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Catholics for Peace and Justice APRIL 2015 Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
APRIL 2015 Newsletter

Holy Week Greetings,

On Wednesday April 22, Catholics for Peace and Justice in conjunction with other pastors and people of faith in our city will host a "Prayer Service to Heal the Legacy of Segregation".  It is our belief that interracial and interdenominational prayer and dialogue is one critically important way to begin to heal our legacy of segregation.

This legacy is one that cannot be left to future generations.  Almost daily reports from our nation's college campuses alone tell us that racial violence is pervasive not only in our community, but across our country.

Racial violence will not diminish without a united effort on our part. We ask that you not only join us on April 22, but help us invite a diverse gathering of people to unite in prayer and increased understanding.  Details and RSVP below.

We wish you God's awakening mercy as we journey through this Holy Week to rise again transformed into Easter people.  

 "Be merciful, just as your father is merciful." Luke 6:36


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
Pope Francis Announces a Holy Year of Mercy
Greater Together Prayer Service to Heal the Legacy of Segregation

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Immigration 
11X15 Prison Reform - Before you reform evil, you have to see evil
Environmental Concerns and Actions
Earth Day April 22
Common Ground Update  
WI Senate and Assembly Pass Human Trafficking Bill
Peace Action WI launches Environmental Justice Campaign
Community Resource Guide and Food Pantry List
Kids Count Data Center

EVENTS AND EDUCATION 
Ayotzinapa Parent Panel – Apr 2
Prayer Vigil and Community Forum – Apr 2
Catholics at the Capitol 2015 – Apr 8
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy – Apr 10, 11, 12
Immigration Seder at Congregation Sinai – April 12
Potent & Deadly: Rx/Heroin Abuse – Apr 14
Salam School Peace Walk & Rally – Apr 16
Moon Beach: Steps on the Journey of Healing – Apr 17 to 19
Water, Water Everywhere? – Apr 19
SOPHIA Prayer Breakfast – Apr 25
Run for Home – Apr 25
WISDOM Madison Action Day – Apr 29
Common Ground Delegates Assembly – Apr 29
The LOVE>hate Project:  The Jessie Blodgett Story – Apr 30
Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, of Homeboy Industries - May 7
Poverty in the Milwaukee Metro Area and What You Can Do About It – May 21
Million Mom’s March – May 30
Wisconsin Lantern Walk – May 30
The Capuchins' Run Walk for the Hungry – Jul 24

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book: A Father at War: Reflections of a father whose son fought in Iraq by Francis Pauc
Reflection: From Thomas Gumbleton
Prayer: Brother Jesus, 


GENERAL
Pope Francis Announces a Holy Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has announced an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy that will extend from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016, and will involve the Catholic Church throughout the world.  Read more… 
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Greater Together Prayer Service to Heal the Legacy of Segregation 
Wednesday April 22, 2015 6:30-8:00 PM 
Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 N. 19th St.  (corner of 19th St . and Wisconsin Avenue) Join Catholics for Peace and Justice and the Greater Together Coalition for prayer, music and fellowship. Reflections will be offered by Sr. Shawnee Daniels-Sikes of Mount Mary University and Rev. Jason Butler of Transformation City Church. As people of faith we will unite our prayers to call for increased understanding among the people of our community as well as an end to the violence, poverty and racism in our midst. People of all faiths are welcome to participate.   Signing up through this link will help with our planning. 

Please share this invitation and flyer widely. 

As long as there is denial and illusion, nothing genuinely new can happen. But when reality is faced—in this case the reality of a failed covenant between legal power and vulnerable citizens—new possibility becomes imaginable.”Walter Brueggemann 
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Immigration 
The New York Times reports that about 80 faith leaders from around the U.S. have signed a letter to President Obama urging the government to stop detaining immigrant families saying that the policy of detaining mothers and children is “inappropriate and unjust” and that “detention is harmful to children and leaves the mothers with diminished access to the legal system.”  Detention centers were opened to house thousands of immigrants who entered the U.S. along the Mexico border.  Read more…  

In the case of deporting family members “The government can’t enforce every law. Who gets to decide which ones it does?” 
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11X15 Prison Reform - Before you reform evil, you have to see evil.
Rev. Jerry Hancock makes this statement in a ‘For the Record’ TV program that will aired in Madison. Watch it now.  He and Talib Akbar, both leaders in WISDOM’s MOSES affiliate, do a great job of educating on the evils of Wisconsin’s prison system, especially the abuse of solitary confinement.

