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MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER

Greetings

Thank you to the over 160 people who attended Extending a Life Line to Justice on Feb 11. A special thank you to all presenters and to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for graciously hosting us.  Corresponding resources for the issues addressed at the event can be found at www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org

As we enter into Lent, let us pray for one another, for faith, for courage, for direction in our efforts to love all people as one human family. There are many opportunities listed this month to expand our vision together - trusting God's love will be entrusted to us.

Blessings for your Lenten journey.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL

ACTIONS | ISSUES

PRAY | REFLECT

Pray: Justice and Peace

Reflect: Pope Francis' Message for Lent 2017

EVENTS

Recurring Events Jericho March - Mar 4
St Seb’s Winter Farers’ Market and Brunch – Mar 5
Good Shepherd: 3 Part Mini-Series on Peacemaking – Mar 5
CRS Rice Bowl and Global Discipleship - Mar 6
Sustainability in the Community of Creation - Mar 7
On Behalf of Our Children: Wisconsin’s Racial Disparities & the Call of the Gospel - Mar 8, 15, 22, 29
Plowshare's 28th Anniversary Celebration and Peacebuilder Awards - Mar 10 
SOPHIA presents, "How to Become a Sanctuary Church" - Mar 16
Renewing Hope - Interfaith Earth Network's 10th Anniversary Celebration - Mar 19
One Light, Many Candles - Mar 19
Residential Solar Power Program - Mar 21
Finding our Voice in a Climate of Fear - Mar 25
Faith and Justice: The Call of Jesus in Recent Jesuit History - Mar 28
Catholics at the Capitol – Mar 29
Conservation Lobby Day - Mar 29
WISDOM Madison Action Day - Mar 30
Morning of Reflection: Servant Leadership - Apr 1
Racial Justice: The Courage to Act - Apr 1
2017 Advocacy Day People of Faith United for Justice - Apr 4
Symposium on Nonviolence and Just Peace - Apr 7
"Before the Flood" - Film Screening - Apr 17
Save the Date! The Capuchins' Run-Walk for the Hungry - Jun 16

Tuesday, March 28
5:00-6:30 p.m.


Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture
Patxi Alvarez, S.J. will discuss "Faith and Justice: The call of Jesus in Recent Jesuit History."

Fr. Patxi Alvarez, SJ, is the Secretary for Social Justice and Ecology (SJES) for the Society of Jesus.As the Ignatian Peacemaking Lecturer, Fr. Alvarez will discuss the development of the faith and justice connection in recent Jesuit history. 
 

Learn More and Register Here


Sponsored by
  • Marquette University
  • Church of the Gesu
  • Ignatian Associates - Ramos Community
  • Catholics for Peace and Justice
  • Good Shepherd Parish
GENERAL
Pope Francis Quote
"I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended, but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons." 

ACTIONS | ISSUES
Immigration: Continue to Support the Bridge Act
Action Alert:  The US Bishops support the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128/H.R. 496 that was recently introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort to sustain temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. You can deliver a letter to congress in support of the BRIDGE Act through the JFI website   Bridge Act Talking Points  
Learning About Immigration
What Constitutes Refugee Status? Three Common Myths about Refugees  USCCB Justice for Immigrants
Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump - The New York Times

Evicted Book Discussions Follow-up
Many of us have read and learned about how eviction affects people in Milwaukee, thanks to Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Those who discussed it in book circles asked, what can we do about the injustices?  One idea proposed by Catholics for Peace and Justice Leadership Council is to collaborate with Common Ground to insure that dwellings are up to code upon being rented. Common Ground is considering CPJ’s proposal. Meanwhile,  they and we are watching the cases play out as the courts and city agencies try to prevent irresponsible landlords from purchasing more properties without first paying up their fines for code violations.  If you have other ideas for improving the situation, please send your ideas to Mary Krolikowski at info@catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org

Sign Petition Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons
In Collaboration with Pax Christi USA

Two members of Congress, Rep. Ted Lieu and Sen Ed Markey, have introduced legislation, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. This legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. The crucial issue of nuclear “first use” is more urgent than ever now that President Donald Trump has the power to launch a nuclear war at a moment’s notice. While presidents would still be able to defend from an attack against the United States, they could no longer launch the deadliest weapons ever invented for other reasons. Catholics for Peace and Justice as a member of Pax Christi is urging you to sign this petition . We are urging you to contact your members of congress requesting they sign on to this bill.

