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Catholics for Peace and Justice Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
FEBRUARY 2016 Newsletter

Greetings,
As you begin to map out your Lenten plan, at least as Catholics are prone to do, we encourage you to build in time to simply sit in the presence of God and "breathe".  Our world, our culture, our airwaves are filled with chaos. A chaos that we can all too easily get caught up in.  Only in our Creator God can we find true peace and direction. 

You will see in this month's newsletter that our Wisconsin legislature has been busy. Don't miss this opportunity to weigh in with your representatives on important bills that affect issues from incarceration to privatizing water.  

Peace and good to all and 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
Pope Francis Quote “We all have the same rights…”
Margaret Swedish Keynote for MU Mission Week – Feb 1

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Justice for Immigrants - Take Action on Wisconsin Sanctuary Cities Bill
Overwhelmed Federal Officials Released Immigrant Teens to Traffickers in 2014
Support Wisconsin Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration [TAD] Bill
Join the WISDOM Lightening Team
Wisconsin Bill for Local Transportation Funding
President Obama Announced Changes to the Federal Prison System
Tell World Leaders to Step Up the Fight Against AIDS, TB, and Malaria. 
The Ten Commandments of Food
Bill to Allow Privatization of Wisconsin’s Water Before the WI Senate
Wisconsin waters imperiled
Wisconsin sues the federal government over Obama’s Clean Power Plan
A Few Things You Need to Know About Poverty in the U.S. Right Now

EVENTS AND EDUCATION
Marquette Mission Week-Jan 31 to Feb 5
New Sanctuary Movement Vigil – Feb 2
Listening Session Regarding The Department of Corrections – Feb 4
ICE Vigil – Feb 4
First Friday Films: “Fruitvale Station” - Feb 5
Sunday Forum: Climate Change: A Report from Paris - Feb 7
Marquette Soup with Substance - Feb 10 and 17
Urban Prayer Service for Peace – Feb 14
Sunday Forum: Why is Integrative Medicine the New Healthcare Model? – Feb 14
“What Do We Really Know about Islam?  Answering the Difficult Questions.” - Feb 18
Walk in Our Shoes: Immigration Simulation Experience - Sat, Feb 20
Sunday Forum: International Learning Center: Serving Refugees in Milwaukee – Feb 21
2016 Winter Forum: 20/20 Vision to Mend the Gaps – Feb  26
Tuesday’s in March/ Wisconsin: What Happened to the Common Good? – Mar 1/8/15/22/29
"An Evening with the Saints," – Mar 5
Capuchin Community Services' Lenten Morning of Reflection – Mar 12

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book:  Joan Chittister Her Journey from Certainty to Faith by Tom Roberts
Reflect: Being Merciful in the Year of Mercy by Frank Pauc
Prayer: Ignatian Examen for Lent


GENERAL
Pope Francis Quote “We all have the same rights…”
“We all have the same rights. When we do not see this, society is unjust. It does not follow the rule of justice, and where there is no justice, there cannot be peace. I would like to repeat this with you: where there is no justice, there is no peace!”  Pope Francis May 12, 2015
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Margaret Swedish Keynote for MU Mission Week – Feb 1
Margaret will be speaking on Monday, Feb 1 at 4 to 5 pm at Weasler Auditorium on “What Do We Mean When We Call the Earth “Sacred”?” as a part of the 2016 Marquette Mission Week’s theme of “Earth Justice: Committing to our sacred world”. Mission Week runs from Jan 31 - Feb 5. Events run Throughout the Week.  Find the Full Schedule Here.  [Note we mistakenly listed the date for the keynote as Feb 5 in our mid-month update.  Feb 1 is the correct date.]
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Justice for Immigrants - Take Action on Wisconsin Sanctuary Cities Bill
Oppose AB450 – the “Sanctuary Cities” bill.  AB450 is designed to penalize local communities that make the decision to keep local law enforcement out of the immigration enforcement business.  Any community that has a policy calling for law enforcement NOT to inquire about immigration status in the course of their regular duties would lose state aid money.  AB450 is a very bad idea for a lot of reasons, notably including that law enforcement doesn’t like it.  To do their jobs effectively, they need the trust of ordinary people.  If local police are extensions of Immigration, people are much less likely to report crimes or to cooperate with police.  Find my WI legislator here.
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Overwhelmed federal officials released immigrant teens to traffickers in 2014
Reported in the Washington Post – Read here
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Support Wisconsin Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration [TAD] Bill 
Support AB657. This is a recently surfacing bi-partisan bill, and is co-sponsored by some of the really heavy hitters in the legislature. Let your representative know that you support AB657, which would expand the budget for TAD programs by an additional $2 million per year.  Not nearly the dollar amount needed, but an advancement in the right direction.  Find my WI legislator here.  
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Join the WISDOM Lightening Team
Are you someone who likes to be up-to-date regarding the social justice issues that face our community?  And, are you someone who likes to do something about issues once you learn about them?  You might be interested in being part of the WISDOM “Lightning Team”. We are looking for people who are willing to make a phone call within 24 hours to a state legislator or other decision-maker.  We will send you information about matters that come up related to the issues WISDOM and its local organizations are working on.  We’ll give you background and some talking points.  

