Weekly Justice Highlights January 31, 2013
- Empowering Women: The Violence Against Women Act (S. 47) continues to need reauthorization and would empower women worldwide. Urge U.S.Representatives to co-sponsor and support this legislation when it comes to a vote (call without charges 888.269.5702 or 202.224.3121 with charges).
- Immigration: What an exciting week for those in the United States as a group of 8 Senators and the President feel the need to fix the broken immigration system we have in the United States. However, this will not happen without the citizens demanding it. Please sent a message to U.S. Senators telling them of your support for reform and to pass legislation in the 113th Congress.
- Promoting Peace: February 4 is an American National Call In Day to prevent gun violence. A new website, Faiths Calling invites U.S. citizens to call U.S. Senators and Representatives urging them to act to prevent gun violence and put our shared grief into collective action (202.224.3121; charges apply)
- Care of Earth: Urge President Obama and members of Congressto make climate change a top priority in the 113thCongress.
- Take action in solidarity with a network of peasant and indigenous organization in coalition with urban workers and student groups calling for a halt to planting GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) in Mexico.
- Urge U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to take action on the Fair Food Program that consists of a wage increase supported by a price premium paid by corporate purchasers of FL tomatoes, and a human-rights- based Code of Conduct applicable throughout the FL tomato industry.
- The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has sent Wendy’s Restaurant letters since 2005 urging them to participate in the Fair Food Program with regard to tomato picking. Join the CIW urging Wendy’s leadership to support this program. Scroll down for information.
- A paper entitled, Food, Water and Energy: Know the Nexus, explains that when the food, water and energy nexus becomes unbalanced, there are clear consequences for public health, our economy and the environment. The paper describes how these systems interact and how they rely upon each other to function. Read the paper by clicking here.
- KY Residents- bill opposing death penalty and offer life in prison without parole: Urge state Senators to co-sponsor/support SB 45 (Sen. Gerald Neal sponsor and Sen. Perry Clark co-sponsor thus far) and comparable in the House, urge state Representatives to co-sponsor/support HB 48 (Rep. C. Rollins II, sponsor and Reps. Wayne and D. Floyd co-sponsors so far). Call this toll free number 1.800.372.7181 and urge KY State legislators to co-sponsor and support these bills. (Thank Representative Floyd for co-sponsoring this legislation in the House. Senator Jimmy Higdon is in need of phone calls for support from the Nazareth area.)