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Speak up for COVID Relief

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, in collaboration with the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation’s Immigration Working Group, invites reaching out to our U.S. Senators asking for timely COVID relief for our most vulnerable dear neighbors.  Many of our dear neighbors continue to cry out in these particularly challenging COVID-19 pandemic times. We know that millions of Americans are struggling… struggling to feed their families without the $600 unemployment assistance, struggling with the start of a new school year, struggling with daily increased infection and death rates across our country and struggling with unemployment or reduced employment with the end of PPP (Paycheck Protection Program).

Our elected U.S. Senators have returned to Washington, D.C., and need our encouragement to act for a bi-partisan solution.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed the proposed HEROES Act (HB 6800) three months ago, but the Senate is struggling to act.

Take Action by contacting your U.S. Senators today to ask them to pass supplemental economic relief as addressed in the Heroes Act. Find your senator here.

You can also call, write, or email U.S. Senate Leadership, specifically Senator McConnell at 866-832-1560.

Additional Critical Advocacy Actions: Working for Federal Legislative Reform of Policing

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet continues to collectively reach out to our U.S. Senators against racism and police violence.

Take individual action TODAY! There are two bills currently being considered in Congress: the Justice in Policing Act and the Justice Act. There is merit to portions of each bill.  We hope that Congress will be able to collaborate to bring equal justice to all.  We seek bi-partisan legislation to dismantle discrimination and racism, reform policing, and create unity and a more just world for all. Click here to download our talking points about the bills.

We invite you to act by calling your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative.

Ask they “support the Justice in Policing Act introduced into the House of Representatives (HR 7120) and in Senate bill (SR 3912). Racism is a sin. Justice cannot wait. Please act for legislation for reform of policing which de-escalates violent and potentially violent situations.  Please support this legislation and help us create a more just society where Black lives truly do matter.”

Find the local office phone number for your U.S. Senator here and your U.S. Representative here.

Highlights of Past Actions

Thank you for ALL your recent advocacy efforts:

1. DACA Youth

Continue to raise your voice with Congress asking for their support for DACA youth and to pass clean DREAM Act bi-partisan legislation. There are many ways to get involved with additional actions with the CSJ Immigration Task Group.

2.  COVID-19 Pandemic Advocacy Actions

The CSJ Community’s Justice Commission is committed to acting for justice leading to systemic change in communion especially with our most vulnerable “dear neighbors.”  During the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to raise our voices and take advocacy actions including:

  • Advocating with our elected officials in the MN Legislative Special Session for COVID-19 relief funding for ALL our most vulnerable Minnesotans including our people experiencing homelessness, for the most vulnerable elderly, undocumented dear neighbors, for those incarcerated, for those who have lost employment, and those dear neighbors living in poverty.
  • Advocating with Congress for the next National COVID-19 Relief Package ensuring that ALL people will be provided with COVID-19 testing and treatment, including immigrant communities, regardless of immigration status, and ensuring that emergency Medicaid covers testing and treatment.
  • Ensuring that ALL people, especially immigrant children regardless of immigration status, can remain healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic through a petition to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) – a group within the Department of Health & Human Services – holds some 3,600 unaccompanied immigrant children in largely for-profit shelters.  CBSNews confirmed on March 26 that 3 children at an Immigrant ORR shelter in NY have been confirmed COVID-19 positive.