WISDOM Madison Action Day is Wednesday, April 29 from 9 am to 4 pm. Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI.  More Information below.
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Environmental Concerns and Actions
From Margaret Swedish at Center for New Creation   
Most Wisconsin citizens know by now that the 2015-2017 budget submitted by Governor Walker and now under consideration by the legislature contains budget cuts and policy changes that are of great concern to the environmental community. 

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters  is organizing a Conservation Lobby Day 2015 in Madison on April 14.  If you would like to participate, please contact them. This is a great opportunity to bring communities, neighborhoods, churches, and families together to make our voices heard. If you can’t go to Madison, it is still an ideal moment for phone calls, emails, and other direct contact with your legislators. Visit the WLCV website for information. 

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The Global Catholic Climate Movement:  For God’s Creation, the Poor, and Future Generations, is inviting Catholics to observe April as Care4Creation Month.  They write:

“Pope Francis’ universal prayer intention for April 2015 is ‘That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God.’ In the face of human-made climate change which is undoing God’s gift (see facts), let’s join Francis praying and acting for creation together, to prepare ourselves for his upcoming encyclical on ecology.”  Visit their website page for links to suggested prayers, meditations, homily themes, and more.  
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Earth Day April 22  We mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. This is a day with deep roots in Wisconsin, founded as it was by Gov. Gaylord Nelson.. This is a good time to re-educate ourselves and our communities about this history and why it matters as we face so many environmental threats these days. It is a legacy we ought to claim as part of our public witness. For information, I recommend visiting the Gaylord Nelson/Earth Day website.
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Common Ground Update  
Common Ground Delegates Assembly - Wednesday, April 29th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Mount Mary University - Alumnae Dining Hall. Who do these common ground people think they are?  What in the world will they do next?  And Clean Water Initiative Kick-off.  Want to attend?  Contact Mary Kleist at maryakleist@sbcglobal.net  Enter parking lot just west of school off N 92nd Street (between Burleigh & Center) and follow signs down walk and through glass doors. 
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WI Senate and Assembly Pass Human Trafficking Bill
The Senate and Assembly have both passed Assembly Bill 16 (Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton), which would require that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) design a poster that provides information regarding the national human trafficking resource center hotline and make it available to others to print from its Internet site and shall encourage its display at each of the following places: (a) Gas stations with signs visible from an interstate or state highway that offer amenities to commercial vehicles. (b) Hotels. (c) Adult entertainment establishments. (d) Salons at which hair or nail services are provided. (e) Places at which employers engage some employees to perform agricultural labor. f) Hospitals or other medical centers. (g) Places at which athletic or sporting events occur. (h) Establishments that operate as a massage parlor or spa, alternative health clinic, or similar entity. (i) Expositions conducted by a county or agricultural society. (j) Courthouses. (k) Rest areas maintained by the department of transportation. (l) Public and private transit stations.
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Peace Action WI launches Environmental Justice Campaign!
Part of this exciting new campaign is implementing a Community Garden Project at the Peace Action Center! We're looking for people to help us build a strong, more environmentally sustainable community by assisting us design, prepare and plant a community garden at our Riverwest offices. More information here  
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Community Resource Guide and Food Pantry List
The Community Resource Guide, which includes community resources in Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, or Waukesha County, and Food Pantry List are helpful resources for serving people in and outside of your parish or congregation. These are consolidated and made available through Kathy Shine at the Archdiocese. Access them here 
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Kids Count Data Center
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 Wisconsin Council on Children and Families contributes information to the Data Center, which is managed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION 
Ayotzinapa Parent Panel – Apr 2
On September 26, 2014 a group of teaching students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico, was attacked by the police and others, leaving 6 dead, 25 or more wounded, and 43 disappeared. Today, the Ayotzinapa solidarity movement is spreading. Three of the students’ parents and colleagues are visiting Milwaukee as part of a national tour to tell their story and lift up their demands.  Thursday, April 2, at 3:00 PM. UWM Lapham Hall, 3100 M. Maryland Avenue, Room 162. Panel Discussion  Flyer
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 Prayer Vigil and Community Forum – Apr 2
Thurs., April 2nd, 6pm: Prayer Vigil and Community Forum, Casa de Restauración Methodist Church, 21300 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin. 
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Catholics at the Capitol 2015 – Apr 8
