Here our this week’s Advocacy Alerts from the Creighton Center for Service and Justice Advocacy team!
On February 17, nearly 50,000 Americans and 168 different organizations marched to the president’s front door to demand we go forward on climate action. This wasn’t just a one-time rally, but rather it was the beginning of a movement.
Now we need to show President Obama that those marchers represented millions of us across the country. There are three steps President Obama can take right now, without waiting on Congress, to start fulfilling his promise to lead on climate. It’s up to you to help him take those steps.
Call the White House today at (202) 456-1111 and tell them that, for the sake of our future, we need President Obama to: Stop Keystone XL and other tar sands infrastructure, enact strong standards to limit carbon pollution from our nation’s dirty power plants, and protect America’s lands from oil, coal, and fracking. If the line is busy, keep trying! Help keep track of our united progress by reporting your call here!
(Mountaintop Removal Issues)
For many people living near mountaintop removal coal mining sites in Appalachia, the water they use for bathing, cooking, and even drinking is cloudy, brown, and toxic. Years of mountaintop removal coal mining has buried 2,000 miles of local streams with waste from Big Coal’s destruction; many of the streams that are left are devoid of life. Well water in the area isn’t safe either, and it’s making people sick.
Tell President Obama and the EPA that everyone deserves clean water. Sign the petition urging them to act now to protect Appalachia from mountaintop removal mining!
(Abolish the Death Penalty in Maryland!)
In less than a month we can win a huge victory in the fight against capital punishment. Maryland is set to become the 18th U.S. state to repeal the death penalty: a cruel, unnecessary and wasteful policy that risks executing the innocent.
The Maryland Senate may vote this week – and the vote will be very close. Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley has taken a leading role in the fight to end the death penalty in his state. Your voices, along with Gov. O’Malley’s leadership and influence, can push death penalty repeal across the finish line this year.
Sign this petition to urge Gov. O’Malley to keep the pressure on both for death penalty abolition AND for funding for victims’ families; and thank him for leading the charge for death penalty repeal in Maryland. Let’s turn the tide towards abolishing the death penalty in the U.S., and make Maryland state #18!
(Stop Arming Human Rights Abusers!)
On March 18 – 28, 2013 world leaders will have a Final Conference to negotiate the first ever treaty that will prevent weapons from ending up in the hands of tyrants and child soldiers. The Obama Administration bears heavy responsibility to lead efforts in establishing a strong, human rights orientated treaty during the negotiation. Tell Obama that the world needs a Robust Arms Trade Treaty.
Ignatian Solidarity Network
(February’s Ignatian Family Advocacy Month)
This past month, numerous high schools, colleges, and universities, including Creighton, participated in IFAM. IFAM is a way for groups all across the country to participate in advocacy actions in solidarity with one another. To learn more about IFAM and how you can participate next year, click here!
Empowerment Network Monthly Meeting
On Saturday, March 9, 2013 at North High School – Viking Center – 4410 N. 36th Street come to “Unite & Transform!.” Starting at 8:45 a.m., there will be networking, breakfast, and table displays. At 9:30 a.m. there will be an Empowerment Network Update, and at 10 a.m. there will be presentations and announcements. All are welcome!
Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty (NADP)
The Myth of Redemptive Violence, Who Would Jesus Execute?
On April 20 at 4:00 p.m. Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty (NADP) will sponsor an eye-opening talk at Creighton University’s Harper Auditorium (602 N. 20th Street, Omaha). It will feature three very different people who all share one perspective – that the death penalty is broken, can’t be fixed, and should be repealed in Nebraska and elsewhere.
Red Letter Christian activist, writer and speaker Shane Claiborne will address, “The Myth of Redemptive Violence, Who Would Jesus Execute?;” Curtis McCarty will share the heartbreak of spending 21 years on Death Row for a murder he did not commit; Victoria Coward, whose teenage son was shot to death, will explain why so many murder victims’ family members feel abused by the death penalty system.
“These three compelling speakers will have people questioning the death penalty like never before,” said Stacy Anderson, NADP Executive Director. “The death penalty system hurts families, risks executing innocents and has people of faith raising questions.” Admission to the event is free, however space is limited. Please register here. Register here!