Posts Tagged: social justice

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A Presbyterian, an American Protestant, and a Christian walk into a sidebar and say, “We like Pope Francis, too!”

Pope Francis’ faith and commitment to social justice and equality are drawing attention from more than just Catholics. He’s ecumenically appealing, too.

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This is a sidebar that accompanies “Everybody loves Francis: What the pope’s appeal means for the church" which appeared in the May 2014 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 79, No. 5, pages 12-17).

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"The homes of people in poverty might not look the way they once did—or, as we reported on last year, they might not even be in the same neighborhoods that we traditionally associate with poverty—but the stresses are still the same."

- Scott Alessi, “What does modern poverty look like in the United States?”, U.S. Catholic
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We knew we were asking many to risk their freedom—for some maybe even their lives—but we made the decision to move forward as people of faith.

We fight an unjust and oppressive immigration system that destroys families and communities. Our fear, while real, is nothing compared to the fear that we have in our day-to-day lives that something as simple as a broken headlight can mean never seeing our families again.

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- From “Faith sustains the fight for immigration reform,” a guest blog by Antonia Alvarez and Cirien Saadeh, leaders of Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, a nonprofit faith-based advocacy organization in Minnesota.
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"Free market fans often suggest, in a blame-the-victim rationale that neatly reduces the social obligation to give a damn, that poor people just make bad choices. But is it the bad decisions which contribute to their poverty, or is it poverty itself which drives people to make bad—sometimes even destructive—choices?"

- Kevin Clarke, "The high prices of living in poverty," U.S. Catholic
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Is it time to pull the trigger on gun control?

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"The fact remains that a young teenager guilty of no crime was shot dead by a man with a gun, a man who will not face any legal consequences for his actions. While it’s impossible and unwise to boil this case down to race, or law, or prejudice, we should be able to universally agree that any young life lost is always tragic—a reality that far too many in the country face, particularly at the hand of gun violence."

- Elizabeth Lefebvre, Honor Trayvon Martin: Work to end gun violence,” U.S. Catholic.
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World Refugee Day-World Refugee Day | Thursday, June 20th, 2013

We pray for the millions of families who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence and who have to rebuild their lives because of it. God, give them courage and strength.

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"Though I only ever received a few citations, all other encounters I had with the police included the officer making sure I left the area. Sometimes they were polite, sometimes they were rude, but always they added, “It’s against the law.” As if I didn’t know. As if I could do something about it. The hardships and insecurity of homelessness couldn’t dampen my spirit as much as the humiliation that my city hated me. They must have hated me, since I was denied shelter and yet forbidden to live without shelter."

- Paula Lomazzi, Executive Director of Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee and Staff Writer for Homeward Street Journal, in the article "Let’s not make it a crime to be homeless" at uscatholic.org. Read more and take the survey that follows.
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What can the church do for worker justice in America? 

The Editors of U.S. Catholic interview Kim Bobo, the founder and director of Interfaith Worker Justice, an organization to help workers get fair wages from their employers.

Read our interview here!

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"I like to think I’m the hostess of the protest."

- Sister Kathleen Desautels, Sister of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods and staffer at Chicago-based 8th Day Center for Justice.
Source: chicagotribune.com