Come to the CCSJ on Friday, February 21st, from 12:30-2 to learn about food sustainability in the Omaha area! The first of the Spring 2014 GreenBag Lunch Series will feature Susan Whitfield of No More Empty Pots. Susan will be giving a presentation and leading a discussion in the CCSJ multi-purpose room. All students, faculty, staff, and workers are welcome! Feel free to bring a lunch to eat while watching the presentation; dessert is provided for all who attend.
Economic Justice Archive
In the past month, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) received cuts. A bipartisan Conference Committee with both senators and representatives are now negotiating the combination of the House’s Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act (H.R. 3102) and the Senate’s Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (S. 954). Please urge your Senators and Representative to make the right choice for the families who rely on SNAP, 76% of whom are children, people with disabilities, or seniors.
The House and Senate conferees are currently negotiating a final farm bill package. This could have serious implications for the future of international food aid and to people on SNAP. Your members of Congress need to hear from you! Send an email or call (800-826-3688).
Congress only has a short window of time to agree on a budget, sequestration replacement, and the farm bill — legislation that has enormous consequences for struggling families at home and abroad. Call your members of Congress and ask them to replace sequestration with a balanced approach that includes revenues and responsible spending cuts, reject any legislation that would cut vital anti-hunger programs, and protect SNAP and international food aid from cuts in the farm bill. Find more information on this issue here, and then call the Capitol switchboard to be connected to your member of Congress: 202-224-3121.
There is a painful chasm in our healthcare coverage system for working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to pay for full insurance. As people of faith, PICO believes all God’s children should have access to the care they need, regardless of where they live or how much money they have. Join in telling our representatives that affordable and accessible healthcare is an essential part of living the full, productive, healthy life God intends for all of us to live. Send an email to your Representative sharing with them your family or community’s needs for affordable and accessible health care. Ask your Congressperson to be a voice of support for Medicaid coverage and expansion.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN – White Violet Eco Center
The Sisters of Providence at the White Violet Eco-Center (in Terre Haute, IN) introduce the principles of eco-justice and Providence Spirituality while engaging in service at and around Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, near Terre Haute, Indiana. The service sites will be at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (includes organically certified farmland, and gardens). There will also be maintenance in our organic gardens, assistance with daily alpaca care, work on our nature trail, working in landscaped areas near WVC buildings, and orchard maintenance. Participants will assist in annual cleaning tasks such as cleaning alpaca pens and fans, cleaning and putting up bluebird boxes, alpaca fiber program, recycling and biomass program, cleaning, or playing games with sisters in the memory loss unit.
Relevant Websites: White Violet Alpacas, CCSJ Advocacy Alert – Sustainability/Environmental Justice