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Catholics for Peace and Justice Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
June 2016 Newsletter

Greetings,
If by chance you are one of the many who've been trying to block out the media ...and the politicians... it's time to face the reality.  It is an election year.

In September and October Catholics for Peace and Justice along with our partners will be co-sponsoring a program, to be held at three locations in the archdiocese, on forming our conscious, hearing the issues and engaging in civil dialogue.  

SO... Pick a location and save the dates: Sept 8/15 at Our Lady of Lourdes; Sept 21/28 St James Men Falls; Oct 6/13 St John Cathedral.  More info to come.

Actions to check out this month include supporting the protest against extended use of solitary confinement, condemning raids on vulnerable immigrant women and children, supporting global sustainable development with ONE and a forum on taking the next steps against poverty in Wisconsin.

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
Joe Biden & John Boehner: Our Faith Inspires Political Compromise

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Bishop’s Letter Denounces Plan for New Raids on Vulnerable Women and Children
Some Facts on World Migration
Dying to Live - The Silent Abuse in WI Prisons
Forum on Poverty in Our State - It's Time to Move from Talk to Action!
America’s Shrinking Middle Class: A Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Areas
Global Sustainable Development with The ONE Campaign
Join the Force for Creation - Become a Laudato Si’ “Animator” 
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good Pope Francis Election Guide
Latino Milwaukee: A Statistical Portrait

EVENTS AND EDUCATION
National Gun Violence Awareness Day – Jun 2
Moving from Talk to Action on Poverty – WCC Spring Forum – Jun 2
Voices for Creative Nonviolence: Incarceration Walk through Jun 11
Capuchins’ Run Walk for the Hungry – Jun 17

MREA Energy Fair, Custer Wisconsin – Jun 17-20
Praise be: Reflecting on Faith Traditions’ Statements: – Jun 21
“State of OUR Environment” Listening Session – June 23
Conference on Human Trafficking – Jun 25

Parade and Paddle at Convergence at the Confluence - Jul 17
30th Annual Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) - Jul 17-21
Praise be: Reflecting on Faith Traditions’ Statements: – Jul 19
Pax Christi USA 2016 National Gathering - Aug 12-14
From SOA Watch to the Border/Join Us at the U.S./Mexico Border - Oct 7-10

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Reflect: Atheism and Politics
Pray: Lord Lead me in Your Love


GENERAL
Joe Biden and John Boehner: Our Faith Inspires Political Compromise
Christopher Hale – Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
“Last week, I had the honor of interviewing the first Catholic Vice President Joseph Biden and the former Speaker of the House John Boehner at Notre Dame on how the Catholic faith inspires them to go beyond partisanship, build friendship among political opponents, and seek the common good.”
 
"I don't like John Boehner," Biden told me. "I love him." Read the article printed in TIME
 
Also from Christopher Hale “Should Women Be Deacons in the Catholic Church”
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Bishop’s Letter Denounces Plan for New Raids on Vulnerable Women and Children
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration expressed deep concern over reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon begin a month-long series of immigrant deportation raids.   

Like the ICE enforcement actions conducted in early January, the upcoming operation is expected to focus on undocumented Central American mothers and children.  “Sending women and children back to Central America will not serve as an effective deterrent to migration because this is a humanitarian crisis and individuals from the region are being forced to flee for their lives,”

Archbishop Gomez also noted that “The raids are yet another depressing sign of the failed state of American immigration policy.” While ICE is reportedly expected to target individuals with deportation orders, many of these cases raise due process concerns. Data shows many of the families with outstanding removal orders were issued such orders in their absence from court or without legal representation.  Read the Letter Here. 
 
Take Action: Sign a Petition to the President
Sponsored by the Jesuit action network.
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Some Facts on World Migration
Five facts about the U.S. rank in worldwide migration
Check out these facts from PEW Research on how the US ranks in worldwide migration
 
Interactive Map on Origins and Destinations of World Migration
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Dying to Live - The Silent Abuse in WI Prisons
On June 10th Wisconsin prisoners held in long term Solitary confinement at Waupun Correctional Institution will start a "Food Refusal Campaign." The wish is to bring the horror of Administrative Confinement (AC) to the public's Attention and end this torturous practice. Solitary confinement for more than 15 days has been deemed "torture" by the United Nations but in Wisconsin the DOC has held many prisoners in isolation for decades. As the debate and outrage grows nationwide, join us in support of and prayer for these prisoners who are making a courageous sacrifice to Wake Us Up.
Madison Rally: 1 pm. Fri June 10 at the Capital Building.  Contact: 262-443-7831  Sophiaorganizer1@gmail.com    
Milwaukee Rally: Noon, Saturday June 11 at the County Courthouse.  Contact:414-379-2374 argentum111@me.com 

Both events will have a life-sized replica of the tiny cell these prisoners spend years in. There will be families of AC prisoners speaking as well as activists, and legislators. ALL are welcome and needed. 
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Forum on Poverty in Our State - It's Time to Move from Talk to Action! 
From David Liners, Executive Director, WISDOM
Over the last 18 months WISDOM,  Wisconsin Council of Churches, Citizen Action and Wisconsin Council on Children and Families have hosted 18 regional forums on poverty throughout the state.  We're glad you were able to attend one or more of these events!  At those events, we received lots of input from forum participants on both the substance and the message of a potential major campaign to reduce poverty in our state over the next decade.
 
