Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by admin.
Take action to implement an immediate moratorium following the execution by suffocation of Dennis McGuire on January 16, 2014. Experimental executions must not proceed, and the public and Ohio’s legislature need time to review and pass legislation related to the upcoming recommendations of the Joint Task Force created to study the administration of Ohio’s capital punishment system. For more information and to take action, click here.
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Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by admin.
“Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry where perpetrators profit from the control and exploitation of others. While it can be found during the Super Bowl, it can also be found at motorcycle rallies in South Dakota, in the fields of Florida, in gangs in California, and in brothels in Washington, D.C. It’s modern slavery, and it affects every corner of the country.” For more information and to take action, click here.
“Homeless teens. Kids in foster care. Young adults who run away from abusive group homes. Minor sex trafficking victims have had contact, often multiple times, with a child welfare system not always prepared to help them (see below for statistics). This bill helps use existing resources to better serve these vulnerable youth.” For more information and to take action, click here.
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“Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star “Polaris” that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally.”
Posted on 23. Aug, 2013 by admin.
This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August of 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. To listen to it, watch the video or click the link below:
Posted on 03. Mar, 2013 by admin.
Our understanding of justice is rooted in the life and preaching of Jesus Christ, who declared: “The spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives, sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim a year of favor from the Lord” (Luke 4: 18-19). Although uncertain and tentative at first, Francis came to recognize that Jesus called him through his experience of prayer and through the needs of his poor brothers and sisters. For Francis, this meant not only serving lepers, but living among them, expressing compassion in a visible, practical way.
Each person has been created in the image and likeness of God, and has been accorded great dignity. Yet we know that many in our world do not have access to fundamental human necessities, such as adequate food, clean water, shelter and health care. Our world is blessed by God and rich with resources, but billions of our brothers and sisters cannot access these essential resources. To proclaim justice means to work for the life, dignity and well being of all people, regardless of human difference.
We work for social justice among all peoples: in our communities, our states, nation and world. We feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and care for the sick. We join our voice with those who advocate for a more compassionate society and a world without extreme poverty. The teaching of the Catholic Church is clear: the promotion of justice in our day is constitutive of preaching the Gospel. The US Bishops offer us a Catholic framework for economic life. Our country plunged into crisis in September 2008, and millions of families have suffered severe economic hardship. For a reflection on this in light of Franciscan values read Br. Bill Short’s Franciscan Economic Perspective.
The dignity and life of migrants is of special concern to the Franciscans of the St. Barbara Province. Many Catholic brothers and sisters in our midst are immigrants, some with legal documentation and some without. All are worthy of respect, all have dignity. We note with concern a rising tide of indifference and intolerance toward the migrants among us, despite the clear teaching of our tradition and our Church. We call on all people to respect the human dignity and human rights of immigrants, whether refugees or economic migrants. [some province statement about solidarity with migrants]
Posted on 09. Feb, 2013 by admin.
Pope Francis has said, “Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that’s become even more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society, international security and laws, the economy, families and communities.”