Sisters urge Senate to pass S.1, the For the People Act

Our Congregational Efforts for Election Reform

On March 3, 2021 the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act. Over the last several weeks 67 sisters and friends sent letters to their representatives urging them to co-sponsor the bill. We are grateful to all who supported our efforts.

Our next step as we journey farther is to support S.1, the For the People Act, the companion bill in the Senate. This bill addresses election reform, making it easier, not harder to vote; ending the dominance of big money in our politics and ensuring public officials work for the public interest. Passing the Senate will require bi-partisan collaboration. For more information, download our two-page position paper on S.1.

We are promoting three action items to support S.1:

  1. Ask your Senators to support S.1
  2. Send a letter to the editor
  3. Schedule an online conversation with your Senators

We have prayed for peace and justice. Now it is time for us to act to address the systemic racism and injustice that have so negatively impacted our election laws. Together we can make a difference!

Action 1: Contact your Senator

The first action is to contact your Senator in the United States Congress and ask them to support S.1’s rapid movement through the Senate committee process. We have prepared a sample letter that you can edit and submit. Just fill out the form below, make any changes to the letter and click “Send My Email” to send your email to your Senators.

Action 2: Send a letter to the editor

Our second action is to increase public awareness of this bill by getting as many letters to the editor published as possible. Often receiving 10-12 letters from different people having similar concerns about an issue will be enough for editors to publish a single letter. We have prepared a sample letter to the editor for you to customize. Adding a response to an article in their paper helps them know you are a reader. Right now, there are many articles being published related to election reform, so this is a timely topic. Please fill out the brief form, and choose an appropriate paper.

Action 3: Schedule a meeting with your Senator

Our third action is to encourage you to set up an online visit with your Senators or their aides to discuss the support of the bill. Sometimes, we have gathered a group to attend this meeting. We have prepared a two-page position paper that will help you to be prepared for this visit. Sister Patty Johnson is available to help any group that feels like they need a subject matter specialist to help them be prepared to meet with their Senators. She can even attend your meeting if it gives you more confidence.

   April 5th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, General, In The News, Justice


We released the following statement in 2016, and we are saddened to have to continually echo our call for an end to gun violence, racism and white supremacy in the United States. Tuesday’s mass shooting in Atlanta is the latest tragedy to make headlines, while 100 people are shot and killed in this U.S. every day.

A call for an end to gun violence

As women committed to nonviolence, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet call for an end to gun violence in the United States of America. We are a congregation of 835 vowed members who oppose the escalating violence, which is fueled by hatred, intolerance, discrimination, racism, extremism and ignorance in our nation. Violence is leaving in its wake too many broken hearts and spirits by indescribable suffering. Families are torn by violence in the home, schools and streets. Violence seems to be the new norm in the nation and world. It is a public health and moral crisis that is destroying the lives, dignity and hopes of millions of people in our country.
We are committed to a comprehensive approach to gun violence prevention that focuses on prevention of all forms of homicide, suicides, and unintentional shootings. We support the restriction of access to assault weapons. We call upon Congress and state and local officials to enact gun laws that include making assault weapons illegal, insuring comprehensive background checks on those purchasing guns at tradeshows, online and in stores.
We turn to the God of mercy and peace, the God who wipes away every tear, to give us the strength to be instruments and forces of change, to be messengers of unity and reconciliation.
Pope Francis on Gun Control
“Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.”
Speech to U.S. Congress on September 24, 2015

   March 18th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, In The News, Justice


Earth Day 2021 Action Alert:

Ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reevaluate and permanently revoke Formosa Plastics’ permit

In collaboration with the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet asks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to permanently withdraw the permit allowing Formosa Plastics to build a large petrochemical complex that will double air pollution in St James Parish, Louisiana. Learn more about Rise St. James and UN efforts to end environmental racism in Cancer Alley below.

We invite you to take action by sending an email to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking them to revoke the permits for Formosa Plastics with this form.

RISE St James

Meet our dear neighbor Sharon Lavigne and her neighbors in Cancer Alley in Louisiana. Sharon and her neighbors in the St. James Parish are at the center of a critical intersection of racial injustice and climate change. Sharon will be our speaker at our celebration of Earth Day this year.

Read more about Sharon and RISE St James
Register for our Earth Day presentation

 

United Nations human rights experts identify environmental racism in Cancer Alley

Recently, United Nations Human Rights experts have raised serious concerns about the further industrialization of Cancer Alley, clearly calling this concentration of petrochemical complexes a form of environmental racism. The experts call on the U.S. Government to deliver environmental justice in communities all across America, starting with St. James Parish. To read about the UN perspective, visit the UN Report or the UN News announcement.