The Lightning Team will deal with any and all of the issues WISDOM works on.  You might get a request for action related to Transit, or Immigration, or ROC Wisconsin.  Or, for example, you might get a request from our religious leaders to help stand against the proposal to allow for the desecration of Native American burial mounds. If you are willing to be part of the Lightning Team, email wisdomforjustice@gmail.com   Just say, “Yes, put me on the Lightning Team!” and give us your name, phone number, preferred e-mail address and, if you know them, the names of your State Senator and State Assembly Representative.
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Wisconsin Bill for Local Transportation Funding
AB210 is a bill that would give Wisconsin counties the ability to hold a referendum and to increase their local sales tax by .5% in order to pay for road and street repair. The problem is that it does NOT allow for counties to use any of that new revenue for Transit. Many people depend on the bus for work, for Church, for doctor visits, for grocery shopping, and more, and they should benefit from this as much as people who drive cars. Let your legislators know that transit should be a part of this bill.  Find my WI legislator here.
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President Obama Announced Changes to the Federal Prison System
On January 25 Obama announced changes to the federal prison system that include banning solitary confinement for juvenile offenders and for prisoners who have committed low-level infractions, calling the practice overused and potentially devastating. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Obama invoked the case of Kalief Browder, a young man who spent nearly two years in solitary confinement after he was thrown in jail in 2010 for allegedly stealing a backpack when he was 16.  Read article here 
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Tell World Leaders to Step Up the Fight Against AIDS, TB, and Malaria. 
No one should die from a preventable and treatable disease, no matter where they live.  The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria has helped bend the curve of AIDS, saved more than 17 million lives since 2002, and could save millions more in the next three years.  But it won’t happen unless world leaders urgently step up their support.  Girls and women in Africa are almost 3 times more likely to be living with HIV than boys or men, so are especially at risk if we don’t act fast. Tell world leaders to support the Global Fund now.  As of this posting, 74% of our goal of 100,000 has been met.  Please sign the petition. 

Join ONE:  By supporting ONE, you have the opportunity to take action to support effective, proven initiatives that are delivering results in the poorest places on the planet: protecting families from preventable diseases like AIDS, TB, and malaria, putting children in school, providing economic opportunity and stabilizing communities.  Join the millions of people around the world who believe that where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live. Go to www.one.org 
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The Ten Commandments of Food
A 21 January World Economic Forum session on how food choices can become a catalyst for positive change became an opportunity for World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to present “Ten Commandments” of food to the gathered business and political leaders.  Read here.
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Bill to Allow Privatization of Wisconsin’s Water Before the WI Senate
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 554, which is before the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Public Works, and Military Affairs. Access to clean drinking water and effective sewer systems is a fundamental necessity. Wisconsin should be investing in these public systems to ensure they are in good repair and provide clean water to our citizens. AB 554 would take public accountability for managing critical water services away by allowing communities to sell their water utilities to private out-of-state companies. 
Pope Francis [Laudato Si’, 30] - “Even as the quality of available water is constantly diminishing, in some places there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights.”   Find my WI legislator here.  
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Wisconsin Waters Imperiled
From Margaret Swedish Center for New Creation 
There are few things more basic for life and a healthy eco-community than water. Wisconsin is finding water quality imperiled right now due to a more lax regulatory environment and as more water intensive, and water-polluting industries expand operations.

Among the most egregious offenders are Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) because of the vast amounts of manure waste that is produced. Much of that waste gets spread over adjacent fields and from there washes into waterways, feeding toxic algae blooms along the shores of Green Bay and many inland lakes. Some of these operations are massive, holding as many as 8,000 cows, caged all day and attached to milking machines, a practice many consider cruel. 

