The Social Action Office of the Diocese of Cleveland seeks to shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world through justice education, advocacy, community development and organizing. Our work is based on the call of the Gospel to work for the respect and dignity of all human life, the elimination of poverty, to speak out against injustice, and to promote the common good. The office is composed of County-based social action offices, and office for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services which includes the Council on Global Solidarity.
NEWS & EVENTS
Arthur Tyler will be executed on May 28, 2014 unless the Governor intervenes. The co-defendant in this case, Leroy Head, confessed no less than eleven times that he killed the victim, Sander Leach. Today Leroy Head is a free man while Mr. Tyler awaits the death penalty. The clemency phase is Mr. Tyler’s last chance to receive a fair sentence. There is new information on Mr. Tyler’s website about egregious procedural errors. In a case so riddled with doubt and inconsistencies, the Governor would be more than justified to ensure the integrity of our criminal justice system by commuting Mr. Tyler’s sentence. Write Governor Kasich today and urge him to grant clemency for Arthur Tyler.
The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change has new resources available for Earth Day, April 22nd. These resources include prayer, reflections and media from the Catholic Climate Covenant and the Catholic Health Association.
Monday, April 14, is an opportunity to think about and take action for the imperiled pollinators that are essential to food production and the natural environment. The improper or excessive uses of pesticides and herbicides pose unnecessary problems for pollinators such as monarch butterflies and bees. Now is an apt time to show the concern for the pollinators that help bring us our daily bread and offer nature’s services to keep our food system secure. Events are taking place all across the country from on April 14; some events begin at dusk on Sunday, Palm Sunday. Visit Make Way for Monarchs for more information and links to resources.
Economy still failing to produce sufficient decent job opportunities for all who want to work. Yesterday the Senate passed a temporary extension of emergency unemployment benefits. Now the House of Representatives needs to act to restore this basic financial security for the most vulnerable job seekers. There is still a large gap between the amount of job seekers and available positions. Additionally, research shows that workers unemployed for longer than six months face very long odds and, in many places, discrimination in their job search. Unemployment is an evil that wounds human dignity. During times of economic pain and high unemployment, there is a moral obligation to ensure unemployed workers and their families have a basic level of security so that they can continue to meet basic needs. Write to your representative today and urge them to extend emergency unemployment compensation.