March CCAO e-bulletin

March 19, 2013

In this CCAO E-bulletin, we remember the second anniversary of Fukushima. In March 2011, an earthquake followed by a tsunami in Japan led to the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Explosions at the Fukushima Nuclear facility led to toxic chemicals and radioactive nuclear waste spreading into the air and sea. As we mark the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, the effects will continue to reverberate for generations. Read More

Read Fukushima: The Death Knell for Nuclear Energy

Columban Father Sean McDonagh just published a revealing and chilling account of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Well researched, this book lays out how the power plant company and Japanese government officials handled the disaster, as Father McDonagh describes, with cover-ups, deception and incompetence.

He describes the impacts of Fukushima for the people of Japan and around the world including public health, food and economic security, and Japanese culture. His book makes a strong moral and scientific argument as to why nuclear energy is not a solution to address our future energy needs Father McDonagh provides a vision on how renewable energy can be an answer and reduce our carbon emissions that contribute to climate disruption. He also highlights how Fukushima shifted the Catholic Church’s views on nuclear energy around the world. This is a fascinating and must read book. Order your copy here.

Updated Columban Resource on Climate Change

Father Charles Rue from the Australian JPIC Office just released an updated version of Let the Son Shine: An Australian Catholic Response to Climate Change. This booklet provides prayers, educational materials, a theological foundation for understanding why Catholics must do their part to reduce climate change, and tools to act in their home parishes. Download a free copy here.

Join us for Ecumenical Advocacy Days!

Every year 800-1000 Christians gather in Washington, D.C. for an annual conference to learn, witness, and advocate for policy changes that improve the lives of the most vulnerable and God’s Creation. This year the theme is: At God’s Table: Food Justice for a Healthy World. The conference will be held April 5-8. 2013. Columban Fathers Sean McDonagh and Bill Morton will be presenting workshops on this theme. Sign up for Ecumenical Advocacy Days here.

The CCAO will be hosting an e-journey through the food system following Ecumenical Advocacy Days. More to come soon!

Opportunities for Immigrant Solidarity

On April 10th, people of faith, immigrants, and others from around the country will join us in Washington for a rally in support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform that includes a pathway to citizenship and mechanisms for families to be reunited. Already in D.C. or willing to come to town? Join the CCAO and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for an interfaith event and the bigger rally starting at 3:30 on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Contact ccaoprograms@columban.org if you are interested.

Can’t make it to D.C.? You can still act in solidarity by taking either of these actions below.

USCCB Justice for Immigrants Postcard Campaign– Join thousands of Catholics around the country to advocate for a faithful immigration policy that creates a path for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country to earn citizenship, unites families, and strengthens communities.  Add your name to the growing list of Catholics here.

Are you a religious leader? Add your name to the Interfaith Immigration Coalition’s religious leaders sign on to call on Congress to pass compassionate immigration reform here.

Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross

On Good Friday, March 29th, in Washington, D.C., the CCAO will join our ecumenical colleagues from 12-3 for a pilgrimage through the Stations of the Cross to highlight structural injustices that affect Creation and vulnerable communities and the glimmers of hope for change around the world. If you are in D.C., join us at First and Constitution NE.

Consider organizing your own Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross in your community. Download a script that the CCAO developed along with our ecumenical partners here.

The content of this e-bulletin was gathered and compiled by the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach. Contact the CCAOat ccaoprograms@columban.org with any questions or comments.

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