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Species Extinction
Climate Action
World Environment Day
World Oceans Day
Child Labor
World Refugee Day
Financing Private Prisons
Indigenous Peoples Day
Gun Violence Awareness
Global Fragility
Military Force Authorization
Guide for Peacebuilding
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Integrity of Creation              

Species Extinction        
According to a recent United Nations report, one million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction. The landmark report by a panel of seven lead global assessment experts from universities across the world goes further than previous studies by directly linking the loss of species to human activity. The panel chairman asserted that the decline in diversity is eroding "the foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and the quality of life worldwide." Learn more
 
1 million species at risk of extinction
1 million species at risk of extinction
 
  
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Integrity of Creation              

Climate Action Now         
On May 2 the House passed the Climate Action Now Act (H.R.9) by a vote of 231-190. The bill, which prevents the Trump administration from using federal funds to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, passed with unanimous Democratic support and included Republican votes. The legislation also requires the administration to submit a plan to meet the United States' goals under the agreement to Congress and update it annually. The bill now goes to the Senate where passage will be difficult. Consider sending a note to your Representative in appreciation of the House passing this legislation.  
 
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Integrity of Creation           

World Environment Day (6/5)     
World Environment Day provides an opportunity to appreciate the natural world, and to learn to recognize the interconnections between ourselves, our social institutions, and our environment. For example, the 2000 miles of land that stretches across the U.S.-Mexico border is biologically rich, housing six separate eco-regions, which include many vulnerable species. This is also the area that will be crushed by the proposed "border wall." Not only will a wall inhibit the ability of migrants to assert their right to cross the border to request asylum, it also will wreak havoc on the natural environment of the borderlands. Further reflection, prayer service.

The 2019 UN theme for World Environment Day is " Beat Air Pollution." To raise awareness and promote action, our Shalom International Coordinator invites us to join in the Mask Challenge. Follow this link to learn more!





 
 
 
 
 
Integrity of Creation              

World Oceans Day (6/8)          
On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. 70% of our beautiful "blue planet" Earth is ocean which provides our lives with seafood, oxygen, transportation and beauty. However, the capacity of oceans to nourish life is being seriously undermined by human created pollution-especially plastic pollution. About 8 million tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually; every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean; by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish (by weight). As plastics breakdown, microplastics enter our food supply chain. According to the UN, 11 out of 25 fish species of commercial significance have been found to contain microplastics. Learn more/take action. Ocean fun facts
 
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Human Life and Dignity              

World Day Against Child Labor (6/12)       
This year's theme is, Children shouldn't work in fields, but on dreams. Currently some 152 million children are working instead of attending school. Although child labor occurs in almost every sector, seven out of every ten is in agriculture. On this day, we are reminded of the UN Sustainable Development Goal #8 which calls on the international community to put an end to child labor in all its forms by 2025. This International Labour Organization report points the way with policy approaches and responses. Learn more/take action, videos, prayer resource
 
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Human Life and Dignity               

World Refugee Day (6/20)     
Today, an unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Every 15 minutes a family is forced to flee their homeland. World Refugee Day honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster. Facts & figures, toolkit for action, Canadian petition, prayer resource.  
 
 
 



 
Human Life and Dignity              

Private Prisons, Immigrants, and Banks      
The private prison industry is detaining over 70 percent of immigrants in ICE custody and are complicit in the epidemic of mass incarceration that devastates communities of color. A small handful of large banks enable this through financing. Through a strategic combination of direct meetings, social media, petitions, creative demonstrations, boycott, etc., the Families Belong Together coalition (over 100 organizations) has already helped to move JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo to end financing of private prisons. They are now using this leverage to move Bank of America and Sun Trust. Consider signing this petition of support
 
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Human Life and Dignity               

National Indigenous Peoples Day (6/21)
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis Indigenous peoples of Canada. It is part of the Celebrate Canada program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1). Learn more.   
 
 
 
 
    


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peace and Non-Violence              

Gun Violence Awareness     
In the wake of the tragic shooting at the STEM School in Colorado, Bishop Frank Dewane of the U.S. Bishop's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development stated that "As Americans we must deeply examine why these horrific occurrences of gun violence continue to take place in our communities. Action is needed to attempt to reduce the frequency of these heinous acts." The first Friday in June is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, a movement in support of gun violence prevention. It is also the beginning of Wear Orange Weekend, a national campaign started to make us more aware of realizing a future free of gun violence. Learn more, get involved, urge Congress to act
             
Peace and Non-Violence              

Global Fragility Act      
Building on the passage of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act in the previous Congress, a strong bipartisan coalition in the House just passed the Global Fragility Act of 2019 (S. 727, H.R.2116). The bill, which now moves to the Senate for consideration, requires the administration to develop a strategy for preventing conflict in fragile states and provides critical funds to reduce violence in priority countries. Read U.S. Bishops' letter of support for legislation. Take action
 
Global Fragility Act
Global Fragility Act
 
 
Peace and Non-Violence              

Authorization for the Use of Military Force      
The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) authorizes the President to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. This authorization has been used by three presidents as a blank check for various military engagements without additional congressional approval. Rep. Barbara Lee recently successfully attached language to repeal the 2001 AUMF to a defense spending (appropriations) bill. The bill is expected to be voted on by the full House in mid-June. Learn more, take action
 
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Peace and Non-Violence              

Guide for Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding     
A new action guide to Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding has been published by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). According to USIP, "This action guide seeks to build bridges between peacebuilding and nonviolent action practitioners so that methods are used strategically and effectively on the path toward conflict transformation. It shows how dialogue, direct-action skills, and approaches can be synergized to advance justice and sustainable peace." The guide is for those who want to learn more about how to integrate nonviolent action and peacebuilding strategies in their work.  
 

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