Archive for June 17th, 2017

Protect Endangered Species!

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Trump and his enablers in Congress are gearing up for an attack on the Endangered Species Act.

Any day now, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) could introduce a bill that would gut our protections for gray wolf, Florida manatee and our iconic bald eagle.

We need your help to stop Trump and Congress from harming wildlife!

Tell your Senators: Don’t gut the Endangered Species Act!

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California Home to Large Human Trafficking Industry

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Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise.  An estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry, it constitutes one of the gravest offenses against human dignity – preying upon the most vulnerable women, children, and men who are frequently tricked or coerced into preforming uncompensated work or degrading and dangerous activities.

As Pope Francis has written, “We must unite our efforts to free the victims and stop this increasingly aggressive crime.”

California is particularly vulnerable to this atrocity because of its proximity to international borders, its number of ports and airports, its significant immigrant population, and its large economy that includes industries that attract forced labor. It serves both as an entry point for slaves imported from outside the U.S. as well as a destination for slaves.

Visit USCCB’s Anti-trafficking resources page.

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Budget Cuts harm Low Income People

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A new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that roughly three-fifths of the $4.3 trillion of non-defense cuts in President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget come from programs assisting low- and moderate-income people. These programs, which help individuals and families, seniors, and children, account for just 29 percent of non-defense spending and just 24 percent of total program spending. Yet President Trump’s budget would get 59 percent of its cuts from them.

In total, the Trump Administration’s budget would cut programs that help our neighbors afford basic living standards and improve their circumstances by $2.5 trillion over 10 years. According to CBPP.

President Trump’s budget would cut Medicaid by $1.6 trillion over 10 years, including cuts that result from repealing the Affordable Care Act, thereby reducing federal Medicaid spending by nearly half by 2027. The budget would also cut $193 billion (more than 25 percent) from SNAP/food stamps, leaving millions of low-income children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities to worry about having food on the table. Discretionary (annually appropriated) programs would be slashed by $4trump_li_cut_59_percent_30000 billion, eliminating housing vouchers for more than 250,000 struggling families and putting them at risk of homelessness, gutting job training programs, and ending help poor families need to heat and cool their homes. Spending on these non-defense discretionary programs in 2027 would fall to half of their 2010 levels under Trump’s plan. And let’s not forget that these “savings” are all so millionaires and big corporations can receive huge tax cuts; CBPP estimates that millionaires alone would receive tax cuts that could total more than $2 trillion over the next decade. Formore analyses on how harmful President Trump’s budget would be for America, see our FY18 budget resource page and this blog post.

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Laudato Si Posters

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In response to the June 2017 update regarding the Laudato Si 2nd anniversary, Leo Sprietsma OFM provided us with a few posters of the ‘original Laudato Si” that he has recently designed.

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Support new immigration bill for farm workers!

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It is critical that we find a solution to the immigration problem in agriculture. Our nation’s food supply relies on the hard working men and women who labor to put food on our tables. Click here to e-mail your Congressmember today!

The first steps towards a solution began last month. OnMay 3th Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA-D) introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017 (AWPA) alongside 4 original co-sponsors. On May 25 Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez introduced this bill into Congress with 30 original co-sponsors. This bill is critically important in the current atmosphere of Trump’s America.

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