Take action to protect our immigrant neighbors

Build Back Better

The Build Back Better legislative package, which will most likely be considered through the reconciliation process requiring 51 votes rather than 60 votes in the Senate, has $1.2 billion in funding to establish and implement a pathway to citizenship for essential immigrant workers; farmworkers; people with DACA, TPS and DED; and their families. During August and September, while this legislation is being considered, we must watch closely and advocate strongly that this pathway to citizenship and the necessary $1.2 billion in funding not be stripped out of the bill.

Six million immigrant workers in our communities are at the frontlines, keeping us all healthy and fed during the COVID-19 pandemic. While they make up only 17% of about 156 million working people, immigrants are disproportionately represented in COVID-19 front-line occupations and essential industries, including being childcare workers, healthcare workers, custodial staff, school employees and farmworkers, to name a few examples. Immigrants, including 131,000 people with TPS and 200,000 people with DACA, are serving on the frontlines.

Join us by contacting your representative

We are asking our congressional representatives to secure a pathway to citizenship for essential immigrant workers, farmworkers, people with DACA, TPS, and DED, and their families immediately as part of any recovery package being passed in reconciliation. Use the tool below to take action with us.

   July 30th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, General, In The News, Justice


Plastic Free July - Join the challenge

Break free from plastic!

Join us for this month of education, engagement, action and prayer as we examine the crisis that plastics are creating for our environment. Every day in July, we invite you to join us in an action–either a short educational piece or an activity to complete. You won’t need more than five minutes for each, and we hope it will inspire deeper ecological awareness and conversion.

You can find the calendar of actions on our Plastic Free July webpage.

🇪🇸 Descarga nuestro calendario de acciones diarias en español

🇯🇵 毎日の行動カレンダーを日本語でダウンロード

Help us spread the message!

We will be posting about the daily calls to action on our social media accounts and using the hashtag #PlasticFreeJuly. Some of our daily posts will feature videos of sisters and associates who have made changes in their plastic consumption. If you use Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter,  you can help this online campaign reach more people by liking, commenting and sharing our posts.

   June 29th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Earth Spirituality, Featured Stories, Federation, General, In The News, Justice


CLEAN Future ACT

HR 1512, The Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act, introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in concert with the target identified by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to limit temperature increases to 1.5°C. These goals aim to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. Contact your Representatives and ask them to support this act using the tool below.

The CLEAN Future Act includes measures such as:

  • Cutting greenhouse gas emissions to 50% below 2005 levels by 2030 or sooner
  • Requiring all retail electric providers to generate 100% of their power from zero-emissions resources by 2035 and 80% by 2030
  • Expanding electric vehicle infrastructure, transportation electrification, environmental justice and economic transition for fossil fuel workers
  • Providing improved efficiency measures by setting new target energy efficiency standards
  • Promoting environmental justice through the provision of information and training and various grants.
  • Establishing post-consumer recycled content standards for certain products, standardizing recycling labels and creating multiple grant programs.
  • Requiring the federal energy regulatory commission to update U.S. transmission policy in order to better integrate renewables onto the grid and direct greater investment in energy storage, microgrids, distributed energy resources and more.
  • Including major changes to the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).
  • Bringing the power sector to 100% carbon-free power by 2035

Promoting the modernization of recycling and waste management and aims to reduce waste generation.

 

Contact Your Representatives

   June 28th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Earth Spirituality, Featured Stories, General, In The News, Justice


Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021

The Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, together with our associates and partners, support the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 (BFFPPA). We are committed to responding to the crisis of Earth, which is increasingly worsened by plastic production and pollution. Contact your Senators and Representatives or send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to show your support of this legislation.

We are deeply concerned that the United States produces the most plastic waste per capita of any country, an astounding 91% of which is never recycled. The U.S. has 4% of the world’s population but creates 12% of the world’s waste. Of the more than 350 million tons of plastic produced each year globally, 8 million tons wind up as plastic waste in the world’s oceans. Every year, the United States alone burns or buries in landfills 32 million tons of plastic, impacting the health of nearby communities. The petrochemical industry and its pollution disproportionately harm people of color and low-income communities where production plants choose to locate.

The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 builds on successful statewide laws across the country and outlines practical plastic reduction strategies to realize a healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable future. It will tackle the exploding crisis of plastic pollution and transform waste and recycling management in the United States. This legislation seeks to meaningfully address the plastic pollution crisis by: 

  • Shifting the responsibility to design, manage and finance waste management and recycling programs to the manufacturers of packaging and food service products.
  • Prohibiting plastic waste from being shipped to developing countries.
  • Launching a nationwide beverage container refund program to bolster recycling rates.
  • Banning single-use plastic bags and placing a fee on the distribution of the remaining bags, which has been successful at the state level.
  • Banning certain single-use plastic products that are not recyclable.
  • Establishing minimum recycled content requirements for beverage containers, packaging and food service products.
  • Channeling huge investments in U.S. domestic recycling and composting infrastructure.
  • Putting a moratorium on new and expanding plastic production facilities and infrastructure projects until the EPA updates and/or creates vital environmental and health regulations to protect low-resourced and marginalized communities.
  • Requiring the EPA with the Academies of Science to conduct a comprehensive study on the environment and cumulative public health impacts of incinerators and so-called “chemical recycling” facilities.