EVENTS AND EDUCATION

Recurring Events:
  • Soup with Substance: Weekly on Wednesdays at noon during the fall and spring academic sessions, Marquette University's Center for Peacemaking. Soup with substance is a series of presentations on contemporary issues related to peacemaking and social justice and is open to the public - a simple meal of soup and bread is provided at each presentation. Sign up for Soup with Substance event notices here.
  • New Sanctuary Movement [NSM] Monthly - Check NSM calendar to confirm event locations
    • Interfaith Prayer Vigil of Solidarity (1st Tuesday of every month)
    • ICE Vigil (1st Thursday of every month), Usually at US Citizenship and Immigration Services, 310 Knapp St. 
  • ECHO: Weekly film series about US Catholic Catechism, September 14th-May 31st. Once a week, you will be sent, via email, the latest ECHO video with chapter reading, and reflection questions from the US Catholic Catechism for Adults.  Prior to the beginning of this series, you will need the US Catholic Catechism for Adults.  To view a free online copy of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults visit the USCCB website. Register for the series here.
  • Faith & Ecology Conversation Series: Renewal in the Wilderness (3rd Tuesday of every month), Sponsored by Interfaith Earth Network, September 20 - April 18. Flyer.
  • Nonviolent Communication Practice Group. Flyer.
    • Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church LCUUC, (1st Thursday and 3rd Tuesday of every month), October 6 - May 16, 7:00-8:30 pm. More information and registration details here.
    • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, (1st and 3rd Monday of every month), October 3 - May 15, 7:00-8:30 pm. More information here.
  • NEW! St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Labyrinth and Prayer Path - Lenten Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 and 4/6). This Lenten season, consider setting aside time to take a quiet walk with God. Learn more
  • NEW! Zeidler Center for Public Discussion March events.
    • Whiteness & Privilege - Mar 7. Learn more and RSVP here.
    • Breaking Boxes: An Identity Summit - Mar 12. Learn more and RSVP here.
    • Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs Input Session - Mar 30: Check here for information on this event when it becomes available.

