Posted on 23. Jan, 2013 by admin.
January is human trafficking awareness month:
“I reaffirm here that the ‘trade in people’ is a vile activity, a disgrace to our societies that claim to be civilized. Exploiters and clients at all levels should make a serious examination of conscience both in the first person and before God! Today the Church is renewing her urgent appeal that the dignity and centrality of every individual always be safeguarded, with respect for fundamental rights…” –Pope Francis
For more information about human trafficking, visit the following websites:
Operated by the Franciscan Friar’s Holy Names Province
Human trafficking is a horrific crime against the fundamental rights and dignity of the human person. The United Nations Protocol on Human Trafficking defines it as “the “recruitment, transportation, harboring or receipt of persons by means of force, fraud or coercion.”
ICCR works with companies in a broad range of industries to establish comprehensive human rights policies that incorporate anti-trafficking and anti-slavery measures. Our members help educate companies about the realities of trafficking and the business risks associated with these human rights violations.
Posted on 21. Dec, 2012 by admin.
FI is pleased to release Franciscans International; Seeking Justice through the United Nations, a collection of case studies which reflect the variety of human rights challenges that FI addresses through our advocacy at the UN. This booklet serves as an introduction to the work of FI, with first-hand accounts of the experiences of our Franciscan partners at the grassroots around the world and their collaboration with FI in bringing crucial human rights issues to the attention of leaders at the highest international level. We invite readers to consider each case study from both a practical and a spiritual perspective.
This resource offers an excellent introduction to our work, the work of Franciscans defending human rights around the world, and the broader challenges in ensuring human development and social justice. We hope it will challenge you to reflect on the contribution you can make in seeking justice in your community, in your country, and across the world.
Posted on 09. Dec, 2012 by admin.
“All across the nation, blue collar workers and service personnel are being asked to bear the brunt of a brutal economy not caused by them. While corporate profits have risen dramatically over the last thirty years, workers’ wages and benefits have remained stagnant. Let’s support union organizing wherever and however we can: prayer, petition and participation.” Click on the link before to read about how some people are participating
Regan Chapman, O.F.M. (St. Barbara Province)
Posted on 25. Oct, 2012 by admin.
Cesar E. Chavez National Monument Dedication
October 8, 2012
Mark Schroeder, OFM
Here is my brief description of a “monumental” day for the Farm Worker Movement….Please check out the slideshow in the post following this one.
I was invited to attend this dedication, with my name on the “White House list” at the invitation of Virginia Nesmith, Director of the National Farm Worker Ministry. (I am past President of the Board.) Being approved on the White House list allowed me to be in the crowd closest to the podium.
There was an excitement in the air, no doubt about that. Yet I was deeply moved when the speakers began, realizing that the importance of us people of faith to uphold the rights and dignity of farm workers was now permanent–like this brand new national monument standing in the likes of how the Grand Canyon National Monument is permanent!
And my eyes teared when President Obama ended his long speech by quoting the last lines of the familiar “farm worker prayer” of Cesar Chavez. It became clear to me that this whole event is about:
* the iron-clad faith of Cesar who was a man of deep prayer and non-violence;
*the vast amount of prayers that decades of farm workers, far from family and home, have prayed–now with one more prayer offered by the President of the United States;
*the challenge of people of faith, like myself, to continue working for Justice.
Posted on 25. Oct, 2012 by admin.
SLIDESHOW AND NARRATIVE
#2 Hilda Solis, Secretary of the Department of Labor, greets the crowd.
#3 Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior thanks the National Park Service for creating this monument and park.
#4 Paul Chavez, son of Cesar Chavez, talks about his father and mother.
#5 Arturo Rodriguez, son-in-law of Cesar Chavez, President of the United Farm Workers, introduces President Obama. Arturo recalled that in the 2008 campaign, Obama used the slogan “Yes We Can” – which since its beginning has been the “Si Se Puede” motto of the United Farm Workers.