My religious community, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, has identified five critical concerns on which to focus our efforts, one of which is non-violence. This is why I am calling on the federal government to cut our nation’s excessive spending on weapons and war and invest in solving pressing problems of human needs instead.
During the pandemic, the Sisters of Mercy have seen the threats our community faces up close. Our neighbors face threats from hunger with one in seven children experiencing hunger in Rhode Island. They face threats from the pandemic, which has killed over one million people in the U.S. and they face the threat of a changing climate which will make Rhode Island hotter and wetter and perhaps even smaller due to a receding coastline.