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JPR News

September 29, 2020

Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Office
Priests of the Sacred Heart, US Province
"Jesus, Immigrant and Worker" (the Catholic Worker)
In this edition:  Big news out of Washington this week that will have a major impact on Seventh Generation Interfaith's corporate responsibility work, and their annual event is coming up in two weeks - register soon

With little more than a month untti the election, we share a number of articles related to voting. Plus, an action request from the USCCB on chemical abortion and much more below.


We hope you have already received the special mailing from the JPR Commission on the upcoming election. For those who would like to share it, a separate email from the Commission will arrive this week.
2020 Klingler Award
Update
We are awaiting word as to when the presentation may be
re-scheduled, and will announce it via Fridge Notes.
Seventh Generation Interfaith Report
Investor activists' worst fears come to pass...
 
By Chris Cox, SGI Associate Director

This week, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved in a 3-2 party-line vote new rules that severely restrict the filing of shareholder resolutions. These new rules are a consequence of lobbying by powerful industry trade associations that have sought to limit shareholder engagement with corporations on critical environmental, social, and governance issues.

The shareholder resolution process has been effective for decades and has allowed smaller shareholders who had held at least $2,000 of shares for over one year to file proposals asking companies to consider non-binding proposals that may raise questions of environmental and social impacts of corporate policies and practices, or governance best practices.

Today’s new rules will significantly limit investors’ ability to submit these proposals. The new rules raise the thresholds of ownership both in terms of the number of shares and length of time they must be held. Under the new rule, new purchasers of stock must hold $25,000 in shares for at least a year, or hold $2,000 in shares for at least three years.

SGI’s executive director, Frank Sherman said, “The choice to approve the new rule aims to fix something that is not broken. A half-century of evidence shows that shareholders have an important voice that companies need to hear. Pioneers like Fr. Mike Crosby have helped companies pay attention to environmental, social, and governance concerns that they were missing. To the detriment of U.S. companies, this rule restricts that important voice.”

Washington Post: Small investors have pushed big companies toward social change. A new SEC rule will limit their influence.
 

Because of Covid-19. this year's SGI annual fundraiser
and conference will be virtual!

The JPR Commission wants your feedback on whether the Province should remain a dues-paying, active member of SGI (learn more at their website). We encourage you to tune in to this year's event, and afterwards share your opinion with us. To register and receive a link to the event,  please email justdir@usprovince.org or call Mark at 414-630-0420.

2020 SGI Conference: Now Virtual!
 

Our Annual Conference and Fall Member meeting event will be on October 12 from  3:30 - 5:00 p.m. CST - in a virtual format.  The Conference will address the theme of "Just Transition to Clean Energy." We will also present the 2020 Fr. Mike Crosby Award to our colleague, Sr. Ruth Geraets, PBVM.

Richard Rohr Reflection on Restorative Justice


Greater Proximity, Greater Mercy

Recommended by Fr. Guy Blair, SCJ

Election 2020
America: Yes, Catholics can vote for Democrats. (They can vote for Republicans, too!)
Are the 40 million U.S. Catholics who are registered Democrats facing the fires of hell? Not according to canon law or the U.S. bishops.

Q&A with Bishop Robert Barron: Catholics can dialogue without compromising our beliefs
 
America: Can a priest or a member of a religious order publicly endorse a political candidate?
Should Catholic priests or members of religious orders be endorsing political candidates? If it is allowed, is it prudent?
 
America: Many Catholics are disillusioned with both the Republicans and Democrats. Could a third party ever happen?
U. S. Catholics hoping for a party based on Catholic social teaching might look to the example of Christian democrats in Europe.
 

POINT/COUNTERPOINT

John Carr: I helped write the bishops’ first document on Catholics and voting. Here’s why I’m voting Biden, not Trump

Why I can’t vote for Joe Biden: a response to John Carr
 
 
Reflective Voting Guide on Issues of Racism, Migration, and Climate
 
The justice and peace promoters from 11 women’s religious congregations in Michigan and Indiana have developed a new reflective voting guide for the 2020 election season. The sisters began with and embraced the resolution from the 2019 National Assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, resulting in the creation of “A Reflective Voting Guide: Creating Communion at the Intersection of Racism, Migration, and Climate Crisis.”

The guide contains three study modules on the issues of racism, migration, and climate crisis for reflection to help prepare the reader for the November elections. Each module has a section on Experience of people affected by the issue, Values of the issue in light of Catholic Social Teachings, and a Call for Action.

A disclaimer notes that the guide "does not contain all the questions to be asked. Nor does it recommend any candidate for office" yet it gently calls readers to participate fully and effectively in the political process of our nation by voting. You are invited to download and read the Reflective Voting Guide by clicking here.

Thanks to Franciscan Action Network and Fr. Peter McKenna, SCJ

Faithful Citizenship Resources

The following resources are available for use in a wide variety of settings, including universities and schools, associations, parishes, RCIA programs, and families.

  • Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provide a framework for Catholics in the United States. EnglishEspañol
  • Bulletin Insert: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: Wisconsin Catholic Conference. EnglishEspañol
  • USCCB: Videos for Faithful Citizenship: Available in English, some Español

If you are looking for similar resources from your own state/diocese, contact the JPR Office via justdir@usprovince.org.
Easy From-Home Actions

A rising threat to the lives of unborn babies is the chemical abortion pill. The number of chemical abortions in the US has gone up dramatically, while the overall number of abortions has decreased. COVID-19 is expected to only make the problem worse, with more women (and teen girls) seeking chemical abortions at home—even illegally, by mail and without a doctor’s prescription. This is especially scary because chemical abortion can be more painful, traumatic, and risky for women than surgical abortion. But there is hope: a new bill has been introduced that could help protect mothers and babies from chemical abortion.
SAVE Moms and Babies Act (
H.R. 4399 / S. 3072

The Support and Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms & Babies Act (H.R. 4399 / S. 3072) could help improve regulation of chemical abortion pills. The SAVE Moms & Babies Act would codify current FDA (Food and Drug Administration) safety regulations requiring physicians to dispense the pills, prevent providers from dispensing these drugs remotely, by mail, or via tele-medicine, and prevent the (FDA) from approving new chemical abortion drugs or from making labeling changes to existing abortion drugs. 
 
Please
TAKE ACTION NOW to urge your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor and work to enact S. 3072 or H.R. 4399 or to thank them if they have already done so.
More new and continuing action alerts can be found on the just-updated Use Your Voice page on the JPR website. Click here to visit that page.
Migration Crisis
CBS: Government re-imposing 'public charge' rule for green cards
Green cards can now be denied to people who rely on or could rely on public benefit programs. Immigration advocates have warned of the policy's negative impact on immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Time: Sister Norma among top 100 most influential people of 2020

 
 
More current U.S. Immigration news and opinion can be found on the JPR website
 
Including:  Don't forget about the 8,800 expelled immigrant children; Ninth Circuit allows administration to terminate TPS for 300,000 immigrants; CLINIC Executive Director calls expansion of biometric collection ‘Orwellian’; and Biden Pledges To Dismantle Trump's Sweeping Immigration Changes — But Can He Do That?
Climate Crisis
Economic & Worker Justice
America: The Gospel of Matthew reminds us that just wages are a pro-life issue
The parable reminds us that just labor practices are a pro-life issue that should be considered as we discern our election choices.
Racial Justice
Covid-19 Pandemic
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