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Catholics for Peace and Justice June 2014 Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
JUNE 2014 Newsletter

This coming weekend hundreds of people from parishes throughout Milwaukee Archdiocese will gather at the Cousins Center for the 2014 Synod. The purpose of the Synod is to provide input to the priorities of the Church in southeastern Wisconsin.  It is fitting that these discussions will take place on the celebration of Pentecost – when the disciples with boldness and courage in the Spirit stepped out of their shadow of fear into the power of proclaiming the Word of God through voice and action.  As Pope Francis has said Christianity is not a school of ideas…it is a living people who follow Jesus and give witness to him every day.  

The people attending this Synod need your prayers.  We need the Spirit to show us, the living people gathered as Church, how we can follow Jesus in a way that will give witness to him every day in every neighborhood and every community.  To proclaim the Word of God as Church through voice and action.  

You can find the Catholic Social Teaching Key Initiatives for Synod 2014 that were summarized from parish and district meetings here.   

With prayers for the Synod

For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit our website at   
www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org 
and the Catholics for Peace and Justice Face book page




TABLE OF CONTENTS


GENERAL
“Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee”

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Immigration
   May 29 Bishops Mass on Capitol Hill – Homily and Press Release 
   Join in 7 Days of Prayer Leading Up to Pentecost
   ICE Raid in Milwaukee
   What Was It Like to Take “The Plunge”?
End Endless War
Common Ground Update
Tar Sands Pipeline Coming Through WI
What Is Being Asked Of Us – Ecology and the Economy 
The National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in the United States
New Fair Trade Directory
Stand with the Families: Fight Gun Violence with Your Vote
Affordable Housing - Controversial New Berlin Project a Success
The KIDS COUNT Data Center: A Valuable Tool for Advocates 

EVENTS
Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform - June 3
Combating Poverty: Elevating the Debate – June 4
Hunger Task Force Moo & Brew Beer and Cheese Event – Jun 12 
2014 National Migration Conference – July 7-10
St. Ben’s Run & Walk to German Fest: Registration Open – July 25
Broken Open by Love: An Invitation to Sacred Activism with Andrew Harvey – Aug 15-17
Vision of the Gospel: A Morning On Charity and Justice with Bishop Hying– Sept 6

PRAYER AND REFLECTION
Reflection 
Prayer

“Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee”
As Milwaukee continues to be scrutinized as one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., Catholics for Peace and Justice has teamed up with Marquette Midnight Run and the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion to initiate a series of facilitated focus groups for community dialogue. These focus groups originated from a desire for continued conversations following the  November 2013 dialogue called, "Beyond the Band-Aids- A Deep Conversation on Poverty in Milwaukee" which took place at Marquette University. 

Fifteen person focus groups will meet throughout the greater Milwaukee area through Summer 2014. Each focus group will brainstorm practical action steps and initiatives focused on greater equity, inclusion, and thriving within and across Milwaukee communities. These ideas will be consolidated and shared with all focus group participants in preparation for a large networking event and community dialogue in Fall 2014, which will seek to identify following actions.

Catholics for Peace and Justice will be hosting a focus group for our membership [that’s you] this summer – date and location to be announced – and funding additional groups.  For more information on this program read Call for Focus Groups and Call for Funding.
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ACTIONS
May 29 Bishops Mass on Capitol Hill – Homily and Press Release 
Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration celebrated a Mass for “Immigrants and their Families,” May 29, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill. During the Mass, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami prayed for members of Congress to “show the political courage to act on this vital issue of immigration reform.” Bishops who concelebrated the Mass with Archbishop Wenski also celebrated Mass at the U.S.-Mexico border April 1. Before the Mass, the bishops met with and heard the story of young persons, known as DREAM youth, Following Mass, the bishops planned to visit several members of the House of Representatives, including House Speaker John Boehner, to urge them to consider immigration reform legislation as soon as possible.     Press Release     Bishop Wenski’s Homily
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Join in 7 Days of Prayer Leading Up to Pentecost
On Fire for Immigration Reform: A Pentecost Resource – Join Catholics across the country for seven days of prayer, reflection, and action to heal our broken immigration system. Each day will be centered on one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It will be through this lens that we will explore seven aspects of our immigration system.  

