Advocacy Alerts

Thanks to the CCSJ Advocacy Team for these Advocacy Alerts!

 
PICO National Network
Tell Speaker John Boehner: Renounce the hate!
A few days ago, a California congressman told 18-year-old aspiring American, Jessica, that he “hates illegals,” and threatened her and her family during a meeting in his office.
None of God’s children deserve hate – especially from our elected leaders. In response, the PICO National Network is calling on U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to publicly condemn the behavior of his colleague, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48). We have Jessica’s back and we’re looking out for the 11 million other aspiring Americans like her who deserve a roadmap to citizenship from Congress. Ask John Boehner to renounce the hate.
Immigration Reform
On February 14 2013, the U.S. Jesuit Conference, JRS/USA, and the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) released a joint report that examines the experiences of Mexican and Central American migrants deported to Northern Mexico by U.S. immigration authorities. The comprehensive report highlights the stories of migrants needlessly separated from family members as a result of U.S. detention and deportation policies. The study also details incidents of denial of rights, physical and verbal abuse suffered by migrants at the hands of U.S. Border Patrol and Mexican police, as well as attacks on migrants perpetrated by criminals, human traffickers, robbers and gangs in Northern Mexico.
As our elected officials attempt to craft a viable immigration system, we urge them to place family unity, human dignity, transparency and accountability at the center of their debates.
We ask you to contact the Obama Administration and your representatives in Congress, and urge them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Justice for Immigrants
Send a Justice for Immigrants postcard to Congress!
Show your U.S. Senators and Representatives that Catholics and other supporters of immigrants want our elected officials to enact meaningful and compassionate immigration reform legislation. Send a postcard now!
 
Sierra Club
Robust Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-income Americans
The government’s Weatherization Assistance Program is a remarkable success story. It has increased the comfort and reduced the energy bills of more than one million low-income families. Families receiving weatherization services see their annual energy bills reduced by an average of about $437, depending on fuel prices. Tell President Obama to make sure the Weatherization Assistance Program has adequate resources to continue its important work.
 
Interfaith Worker Justice
The United Mine Workers of America
The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) represents coal miners working in some of the most dangerous and demanding jobs. Workers in this industry endure daily peril which takes a heavy toll on miners’ bodies and their health, in order to help provide our nation’s energy needs. Through decades of collective bargaining, the UMWA has negotiated contracts that placed great emphasis on the health and safety of active miners and health care security for retired miners; they sacrificed wage and pension increases to secure these protections.
Today these collective bargaining gains made by working miners are threatened by Patriot’s bankruptcy proceedings. As persons of faith and from a moral perspective, The UMWA are committed to a public witness of justice and peace, and in that spirit they call on Patriot Coal, Arch Coal, and Peabody Energy to honor their contractual obligations to the current and retired UMWA workforce. Sign this petition to show your support for coal miner worker justice.
Nebraska Appleseed
LB 577 Support
Hard-working Nebraska families need the security of quality health care. A bill in front of your Senator could help 54,000 Nebraskans gain that security. 100% of the cost for this care is covered by the federal government thru 2016 to expand Medicaid to uninsured working Nebraskans, gradually decreasing permanently to 90%; the bill would returned $3 billion to Nebraska’s economy as a result of increased economic activity in the health sector due to federal funds from 2014-2020; expanding Medicaid eligibility will save the state over $128 million by 2020 and create thousands of jobs across the state; and increasing health coverage will make more Nebraskans healthier, give them access to the health care they need when they need it and save all of us more health care costs down the road. To support LB 577, call your Senator right now and ask them for their support to expand Nebraska’s Medicaid program. Find your senator’s phone number now.
 
Amnesty International
An Inclusive Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Passage of an inclusive VAWA would protect and support women throughout the U.S. from acts of violence and exploitation. VAWA in the 113th Congress must specifically include provisions addressing jurisdictional issues that currently make combating violence against Native American and Alaska Native women nearly impossible, provide greater protection to immigrant women who are survivors of domestic violence, and protect LGBT survivors of violence from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Passage of an inclusive VAWA is a critical step towards protecting and supporting Native women, immigrant women, and LGBT people. Reauthorizing an inclusive VAWA would help end the unacceptable levels of violence faced by all women and allow them the access to the justice that they deserve.  Please cosponsor the re-authorization of VAWA today!
Upcoming Events
Center for Service and Justice
Green Bag Lunch
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.
Restore Omaha Conference
This conference will take place this weekend, March 1-2nd, at the Metropolitan Community College. It opens with a reception Friday, March 1, and 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. For more information click here!

Advocacy Alerts

Network
Support Immigration Reform with a Pathway to Citizenship!
Immigration reform will only happen if US citizens ask for it. Please take a moment to send a message to your senators to tell them that you support immigration reform, and that you look forward to seeing legislation pass in the 113th Congress. Also, take a look at what the Jesuits have to say on this issue.
 
Sierra Club
Protect the Grand Canyon!
Ranging from desert grasslands to lush, coniferous forests, the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed embraces one of America’s most spectacular landscapes-the Grand Canyon. This region encompasses a wild, rugged array of towering cliffs, deeply incised tributary canyons, and numerous springs that flow into Grand Canyon National Park’s Colorado River. In addition, the area hosts lands of great significance to the region’s indigenous people. Unfortunately, ill-conceived uranium mining, logging of ancient trees, and damaging livestock grazing threaten the Grand Canyon Watershed. Ask President Obama to protect this natural, cultural and archeological treasure by naming it as a national monument. A national monument designation will help preserve sacred indigenous sites and traditional values, give wildlife much needed room to roam, and prevent harmful uranium mining, logging and other destructive practices from destroying this beautiful part of America.
Economic Justice
Network
Protect the Needs of Vulnerable People
House members are demanding spending cuts-equivalent to those mandated in the Sequester-by March 2nd. Supporters of the Pentagon-Industrial complex are lobbying hard so that no cuts are made to the Pentagon. Additionally, many House members are proposing a balanced budget in 10 years – 10 years sooner than demanded in the 2013 House-passed budget, which will require even deeper cuts in social needs programs. Email your Representative, and tell her/him to prioritize and protect the needs of the people in our nation who suffer the most: people who are unemployed, have health needs, have children, and others who are vulnerable in general.
Upcoming Events
Empowerment Network Community Meeting
On Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 at North High School – Viking Center – 4410 N. 36th Street, the community meeting called “Unite & Transform!” will start at 8:45 a.m. First, 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. Please attend if you are interested and able!
Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) Events
1. OTOC training “How to Organize a Successful Action”: Monday Feb. 11 at 7 pm at First United Methodist Church
2. OTOC training “How to develop an Action Agenda”: Monday March 11 at 7 pm at First United Methodist Church