Justice, Peace and Sustainability Weekly Announcement

March 26, 2020

As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny.
The Earth Charter

Global and National Actions You Can Take in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

This week, the IHM Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office offers two easy yet important actions (one global and one national) that you can take in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ten years ago, when earthquakes decimated Haiti, Jubilee USA (of which IHM Sisters is a member) moved the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to create a process to relieve Haiti’s debt and strengthen Haiti’s health and education systems. In 2014, as the Ebola epidemic devastated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Jubilee USA successfully transformed that IMF process. The Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust created innovative health care grants, debt relief and hundreds of millions of dollars to fight Ebola and put better clinics in place.

Now, join Jubilee USA in sending a message to the IMF urging it to ensure that more countries can access IMF processes like this that deliver aid, cancel debt and help our world mitigate the economic and health impacts of the coronavirus. Click here to sign the petition.

As our members of Congress move closer to passage of a second Covid-19 economic stimulus package, join LCWR and Catholic Charities USA in urging them to include emergency aid to charities and nonprofit organizations. These organizations remain on the front line during the pandemic, even as they face the risk of catastrophic damage from evaporating revenue, new and rising demands for assistance and major disruptions in charitable giving. Click here to sign the petition.

Did you Know?

IHM Sister Mary Ellen Sheehan shared this wonderful prayer, “Praise Song for A Pandemic” with us earlier this week. We offer it to you to use as we continue to pray together for the human family in this time of national and global crisis.

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