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Felicians Back HR40

Advocates for justice and peace, Felician Sisters back HR40

The work of justice and peace is integral to who we are as Felician Sisters and inherent in our charism, vision, and mission. We stand with and advocate for all those who have been crying out — those experiencing poverty, marginalization, oppression, and inequity — to help restore the human dignity and rights of all God’s people.

Black Heritage Month honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation, and celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country's history. This February the Felician Sisters celebrated Black History Month with advocacy, joining over 350 groups to urge Congress to immediately bring House Resolution (H.R.) 40 to a full vote on the House floor.

This bill would establish the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, just as similar legislation passed in 1979 studied the forcible relocation and incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II, eventually leading to reparations. This commission, which would not authorize payments or a specific remedy to the injustice, is the first step toward acknowledging past wrongs of our American society and advancing recommendations to atone for them.

The Felician support for this bill is an example of our unremitting commitment to speak out against hatred, violence, and the animosity that divides us. In the spirit of our beloved Foundress Blessed Mary Angela, we strive to serve as instruments of justice and peace, working on behalf of all God’s people who are victims of injustice and violence today.