For nearly 50 years, women religious have been working to get corporate America to act responsibly on issues such as workers’ rights and the environment. When there are victories, they are usually small, incremental, and often unseen by the public.
However, religious sisters such as Adrian Dominican Sr. Judy Byron have been winning very public battles lately, including forcing Exxon Mobil to analyze the risk climate change and attempts to address it pose to its business, and dialogue with Dick’s Sporting Goods executives that resulted in the company’s February announcement that it would stop selling assault rifles and raise the minimum purchase age for firearms to 21.
On May 9, shareholders of gun manufacturer Sturm Ruger voted to require the company to report on its efforts to improve gun safety. Sr. Byron was the co-filer of the resolution along with Colleen Scanlon of Catholic Health Initiatives, who was the lead filer.
Executives had refused to discuss the issue, Byron said, but the shareholder resolution passed with 69 percent of the vote.
Byron related that, “wins are rare, especially with 69 percent of the vote. Resolutions on the environment, climate change, water — they might get good support, like 30 percent. Social resolutions are more difficult, but that’s changing. A win for us isn’t necessarily the percentage of the vote, but: Is the company listening, and are they going to change their policies and practices?”
Sr. Byron states, “We’ll continue to attempt to engage with the gun manufacturers, continue the dialogue with Dick’s Sporting Goods and the financial institutions financing the firearms industry and companies that have ties to the National Rifle Association.
“We aren’t saying “no guns” or “take people’s guns away.” We want safe guns. So we’re collaborating with other groups — I have a seven-page list of groups we’re working with — and we’re focusing on states that have significant legislation up in the next year. Personally, I think that’s how you accomplish it. You start with the states, and eventually, Congress will have to do something.” ~ Global Sisters Report
To read the complete account: http://globalsistersreport.org/blog/q/ministry/q-sr-judy-byron-forcing-sturm-ruger-report-gun-safety-54001