Advocacy Alerts

Here our this week’s Advocacy Alerts from the Creighton Center for Service and Justice Advocacy team!

Sierra Club
(Climate Action)
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!

Sierra Club
(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!

Amnesty International
(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!

Amnesty International
(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!

Upcoming Events
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!

Advocacy Alerts

Thanks to the CCSJ Advocacy team these advocacy alerts!

Sierra Club
Public Power-Get Nebraska in the Game!
Nebraska is a public power state, which means that the future of our energy is decided by the public. Now is the time to create a future for Nebraska where we produce our own, local, clean energy.
Unfortunately, Nebraska is falling behind. Despite having the nation’s 4th best wind resources, we don’t even rank in the top 20 wind producing states. We are well behind other states in the region.
This is a crucial moment for the state’s energy future. Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has proposed a $1.5 billion modification plan to outdated coal plants — an unnecessary move that would lock us into decades of burning fossil fuels. Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and Lincoln Energy Services (LES) are facing similar decision points on their aging coal plants.
Get Nebraksa in the game and tell our three largest public power entities to invest in renewable energy! 
Economic Justice
Amnesty International
Corporate Respect for Human Rights in Myanmar
In July, the Obama administration lifted sanctions on the country where several positive reforms were initiated late last year after decades of human rights abuses. Now companies in the US Chamber of Commerce are moving in to capture a potentially lucrative new market.
But we believe human rights must come before profits. Burmese freedom fighter and Nobel Laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has raised the caution flag for corporations doing business in Myanmar — despite recent reforms, the country remains a hard place to do ethical business. Political prisoners, forced labor, and lack of accountability for past and ongoing human rights violations are just a few of the human rights challenges that businesses encounter.
Help Keep the pressure on big business. Urge President Tom Donohue, of the US Chamber of Commerce, to make sure US companies take Amnesty’s recommendations seriously, and put human rights first while doing business in Myanmar. 
Amnesty International
Investigate the Execution of Troy Davis
The execution of Troy Davis on Sept. 21, 2011, was an injustice. But the serious flaws in the case against Troy Davis – including police coercion and unreliable witness testimonies – are many of the same problems that plague many cases throughout our capital punishment and criminal justice systems. Amnesty International has collected 10 well-documented cases where the death penalty has been exercised unprofessionally, including the case of Troy Davis. From Georgia’s Attorney General to US Attorney General Eric Holder, we are demanding accountability. We want an independent, impartial and transparent investigation into all that was wrong with Troy’s case. Sign the letter asking the Attorney Generals to exercise more care when working with death penalty cases.

Advocacy Alerts

Many students in Cortina also work with the Creighton Center for Service and Justice. The CCSJ is a wonderful office on our campus that does many things well. One of them is Advocacy. Knowing that we cannot allow our thinking to be disembodied and without practical application in our world, we are happy to announce that the CCSJ will be sharing their advocacy alerts with us each week. So, from now on you can expect Saturday Advocacy Alerts that come to us by way of the CCSJ Advocacy Team.

Below are three important issues and links to ways to advocate for them.

Working Conditions for Walmart Employees
This year, as Walmart celebrates its 50th anniversary, and executives celebrate the values of “hard-work,” “entrepreneurship” and “the American dream,” we remember and pray for the 1.4 million Walmart workers in the United States earning poverty wages while having to work in dangerous environments with limited access to insurance and benefits. Walmart is the glaring example of inequality, and for 50 years it has supported an economy that benefits the interests of a few wealthy executives at the expense of working people. Sign the petition to call on Walmart to redistribute corporate wealth to workers by providing a living wage, benefits, as well as a safe workplace.

Bring Back the PACE Clean Energy Program
One of the best ways to reduce our society’s dependence on dirty-energy technologies is to give people the ability to use less energy in their homes. But while several states are trying to make it easier for families to make their homes more efficient, the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) recently shut down the national energy-efficient homes program. Everyone should have the ability to make their homes more efficient and affordable. Take action now to help make energy-efficient home ownership a possibility for millions of Americans!

Call on the House to Pass the Stronger Violence Against Women Act
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is set to expire September 30th, 2012. This law protects millions of women across the country from domestic violence. While the U.S. Senate strengthened VAWA, the House bill stripped critical protection for vulnerable populations which includes undocumented women as well as victims of human trafficking. The House bill puts undocumented women in a precarious situation in which they can be deported for reporting acts of violence against them. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops states, “As pastors of the Catholic Church in the United States, we state as clearly and strongly as we can that violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified. Violence in any form—physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal—is sinful; often, it is a crime as well.”  Act now to protect all women by calling on the House to pass the Senate’s version of VAWA

Are there other issues we can be advocating for right now? Post links and information in the comments section