Each day participants will be asked to pray the Prayer of the Holy Spirit, the daily reflection, and the closing prayer. Additionally, we encourage you to choose to engage in one or more of the suggested actions, joining with other Catholics across the country. This resource could be used by individuals, small groups, or whole parish communities. Please see the pulpit announcements on page 7.

We are now in the home stretch for possible movement on Immigration Reform in the house. Please stay focused on pushing Republicans in the House to move on Immigration Reform by calling and sending postcards to your legislators and asking others to do the same.  

For those in Congressman Sensenbrenner’s district and all, the wife of Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner at the time of this release was in critical condition in a D.C. hospital after suffering a brain aneurism early this month. The news was issued by WTMJ, Monday May 19:   Please pray for Rep. Sensenbrenner, his wife and his family. 
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ICE Raid in Milwaukee
On Tuesday, May 27, ICE arrested at least 21 people around Milwaukee, including people with no criminal record. You can read about the raid in the New York Times. The New Sanctuary Movement reports that they have been able to meet with the families of 8 of the people detained so far. Voces de la Frontera members have helped 3 people get to Chicago to pay bonds and get out.  Sanctuary administers an Emergency Fund whose money only goes directly to help families meet emergency expenses caused by deportation. If you are interested in providing assistance, facilitating a collection or other fundraiser in your congregation contact Sam Singleton-Freeman Voces de la Frontera, New Sanctuary Movement Coordinator at 414-643-1620 x201     
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Immigration - What Was It Like to Take “The Plunge”?
Members of Elizabeth Ann Seton took the one day “Urban Plunge” into immigration reality at Casa Romero in May.  It effectively changed how they look at dignity and justice.  Here is their story - As one more way to better comprehend the effects of immigration and attach faces and stories to the issue, 10 of our Seton members spent May 20th participating in an Urban Plunge at the Casa Romero Renewal Center in the heart of Milwaukee’s Latino Community.  We met with our facilitator, Colleen, and received a journal which included our Catholic Social Teachings, an explanation of how social justice is different than charitable service, a statement on immigration written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and blank pages for our own reflections.

The Urban Plunge was described as an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the human dignity aspect of immigration. We were challenged to ask ourselves the tough questions. What are our basic human rights? Why should we care? How can we be part of the solution in regards to immigration (even in small ways)?   Read what they experienced and learned….
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End Endless War
Petition From Network Lobby
The "Authorization for the Use of Military Force" (AUMF), is a piece of the National Defense Authorization Act that gives the President a "blank check" to use all appropriate force to prevent future acts of terrorism against the United States.  In reality, it has been used to justify detentions at Guantanamo, drone surveillance and weapon delivery, and monitoring of communications world-wide.  President Obama, as well as a bi-partisan representation in Congress have spoken out against the AUMF mandate as something that must end.   Sign the petition here. 
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Common Ground Update
Milwaukee Rising – restoring homes in Sherman Park launches new website  
Parent Cafes:  Common Ground and St. Anthony on the Lake Parish in Pewaukee are sponsoring Parent Cafes in response to research conducted by Common Ground that revealed concerns about the formidable stressors facing families in suburban communities.  The program at will provide parents the opportunity to build stronger families and improve parenting skills. Parent Cafés are an opportunity for parents to come together and strengthen their capacity to deal with the stressors, worries and challenges of parenting in a supportive environment. Each Parent Café is centered on one of three themes: 1. Taking Care of Yourself 2. Being a Strong Parent 3. Building Strong Relationships with Your Children. Parent Cafés establish relationships between parents, invite you to exchange thoughts and feelings about being a parent, and share new parenting strategies. (Not necessary to attend all sessions to participate.)The first session was held on May 22 and the second will be June 12.
Save the date: Fall Assembly:  Sunday 10/19 3:00-4:00 pm Location: TBA. Please record this date on your calendar now! This is a meeting Catholics for Peace and Justice members need to attend.  Common Ground is committing to a turn-out of 1000 for our fall Assembly as we continue our campaign for Fair Play. It is also a chance for you to see how Common Ground works and the many organizations that belong. 
CPJ Common Ground Core Team Meeting: Please mark your calendar for our next CPJ Common Ground meeting.  All are invited.  Come and join us! Tues. September 2, 6:00 PM, Brookfield Panera, 15040 W. Greenfield Ave.-just east of Moorland Rd.  
Questions on Common Ground contact Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net  and Visit www.commongroundwi.org
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Tar Sands Pipeline Coming Through WI
From League of Conservation Voters
Did you know that a plan is currently in the works to transport 1.2 million gallons of crude and tar sands oil – more than the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – right through the middle of our state? Enbridge, the oil company planning the expansion, has a long and appalling record of environmental violations. In 2010, an Enbridge pipeline ruptured in Michigan, sending 834,000 barrels of oil down the Kalamazoo River. It still hasn’t been fully cleaned up. Here in Wisconsin, Enbridge is guilty of more than 100 environmental violations in 14 counties.  Read more and Petition 
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What Is Being Asked Of Us – Ecology and the Economy 
From Pax Christi USA – Global Restoration Committee
Pope Francis has repeatedly voiced this concern, including this passage from his apostolic exhortation Evangelium Gaudium: "We human beings are not the beneficiaries but the stewards of other creatures. Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement."... 
 
