“Charity is certainly
greater than any rule.
Moreover, all rules
lead to charity.”

St. Vincent de Paul

 

 

 

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International Women’s Day

Every year the United Nations (UN) pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirms its commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group targeted violence. One-hundred eighty-nine governments participated in writing and signing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995, and according to UN Women, it is the “most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights.

World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice is Feb. 20, 2021. The United Nations states, “We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.”

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Keeping in mind that the Sisters of Charity made a Congregational Stand to abolish human trafficking in October 2015, and the Associates supported that Stand, consider making a personal commitment in 2021 to take action to end human trafficking.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Today, Jan. 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and begins a month-long effort to raise awareness and bring an end to human trafficking. In October 2015 the Sisters of Charity made a Congregational Stand to abolish human trafficking, and the Associates supported that Stand. …

World Day of Peace

In reverence of the World Day of Peace on January 1, 2021, the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops has offered the following abbreviated prayer for us…

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is Dec. 21. It is a day to remember our sisters and brothers who have died without secure housing and to commit to work for changes in our communities so that no others will die without a home.

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 2, 2020 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, sex trafficking, child soldering and organ trafficking.

Day Against Violence Toward Women

Since 1981, activists have marked Nov. 25 as a day against violence toward women. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960 of three Mirabal Sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

Contact Information for your U.S. Elected Officials

Federal Elected Officials

President – To contact the U.S. President online, click here.
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Members of the U.S. Congress:

U.S. Senators – To find specific contact information, such as email addresses, for your U.S. Senators, click here.
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Switchboard: 202-224-3121

U.S. House of Representatives – To find specific contact information, such as an email address, for your U.S. Representative, click here.
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Switchboard: 202-224-3121

State Elected Officials

State Governors – To learn how to get in touch with your state governor, click here.
State Legislators – To find the names and current activities of your state legislators, click here.

Local Elected Officials

U.S. Mayors – To locate mayors by name, city, or population size, click here.
County Executives – To search on a map or by your zip code to find the head of the executive branch of government in your county, click here. (The county executive may be an elected or an appointed position.)
Other Local Government Officials – To find contact information for your city, county, and town officials in your state, click here.

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