This is a national and global issue. We strongly urge bipartisan cooperation to pass this bill.

 

Contact Your Senators and Representatives

 

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   June 28th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Earth Spirituality, Featured Stories, General, In The News


Japanese flag

Our sisters in Japan have brought to our attention the urgent need of refugees and asylum seekers in their country. They asked us to sign on to a statement of the Joint Christian Churches prepared by the Center for Minority Issues and Mission. After reviewing it along with the report issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet agreed to sign the statement. We were able to engage in dialogue with our partners at the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and they also agreed to sign.

The congregation is happy to be part of this international effort to address one of the most significant issues of our time. Climate change, nationalism, and racism continue to exacerbate this problem globally.

日本のシスター達から連絡があり、日本にいる難民や亡命希望者の緊急事態に応じる必要があることを知らせてくれました。日本のシスター達より、マイノリティー宣教センター(Center for Minority Issues and Mission)が作成したキリスト合同教会(Joint Christian Churches)のステートメントにサインをするよう依頼を受けました。このステートメントと共に、国連特別審査官(UN Special Rapporteur)が発行した移住者の人権についての報告書を検討しました結果、カロンデレットの聖ヨセフの姉妹は同ステートメントにサインすることに同意いたしました。私たちはパートナーである聖ヨセフの姉妹の米国連盟、そして宗教的女性のリーダーシップ協議会(Leadership Conference of Women Religious)ともこの件につき対話をし、これらグループも同ステートメントにサインをすることに同意いたしました。

当修道会は世界が直面しているこの非常に深刻な問題に対応している国際的活動に参画できることを光栄に思っています。気候の変動、国家主義、そして人種差別問題は、国際的にこの移民問題を一層悪化させています。

Statement ステートメント

The Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet and the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph, based on our ongoing concerns and written statements in support of migrants, have signed a joint statement by churches opposing the proposed revision of Japan’s Immigration and Refugee Recognition Act.

Compelled by the Gospel and by our heritage to be responsive to the “dear neighbor,” we urge the government of Japan, a country with more than 3 million residents with foreign citizenship, to review its international obligations as a signatory of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on Human Rights, and the International Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, as well as an endorser of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. A careful review of these documents shows that several aspects of the proposed amendments to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act currently under consideration by the Diet (Japanese national legislature) are in conflict with international obligations:

  • The detention of migrants would become mandatory, could be for indefinite periods of time, and the terms of provisional release would be challenging for most migrants to meet.
  • It is not permitted under international law to return asylum seekers to their country of origin when there are substantial grounds for believing that the returnee would be at risk of irreparable harm.
  • There is no prohibition of immigration detention for minors nor provisions for a separate and speedy process for minors and unaccompanied children.

We join with the UN Special Rapporteur in urging changes to amendments that specifically resort to detention as an exceptional measure rather than the norm; that those detained be granted judicial review consistent with international standards; and that the best interest of the child is the guiding principle in designing and implementing policies for migrant and asylum-seeking children.

We join with the UN Special Rapporteur in urging Japan to develop a system that has the protection of refugees and asylum seekers and raises the number of refugees approved for resident status, as well as a review process for those who overstay their visas.

カロンデレットの聖ヨセフの姉妹と聖ヨセフの姉妹の米国連盟は、現在起こっている様々な問題を考慮し、移住者を援助するために作成された報告書に基づき、私たちは日本の出入国管理及び難民認定法の修正案に反対する宗教団体の合同ステートメントにサインをしました。

福音と、私たちが受け継いだ「愛すべき隣人」を大切にする精神に則り、私たちは、外国籍を有する居住者が300万人以上在住する国である日本の政府に対し、国連の市民的及び政治的権利に関する国際規約、人権の国際的条約、難民の地位に関する国際的条約に参加調印した一国として、かつ、安全で、整然とした正規の移住を確保するための国連グローバルコンパクトを支持する国として、国際的義務を見直すことを強く要請いたします。書類内容を慎重に確認しました結果、日本の国会が検討している出入国管理及び難民認定法の修正案に含まれている下記内容は国際的義務に反することが発覚しました。

    • 移住者の拘留は強制となり、拘留期間は不確定、かつほとんどの移住者が仮放免されるための条件を満たすのは非常に困難である。
    • 祖国に戻った場合回復不可能な損害を受ける可能性のある亡命希望者を祖国に送還することは国際法に反する。
    • 未成年者の移民拘留の禁止令はなく、未成年者や同伴者のいない子供のための特別かつ迅速に手続きを進めるといった内容の条件が含まれていない。

私たちは国連特別審査官と共に修正案の内容を下記のように変更することを要請します:

拘留は通常取る手段ではなく特別な場合のみの手段として用いること;拘留された者は国際基準に基づき公平な審査を受けること;移住・亡命を希望する子供に対しては、子供にとって最も有益である方法を優先すること。

更に、私たちは国連特別審査官と共に日本政府に対し、難民や亡命希望者を保護するシステムを導入すること、難民に対する在留資格の発行数を増やすこと、そしてビザが切れた者のための審査プロセスを設けることを要請します。

   April 19th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, Federation, In The News, Japan, Justice


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