As we await a new Papal Encyclical on the Environment with much concern, prayer and anticipation, we share information from the United Nations on climate change research & a recent Vatican statement on sustainability and our responsibility.  These should help us to see more clearly - what is being asked of us.  On May 12, 2014, the Vatican's Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Science released the Statement of the Joint PAS/PASS Workshop on Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: “Our Responsibility, Stabilizing the Climate and Giving Energy Access to All with an Inclusive Economy”  Click Here to read more and to access the Pax Christi “Pray, Study and Act” piece on this topic. 
 
Also see “Vatican Sustainability Summit Urges Action On Ecological Devastation” 
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The National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in the United States
The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences. Link to Highlights and Report Findings 

Safeguarding creation is safeguarding a gift of God. "This must be our attitude toward creation: safeguarding it. If not, if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us. Don't forget that!"  Pope Francis [The Francis Chronicles, The National Catholic Reporter]  
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New Fair Trade Directory
Four Corner’s Fair Trade recently updated and published a new Fair Trade Directory for Milwaukee. The Fair Trade Directory now includes many more coffee shops and restaurants along with websites that sell fair trade and sustainable clothing online thus giving people more options for buying fair, especially in today's online shopping world. In researching the Directory, we found that more than one hundred cafes and restaurants in the area serve Fair Trade certified or at least Socially Responsibly grown coffee and tea. Milwaukee is truly a Fair Trade City.  
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Stand with the Families: Fight Gun Violence with Your Vote
From WAVE 
These are the wrenching words of Richard Martinez, father of one of the six people killed in the mass shooting in Isla Vista: “Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA…We should say to ourselves -- not one more.” Answer his call -- stand with all the families and survivors in Santa Barbara by taking the “Not One More” Voter Pledge to vote only for leaders who will fight for stronger gun laws: Petition here 
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Affordable Housing - Controversial New Berlin Project a Success
It took a federal lawsuit for MSP Real Estate Inc. to gain approval for its affordable housing development in New Berlin, but the project is now wildly successful. The City Center development at 3535 S. Deer Creek Parkway has 102 affordable apartments that opened at 100 percent occupancy and has had an extremely low turnover rate for more than a year,  Read More 
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The KIDS COUNT Data Center: A Valuable Tool for Advocates 
The KIDS COUNT Data Center is an easy-to-use source for data on child and family well-being in Wisconsin and nationally. If you are looking for information on how Wisconsin children are faring with regards to poverty, education, health, safety, and the child welfare system, you may find the figures you are looking for on the Data Center . The Data Center also includes information on income, employment, and family well-being.
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Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform - June 3
Informative and educational presentation by Attorney Joe Rivas of Milwaukee regarding the latest issues of immigration and immigration reform. Tuesday June 3rd 7:00 - 8:30pm in the Church Hall Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church 1025 S. 7th Avenue, West Bend, WI  Flyer
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Combating Poverty: Elevating the Debate – June 4
Milwaukee Symposium for Local Pastors and Lay Leaders June 4th 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm Marquette University  Alumni Memorial Union Room 227. Join three local Bishops and over 75 local religious leaders from throughout the Milwaukee area on June 4th for a conversation and strategy session focused on poverty in Wisconsin and what the religious community can do to address it: •What does poverty look like in Wisconsin? •What is our distinctive voice as faith communities in the public square? •How can we make a difference in alleviating poverty? Poverty will be a topic in the fall elections.  Part of our conversation on June 4th will be focused on how the religious community can thoughtfully and effectively engage candidates on these issues. The Symposium is co-sponsored by four statewide organizations:  WISDOM, Wisconsin Council of Churches, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and Citizen Action along with the Theology Department at Marquette University. The symposium is free of charge, but you must register in advance: RSVP by June 1 to wcoc@wichurches.org  Download a Flyer 
