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.
Economic Justice Archive
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
Omaha, NE – Siena/Francis House
Homelessness in Omaha: Getting to Know Our Neighbors
As with all our half week trips, this is definitely more of an immersion rather than a service trip. You are invited to experience the realities of homelessness and the care and advocacy offered right here in our own city. Live with the guests at our local community partner Siena/Francis House, which focuses on meeting basic needs and accompanying people along their recovery process. You will also sleep in the shelter. Ministry of presence is the primary component of this trip. A lot of time will be spent hearing the stories of the guests there, many of whom are experiencing mental illness or addiction, in formal meetings and informal time spent in the day shelter and during meals.