“We must love our neighbor
as being made in the image
of God and as an object of
His love.”

St. Vincent de Paul

 

End Gun Violence

End Gun Violence Campaign Resources

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati invite you to join us and other regional Catholic religious congregations in action to bring awareness to the gun violence crisis. Read more about our billboard campaign and how you can become involved below.

 

Social Media

We urge you to share this message on social media and ask others to do so as well. Use one of the Canva templates provided to create your own graphic files.

a. Option 1 can be used to create a general post to share.
b. Option 2 can serve as a congregational or group post with the option of inserting your own photo and logo.
c. Options 3 and 4 are for individuals to use and insert their own photos from the sign template provided. The sign template matches the design of the billboard located on I-75 near the Harrison Avenue Exit.

We encourage the use of the hashtags #PeaceBeginsWithMe and #EndGunViolence. Be sure to tag the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati @srcharitycinti and other participating congregations. It is our hope that collectively we can become a united voice against the gun violence epidemic.

 

Participating Congregations:

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Ursuline Sisters of Cincinnati
Ursulines of Brown County
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Glenmary Home Missioners
Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery
Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, Ohio
Sisters of Notre Dame USA, Covington, Kentucky
Congregation of Notre Dame, Covington, Kentucky

JPIC News & Action Alerts

 

Catholic Sign-On Letter for Gaza-Israel War

Franciscan Action Network, Churches for Middle East Peace, and Pax Christi USA, and Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns are co-sponsoring a letter for individuals and organizations to sign. READ MORE.

Action Alert

On Thursday, April 4, we invite all to participate in this action alert by the Franciscan Action Network urging calls to the White House to call on President Biden to immediately cease delivering bombs to Israel and to use U.S. leverage to bring about a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire in Gaza, release of all hostages and Palestinians in administrative detention, and increased humanitarian aid for starving Gazans. READ MORE

Welcoming the Stranger

As women religious, we are committed to living out the Gospel call to welcome the stranger, and we fully support Annunciation House’s critically important work to welcome Jesus in the faces of the newly arrived migrants to our country. We ask you to join us in our solidarity with Annunciation House and contact the US DOJ comment line to ask them to challenge the Texas Attorney General’s attempts to shut down this important ministry. READ MORE

Action Alert

Please give your attention to a very urgent individual sign-on regarding the Emergency Appropriations Act. In order to provide military funds to Ukraine, Israel, and other places, Congress is looking to change the asylum system in detrimental ways that would be more harmful than good for asylum seekers. READ MORE

Environmental Racism Action Alert

Rise St. James is a Catholic non-profit fighting against petrochemical expansion in what has been called “Cancer Alley” in Louisiana. Sharon Lavigne and Rise St. James has been fighting the creation of the largest petrochemical plant (plastic production) Formosa Plastics in her neighborhood of St. James Parish. Unfortunately, on January 19, 2024 the 19th Judicial District Court in Louisiana affirmed the air permits required for Formosa Plastics in St. James, Louisiana which overturned the court’s initial ruling. READ MORE.

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is not only National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, but also Catholic Poverty Awareness Month. Poverty renders many children, women, and men vulnerable to being trafficked. Victims are often exploited due to their financial circumstances, and coerced through job opportunities that keep them in financial debt for years to come. READ MORE.

Alert Alert

On Dec. 27, 2023 the Ohio Attorney General’s office filed in Athens County Common Pleas Court a request for a permanent injunction barring the city of Athens from enforcing the bag ban. Athens City Council passed the plastic-bag ordinance last May and it went into effect on the Jan. 1, 2024. It remains in effect despite Ohio AG Yost’s lawsuit to stop the ordinance. READ MORE.

Alert Alert

This is an urgent action alert from the Ohio Sisters Justice Network asking in the next week to call Senator Sherrod Brown to encourage him to support two efforts in the U.S. Senate to hold Israel accountable for human rights violations. READ MORE.

Alert Alert

House Bill 68 is a bill that will ban gender-affirming care for Transgender youth (by prohibiting physicians from administering any range of treatments from puberty blocking treatment to the already not done for youth gender-reassignment surgeries) and restrict Trans girls and women from competing on girls/women’s athletic teams (from K-12 and includes higher education as well). READ MORE.

Eco-Action

It’s not just mining that we need to be aware of, but also the textile industry (clothing) is a huge source of pollution and exploitative labor practices. Rather than buying new clothes, consider buying secondhand from thrift stores or buy organic clothing like from Tentree or Pact. Avoid buying clothes with polyester, nylon, or acrylic because they are made from plastic aka fossil fuels. READ MORE.

Did you know that…

January is both National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month AND Catholic Poverty Awareness Month? January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. We invite you to #WearBlue on that day to remember those who are victims and survivors of human trafficking. READ MORE.

Remembering International Migrants Day

Join us in remembering International Migrants Day (Monday, Dec. 18). Core to the Sisters of Charity is our commitment to “call for change in unjust immigration policies and unfair trade agreements by our nation, and [to] continue our direct outreach to immigrants and refugees.” READ MORE.

Updates on Abolishing the Death Penalty in Ohio

On Dec. 15, Senate Bill 101, one of two bills in the Ohio Legislature to end the death penalty in Ohio, had its second of four hearings. This hearing was for proponent testimony. Sister Sally Duffy and Mackenzie Doyle were in attendance. READ MORE.

Action Alerts: Earth Justice Circle

Tell your Representatives to pass the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act (BFFPPA). Recently reintroduced in Congress, this piece of legislation is our best shot at slashing plastic production, holding corporate polluters accountable, and protecting frontline communities. READ MORE.

Action Alert

As the images from Gaza continue to show the heartbreaking human cost of war. Let us continue to fast and pray for peace. Read More.

Action Alert

Sign the petition: Demand an immediate ceasefire to protect all civilian life. As families in Gaza race against the clock to flee their homes, they face a literal barrier. They will not be able to cross the border into Israel or Egypt. Which means in no uncertain terms, these families cannot escape the escalating violence. READ MORE.

Mackenzie’s Eco-Tip and Action

Air Conditioning isn’t great for the Earth because the HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), the refrigerants in air conditioning, increase greenhouse gasses. Read more.

Healing and Renewing of Our Common Home

Scientists from around the world are telling us that our planet is in great peril. A previous blog cited the most recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This report cited that “Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system.

Reflections from IJPC’s First S. Louise Akers Fellow, Naiomi Gonzalez

In honor of S. Louise Akers, one of the founders of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) and its first director, IJPC created a fellowship program to continue her legacy of peace and justice work in our region, named the IJPC S. Louise Akers Fellowship through Mercy Volunteer Corps.

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.