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May 1, 2019
ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE & PEACEMAKING
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TAKE sayACTION: Say No to War with Iran
The Trump administration recently took a step towards war with Iran by designating part of Iran's military as a "terrorist organization."  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to rule out attacking Iran.  But Congress can make clear to the war cabinet that it does not have the power to take the United States to war with Iran.  Win Without War urges us to tell our senators to support S.1039 opposing war with Iran.   TAKE ACTION

floridaFlorida Approves Controversial Bill to Arm Teachers
Both the Florida House and Senate have now approved a school safety bill that would allow teachers to voluntarily carry guns on campus if local school boards agree.  Florida's House of Representatives voted 65 to 47 to pass the bill.  The Senate had passed the bill the week prior.   Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has indicated he will sign it into law if it passes.  MORE
 
globalGlobal Military Spending Soared to Highest Level in Recorded History Last Year
Global military spending reached its highest level since the records began two decades ago -- an increase led by the United States and China.  Countries around the world collectively poured $1.82 trillion into their militaries in 2018, a 2.6 percent rise from the previous year. Together, the top two spenders, the United States, and China, accounted for about half of all spending.  MORE
NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
nptNPT Review Preparatory Committee Talks Get Under Way at UN
The third and final session of the preparatory committee for the 2020 review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty opened this week at the U.N. headquarters. As the session begins there are numerous sources of friction, including between nuclear possessor states, namely the United States and Russia, in light of President Donald Trump's announcement in February of a U.S. withdrawal from a 1987 bilateral nuclear arms control treaty. MORE

trumpTrump Admin Claims to Want Major Nuclear Deal with Russia and China
President Trump has suggested he wants a new nuclear deal with Russia and China. However, some arms control experts are concerned the effort could backfire. The President has hinted publicly a deal is on his agenda, adding a threat if it doesn't come to pass. "Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can't," Trump said, "In which case, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far." MORE
IMMIGRATION
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 TAKE signACTION: Sign Petition to Close the Homestead Child Detention Center
The U.S. government is currently holding over 2,000 child migrants, many of whom have been separated from their families by U.S. immigration officials, in a detention center in Homestead, Florida. Instead of being released to family members or other sponsors, many are spending weeks or months in inhumane detention. The Franciscan Action Network urges us to sign the petition to stop immigrant child detention at the Homestead Detention Center. TAKE ACTION
 
judgeJudge Gives 6-Month Deadline to Identify Thousands of Separated Children 
A federal judge has given the Trump administration six months to identify potentially thousands of immigrant children it ripped from their families under the so-called "zero tolerance" border policy. The Trump administration previously said it could take two years to identify the separated children, but U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw sided with the ACLU, which sought the six-month deadline. MORE
ENVIRONMENT
action alert small TAKEstop ACTION: Stop Trump from leaving the Paris Climate Agreement
The Climate Action Now Act would help prevent the Trump administration from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. Support for the bill is growing quickly, with more than 200 members of Congress already signed on as cosponsors. The Sierra Club urges us to make sure our representatives are on board.  TAKE ACTION

four4 Ways to Cut Plastic's Growing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Every stage of plastic's life cycle, from fossil fuel extraction to disposal, produces greenhouse gases.  As concern over plastic waste grows, researchers are raising red flags about another problem: plastic's rapidly growing carbon footprint. A new study looked at ways to lower the toll.     MORE
 
arizonaArizona Utility Acknowledges Its Political Spending to Try to Stop Rooftop Solar
Facing what it saw as a threat to its monopoly from a surging rooftop solar industry, Arizona's largest utility secretly funneled millions of dollars to back favored candidates for the state commission regulating it. The spending raises questions about whether a regulated monopoly should be allowed to contribute to political causes that could adversely affect customers, and whether it should be permitted to keep such spending secret. MORE
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
manMan Accused of Running Sex Trafficking Ring from Parents' Basement 'Dungeon'
A Long Island man ran a human trafficking and prostitution ring out of his parents' basement, even keeping some women locked inside the home. He allegedly ran the sex rang out the basement of his parents' seemingly idyllic home near the beach. Prosecutors say he lured the women with money and drugs like heroin and cocaine, to get them addicted and keep them working for him. MORE
 