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Hunger Task Force Moo & Brew Beer and Cheese Event – Jun 12 
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT HUNGER TASK FORCE - June 12th 6 pm. On Thursday, June 12th from  6 pm-8 pm, malt & barley will meet curds & whey at the Milwaukee Public Market. Join West Allis Cheese and some of the area's best brewers for a night of cheese, beer, and fun.  More information  
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2014 National Migration Conference – July 7-10
2014 National Migration Conference in Washington D.C. is July 7-10, 2014. Co-sponsored by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC (CLINIC) and Catholic Charities, USA. Early Bird registration deadline has been extended. Meet and network with 800+ conference attendees, including: Legal service providers and pro-bono attorneys affiliated with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network; Diocesan refugee resettlement and immigration directors and staff; Social service providers working with unaccompanied refugee children; Partners in the Church’s anti-trafficking programs; Immigration advocates; and more. Click here for more information:  
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St. Ben’s Run & Walk to German Fest: Registration Open – July 25
In 2014 we are running & walking to German Fest on Friday evening, July 25, 7 PM. Details on the event and registration for individuals and teams is now open.  Please mark your calendar and thank you in advance for helping to feed Milwaukee's hungry.
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Broken Open by Love: An Invitation to Sacred Activism with Andrew Harvey – Aug 15-17
A Christine Center and  Holy Wisdom Monastery Collaboration 4200 County Road M, Middleton August 15-17, 2014. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion in action that marries the fire of the mystic's passion for God with the activist's passion for justice.  We have entered a critical time in human history. The more people who engage love in action, the greater the hope for the fruits of meditation and for the survival of our planet, its people and all life on earth.  More Information  
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Vision of the Gospel: A Morning On Charity and Justice with Bishop Hying– Sept 6
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, St. James Parish, W220 N6570 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. With guest speaker Bishop Donald Hying. Do you desire to live a more authentic Catholic faith? A faith, that as Pope Francis reminds us, “always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it.” If so, please join us to learn about Charity and Justice as a spiritual practice, how you can answer the call of Pope Francis to “evangelization by action”, and explore ways in which the entire parish may be more involved in humble and generous service. This morning program will include an opening mass and presentation by Bishop Hying, workshops on building charity and justice in your parish, and a format for networking best practices and programs among participating parishes.  This program is hosted by District 4 parishes.  Attendance is open to all.   Register by September 2, 2014.  Questions? Contact Rob Shelledy, Director of Social Justice Ministry at shelledyr@archmil.org , 414-758-2286. Flyer
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PRAYER AND REFLECTION
Reflection
Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodríguez Maradiaga in reference to ecology, creation and climate change -  "No sin is more heartless than our blindness to the value of all that surrounds us and our persistence in using it at the wrong time and abusing it at all times.”
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Prayer
Forgiving God, you created us as your partners in caring for creation.  In your mercy, forgive us for our failure to live out that calling and for the devastating results that have followed.  Help us to step back into this partnership and stem the tide of our actions.  Help us to heal the world we have broken and to save the lives we have ignored.  Strengthen our resolve and give us renewed hope that when we follow your lead, there is nothing we cannot do.*
 
From The Green Bible Devotional: a Book of Daily Readings by Carla Barnhill Copyright 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
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