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NGOs call on Secretary Blinken to Assist Haitian Government in Fighting Corruption May 4th, 2021

Photo courtesy of Heather Suggitt, Unsplash

Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and other non-governmental organizations, including OMI JPIC released a letter today calling on the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken to assist the Haitian government in fighting corruption.

Recent violent protests in Haiti underscore the people’s frustration with systemic corruption that exists within the government. The Biden Administration has presented a foreign policy goal of addressing corruption around the world and, as such, must support the Haitian government in developing critically important anti-corruption measures. This would be beneficial to the people of Haiti, the United States of America and the world.

Visit Global Financial Integrity’s website to read the full press release.

On a related note: United Nations representatives of congregations of Catholic Sisters, Brothers, priests and partners in mission, many of whom have active ministries in Haiti, also wrote H.E. Mrs. Linda Thomas-Greenfield,, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United nations to express  deep concern over the rapidly escalating unrest in Haiti. Read the letter here.

 


DOWA Metals & Mining is a threat to the Chilkat Watershed April 16th, 2021

Photo courtesy of Timothy Eberly, Unsplash

TAKE ACTION: HELP US STOP THIS MINE!

The Chilkat River—“Jilkaat Heeni” in the Tlingit language, meaning “storage container for salmon”—runs from its headwaters in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, into the sea near Haines, Alaska.

The watershed was settled millennia ago and is the traditional territory of the Chilkat Tlingit people. Today, the watershed remains central, economically and culturally, to the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan, a federally recognized tribe. Traditional harvests, particularly of wild salmon and eulachon, are the lifeblood of the Village.

Japanese smelter company DOWA Metals and Mining has taken control of the Palmer Mine Project at the headwaters of the Chilkat Watershed. Send this letter DOWA, asking the Board of Directors to stop funding this mine. 
 
Visit this website to read more & send the letter.
 

 


Sign the Petition to Walmart to Protect Seafarers April 15th, 2021

Seafarers Are Essential Workers! Sign this Petition to Protect them.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN:

Each year, the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) launches a campaign to raise awareness of forced labor in the fishing industry. This year, due to the global pandemic, a new humanitarian crisis has emerged that is severely impacting all men and women who work at sea. CCOAHT – together with Stella Maris and the Apostleship of the Sea USA – are urging people of faith to leverage their voices as consumers to uphold the safety and labor rights of one of the world’s most invisible group of essential workers.

Sign the petition below urging Walmart, one of our largest retailers, to acknowledge their reliance on seafarers for the healthy functioning of their business model, and to show concern for seafarers’ wellbeing by signing the Neptune Declaration.
 
Read more about the petition at this link.
 


Help Protect the Environment! April 12th, 2021

(Photo courtesy of Nareeta Martin,        Unsplash)

Reducing consumption, reusing items and recycling whenever possible reduces air and water pollution, keeps landfills from filling up so quickly and saves energy and money for both consumers and governments that have to deal with trash. This is a great way to deal with climate change. Our new brochure offers tips on ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle as individuals and in your communities.

Download the brochure to share online

Download the brochure to print

 

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Courageous Conversations: Can Inclusive Capitalism Work for the Common Good? March 29th, 2021

Courageous Conversations: Can Inclusive Capitalism Work for the Common Good?

Socially Responsible Investment Coalition
Annual Education Event
2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 via ZOOM
Program: 6:30 – 8:30 pm CST

Courageous Conversations:
Can Inclusive Capitalism Work for the Common Good?

“Once capital becomes an idol and guides people’s decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system, it ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys human fraternity, it sets people against one another and, as we clearly see, it even puts at risk our common home.” – Pope Francis

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REGISTRATION
We welcome your participation and financial support for our Virtual 2021 Annual Event Sponsorships as well as individual tickets will be available

Please indicate your choice below and send payment by check to SRIC:

  • Sponsorships of $250 and above allow for 8 participants
  • Individual tickets at $25 per person, please indicate number

Send this registration form with payment to: Socially Responsible Investment Coalition, 285 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, TX 78216-6693 Contact: Anna Falkenberg at afalkenberg@sric-south.org

Purchase of a sponsorship will allow us to feature your organization’s name and logo on our event materials. If you have purchased a sponsorship you will be responsible for sending out the link to your invited participants. Links will also be sent for individual ticket purchases, if more than one, please email us with names and email addresses. We will be sending you a registration confirmation with the ZOOM link and instructions on accessing the event. Registrations will be accepted through Friday, April 16, 2021

Invited Participants

Rev. Séamus Finn, OMI — Chief of Faith Consistent Investing at the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Larry Hufford, Ph.D. — Professor of Political Science and International Relations at St. Mary’s University

Sister Michele O’Brien, CCVI — Development Specialist at the Friends of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Foundation

Nadira Narine — Senior Program Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

Inclusive Capitalism is fundamentally about creating long-term corporate value that benefits all stakeholders – businesses, investors, employees, customers, governments, communities, members of society, and the planet.


OMI JPIC Among Civil Society Organizations Urging the Administration to Not Repeat Mistakes of the Past in Central America March 29th, 2021

As the State Department is developing a “root cause strategy” addressing the reasons why so many children, women, and men are fleeing the northern countries of Central America, US-based and international faith, humanitarian, immigrant-led, human rights, environmental, and grassroots organizations called on President Biden and Vice President Harris to support and amplify civil society calls in each country for governments to address the structural and societal causes driving forced migration. These include pervasive corruption, corrosive levels of human rights abuses and impunity, gang and gender-based violence, poverty and inequality, exclusive economic models, and climate change.

The letter opens with expressions of appreciation for the administration’s pledge to ensure a fair, humane, and orderly immigration system that welcomes immigrants and restores access to asylum.  Download the letter here in English or Spanish.

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