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Resolutions to Action

Resolutions to Action (RTA) is a quarterly two-page resource on a current justice issue, distributed electronically by LCWR. Published by the LCWR Global Concerns Committee, this resource provides theological reflection, social analysis and suggested actions.

Earth Charter: Incorporate the Principles of the Earth Charter Into Your Justice Agenda (Dec. 2004, Vol. 13, No. 4)

Throughout the past decade congregations have begun to participate in the marvelous story of our universe with new understandings. We have, with the new knowledge brought forth by scientists, environmentalists and theologians, become much more aware of our relationship with Earth. We are part of Earth, not apart from it. We have come to understand and believe in our interconnectedness as a human family with all of creation. This new understanding has helped us to use a new lens when we look at our world.

Wal-Mart: Our Concerns and Response (Jun. 2004, Vol. 14, No. 3)

Wal-Mart operates more than 4,400 discount stores throughout the United States. The company reported sales of $256 billion and employed 1.4 million people in fiscal 2003. The mega-corporation is the largest employer in the world.  If it were an independent nation, it would be China’s eighth-largest trading partner. In its efforts to become the world’s largest retailer, the company has encounter many criticisms for its human rights violations, racial and gender discrimination, and its disregard for workers, among many other issues.

Striving for Fair Trade Opposition to Unjust Trade Agreements (Mar. 2004, Vol. 13, No. 2)

The FTAA is essentially an expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into Central America, South America and the Caribbean.  NAFTA, a trade agreement between Canada,Mexico and the United States, took effect in 1994 and has devastating effects on working families and the environment.  In the United States where many of our sisters serve in parishes, schools, hospitals, clinics,social services, etc. they have seen thousands of people lose their jobs because the factories have moved to Mexico or another country where labor is cheaper.

Reverencing the Earth (Jan. 2004, Vol. 13, No. 1)

“Sacred is the call, awesome indeed the entrustment. Tending the holy. Tending the holy.” How do we continue to move beyond these lyrics to a change in our patterns of action? The August 2003 LCWR national assembly grounded us in the reality of the sacred enterprise in which we exist not as dominators of creation but as participants in a cosmic story.  Does our participation reverence the earth or is it characterized by an addictive over-consumption, which depletes Earth’s non-renewable resources?

Trafficking of Women and Children (Oct. 2003, Vol. 12, No. 3)

In May 2001 the members of the International Union of Superiors General declared their commitment to address the “trafficking of women which has become a lucrative multi-national business.  ”At their joint  national assembly in August 2001, LCWR and CMSM passed a resolution calling members to oppose the trafficking of women and children and  educate others regarding the magnitude, causes and consequence of this abuse.

Continuing to work toward Jubilee: The World Bank Bonds Boycott (Jul 2003, Vol. 12, No. 2)

At the August 1998 Joint Assembly, a resolution on World Debt was approved by the members of LCWR and CMSM. The resolution challenged conference members to participate in the global movement to cancel impoverished countries’ debt in a variety of ways. Several congregations joined the Jubilee 2000 campaign and encouraged their members to advocate for the passage of U.S. debt relief legislation.

 

Power: Inside and Outside (Mar. 2003, Vol. 12, No. 1)

Practices and policies that promote poverty, racism and violence seem to engulf us.  We see our President and his advisors careening toward military action.  We see people suffering from failures in our welfare system.  We see new and smarter forms of racism afoot in our country.  In response, we make phone calls, send faxes and e-mails, endorse statements, and engage in public protest.  We engage in advocacy efforts on behalf of those who suffer oppression.

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