In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found Wisconsin to be in violation of the Clean Water Act, and put the Department of Natural Resources on notice about getting into compliance. None of its recommendations have been implemented. Read more and find out what you can do.
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Wisconsin sues the federal government over Obama’s Clean Power Plan
From Margaret Swedish Center for New Creation 
Wisconsin is one of 24 states suing the Obama administration over new regulations that would require all states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. But Wisconsin is the only state that is not preparing any plans to reach those goals should they lose the suit – which many legal experts consider likely. Part of the reluctance is the state’s continued heavy dependence on coal, a cheaper option than natural gas. Gov. Walker and Republican leaders in the legislature continue to resist using the resources of the state to encourage development of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
Action: the message is simple. Contact your legislators and the governor and insist that they drop participation in the suit and begin plans to implement the CPP. It is good for the planet, for our future on the planet, and for ending the state’s reliance on this dirtiest source of fuel. 
Find my WI legislator here. 
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A Few Things You Need to Know About Poverty in the U.S. Right Now
As Catholics, we strive for an economy that places people first. Everyone has a right to live in dignity, free from poverty, with decent work at just wages. Life in America is far from our Catholic understanding of a just economy.  Read the article
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION
Marquette Mission Week-Jan 31 to Feb 5
The theme for this year is “Earth Justice: Committing to our sacred world”. Keynote: Margaret Swedish on Feb 1, “What Do We Mean When We Call the Earth “Sacred”?” 4 – 5 pm, Weasler Auditorium. Events Run Throughout the Week. Find the Full Schedule Here. 
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New Sanctuary Movement Vigil – Feb 2
Tuesday, Feb 2, 6:30 - 7:30pm at Ascension Lutheran Church (1236 S Layton Blvd in Milwaukee) at our monthly vigil for members of our community affected by deportation and their families, friends, and allies
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Listening Session Regarding The Department of Corrections – Feb 4
February 4, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W. Washington Avenue, Madison. People are invited to come to tell their own experiences related to: Excessive Crimeless Revocations (being revoked back to prison for a “technical violation” of Supervision rules), Denial of opportunity for parole for “Old Law” prisoners who have already been in prison longer than the sentencing judge required; Excessive use of Solitary Confinement, Lack of “Compassionate Release” for elderly and ill prisoners. The Department of Corrections has refused to meet with the community or to respond to legitimate concerns.  Legislators, media, and people of good will are invited to hear for themselves about many concerns regarding this unaccountable system.  Flyer with more information. 
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ICE Vigil – Feb 4
Thursday, Feb 4, 12 - 1pm outside of ICE office (310 E Knapp Street in Milwaukee) at our monthly vigil to promote awareness and reform of the broken immigration system that causes community members to live under threat of deportation. Sponsored by New Sanctuary Movement. Flyer
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First Friday Films: “Fruitvale Station” - Feb 5
6:45 pm - 9:15 pm “Fruitvale Station” (90 minutes). Based on a true story, this film documents the last day in the life of a 22-year-old black man trying to live a clean life after spending time in San Quentin. He becomes swept up in a tragic altercation with police that ends in his being shot in the back on a subway platform. First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street, Milwaukee. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Films begin promptly at 7 p.m. Discussion follows as time allows. Evening ends at 9:15 p.m. More information
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Sunday Forum: Climate Change: A Report from Paris - Feb 7
10:10 am - 10:55 am. Climate Change: A Report from Paris with George Stone. George Stone has been a passionate advocate for taking action on Global warming. He was in Paris for the historic Climate Accord negotiations in November/December 2015. Join us to hear his thoughts on the outcome and what we can do to prepare for the coming wave of change. First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street, Milwaukee. More Information. 
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Marquette Soup with Substance - Feb 10 and 17
At Marquette University in Alumni Memorial Union Room 157.  Feb 10 at noon - Preventing Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence; Feb 17 at noon - Black History Month. Free. 
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Urban Prayer Service for Peace – Feb 14
All are welcome to attend, 5:00 pm, All Saints Catholic Church, 4051 N. 25th Street, Milwaukee
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Sunday Forum: Why is Integrative Medicine the New Healthcare Model? – Feb 14
10:10 am - 10:55 am. Dr. Rose Kumar, MD, Internal Medicine. Feeling that traditional medical practice fell short in facilitating true health and healing, in 2001 Dr. Kumar founded the Ommani Center for Integrative Medicine. She’ll share her views on the dark side of the current corporate healthcare model and its negative effect on physicians and patients. First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street, Milwaukee. More information. 
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“What Do We Really Know about Islam?  Answering the Difficult Questions.” - Feb 18
Thursday Feb 18, 7 to 9 pm. Speakers from the Muslim community will be joined by Sikh, Christian and Jewish respondents.  It is free and open to the public and will be held at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, 800 Elm Grove Rd.  More Information 
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Walk in Our Shoes: Immigration Simulation Experience - Sat, Feb 20
Take on the role of an immigrant to experience what it might be like to apply for a job, try to get medical care for a child or figure out how to manage daily life in a language different from your own. 2-5 pm at Notre Dame of Elm Grove. Details and registration here. Register by Jan 31.  
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Sunday Forum: International Learning Center: Serving Refugees in Milwaukee – Feb 21
10:10 am - 10:55 am First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Street Milwaukee. Speaker Cynthia Zarazua is the Instructional Supervisor at the International Learning Center (ILC), a program of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee. The Center is located in the Central United Methodist Church and serves refugees with instruction in English, math, computers and citizenship. The International Learning Center serves refugees from around the world, though the majority of current students are from Burma, many of whom have low or no literacy skills. More information 
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2016 Winter Forum: 20/20 Vision to Mend the Gaps – Feb  26
A Pastoral & Political Challenge with Sister Simone Campbell. February 26 - 27, 2016. Bethlehem Lutheran Church W8267 Highway 33 East, Portage. Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.  More Information  
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Tuesday’s in March "Wisconsin: What Happened to the Common Good?" – Mar 1/8/15/22/29
A luncheon lecture series sponsored by the Peace and International Issues Committee of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. Held at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. Flyer with listing of topics, speakers and cost can be found here.    
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"An Evening with the Saints," – Mar 5
A spirited fundraiser for the Saint Clare Center that will take place at Cardinal Stritch University.  Have fun, learn a little more about six different saints, and promote lay ministry in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by supporting the Saint Clare Center.  To find out more or to register. 
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Capuchin Community Services' Lenten Morning of Reflection – Mar 12
March 12, 2016 (9:30 AM - Noon) Save the Date. Location: House of Peace Site, 1702 W. Walnut Street Milwaukee. In honor of Pope Francis' Jubilee Year of Mercy, Capuchin Friar Bill Cieslak will be presenting a reflection on Mercy. Br. Bill is a Capuchin priest and has taught liturgy and sacraments at the Franciscan School of Theology (Graduate Theological Union) in Berkeley, CA for 25 years. He is the director of Preaching and Evangelization for the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph. He travels worldwide discussing Franciscan spirituality & theology.  
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STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book:  Joan Chittister Her Journey from Certainty to Faith by Tom Roberts
Recommended by Bob Schuelke

