Wednesday’s “What’s Going on in the World?” [9.19.12]

Some major headlines from this week:

French Strike Again:  Just a week ago, a French magazine published pictures of royal celebrity Kate Middleton topless in a private beach in southern France. Earlier today, the French magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons making fun of the Prophet Muhammad. This will definitely cause more outrage in the already angered people of Muslim countries that have been protesting against the “Innocence of the Muslims” video. http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/19/world/europe/france-mohammed-cartoon/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Myanmar’s political activist Suu Kyi has already received the Nobel Peace Prize and now is scheduled to receive the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. She has an awe some profile as an opposition leader, political activist and peacemaker. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/09/myanmar-activist-suu-kyi-in-us-to-collect-accolades-advice.html

India Clears Walmart: Last Friday the government in India gave an “all clear” to Walmart. For years the Indian government had established several restriction on Walmart operations. The reform came last Friday after long days of debates on economic policies. http://world.time.com/2012/09/17/this-time-we-mean-it-india-clears-the-way-for-walmart-and-friends/

ASPA CEO Summit: Around 400 businessmen are scheduled to meet this coming October 1sy. The meeting will gather CEO’s from several companies in Latin-America as well as The Middle East. For some years now, the Middle East and Latin America have become strong political and economic allies. http://www.americaeconomia.com/economia-mercados/comercio/cumbre-de-america-del-sur-y-paises-arabes-reunira-politicos-y-empresarios

-Nico

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