ADVANCE REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO 12 NOON THURSDAY, APRIL 2. On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference will host a day of public policy education and advocacy for Catholics. The daylong event will be held in Madison at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 8:15am – 4:00 pm. Keynote: Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Registration and Information here   
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Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy – Apr 10, 11, 12
Friday, April 10, 7 pm Circle Singing; Saturday, April 11 9am-4pm: Workshop based on the inspiring work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy; Sunday, April 12 1:15pm: Short Film “Joanna Macy and the Great Turning”, followed by discussion. Details on all 3 events here
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Immigration Seder at Congregation Sinai – April 12
Congregation Sinai, in conjunction with Los Voces de la Frontera; Miklat: A Jewish Response to Displacement; and the Catholic Jewish Conference (of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee) will together host an Interfaith Immigrant Seder on Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Seder is the festive ceremonial meal consumed during the first and second nights of the Jewish holy day of Pesach, or Passover. With its retelling of the Israelites’ Exodus from slavery in Egypt, the seder’s themes of freedom, justice, and compassion are as relevant today as they were 3,200 years ago.  Flyer with details
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Potent & Deadly: Rx/Heroin Abuse – Apr 14
Is your bathroom cabinet quietly dealing drugs in your own household?  Rx pain” meds just sitting there...tempting a mistake in judgment...perhaps with deadly consequences.  It’s more common than most of us will admit. The problem touches all of us in Waukesha County, at every socio-economic level. But despite what’s been done so far, it’s not going away.  It's growing! Please join our knowledgeable panel at the Pewaukee High School Auditorium on Tuesday evening, April 14th, from 7 - 8:30PM. More info and registration here   
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Salam School Peace Walk & Rally – Apr 16
On Thursday, April 16, at 12:30 pm, Salam School will host a Peace Walk that will commence from the Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union, and continue around the Marquette campus. The walk will be followed by a rally outside the Union at 1:30 pm. We would like to invite you to both the walk & the rally, where we will reflect on the themes of peace and justice. Throughout the event, there will be speakers and words shared by members of our Senior English Composition class. We hope this event will be a success, and we want as many people as possible to attend in order for our voices to be heard. Our message is clear; we want to promote Peace and Justice locally and around the world.  Contact:  English teacher, Peter Whalen, at pwhalen@salamschool.com
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Moon Beach: Steps on the Journey of Healing – Apr 17 to 19
4/17/2015 3:00 PM - 4/19/2015 10:00 AM Come and share a weekend with other women (18 years and older) who have experienced rape and/or childhood sexual abuse (including marital/partner rape, date rape, and stranger rape). Learn more here.   
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Water, Water Everywhere? – Apr 19
The Third Annual Elm Grove Village Earth Day will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Elm Grove Village Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd; Elm Grove, WI. Jayne Jenks (Retzer Nature Center); Lindsay Frost (The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences) and Sister Jan Gregorcich (Global Partners Running Waters) will be the distinguished presenters with a discussion following the main program. Organized activities with children will be held during the presentations. The event is FREE. For questions or more information, contact theedge@ssndcp.org  or call 262-787-1011.  Flyer 
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SOPHIA Prayer Breakfast – Apr 25
Keynote Speaker: JoCasta Zamarripa, WI State Assemblyperson, Minority Caucus Vice-Chair First Latina to be elected to the Wisconsin Legislature (2010). Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8:30 am. Carroll University Center for Graduate Studies 2140 Davidson Road, Waukesha. Tickets available here for $30 ($20 tax deductible). Additional information and tickets are available by calling Betty Groenewold at 414-418-6086.  
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Run for Home – Apr 25
Elmbrook Church is partnering with Exploit No More in this 5k run/walk to help raise awareness and funds to create a new home for young victims of sex trafficking in the Milwaukee area. The objective of this 5k run/walk is to raise awareness and funds to help create a new home for these young [under 18] victims of sex trafficking.  Join us for this fun event, held at Frame Park in downtown Waukesha. April 25, 2015, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Hosted by Elmbrook church.  More information and registration at elmbrook.org/runforhome .
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WISDOM Madison Action Day – Apr 29
WISDOM Madison Action Day – Wednesday, April 29 from 9 am to 4 pm. Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI.  People of Faith United for Justice is a day-long gathering to learn, discuss, pray and advocate together for social justice issues of importance to all people of Wisconsin. As a new legislature starts work on the next state budget, our representatives need to hear our values, priorities and concerns. Together, we can ensure that our commitment to compassion and justice is reflected in that budget.  Keynote Speaker: Hannah Rosenthal, CEO and president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. More information and Registration Here.    
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The LOVE>hate Project:  The Jessie Blodgett Story – Apr 30
 Jessie's dad, Dr. Buck Blodgett, and a panel of survivors and experts, will share their powerful stories of violence, LOVE, and forgiveness. Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 pm St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll Street, Waukesha.  This event is free and open to the public. Flyer