 
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Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action - Feb 1-Apr 19
Join us for an opportunity to learn about the history and impact of racism and what you can do about it. Some Wednesdays between February 1 and April 19 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Find dates, learn more and sign up here.
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Yahara 2070 Scenarios: Future of Water and People - Mar 1
In this teleseminar, sponsored by Wisconsin Green Muslims, you will learn about Yahara 2070, how future thinking can benefit your community, and a way to start a discussion about the future of water and people in your community. Wednesday, March 1st, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Learn more and register here.
RID Racism Presentation: The Hidden Impact of Segregation in Milwaukee - Mar 2
Reggie Jackson, from Rid Racism Milwaukee, will speak about the effects segregation has had and continues to have on lives of people in Milwaukee. March 2nd, 6:30 p.m., at the Bethesda Church of God in Christ. Learn more here.
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Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism - March 3-4
Wisconsin Council of Churches 2017 Winter Forum with Dr. Drew G.I. Hart. March 3-4, Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. Learn more and register here.
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Jericho March - Mar 4
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10 a.m., seven priests will lead us in prayer of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, as we circle the block seven times in a Jericho March at St. Rita Church, 1601 N. Cass St. We will also be collecting items for the Women's Care Center of Milwaukee—please prayerfully consider donating these much-needed items: Disposable diapers (especially sizes 3, 4, 5, 6 and pullups 2T – 5T), Diaper Wipes, Formula. Learn more here. Questions can be directed to Anne Haines, Respect Life Director for Urban Ministry, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, hainesa@archmil.org
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St Seb’s Winter Farers’ Market and Brunch – Mar 5
This year’s theme Harvesting Hope Together: Advance ticket donation $8/adult; $5 child; $25/family – At the door $10/$6/$30 contact Lena Stephenson at 414-403-7131 This Winter Farmers’ Market and Brunch is a project jointly sponsored by the Food, Faith and Farming Network and the Harvest of Hope Farm Crisis Fund supporting Wisconsin family farmers. Flyer  Website 
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Good Shepherd Parish Three Part Mini-Series on Peacemaking – Mar 5
Sunday Mornings  9:45–10:45 am ~ church hall.  Feb 19: “Living and Promoting Nonviolence” with Sr. Fran Cunningham, OSF. Feb 26: “Violence: The Role of Media and Social Contagion” with Philip Sutton Chard. Mar 5: “Compassionate Conversations: seeing beyond your personal vision of reality” with Debra Schneider
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CRS Rice Bowl and Global Discipleship - Mar 6
Caroline Brennan, Senior Communications Officer of CRS Global Humanitarian Response will share more stories about Syrian refugees and the CRS humanitarian efforts helping children on Monday, March 6. 5:15 p.m. Mass will be followed by the CRS presentation and reception in the Atrium at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee.
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Whiteness & Privilege - Mar 7
Part of the Zeidler Center Dialogue and Ex Fabula Storytelling Fellows and Facilitators Series, this event continues the dialogue on race and segregation in the Greater Milwaukee area.  Tuesday, March 7th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Workshop Architects, 201 E Pittsburgh Avenue. Learn more and register here.
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Sustainability in the Community of Creation - Mar 7
Within our complex environmental crisis, this evening will explore the connections between social justice and the wider community of creation. A member of the Catholic Worker movement for the past 15 years, facilitator Eric Anglada will share his own experiences of living sustainably. Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Learn more.
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On Behalf of Our Children: WI’s Racial Disparities & the Call of the Gospel - Mar 8, 15, 22, 29
This Lenten series will offer a time for prayer, reflection and constructive dialogue about race, white privilege and fostering racial equality within our communities. It will explore what you can do to be an advocate for social justice. RSVP to margaret.flahive@marquette.edu or 414-288-738 - DEADLINE IS MARCH 1. Soup supper at 6:00, Gesu Parish Center - Fr. Herian Hall, 1210 W. Michigan St., 6:00-8:00 p.m. Learn more
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Plowshare's 28th Anniversary Celebration and Peacebuilder Awards - Mar 10 
This year's Peacebuilder Awards will be presented at Plowshare's 28th Anniversary Celebration to be held in the ballroom of Carroll University, Friday, March 10, 5 p.m. Learn more about the event and purchasing tickets here.
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SOPHIA presents, "How to Become a Sanctuary Church" - Mar 16
Thursday, March 16th, 7:00 p.m., United Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Learn more and register here.
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Renewing Hope - Interfaith Earth Network's 10th Anniversary Celebration - Mar 19
Interfaith Earth Network (IEN) invites you to this family friendly and free event open to the public on Sunday, March 19, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Riverside Urban Ecology Center, 1500 Park Place, Milwaukee. IEN is seeking organizations to table at the event to showcase the broad range of successful activities that IEN supports in carrying out its mission.  You are asked to highlight your “care of creation”/ environmental work that inspires hope. Plan for an open house style audience flow, or for ongoing interactive activities. If you would like to have a table at the event and/or be included in a resource guide, please RSVP here.   
One Light, Many Candles - Mar 19
This is a benefit program to provide basic needs for families such as beds, stoves, refrigerators and food in Milwaukee County. It is sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society Milwaukee County in partnership with 88 Nine Radio Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Singer/Songwriter Series and will feature Elizabeth & Noel Paul Stookey. Noel is a singer-songwriter and the “Paul” of Peter Paul and Mary. Sunday, March 19, 3:00 p.m., 88 Nine - Radio Milwaukee Community Room, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee. Poster. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
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Residential Solar Power Program - Mar 21
Are you interested in finding out how solar power can work on your home?  Or do you have questions about the process that you have always wanted answered?  Join us for an information session about how a residential solar installation can help save you money and provide you with clean energy! Tuesday, March 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex. Learn more
Finding our Voice in a Climate of Fear - Mar 25
Join us as we reflect together on Bishop Romero's Legacy and what it can teach us about the justice issues we face today. Saturday, March 25, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., St. Joan Antida High School. Learn more.
Faith and Justice: The Call of Jesus in Recent Jesuit History - Mar 28
As the Ignatian Peacemaking Lecturer, Fr. Patxi Alvarez will discuss the development of the faith and justice connection in recent Jesuit history. Learn more and register here.
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Catholics at the Capitol – Mar 29
Save the date, Tues, Mar 28. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to pray with fellow Catholics, learn about the issues engage in civil discourse, and visit with legislators. For more details, visit Wisconsin Catholic Conference Bus Registration Form
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Conservation Lobby Day - Mar 29
Join us at the Monona Terrace and the State Capitol for this exciting day. You will join hundreds of conservation voters demonstrating their power and voicing their concerns to legislators. Learn more and register here.
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WISDOM Madison Action Day - March 30
Learn more here.
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Morning of Reflection: Servant Leadership - Apr 1
Please join us at the Capuchin Community Services, House of Peace, Saturday, April 1st, 9 a.m. and explore Servant Leadership with Capuchin Friar Keith Clark. Learn more and register here.
Racial Justice: The Courage to Act - Apr 1
Chris Crass, racial justice activist, trainer and writer, is coming to Milwaukee for this day-long workshop to help us build the courage and skills needed to combat racism and stand on the side of love for justice. April 1st, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Alverno College. Register and learn more about the workshop and the sponsors here.
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2017 Advocacy Day People of Faith United for Justice - Apr 4
The 5th biennial “People of Faith United for Justice” advocacy day at the State Capitol will be held Tuesday, April 4. Learn more and register here.
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Symposium on Nonviolence and Just Peace - Apr 7
Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, 1616 W. Wells St.
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"Before the Flood" - Film Screening - Apr 17
Carroll University is offering a film screening and discussion of "Before the Flood" on Monday, April 17, 5:00 p.m., 100 N. East Ave., Waukesha, in the Stackner Ballroom. Post film discussion led by Professor Aaron Routhe.
Save the Date! The Capuchins' Run-Walk for the Hungry - Jun 16
The Capuchins' Run-Walk for the Hungry will take place at Polish Fest, June 16 at 7 p.m. More information
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REFLECT

Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God "with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Pope Francis' Message for Lent 2017
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PRAY
O Lord, you love justice and you establish peace on earth. We bring before you the disunity of today's world; the absurd violence, and the many wars, which are breaking the courage of the people's of the world; human greed and injustice, which breed hatred and strife. Send your spirit and renew the face of the earth; teach us to be compassionate towards the whole human family; strengthen the will of all those who seek justice and peace. 
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