in peril, the innocents slain: everywhere the refugees - Jesus, Mary, Joseph, come to us: strangers, foreigners in a strange land…” The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander

 

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