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Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, of Homeboy Industries - May 7
Save the date - Thursday night, May 7th  at Gesu Parish. Contact Peg Flahive margaret.flahive@marquette.edu . Homeboy Industries
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"Inequality for All" Film Screening and Discussion – May 19
Tuesday, May 19 - A passionate argument for the middle class. Come. Learn. Bring a Friend. The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees this disparity as a threat to democracy. “Inequality for All" explains why. The screening of the film will be followed by a 30 min guided group discussion.  Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church West and Catholics for Peace and Justice. Contact: Deb Schneider at djschneider@wi.rr.com or 414.550.2167
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Poverty in the Milwaukee Metro Area and What You Can Do About It – May 21
Learn more about what can be done to abate poverty in our area with panel members Conor Williams, Economic Policy Analyst for the “Working Our Way Out of Poverty” Project at Community Advocates; Trace Matabele, Educator at the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee, and Ralph Zick Executive Director of Hope Center in Waukesha. Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm).  Location: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 3722 S. 58th Street, Milwaukee (corner of 58th Street & Forest Home Avenue), Halls A & B. Free-will donation. Snacks and beverages will be available. Sponsored by members of the Southeastern Wisconsin Social Justice Committee.
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Million Mom’s March – May 30
Maria Hamilton and other Milwaukee mothers will be standing up for a press conference on Monday, March 30th at 5pm in front of the War Memorial in downtown Milwaukee. March 30th marks the eleven month anniversary of Dontre's death. The mothers will declare their personal war on finding justice for their lost sons and daughters as they prepare for the march on Washington.  What: Million Moms March Announcement Press Conference, Who: Maria Hamilton, Milwaukee Mothers, and Mothers For Justice United, Where: War Memorial (750 N Lincoln Memorial, Milwaukee, WI 53202), When: Monday, March 30th at 5:00PM.  Mothers for Justice United is an organization of mothers whose unarmed black children have been killed by police officers and white vigilantes. Mothers For Justice United was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton, in the wake of Dontre’s death in April 2014. Press Release  Million Mom's Flyer
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Wisconsin Lantern Walk – May 30
Saturday, May 30 at 6:30 pm. Shining the light of truth about sex trafficking in Wisconsin and mobilizing our communities into prevention, intervention and restoration for survivors of sex trafficking. The Lantern Walk is a collaboration with 5-stones and Redeem and Restore Center. All proceeds support the work of Redeem and Restore Center* to provide a safe place for women survivors of sex trafficking. Information and registration. 
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The Capuchins' Run Walk for the Hungry – July 24
Save the date of Friday, July 24, 2015 for this year's Capuchins' Run Walk for the Hungry to Germanfest. Held at the Summerfest grounds. Online registration opens on May 1.  
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STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book: A Father at War: Reflections of a father whose son fought in Iraq by Francis Pauc
Francis (Frank) Pauc is a graduate of West Point who served as an officer for six years, five of those as a helicopter pilot. After he met his wife in Germany, he had a gradual change of heart about the military that led him to become a pacifist. Despite his best intentions, his oldest son joined the U.S. Army in 2009 and was deployed to the Middle East in 2011. His youngest son also wanted to join the military, but eventually decided against it. The letters and articles that Frank has written over the years are his efforts to work for peace in a violent world. Thus far, he feels he has been very unsuccessful. His own flesh and blood followed the path that he rejected. This distresses him a lot. “It would be easy for me to say, ‘Screw it’ and stop trying. I won’t stop,” he says, “but I will keep writing and speaking out, because it needs to be done.” Kindle Edition Book on Amazon 
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Reflection: From Thomas Gumbleton
“It seems to me, if we listen to Jesus, we should be offering strong support to what President Obama is trying to do and reject those calls to war, to bombing, to destroying the facilities of the Iranian people where they're trying to develop nuclear energy to provide energy for their country. Yes, we want to prevent another nation from getting nuclear weapons, but perhaps we should be trying to do what President [John F.] Kennedy did with the Soviet Union back in 1963. As he put it, "I don't want to have an arms race with the Soviet Union. I want to enter into a peace race -- step by step dismantling these weapons of mass destruction."”   [“We give up violence and war, but we can't become passive and let evil develop” by Thomas Gumbleton; National Catholic Reporter, Mar. 12, 2015].
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Prayer
Brother Jesus, 
I know that we share the same loving Father. 
And that you invite me to follow in your footsteps of service. 
Give me the courage to follow you all the way 
into a shared passion, 
a shared suffering, 
a shared resurrection 
and into a shared new life. 
Grant me the strong back and untiring shoulders 
to take that first step with you and your cross 
and I know that the end of the journey will be glory. 
Amen.

From Igniting our Values, a Jesuit/Ignatian Pilgrimage for Lent, March 30, 2015
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