An intimate biography of Joan Chittister - Benedictine nun and writer, a leading voice for spiritual renewal, a prophetic champion of peace and justice, and a champion of the role of women in the church and the world.  Chittister has become convinced that the journey and how it is traveled are as important as the destination.  She grew up to understand that doubt is not the enemy of faith and that questions are not a sign of insubordination but the means for drilling deeper into the truth.  God is best served by full engagement with all of creation especially those at the margins.
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Reflection: Being Merciful in the Year of Mercy
By Frank Pauc

Pope Francis has designated this liturgical year as a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Our archdiocese, along with the rest of the universal church, is actively participating in this event. Catholics are encouraged to perform the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy. This time period is not the just for the institutional Church to show mercy, but it is for each and every member of the Body of Christ to become more compassionate. What does mercy really mean? How do we show mercy? What do we need to do in order to show mercy?  Read the Reflection 

Prayer: Ignatian Examen for Lent
Use the Ignatian Examen at the end of each day during Lent. 

This is a version of the five-step Daily Examen that St. Ignatius practiced.
1. Become aware of God’s presence. Ask the Holy Spirit to be with you
2. Review the day with gratitude. Find God in the details of people, places and things
3. Pay attention to your emotions. Reflect on the feelings you experienced during the day
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. Ask for direction for what is important
5. Look toward tomorrow. Ask God to give you light for tomorrows challenges
End with the “Our Father”

Learn more at Ignatian Spirituality

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