Fr. Paul -
We Will Miss You!
Fr. Paul Marshall SM passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on July 17. He had been a member of the MSJC Steering Committee for a number of years and was one of the founding members of the MSJC Anti-Racism Team. Paul was a strong advocate for social justice and a fierce opponent of every form of racism and discrimination. But he was also deeply spiritual and constantly called us to keep our efforts Christ-centered.
May our memorial to him be the redoubling of our commitment to root out social injustice wherever we find it. It's the kind of memorial Paul would want.
Here's What's New
about gatherings, programs, resources and activities
that help promote social justice.
Reflections on the Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty - Five Years Later
MSJC is co-sponsoring the Fast and Vigil to End the Death Penalty on June 29-July 2. Bro. Jerry Sullivan, who joined the fasters several years ago, shares some personal reflections on the experience:I wrote an article in 2009 about my experience of the 16th Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty in front of the Supreme Court in Washington DC. I wrote about how tough it was in the heat and glare of the sun. But I also wrote about the shared mission of folks, young and old, those who lost loved ones, those exonerated of crimes they didn't commit, those with relatives in prison for murder. It was a healing experience because of the grace of forgiveness that was evident. There was a sense of community. (Read more…)
Be an Advocate for Justice
Oppose the Use of Family Detention for Immigrants
Many young mothers and their children who are fleeing
violence in Central America are being put into detention facilities
in Texas and New Mexico. These often traumatized families
need be in a supportive environment, not a jail. Send
an email to President Obama asking him to provide community-based
alternatives to detention.
Ask President Obama to Support UNICEF in his Budget
No cuts to UNICEF. Maintain
funding at the current level.
Contact Your Members of Congress to Support the Second Chance ActThe Second Chance Act supports programs that provide crucial employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victim support and other services to individuals returning to the community from incarceration. Send an email now.
Write a Letter to Child Refugees from Central America
Together, as Americans who believe all children should
be treated with care and compassion, we can send
a message to refugee children: you
are not alone, you are not forgotten, your life matters.
Sign the Petition: "A Faithful Call to Address Climate
Addressed to President Obama and Congress, the petition
calls for the US to be a leader in international climate change
here to sign the petition.,
Sign the Social Protection PetitionPlease join an important NGO-led effort known as Social Protection for All. It refers to a set of policies and programs that are designed to provide social security on a broad basis throughout the world. The four basic guarantees are: access to essential health care for all; income security for children; assistance for unemployed, underemployed and people living in poverty; and income security for the elderly and disabled. Sign the Social Protection Petition
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Marianist Groups – Programs for YOU Click here for social justice programs from MSJC for Marianist communities and groups.
Social Justice…on the Light SideTo keep from taking ourselves too seriously, click here for some humorous relief. It will make you smile!
Praying for Social Justice Sometimes the most important thing we can do, maybe the only thing, is to take our concerns to God. Click here to get some prayer ideas.
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