People's Climate Movement Actions in Anticipation of New Administration

Many faith organizations, including FAN, are working hard to mobilize our networks for the People’s Climate Movement focusing on two major moments. The first of these moments is quickly approaching.

During the first 100 hours of the new administration and congress, the People’s Climate Movement is urging participation in rallies, vigils, demonstrations and organizing meetings around the country. The goal is to set the tone for Mr. Trump’s Presidency: we are ready to fight back against the aggressive attacks voiced during the campaign season. If you or your community or parish are planning an event during the weekend of January 21-22, please register it here. There are sample prayers, resources and guides on the GreenFaith website. Additionally, they recently hosted a very informative webinar which can be viewed here.

The Metro New York chapter of the Global Catholic Climate Movement is part of a multifaith climate vigil on January 22nd over the Brooklyn Bridge. For details and more information, see the Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/bklynbridgevigil. Participants are advised to dress warmly and bring a battery-operated candlelight if you can.

The website for the People’s Climate Movement is up and running. You can enter your zip code to find an Action near you and there will be more and more resources uploaded in the coming weeks as well as a faith section where future faith materials will be available. Keep checking back.

FAN is coordinating Catholics for the rally in Washington D.C. this April. Our next informational call will be January 19th at 3pm eastern. To join from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android click: https://zoom.us/j/730218715 or by Telephone: Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) and use Meeting ID: 730 218 715.

FAN has recently been made aware of a new '100 Day' resource available. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, together with their justice center, has created and shared a calendar called "100 Days of Prayer.” The idea is to include a daily prayer in keeping with the new administration’s first 100 days in office. The content encourages unity and reconciliation and offers support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes. The prayers are short - only about 12 words long - so that they easily fit into a square on a calendar, and be remembered throughout the day. The first installment for January begins on inauguration day, January 20th and can be viewed from the Sisters of St. Joseph website.

Additionally, FAN has begun a series of Environmental Justice training workshops in Catholic communities of color all over the U.S. With a focus on Black Catholic and Latino Catholic communities, we aspire to raise awareness on how these two demographics are disproportionately negatively impacted by climate change and build nationwide networks of Catholics of color. The first of these workshops was recently held in New York, you can read more about it here. We have confirmed dates in the Spring 2017 for Detroit, MI and the DC Metro area. For more information, contact us at info@franciscanaction.org

If you know of other resources available for sharing or prayer vigils happening near you, please contact us at info@franciscanaction.org.

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