We're now inviting you and all of those who participated in these forums-along with other interested people in the faith community-to take the next step.  At this next round of forums, we hope to finalize a theological statement we can use in our ministries, and we hope we can arrive at a consensus about moving toward a concrete goal of reducing child poverty in Wisconsin, and reducing our racial disparities. Please join us!

Milwaukee Spring Forum Thursday, June 2  - 1 pm - 3 pm
St. Matthew CME Church - 2944 N. 9th St., Milwaukee
RSVP to wcoc@wichurches.org
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America’s Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Areas
The middle class lost ground in nearly nine-in-ten U.S. metropolitan areas examined.  View the PEW Research Report
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Global Sustainable Development with The ONE Campaign
The world has just made its biggest ever promise to itself. Our leaders have agreed to 17 Global Goals that would mean a better life for all of us. They would virtually end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change in the next 15 years. It’s one of the most incredible to-do lists ever written – but now we need to turn words into action.
 
You – yes you – have the power to make sure our leaders keep these world-changing promises. You’ve got almost 7 million ONE members standing behind you, so let’s make it happen.
 
To take action, Sign the Petition
 
Call your US Senator Ron Johnson. (202) 224-5323 Here's what you can say when you call: "My name is [NAME] and I am from [TOWN]. Please support S.1252, the bipartisan Global Food Security Act. This legislation strengthens our commitment to helping small-holder farmers in developing countries grow their way out of poverty and overcome hunger and malnutrition."
 
Or email or write Senator Johnson at 328 Hart Senate Office Building  Washington DC 20510  [SAMPLE LETTER]
 
Join  ONE at www.ONE.org  - 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 and malaria, putting children in school, providing economic opportunity and stabilizing communities.
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Join the Force for Creation - Become a Laudato Si’ “Animator” 
Sign Up with the Global Catholic Climate Movement as a Laudato Si' Animator.  Laudato Si Animators will promote the Laudato Si message to help turn it into action in their local communities, whether that be a parish, school, religious congregation, lay group, youth organization, retreat center, Boy Scout troop, or more.  Learn More Here
 
More Parish Resources from Global Catholic Climate Movement
Eco-Parish Guide for Catholic Parishes.
Join the Eco-Parish Global Network
10 Things a Catholic Diocese Can Do To Promote Care for Our Common Home
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Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good Pope Francis Election Guide
“As we live out this Jubilee Year of Mercy and the United States enters into the 2016 election season, Americans face a myriad of choices between competing visions for our nation’s future.
 
As Catholics, we are called by our faith to engage in this election. Pope Francis says that “a good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of one’s self so that those who govern can govern well.”
 
