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Catholics for Peace and Justice Monthly Newsletter
Catholics for Peace and Justice

NOVEMBER 2014 Newsletter

Our main message this month is "Don't Forget to VOTE!" and encourage and help others to do the same.  So much of our systems ability to empower those in need of empowerment depends on our political environment.  Its just one more way to love your neighbor.

AND Save the date Saturday morning Feb 21 for our Winter Forum: 

"Open to the Word: Empowering People through Faith and Action" 

Bishop Richard Sklba will kick off this enriching and empowering morning of presentations and dialogue. More below with more details to come.

 
Blessings on your ministry 

For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit our website at   

www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org 

and the Catholics for Peace and Justice Facebook page


TABLE OF CONTENTS


GENERAL
Save the Date! Catholics for Peace and Justice Winter Forum – Feb 21
Network’s Nuns on the Bus Great Fun Video – GO VOTE!!

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Pope Francis on Abolition of the Death Penalty and Life Imprisonment
Beyond Segregation/Greater Together Challenge: A Follow Up Report
Immigration Reform –  Justice for Immigrants Call In Days: Nov 5-13 and Migration Week
Issues on the Border
11x15 Faith Leaders Call on State to End 'Torture' of Solitary Confinement
US Bishops Letter to EPA on Support of Standards to Reduce Carbon Pollution
Common Ground Update
More Tutors Needed -Share your Gift of the English Language
Voices for Creative Nonviolence - The Duvet Project

EVENTS
Families Torn Apart, Children Escaping Death…Deportation and our Broken Immigration System – Nov 2
A Faith That Does Justice: Rutilio Grande, S.J. and the Church of El Salvador – Nov 3
14th Annual Br. Booker Ashe Urban Ministry Program – Nov 8
Why Peace is Possible – Nov 9
Call to Action National Conference - Nov 7-9
"Voices for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land" – Nov 7/8
Islamic/ Christian/ Judaic Dialogue  - Nov 12
Keeping up the momentum: From Climate March to Carbon Rules – Nov 12
Dirt. The Movie. Film Screening and Discussion - Nov 13
Peace Action Delegation to Venezuela – March 2015 

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book: Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action by Thomas Massaro S.J.
Reflection: A Revised Top Ten List 
Prayer: For the Leaders of Our Nation


GENERAL
Save the Date! Catholics for Peace and Justice Winter Forum – Feb 21
Open to the Word: Empowering People through Faith and Action; A Forum on Justice, Education and Advocacy will feature Bishop Sklba for the opening keynote. As Catholics for Peace and Justice we are eternally grappling with the question of how to empower people in our parishes to move from charity to empowerment and advocacy.  From what we hear, it’s a common theme among many of us.  This forum will include presentations and discussion on poverty, advocacy in the parish, the Archdiocesan Synod, ecology, adult transformative experiences, and how to spiritually sustain your ministry.  Mark your calendars to attend the Forum Saturday morning, February 21, 2015 at St. Alphonsus on Loomis Road in Greendale.  Details to follow.  
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Network’s Nuns on the Bus Great Fun Video – GO VOTE!!
Our local Sister Barbara Pfarr, SSND says she will be “on the bus” at it swings through Wisconsin. In the meantime watch this fun video.   You know it’s all about the bus. 
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Pope Francis on Abolition of the Death Penalty and Life Imprisonment
From National Catholic Reporter, Oct 23, 2014
Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. "All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether it be legal or illegal and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty. Read more  
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Beyond Segregation/Greater Together Challenge: A Follow Up Report
By Debra Schneider
On Sunday, October 5, 220 people from across the greater Milwaukee area gathered to share hospitality and to engage in small group dialogue on the topic of segregation. As Reggie Jackson, Board Chairman of the Black Holocaust Museum, shared his perspective on greater Milwaukee’s disappointing track record on issues of racial and economic inequality, he noted how refreshing it was to be looking out at a valid cross section of Milwaukee area residents.  The 10 key issues he shared are listed in the Zeidler Center Report followed by highlights of participant responses to facilitated conversations held across Milwaukee throughout the summer.  Through these dialogues it became clear that segregation is as much about attitude and experience as it is about boundary lines and intentional or unintentional obstruction to opportunity. At the heart of the matter were words and phrases like unequal access, awareness, lack of diversity in relationships, stereotyping cultures, and a need for a common vision.  