one-hundred157 Children Rescued From West Africa Trafficking Ring
More than 150 children -- some as young as 11 -- were among 220 people rescued from sex and labor trafficking rings in West Africa. Most of the victims were beaten, subjected to abuses and told they would never see their families again by their traffickers. Local police working with Interpol rescued some of the victims from places where they were forced to become sex workers, and the majority were working as servants in markets in both countries. MORE
 
bangladeshBangladesh: Trafficking Convictions Less Than Half Percent
Bangladesh has become the single biggest source country for trafficking to Europe. While there is an anti-trafficking law in place, experts are warning that it means little if it's not being implemented. Police arrested 6,106 people in connection with human trafficking since 2013, but only 25 of them have been convicted. That's a conviction rate of 0.4%.   MORE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT
schoolSchool Bus Driver Who Raped 14-Year-Old Will Not Go to Prison
He was her bus driver, ferrying her to school in a small city in upstate New York. Then, one day last summer, having plied her with gifts and alcohol, he invited the 14-year-old to his home and raped her. The driver, Shane Piche, 26, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape earlier this year. But instead of going to prison, Mr. Piche was sentenced to 10 years of probation. MORE
 
swarthmoreSwarthmore Fraternities Disband After Uproar Over 'Rape Attic' Documents
The two fraternities at Swarthmore College, the elite liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, announced that they would voluntarily disband, following the release of more than 100 pages of internal documents in which members of Phi Psi discussed sexual misconduct and referenced a "rape attic." In them, the authors discuss acquiring date-rape drugs and brag about sexual encounters with underage girls, among other topics. MORE
POVERTY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
action alert small TAKEsupport ACTION: Support Robust Foreign Assistance
As a nation, programs funded through the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill are the means through which we care for our neighbors around the world. The U.S. spends only about 1 percent of the federal budget on foreign aid, yet these programs have a profound impact on the lives of many. The United Church of Christ asks us to tell Congress to support a substantial allocation for the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. TAKE ACTION

nursesNurses Use Band-Aids to Plaster GoFundMe Pages to Big Pharma Headquarters
Hundreds of nurses rallied outside the offices of a pharmaceutical industry lobbying group and plastered the GoFundMe pages of Americans "suffering in an immoral healthcare system" to the building's walls and windows.  The lobbying group spends tens of millions of dollars a year lobbying on a variety of healthcare issues, and it is currently bankrolling efforts to crush Medicare for All.  MORE  
DEATH PENALTY

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Scheduled 
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Dexter Johnson is scheduled to be executed on May 2 by the state of Texas for the murder of Maria Aparece. Please hold Dexter, Maria, their families and the people of Texas in prayer. TAKE ACTION
 
Don Edward Johnson is scheduled to be executed on May 16 by the state of Tennessee for the murder of Connie Johnson. Please hold Don, Connie, their families and the people of Tennessee in prayer. TAKE ACTION

CORPORATE PUBLIC STANDS 

 corporate_standsThe Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton Iowa have taken the following corporate stands:

Death Penalty

Nuclear Weapons

Immigration Reform

Human Trafficking 

 

  

phone HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS
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Contacting your elected officials is one of the most effective ways to bring about positive change.  You can find the names and contact information of your local members of congress by entering your zip code at:

                  Here are phone numbers for elected officials for Clinton, Iowa:
 
President
Donald Trump    

(202) 456-1414

Senators - Iowa
Chuck Grassley   
Joni Ernst

(202) 224-3744
   
(202) 224-3254
US Representative
Clinton area District 2 
Dave Loebsack 


(202) 225-6576
Governor - Iowa
Kim Reynolds       


(515) 281-5211


   The main switchboard for Congress is: (202) 224-3121