“That's why today, Catholics in Alliance is releasing with our partners the 2016 Pope Francis Election Values Guide.  Politics, Francis says, “is one of the highest forms of love, because it is in the service of the common good.”  Read the Document
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Latino Milwaukee: A Statistical Portrait
“The Latino population in the United States has grown at a dizzying pace over the past quarter century, remaking the demographic, economic, social and cultural fabric of cities and metropolitan areas.”  Read the new report from Marc V. Levine at the UWM Center for Economic Development.  
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION
National Gun Violence Awareness Day – Jun 2
June 2nd, 12:00-1:00 PM at The Calling Sculpture (the orange sunburst sculpture at the end of Wisconsin Ave). Across the county, millions of Americans will #WearOrange to send a simple, undeniable message: We WILL end gun violence in America. We will gather to show the strength of our movement to prevent gun violence, wearing orange to show that we put safety first. This will be a kid friendly event, with balloons and bubbles, celebrating life. Learn more and register here.  
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Moving from Talk to Action on Poverty – WCC Spring Forum – Jun 2
June 2nd, 1:00-3:00 PM at St. Matthew CME Church, 2944 N. 9th St. The Wisconsin Council of Churches Spring Forum aims to finalize a theological statement we can use in our ministries, and we hope to arrive at a consensus about moving toward a concrete goal of reducing child poverty in Wisconsin, and reducing our racial disparities. RSVP to wcoc@wichurches.org.   
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Voices for Creative Nonviolence: Incarceration Walk– through Jun 11
Walk with us in this campaign to oppose the newest administrative supermax federal prison – ADX Thomson.. For more information, including the route and a list of FAQ's please visit the walk page here.
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Capuchins’ Run Walk for the Hungry – Jun 17
June 17, 2016, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Polish Fest at Lakeshore Festival Park. Register for a 5K run or 1 mile walk and help feed the hungry. You can register here.
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MREA Energy Fair, Custer Wisconsin – Jun 17-20
Each year the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) hosts The Energy Fair, transforming rural Central Wisconsin into the hot spot for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living education. The Energy Fair brings over 15,000 attendees together to learn the latest and greatest in clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a more sustainable future. Over 250 workshops, 200 exhibitors, demonstrations, keynotes and more. Learn more about the MREA Fair here.
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Praise be: Reflecting on Faith Traditions’ Statements: – Jun 21
On Care for Our Common Home Faith & ecology conversation series Presented by: Interfaith Earth Network. 3rd Tuesday of the Month 7:00-8:30 PM at the Urban Ecology Center. June 21st – Lines of Approach and action: Saving the environment through dialogue and transparency. See Flyer with list of presentations.   
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State of our Environment" Listening Session - June 23
June 23rd, 6:00-7:00 PM, Washington Park Library. Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters staff will be touring 10 communities this summer, and we need to hear from you! What natural resource issues are you facing in your community? What do you see as the most important issues to tackle? How can we – from local organizations to statewide groups – partner collaboratively and strategically to win for conservation? Join fellow conservation-minded citizens and local organizations to weigh in and make sure your voice is heard. Each session will be followed by informal drinks and further discussion. Learn more and RSVP here  
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Conference on Human Trafficking – Jun 25
Join the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin and "Cherish All Children" team to build awareness about the hidden scandal of sex trafficking of youth nationally and in Wisconsin. Learn about resources available to address the problem and about public policies. June 25, 10:00 AM to 1:30PM, Registration at 9:30 AM, Grace Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids. Flyer.  More information. You can register here.   
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Parade and Paddle at Convergence at the Confluence - Jul 17
Keep our water clean. Get explosive oil trains off the tracks and bridges. Parade, paddle, celebrate, socialize and strategize at the Milwaukee River Walk at E. Chicago St. in the Third Ward, 3:00-5:00 PM. Learn More.  
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30th Annual Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) - Jul 17-21
St. Xavier University in Chicago. SASI 2016 offers a transformational experience of immersion sites, presentations, and sessions by national and local leaders connected with Chicago's frontline efforts in racial, social, criminal and economic justice. Cost is $500 for the full week, including tuition, room, and most meals. Daily and commuter rates are also available. You can register here. Roundtable members, please contact us at coordinator@catholicroundtable.org for the member discount code. Learn More 
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Praise be: Reflecting on Faith Traditions’ Statements: – Jul 19
On Care for Our Common Home Faith & ecology conversation series Presented by: Interfaith Earth Network. 3rd Tuesday of the Month 7:00-8:30p m at the Urban Ecology Center. July 19th –   Ecological education and spirituality: The path to change is environmental education and spirituality. See Flyer with list of presentations.   
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Pax Christi USA 2016 National Gathering - Aug 12-14
There will be keynote speakers, break-out sessions and vendors at this event in Linthicum, Maryland. Learn more and register here.
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From SOA Watch to the Border/Join Us at the U.S./Mexico Border - Oct 7-10
This October 7-10, join us in Nogales, Arizona for our first bi-national convergence at the U.S./Mexico border to demand a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy. SOA Watch Field Organizer María Luisa Rosal and movement Founder, Father Roy Bourgeois moves the popular mobilization to the U.S./Mexico border in the Fall of 2016. Learn More
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STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Recommended by Clare Peiffer
Evicted is a must read for anyone working in the areas of social justice or direct service in the city of Milwaukee.  In his book, Desmond tells the stories of eight families living in poverty in Milwaukee and their struggle to remain in housing.  It also tells the stories of two landlords and how they manage their properties.  Desmond did embedded research, living for a time on both the north and south sides of Milwaukee.  Through these stories the reader is given a window into the world of the urban poor--decision making processes, stumbling blocks to stability, personal and economic challenges and substance abuse are all woven through the interesting and very readable narrative.  This would make an excellent book read selection for parishes directed at those who do service with the poor.  
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Reflection: Atheism and Politics
by Frank Pauc
However much we may desire to bring our faith into the public arena, we should understand that there is a population that wants just as much to completely banish religion from politics. These people will not go away. Neither will we. We need to stand up for our beliefs, but we need to accept the fact that Christianity will never again have the monopoly on values that it had in this country for over two hundred years. We now compete with opposing world views, and that will not change. Christianity is founded on love. We need to express and demonstrate that love if we are to change minds and hearts, and change our country. 
Excerpt from a letter written to the Catholic Herald by Francis Pauc.  
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Prayer: Lord Lead me in Your Love
Lord lead me in your love and by the power of your spirit so that I may... 
Listen to others with respect and openness,
   knowing that You work through all people for the greater good. 
Speak to ALL my sisters and brothers with civility, 
   honoring the dignity imparted to them by you as our one Creator 
Believe that my experience and understanding of “truth”
   may be just one ray of the full light of Wisdom You shed on the world. 
Act with love by promoting positive civil discussion,
   not contributing to the denigration of others through words or action. 
And Lord help me to continue to grow in your love and grace,
   so that I may be an instrument of your true peace to ALL people. 
 
Amen.
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