What’s holding us back?  Many felt overwhelmed and uncertain about root causes and what can be done to create change in an environment that is decades in the making. At the same time the dialogue and the Greater Together Challenge have motivated many to take action in a kaleidoscope of ways. Nearly 130 project ideas were submitted to the Greater Together Challenge from individuals, groups and organizations seeking funding for ideas. Even more brainstormed ideas were listed on sheets by participants following the Sunday dialogue.  

The Challenge: On Monday evening, October 13, fifteen project ideas selected by the Greater Together Coalition were presented and voted on by the public. The prize?  $5000 of funding for the winning project.  The winner? Universal Drivers Education.  According to Nichole Todd of the Center for Drivers License Recovery and Employability who submitted the project, “Research shows that a driver’s license means opportunity for many and, in turn income, mobility, stable communities and a greater quality of life.”  An article posted on the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, notes that “in the past there were more opportunities for young people to take driver’s education courses in school, but federal funding for the programs ended in 2003, and many states, including Wisconsin, ended subsidies for the classes in 2004.”  It also states, “According to 2012 data from the Employment and Training Institute (ETI) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, only 17 percent of African American teens in the city had licenses, compared to 64 percent of white male teenagers living in the Milwaukee County suburbs.” “The plan could also help reduce the state’s damning incarceration rate for African Americans — the highest rate in the nation — by shutting down “a pipeline for too many people into the system,” Todd said.  Read more about the winning project.
 
What’s next? 
The Greater Together Coalition will continue to find ways to promote and fund great ideas.  In the mean time we, individuals and groups, need to be agents of change identifying and contributing to efforts that bring justice to issues of racial and economic inequality. 
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Immigration Reform – USCCB Justice for Immigrants Call In Days: Nov 5-13
Wednesday, November 5 – will be the start of the November JFI national call-in days to the White House.  The call-in days are November 5 through November 13.  Since Administrative action on deportation relief has been pledged for “after the November elections”, the call-in days to the White House will commence on the day after the national general elections, and end on the Feast of St. Frances of Cabrini, the patroness of immigrants (Nov. 13th). The toll-free number to use to call the White House is 1-855-589-5698 and our message is simple: Protect as many immigrants and their families as possible from deportation. Please ask your advocacy networks and supporters of immigrants to call the White House every day during the call-in period and convey our message.

AND send a JFI postcard to the President and legislators opposing family detention  

National Migration Week – January 4-10, 2015
Theme: We Are One Family Under God 
Find small grant opportunity and children’s poster contest here. 
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Issues on the Border
US: Migrants Returned To Danger
The US government’s rapid-fire screening of unauthorized migrants at the border is sending Central Americans back to the risk of serious harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.  “‘You Don’t Have Rights Here’: US Border Screening and Returns of Central Americans to Risk of Serious Harm,” details the US border policies and practices that place migrants at risk of serious harm back home. Human Rights Watch video 

Five Ways You Can Advocate for Refugees at the Border
There are children and families in crisis at our southern border. Here are five things that you can do to advocate for and assist these children and families in crisis at the border
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11x15 Faith Leaders Call on State to End 'Torture' of Solitary Confinement
“Faith leaders from across Wisconsin implored prison officials at a state Capitol rally Wednesday to end what they said is an over-reliance on solitary confinement, calling the practice torturous, costly and ineffective.” A 2011 United Nations report said solitary confinement of more than 15 days should be banned because it “can amount to torture.” Wisconsin regularly keeps people isolated for months and even years, said Hancock, director of a prison ministry project for his denomination.”  Read the Wisconsin State Journal article here.  

