Advocacy Alerts

Thanks to the Creighton Center for Service and Justice for sending out these Advocacy Alerts this week!

Protect the Environment
Support protecting the environment by urging Obama to: clean up dirty power plants and double down on clean energy, say no to dirty fuels like tar sands, safeguard communities from the dangers of fracking, and protect places like the Arctic coast from oil drilling.
Now is the time to take action. As we’ve seen with record droughts, heat waves, temperature records, and devastation from extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy, the dangers of climate disruption are all too real for millions of families.
Sign the petition calling Obama to follow through on his promise to support preventing climate change!

Fair Food Program
Modern-day slavery in Florida is not separate from the past, rather its roots extend deep into the state’s history of farmworker poverty and powerlessness. But due to the unstinting work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and its allies from the faith, student, human rights, and sustainable food communities, a comprehensive and verifiable new model of sustainable agriculture has been made. It is called the Fair Food Program. 
Through this program, farmworkers, over ninety percent of Florida tomato growers, and eleven of the nation’s largest corporate buyers have come together to address modern slavery and eliminate the conditions in which it flourishes. Advances in wages and working conditions are rigorously monitored by the Fair Food Standards Council and the result has been nothing short of a sea-change in the industry. Sign the petition to call upon the United States Department of Agriculture to support the highest standards for addressing modern slavery and ending the conditions in which it flourishes.

Arms Trade Treaty
In countries like Mali, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, tens of thousands of kids are being used as child soldiers, fighting and dying in armed conflicts fueled by an irresponsible and unregulated global arms trade. In March, the UN will vote on the Arms Trade Treaty – a treaty designed to keep weapons out of the hands of dictators and armed groups who commit terrible crimes against civilian populations, including children. The Arms Trade Treaty isn’t about taking guns away from law-abiding Americans, rather it is about making sure that no child is ever forced to stand on either side of a weapon, no matter where they live. Call on President Obama to support a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty.

Upcoming Events

Center for Service and Justice

Bill McKibben Discussion
If you attended the Bill McKibben 350.org presentation this past December and are interested in discussing what you learned, stop by the CCSJ Multi-purpose room tonight at 7pm! Even if you didn’t attend the event, we would love to have you there to hear your input on climate change and other environmental concerns that are very apparent in our society! We hope to see you there!

Center for Service and Justice

Legislative Visit Training
Are you interested in being a part of Ignatian Advocacy Month? Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a part of a legislative visit? If so, join us Tuesday, January 29th from 9-10:30pm in Harper 3023 for legislative visit training. For more information, contact Michelle Villegas at michellevillegas@creighton.edu.

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC)

Overview of Congregation Based Community Organizing
This Saturday from 9-11am at Augustana Lutheran Church (3647 Lafayette Avenue) there will be a workshop about how congregations can work together to improve the quality of life for our families and communities. For more information email omahatogether@otoc.org.

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