“This form of environmental racism poses serious and disproportionate threats to the enjoyment of several human rights of its largely African American residents, including the right to equality and non-discrimination, the right to life, the right to health, right to an adequate standard of living and cultural rights,” they said.
Federal environmental regulations have failed to protect people residing in “Cancer Alley,” the experts said.

   March 5th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, General, In The News, Justice


Our Congregational Efforts for Election Reform

In response to the growing unrest over the election and the divide in our nation, we shared the statements put out by LCWR and the Federation to reflect on next steps to repair our democracy, eliminate white privilege and contribute to building a more perfect union. Additionally, we provided a Novena for Solidarity, Peace, and Justice. Our next step as we journey farther is to support H.R.1, the For the People Act, currently introduced as the first bill of this new legislative session. This bill addresses election reform, making it easier, not harder to vote; ending the dominance of big money in our politics, and ensuring public officials work for the public interest.

Download our two-page position paper on H.R.1

We are promoting three action items to support H.R.1:

1. Ask your U.S. Representative to Cosponsor H.R.1,
2. Send a Letter to the Editor
3. Schedule an online conversation with your U.S. Representative

We have prayed for peace and justice. Now it is time for us to act to address the systemic racism and injustice that have so negatively impacted our election laws. Together we can make a difference!


Action 1 – Contact Your U.S. Representative

The first action is to contact your U.S.Representative in the United States Congress and ask them to co-sponsor this bill and support its rapid movement through the House Committee process. We have prepared a sample letter that you can edit and submit. Just fill out the form below, make any changes to the letter, and click “Send My Email” to send your email to your Representative.


Action 2 – Send a Letter to the Editor

Our second action is to increase public awareness of this bill by getting as many letters to the editor published as possible. Often receiving 10-12 letters from different people having similar concerns about an issue will be enough for editors to publish a single letter. We have prepared a sample letter to the editor for you to customize. Adding a response to an article in their paper helps them know you are a reader. Right now, there are many articles being published related to election reform, so this is a timely topic. Please fill out the brief form, choose which paper you want to contact from the list provided, edit the letter to include customizations, and click “Send My Letter” to send the letter.


Action 3 – Schedule a Meeting with Your U.S. Representative

Our third action is to encourage you to set up an online visit with your U.S. Representative or their aides to discuss the request that they co-sponsor a bill. Sometimes, we have gathered a group to attend this meeting. We have prepared a two-page position paper that will help you to be prepared for this visit. Sister Patty Johnson is available to help any group that feels like they need a subject matter specialist to help them be prepared to meet with their Representative. She can even attend your meeting if it gives you more confidence. We will plan visits with our Senators at a later time when this bill is being considered in the Senate.

   February 16th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, General, In The News, Justice


Prayer requests can always be submitted through our website

In 2010, our congregation’s communication directors from the four provinces collaborated to plan, develop and implement a new ministry to accept online prayer requests from anywhere in the world: Prayers Please.

At the time, they created a free prayer request app to take advantage of emerging technology to meet the need for a quick and easy way for people on the go to request prayers from the sisters. Ten years later, the need for prayer remains the same, but technology has evolved. With the ease of accessing mobile-friendly websites, we have concluded that the app is no longer necessary to continue the Prayers Please ministry. We will be retiring the app as of March 31.

Of course, the ministry continues! We always accept prayer requests through our website at: csjcarondelet.org/we-pray-for-you/.

We thank the John, Marie and Joseph Whalen Foundation, Inc. for their support of the Prayers Please app, the talented web developers who kept it functioning over the years, our communicators for keeping the ministry active, and our sisters for the prayers that are the heart of the ministry.

Create a shortcut to the prayer request form

If you use the prayer app, you may miss being able to access the prayer request form with one tap. It’s simple to add a shortcut to the webpage on your smartphone or tablet, which will act similarly to the app. Just follow the instructions below.

iPad or iPhone

  1. Launch “Safari” app. (This does not work from the “Chrome” app on Apple products.)
  2. Enter into the address field the URL of the website you want to create a shortcut to, in this case: https://csjcarondelet.org/we-pray-for-you/. Tap “Go.”
  3. Tap the icon featuring a right-pointing arrow coming out of a box along the top of the Safari window to open a drop-down menu.
  4. Tap “Add to Home Screen.” The Add to Home dialog box will appear, with the icon that will be used for this website on the left side of the dialog box.
  5. Enter the name for the shortcut using the on-screen keyboard and tap “Add.” Safari will close automatically, and you will be taken to where the icon is located on your iPad’s desktop.

Android

  1. Launch the “Chrome” app.
  2. Open the website or web page you want to pin to your home screen, in this case: https://csjcarondelet.org/we-pray-for-you/.
  3. Tap the menu icon (3 dots in the upper right-hand corner) and tap “Add to homescreen.”
  4. You’ll be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your homescreen.

   February 2nd, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, General, In The News


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