Wisdom Brief on Solitary Confinement in WI 
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US Bishops Letter to EPA on Support of Standards to Reduce Carbon Pollution
In a letter dated July 30, 2014 the US Bishops wrote “We support a national standard to reduce carbon pollution and recognize the important flexibility given to states in determining how best to meet these goals. These standards should protect the health and welfare of all people, especially children, the elderly, as well as poor and vulnerable communities, from harmful pollution emitted from power plants and from the impacts of climate change.” Read the letter    
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Common Ground Update
Successful Delegates Assembly on Fair Play Campaign.
Group says no tax money for new Arena. Common Ground vows to fight public money for new arena 
Parent Cafes: Common Ground is co-sponsoring two Parent Cafe's with St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Parish in Pewaukee on November 3 and November 17, 6:15 - 7:30pm. Parent Cafe's bring parents together to learn from one another about issues impacting children and family relationships.  Flyer with description and registration information.
Common Ground University For info contact Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net
Winter Session: Thursday, 12/4  and 2/11, 6:00-8:30pm, Marquette  University, 1250 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee  See registration form for more information
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More Tutors Needed -Share your Gift of the English Language
Here is a wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael’s Church, 1445 N. 24th Street, Milwaukee.  We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar (the former Burma) in learning English.  Currently we need two more tutors. Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week.  Exact time during the day would be determined by tutor and student.   Materials are provided.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the volunteer ESL Coordinator, Pat Roehrig, at 414-461-5592.  
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Voices for Creative Nonviolence - The Duvet Project
A project led by the Afghan Peace Volunteers that gives duvets to destitute families in Kabul. The project also gives women an opportunity to earn living wages for sewing duvets. Funds for the project go towards the supplies and sewing of the duvets.  Learn more about this project and how you can provide work and keep families warm this winter.
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EVENTS
Families Torn Apart, Children Escaping Death…Deportation and our Broken Immigration System – Nov 2
Sunday, November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, First Unitarian Society, 1342 N. Astor.  Join us for a presentation of personal experience witnessing and crossing the border; historical reference; and facts about the situation of security, refugees, detention and deportation of those crossing the border between Mexico and the United States.  It promises to be an informative and interactive program – you’ll leave armed with specific actions you can take to become involved.  For more information.  
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A Faith That Does Justice: Rutilio Grande, S.J. and the Church of El Salvador – Nov 3
Dr. Thomas M. Kelly, Creighton University Monday, Nov. 3 | 4 pm | Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.  Rutilio Grande, S.J. was a pioneering model of post-Vatican II servant leadership in the Catholic Church. Using a new pastoral method emphasizing the power of love from below, Rutilio would help communities in El Salvador transform themselves through a commitment to work for the Kingdom of God in their reality.This event is co-sponsored by the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, Campus Ministry, Office of International Education, Ignatian Associates, and Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.
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14th Annual Br. Booker Ashe Urban Ministry Program – Nov 8
"Showing Compassion: Responses from Urban Milwaukee" November 8, 2014, 12:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. James Causey will be speaking at Cardinal Stritch University on November 8 on the topic of "Showing Compassion: Responses from Urban Milwaukee."  He will discuss challenges faced by the poor and by people of color, as well as information about how those challenges can be addressed. After his talk, there will be responses from a local panel of urban ministers. There is no charge for this event. Goodwill offerings will be accepted and shared with local Urban Ministry partners.  This program is co-sponsored by the Cardinal Stritch University Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy and by the Saint Clare Center. Pre-registration is requested.  Please contact Mary Foley in the Saint Clare Center at 414-410-4405 or by email at mafoley@stritch.edu.  More Information
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Why Peace is Possible – Nov 9
Author • Educator • Soldier of Peace Capt. Paul K. Chappell discusses whether world peace is possible by revealing if human beings are naturally violent or naturally peaceful and exploring the anatomy of violence and the power of waging peace. Sunday, November 9 • 1:00 PM • First Congregational UCC 100 E. Broadway, Waukesha • 262-542-8008 Freewill Offering. Stay for a Q & A session after, then refreshments. SPONSORS: First Congregational UCC Waukehsa • SOPHIA Plowshare Center • Carroll Univ. Spiritual Life Adv. Board  
