Convergence Newsletter June 2022

06/28/2022A Monthly Newsletter from the Romero Institute
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Romero Review

A letter from the leaders of the Romero Institute

Romero Report

Current events, new perspectives on history, and more

Part 1. Co-Founder, President, and Chief Counsel Daniel Sheehan explains the history, philosophy, and continuing work of the Romero Institute.

Part 2. Executive Director Sara Nelson explores the extremist roots of our current Supreme Court and the dangers we face by allowing them to dismantle our rights one by one.

Tune in to this two-part interview to hear Danny Sheehan and Sara Nelson, co-founders of the Romero Institute, share their perspectives on the recent Supreme Court ruling overturning constitutional protections on a woman's right to choose, the importance of justice, the evolution of humanity, and more!

This month's episode covers the following:

  • Who We Are
  • The Romero Philosophy
  • Our History: Silkwood to the Statehouse
  • The Societal Impacts of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Ruling
  • Who is Responsible?
  • What Can We Do?

Romero Reads

Highlighting important writings from around the world

Laudato si' is just one spiritual call for recognizing our common humanity. In recent years, representatives from nearly all the world's major religions have issued similar statements on the need for a global convergence of hearts. Yale has compiled these messages from our wisdom traditions on their website, which we have linked below for you to read for our first Romero Reads. Let them renew your hope and vigor in our united struggle! - S.N.

Project Updates

The news from the front

Let's Green CA!'s flagship clean car incentive equity bill, SB 1230, has been sailing through the California Legislature, and we're thrilled to share that the Assembly Natural Resources Committee voted to move it forward yesterday! If you haven't been following, SB 1230 passed out of the State Senate with seven new coauthors and the endorsement of the influential Senate Climate Working Group — both strong signs of future success!

From here, just one more committee will hold a hearing on it before a final vote. Should it pass both votes, SB 1230 will then head to Governor Gavin Newsom's desk for his signature.

Click here to support SB 1230 and learn more about this important bill.

While the country deals with the ramifications of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a new piece of proposed federal legislation could help show the scope of and start the healing process from another crime against humanity: the Indian boarding school era.

This period of active cultural genocide against the Indigenous peoples of North America resulted in the deaths of uncounted thousands of Native children and grievous generational trauma and lasting harm to Indigenous families and ways of life. The proposed the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act would be a first step toward curing the toxic belief in the supremacy of one group of people over another.

Click here to tell your elected representatives to support this important legislation!

Additional Resources

Interesting and noteworthy finds

1.

First Convergence newsletter, Winter 1982

Here's a blast from our past! Click above to see the first issue of the Convergence newsletter from 1982, which we published under the auspices of our previous non-profit justice organization, the Christic Institute. You can read about the Karen Silkwood case (complete with the vintage pic of Danny and the rest of our legal team below), the Greensboro Massacre, and the American Sanctuary Movement.

2.

Leverage Points

This brilliant analysis from environmental scientist Donella Meadows deconstructs how we can make effective, intentional change in systems — whether economic, interpersonal, or global. Understanding the concepts she shares in this essay are critical to making sure we are taking the right actions at the right time, a central tenant of the Romero Institute's strategic approach to justice work.

Thanks for reading! Join us again next month, and please follow us on social channels @RomeroInstitute for up-to-date coverage of our justice work.

- Sara Nelson, Danny Sheehan, and the rest of the Convergence team

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