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Franciscan Peace Movement Initiatives in Korea and Japan

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Committees of the two Franciscan Provinces of Japan and Korea held their 8th annual joint meeting in Nagasaki, Japan. “Peace in the Asian Context” was the theme of the gathering, motivated by the venue where the US nuclear bomb was dropped at the end of World War II.  The brothers, 3 from Korea and 4 from Japan, gave each other updates and planned for stronger networking between the two committees.  An important part of the meeting was a visit to some historic sites related to the bombing including the Nagasaki Peace Park, the Peace Museum and the Cathedral of Urakami.   The two committees have also begun discussions on the project of a “Peace Fraternity” in Nagasaki.  Next year’s meeting will be on 2-5 July in Korea.

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#ExxonKnew Social Media Promotion

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Franciscan Action Network has teamed up with other good governance partners in urging big oil companies to stop fossil fuel deception. We’re calling on Exxon and Chevron to take climate action through every avenue we have – email actions, in-person conversations at their meetings, media coverage, Letters to Editors in their backyard papers, and social media. You can help by promoting this thunderclap on your organizational and personal social media accounts, and encouraging your followers to join.

Right now, there are just over 100 signups, and we would like to see that number jump before the Exxon and Chevron shareholder meetings on Wednesday.

Here are ways organizations and individuals can help:

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1 in 4 San Franciscans struggle with hunger

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According to the SF-Marin Food Bank, 23 percent of San Francisco residents struggle with hunger.

The number is a striking amount, and much higher than the city’s homeless population, which the city said was 6,686 in 2015 (though others estimate it to be much higher), making it less than 1 percent of the population.

Food insecurity is an often-misunderstood topic that has been thrust into the national conversation, given the White House’s federal budget proposal that aims to cut the food stamp program by $193 billion over 10 years, a reduction of 25 percent. In the Bay Area, staffers at San Francisco’s Human Services Agency recently said that immigrants’ fear of deportation is keeping eligible San Franciscans from signing up for food stamps.

Yet the hunger statistic is supported by data from several sources. Clear definitions do exist, generated by numbers surrounding the poverty line and a city’s cost of living.

“Hunger is the general term related to not having enough food,” said Teri Olle, director of policy and advocacy for SF-Marin Food Bank, a 30-year-old nonprofit that provides free produce and other groceries to 225,000 people in San Francisco annually.

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Franciscans in California step up for refugees in need

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The story of Franciscans housing refugees intertwines the three Abrahamic religions—Christianity, Islam, and Judaism—in stunning harmony. It echoes St. Francis’ experience of Islam. And it offers small steps toward answering the larger question of refugees confronting the United States and the world.

A Refuge of a Different Kind

San Damiano’s red tile roof and white walls surround a courtyard filled with fountains and flowers native to California. It’s easy to see how the place has become an oasis for retreatants seeking prayerful beauty and calm.

But if, as some believe, the retreat business is dying, what’s the future for this and centers like it? Or, as Franciscan Brother Mike Minton, the center’s director from 2015 to 2016, asks, “How do we become something the world needs?”

His community considered several possibilities suited to its mission of being “a Franciscan presence in northern California.” Since 1961, the friars of the St. Barbara Province have made the 55-acre site “a peaceful environment of natural beauty where spiritual renewal and growth may be sought by people of all faiths and backgrounds.”

The friars have sought to build on that foundation.

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Advocate for Insurance Market Stability

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Headlines report that due to chaos created by the Trump administration, costs are rising and some Americans might not have access to health insurance through Healthcare.gov next year.

The Trump Administration has the power to ensure that every American continues to have health insurance options through the Marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. Please sign this letter and urge the Trump Administration to do two things:

  1. Work with state and insurance company officials
  2. Issue a regulation that empowers the Administration to negotiate with insurance companies to ensure consumers in all areas have adequate coverage options

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