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Call to Action National Conference - Nov 7-9
The Well of Many Rivers: Creating Currents of Change is the theme of this year's Call to Action national conference in Memphis TN.  For details and online registration go to www.cta-usa.org/conference.
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"Voices for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land" – Nov 7/8
November 7-8, at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison.  Hear stories and perspectives of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and secular writers and activists concerned with peace and justice in Palestine/Israel. Learn ways to work for justice and peace here in the United States, and meet others who share your interest. Sponsored by Friends of Sabeel North America, this event begins with registration at 12noon on Friday and goes through 5pm Saturday.  For more information.  
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Islamic/ Christian/ Judaic Dialogue  - Nov 12
Speaker: Othman Atta of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee.  The time has come to renew dialogue with our sisters/brothers of the Islamic Community. Othman Atta will reflect upon world events and will lead a dialogue about Islamic/ Christian/ Judaic involvement. Wednesday, Nov 12, 8:30 am – 10:30 am, Heritage Room, First Congregational, United Church of Christ, 100 E Broadway, Waukesha. Light Refreshments. Freewill Donations All are Welcome. Contact Ralph Schultz at 262-446-1807 Sponsored by SOPHIA Religious Leaders Caucus
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Keeping up the momentum: From Climate March to Carbon Rules – Nov 12
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in New York City on September 21 to call for global action to address climate change. At noon on Wednesday, November 12th, learn how we can translate the momentum of the Climate March into results.  Join us for a webinar where we will learn about the EPA's proposed carbon pollution rules for power plants, what they will mean for Wisconsin residents, and how non-profits and religious institutions could directly benefit from these rules. Participants will also learn about opportunities to influence this important effort, now and in the future.  Sponsored by Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light, Clean Wisconsin, Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin, Jewish Wisconsin Initiative for a Sustainable Environment (J-WISE), and Wisconsin Council of Churches.  Register today!   
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Dirt. The Movie. Film Screening and Discussion - Nov 13
Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.  Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, find out how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. Dirt is a part of everything we eat, drink and breathe. Which is why we should stop treating it like, well…dirt. Thursday, November 13 6:30 to 8:30 pm Waukesha State Bank - Oconomowoc, 1227 Corporate Center Drive, Oconomowoc. Sponsored by the Waukesha County Green Team [WCGT]. Free or $5 Donation to WCGT at the Door. Register Here.   Flyer.   website.
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Peace Action Delegation to Venezuela – March 2015 
Peace Action Wisconsin is partnering with the Milwaukee Common Council’s Sister Cities Committee to send a delegation of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago-area residents to Carora, Venezuela from March 14-24, 2015.  Learn More 
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STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book: Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action by Thomas Massaro S.J.
For over a decade Living Justice has introduced readers to Catholic social teaching. Grounded in scripture, theology, reason, and experience, these faith-based principles for promoting justice and peace in modern society have inspired a remarkable burst of social activism in recent decades. Living Justice leads readers step-by-step through the building blocks of Catholic social thought, including its central themes, sources, and methods. Along the way readers encounter great heroes of social change and prophets of peace and justice. With its helpful resources, including discussion questions and an annotated list of print and web resources on Catholic social teaching, Living Justice remains a perfect text for courses on social justice.
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Reflection: A Revised Top Ten List 
By Roger Karban, National Catholic Reporter, Oct 25, 2015
“I'm still haunted by a late 1960s survey of American Catholics. Participants were asked just one question: What's the more important law -- love your neighbor, or give up meat on Friday? More than 50 percent responded, "Give up meat on Friday." When meatless Fridays trump love of neighbor, we Catholics are in deep trouble.” Read the reflection 
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Prayer: For the Leaders of Our Nation
Lord we ask that you would give our President wisdom beyond his own understanding and the courage to choose the right path no matter how narrow the gate. We pray for all in authority over us that you would give them the grace and strength to stand against the temptation to use power as a weapon but rather to carry it reverently as one would a child. We pray for the spiritual leaders of our country that they would hear your voice and know your heart. We pray that they would lead from their knees and by that simple grace bring each one of us to our knees before you. Have mercy on our nation Lord, In Jesus name, Amen
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