Advocacy Alerts

Some important reminders from the CCSJ’s Advocacy team today:

People aren’t “Illegal”
When reporters from newspapers and TV stations across the country and around the globe write their stories, they follow the AP Stylebook. The AP Stylebook is the authoritative guide for everything from punctuation to word choice. The most recent stylebook advises that “illegal immigrant” is an acceptable term for describing people living in the U.S. without documentation.

The word “illegal” is a dehumanizing term that robs people of their God-given dignity, and prejudices readers against the needs and concerns of our immigrant brothers and sisters. Ending the use of this controversial word by the media would create a more compassionate and accurate conversation about immigration.
Please send a message to David Minthorn to ask the AP to stop using the term “illegal”.



Upcoming Events

2012 Annual Peace Conference
Saturday, October 20, 9am-4pm
Trinity United Methodist Church: 5th & Elm Streets in Grand Island, NE

Mark Reynolds, Executive Director, Citizens Climate Lobby will be speaking on, “Finding Your Voice in Democracy–Our Best Chance to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change.” Mark Reynolds is a globally recognized expert on bringing citizens and elected officials together to find common ground on energy, environment, and public policy.

CCL’s proposed ‘fee and dividend’ policy would assess a progressively rising fee on fossil fuels at the point of origin, and return the money directly to consumers to offset the higher energy costs. The increased price of oil, coal and natural gas would, in turn, make clean renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, competitive in the marketplace, propelling the shift to a ‘green economy,’ while simultaneously reducing the threat of climate change.

Come learn more about the policy, and dialogue with others about the important issue of Climate Change!



Upcoming Election Resources

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizens” Document
The document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States,” was developed by the chairmen, in consultation with the membership, of the Committees on Domestic Policy, International Policy, Pro-Life Activities, Communications, Doctrine, Education, and Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved by the full body of bishops at its November 2007 General Meeting
Read the document to learn about the suggestions of the USCCB for being a faithful, politically involved citizen!


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