Good News: February 28 saw the Violence Against Women Act (Senate version) passed by the House of Representatives. Please thank representatives who voted for the bill, or express your opinion to those who did not. You can find an alert and message for editing, tailored to the way your representative voted here.

  • Promoting Peace: Urge President Obama and the U.S. Government to support the highest possible human rights standards within a new Arms Trade Treaty. (International Action is available)
  • Promoting Peace: Urge the Obama administration to disclose the secret drone killing memos to the public and follow the “rule book” for the use of lethal force that already exists in international law.(International action is available)
  • Care of Earth: Ecuador is facing one of its most challenging cases for Rights of Nature as the government moves ahead with a contract for open pit mining in Ecuador. Support the Rights of Nature here. (International action available)
  • In the Spirit of St. Vincent: Tell U.S. Senators and Representatives how disappointed you are that they were unable to find a just and smart alternative to sequestration that would not jeopardize the economy and the lives of those at the margins. Spending needs to be curtailed, in just and appropriate ways, and additional revenue is also needed. We do not need to protect the finances of those with the greatest wealth and power.
  • Care of Earth: As we continue our care of Earth in many ways around the world, U.S. citizens are invited to urge President Obama to consider climate change and oppose the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.
  • Promoting Peace: Despite progress in talks, recently, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation (S. Res 65) that would urge the U.S. to back Israel militarily if it attacked Iran. Fortunately, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) has introduced the Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War Through Diplomacy Act (H.R. 783). This important bill supports diplomatic efforts to solve our challenges with Iran. Urge the U.S. Congress to oppose a backdoor to war and support the Administration’s diplomacy with Iran.
  • Care of Earth: A diverse coalition is asking for leadership from the White House on a national summit on climate change. Catholics are an important voice on this issue. Individuals are invited to sign the letter from U.S. Catholics, with any credentials you care to add, and forward it to others. The letter is located here.
  • Individuals are invited to stand with 24 legislators who have promised to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.
  • Urge the FDA to extend the comment period on food safety regulation (rules for the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act) for an additional 120 days.
  • Will We have Enough Water? Adapting to a Warming, Water-Stressed World– Sandra Postel recently shared around this topic. Her video is located here.
  • KY Residents: Individuals are invited to call their Representatives (1.800.372.7181; NO charges) urging them to put health and the right to breathe clean air first by passing HB 190, smoke-free legislation.



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