Copy Desk Daily, Sept. 11, 2020

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Our team of copy editors reads and posts most of what you see on the websites for National Catholic Reporter, Global Sisters Report and EarthBeat. The Copy Desk Daily highlights recommended news and opinion articles that have crossed our desks on their way to you.

Call to Action places emphasis on anti-racism work, action​: "When voices of color ask us to do something, we're prepared to take swift action," Zach Johnson, executive director of Call to Action, the 40-year-old Catholic Church reform organization, told NCR. Gina Ciliberto reports: "Johnson joined CTA in 2017, and he noticed that CTA was wrapped up in talking, thinking and conferencing on racism — but that it wasn't taking actual action to move the church toward equity. Now Johnson, along with CTA's antiracism team, is working to spur CTA beyond education toward quantitative results."

Four Catholic-led groups working against President Donald Trump's reelection: National correspondent Christopher White continues reporting on the groups trying to mobilize U.S. Catholic voters for the 2020 presidential election. Part 2 of the series focuses on organizations backing former Vice President Joe Biden (or actively opposing the reelection of President Donald Trump). 

Be not afraid: Is safety a Christian virtue? Executive editor Heidi Schlumpf asks if safety is "what we should be considering, above all other values, when we vote, choose where to live or decide whether or not to speak up about injustice?"

Award-winning photographer Paul Jeffrey examines the world through the lens of his camera and his faith with Lens on Creation: Bad prognosis for disease amid changing climate. Climate change is bad news for Nurse Adele Kavira Saasita and others fighting diseases like malaria, dengue, Zika and Ebola.

This time Trump's lie will matter: The reason this lie is different, Michael Sean Winters writes, "is that Trump is not discussing corruption in Ukraine or campaign finance laws or things most people care little about and know even less. He is lying about a virus that has affected everyone in the country somehow."

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