Advocacy Alerts

Thanks to the CCSJ Advocacy Team for their hard work. Check out these ways to advocate on behalf of Justice in our city, nation, and world.

Sierra Club
Retire North Omaha’s dirty coal plant!
Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) 60-year-old North Omaha coal plant hasn’t been updated with modern equipment to reduce pollution. It is estimated to contribute to 14 premature deaths, 22 heart attacks, and 240 asthma attacks each year. The pollution from the coal-fired power plant contributes to repiratory illness, such as asthma, making hundreds of children sick.
Many people are significantly impacted. In fact, NAACP has even pointed to North Omaha Station as one of the nation’s worst environmental justice offenders. Call on OPPD to retire the North Omaha coal plant and to invest in clean energy alternatives!
 
Catholic Social Ministry
Annual Gathering
The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is an annual event in Washington, D.C. co-sponsored by 15 national Catholic organizations. It is rooted in the Sacraments, Word of God and the Church’s living Catholic social tradition that builds solidarity, knowledge, and skills among social ministry leaders in local dioceses, religious congregations, Catholic educational institutions, and other national Catholic organizations. It animates the Church’s social mission for the evangelization of the world. This Gathering is happening this week to do lobby visits on both poverty, as well as immigration reform. For more information, visit their facebook page!
 
Network
A solution through both spending cuts and revenue:
Many representatives have renewed their promise to not talk about, let alone think about, raising revenues.
NETWORK stands firm in its position that in order to solve the budget crisis the government must raise revenues. Network believes that those in our community who have benefited from tax breaks for the past ten years should be asked to contribute more.
They also believe that as the government works on the federal budget, our representatives must consider raising more revenue; the deficit cannot be fixed solely by cutting spending. Email your representatives to support the idea that we need to make investments in our nation and on our people.
 
Catholics Confront Global Poverty
Save the valley in Cremisan: Support bridges, not walls!
In light of the upcoming decision of the special committee for appeals against the wall in Cremisan, CCGP calls upon committee members and the Israeli authorities to:
Respect international law under which the planned construction of the wall on Palestinian lands is illegal, as well as to leave the educational compound of the Salesian Sisters untouched so that they can continue with their mission to serve the children of the surrounding communities. Sign the petition to support the Palestinian struggle against the wall, and to call upon Israel to fulfill its obligations under international law.
Amnesty International
Release imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia
Liu Xiaobo is a prominent Chinese intellectual, democracy activist, and the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. He received an 11-year prison sentence in 2009 after he helped write Charter ’08, a political manifesto, which promoted peaceful democratic reform and called for greater respect for fundamental human rights in China, as well as an end to one party rule.
Shortly after Liu Xiaobo received the Nobel Peace Prize, Chinese police placed his wife, Liu Xia, under house arrest without any charges or legal due process.
They both continue to be held against their will for the peaceful expression of their beliefs. Take action now to ask for their release!
CCSJ Ignatian Advocacy Group Meeting Times
If you are interested in getting involved in learning and participating more in advocacy, join one of our office teams!
1. Ecology and Management of Natural and Mineral Resources (Sustainability): Meets every Sunday at 1pm in the CCSJ. For more information email haleywarren@creighton.edu or ryanfreeman@creighton.edu2. Peace, Non-violence, and Human Rights: Meets every other Thursday (Next meeting is 2/7/13 at 5pm in the CCSJ). For more information email mirandahinnenkamp@creighton.edu or jacquelinegreene@creighton.edu.

3. Economic Justice/Access to Education: Meets every other Thursday at 8:15 in McGloin. Fore more information email  elizabethsamson@creighton.edu or leahschaffer@creighton.edu.

4. Migration: Meeting time TBA. For more information email amalbarre@creighton.edu or michellevillegas@creighton.edu.

Upcoming Events
Letter Writing in Skutt!
GreenJays invites you to advocate against the Keystone XL Pipeline
On February 20th from 1-4pm, by the Skutt Fireplace, GreenJays will have a table with petitions to sign, as well as letter writing materials, that students can use to write letters in support of 350.org’s attempt to keep the XL Pipeline from being built. Stop by for a few minutes to make your voice heard on this very important issue! For more information, contact Allie Clark at alexandriaclark@creighton.edu.
Film Streams
Special Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
On Wednesday February 27 at 7pm, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country, will have a special screening. The documentary shows the thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — who came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. Click here for more information about this important film.
Restore Omaha Conference
This conference will take place March 1-2nd at the Metropolitan Community College. It opens with a reception Friday, March 1, at the Scottish Rite. The conference is Saturday, March 2nd, 8am to 4 p.m. and includes a keynote lecture, three educational sessions, live demonstrations, exhibitors, lunch, and the Restore Jam where all interested attendees are invited to share their current restoration projects in five minutes or less. To attend both the reception and conference, the cost is $60 (conference only is $40). Register before Feb. 22 and receive $10 off. For more information click here!

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