Advocacy Alerts

Thanks to the Advocacy Team in the CCSJ for this week’s Advocacy Alerts!

Sierra Club
A Tipping Point in the Climate Fight
Three weeks ago at his inauguration, and again in the State of the Union, President Obama told the nation that he’s committed to leading the way in the climate fight-he even cast fighting climate disruption as a moral obligation.
“If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.” -Obama
Hold the President accountable for his commitments, and ask him to lead the country towards sustainable energy, and a sustainable future.
Bread for the World
Ask President Obama to address hunger and poverty
President Obama,
We are praying that God grant you courage, strength, and wisdom as the leader of our nation. During your recent election campaign, you promised to earnestly address hunger and poverty. We commend you for your commitment, and we urge you to make it a top priority of your administration. We share the prayer of David in Psalm 72: “May he defend the cause of the poor of the people [and] give deliverance to the needy.” In this spirit, we ask that you set a goal and work with Congress on a plan to end hunger in the United States and abroad.
This will be a major undertaking, requiring strong leadership, bipartisan cooperation, and concerted effort over many years. We are confident, however, that “with God, all things are possible.” You can count on our continued prayers. Sign this ask here.
Center for Rural Affairs
Tell your Senators that you oppose LB 405 and 406
LB 405 and 406 will force 80% of Nebraskans to pay higher taxes (including farmers, ranchers and entrepreneurs), impose a new “sick tax” that will increase health care costs for all Nebraskans by taxing prescription drugs, medical equipment and hospital rooms, and also increase taxes on the middle class, while giving profitable corporations a free ride. Last week the Revenue Committee of the Nebraska Unicameral heard from rural Nebraska farmers, ranchers, businesses, churches, community organizations and residents who told them that the proposed changes to Nebraska’s tax system hurt rural communities. Your state senators need to hear from you. Find your senator’s contact information here, and call him/her today urging him/her to oppose LB 405 and 406.
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
End Prolonged Solitary Confinement Now!
Experts estimate that tens of thousands of prisoners in the U.S. criminal justice system are currently being held in solitary confinement. The vast majority of these inmates are detained in state prison facilities. Prisoners held in solitary confinement are often detained in a cell by themselves for 23 hours a day. Some prisoners are kept in these conditions for months, years, or even decades. Medical experts have stated that prisoners held in isolation for extended periods experience symptoms akin to delirium; the impact on mentally ill prisoners is especially damaging. Alarmingly, these prisoners are sometimes released from solitary confinement units directly to their communities when they complete their prison sentence.
We need to invest in humane alternatives that address the mental health needs of prisoners in a way that effectively contributes both to their rehabilitation and to their successful transition back into society. Because holding prisoners in solitary confinement units is significantly more expensive than keeping them in the general prison population, instituting humane alternatives makes sense, both financially and morally. Sign the petition supporting an end to solitary confinement.
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.edu.

2. Peace, Non-violence, and Human Rights: Meets every other Thursday. 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. For 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.

CCSJ Upcoming Events
Green Bag Lunch Series
On March 4th from 11:30-1pm in the CCSJ Multi-purpose room, Dr. Soraya Cardenas of the Creighton Sociology and Anthropology department will give a talk entitled, “Facing Environmental Challenges: Marginalized Peoples at Risk.” Join us to hear about how environmental changes in today’s world affect those who are poor and marginalized in society. Bring a simple lunch if you’d like; dessert will be provided. With questions, please contact Haley Warren at haleywarren@creighton.edu or Ken Reed-Bouley at krb@creighton.edu .
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 stop 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. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, this 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!
Creighton CAS/Native American Studies/Student Support Services
IYESKA: Mixed-blood views of Indian Country
On Thursday, February 28th, from 6-7:00 pm in Harper 3028,
Charles E. Trimble will present his book IYESKA: Mixed-blood views of Indian Country. Born in 1935, Charles E. Trimble was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and is an enrolled citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. In 2000, Creighton University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Sciences degree for his human rights work. A book signing will follow in Harper 3006, the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information about the event, please contact Regina Grass at reginagrass@creighton.edu.

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