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FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

Greetings

The last 10 days have been an amazing and agonizing roller coaster ride for defenders of human dignity and the social teaching of the Catholic Church.  A record number of requests for letters, signatures and turn outs for marches, not seen since the advent of the Iraq war, have flooded email boxes.   It's a time to double down in prayerful focused direction, or risk either missing our calling or spending our precious time circling in confusion.

The readings for this coming Sunday speak to the importance of keeping our inner light of God's love and compassion lit and visible.  To remove oppression, false accusation and malicious speech, to bestow bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted.  Then the light shall rise for you in the darkness and the "Lord shall be your rear guard."  Isaiah 58


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, Feb 11 for "Extending a Life Line to Justice".

Blessings on your ministry

Register Now for Extending a Life Line to Justice on Feb 11.  Come learn what parishes and groups like yours are doing beyond simple donations, to empower and create structural change in our community.  Learn More and Register Here.  Reduced cost advance registration ends on Feb 8.  Walk-In's on the day of the event are welcome. 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL

ACTIONS | ISSUES

PRAY | REFLECT

Pray: A Prayer for Unity

Reflect: This Is Not What Pro-Life Leadership Looks Like

EVENTS

Recurring Events
Share Your Gift of the English Language
Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action - Feb 1-Apr 19
MU Mission Week: Black, White and the Call of the Church - Feb 5-10
On the Issues with Mike Gousha - Feb 7 Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way Church Views Racism - Mar 3-4
CRS Rice Bowl and Global Discipleship - Mar 6
Plowshare's 28th Anniversary Celebration and Peacebuilder Awards - Mar 10 
Renewing Hope - Interfaith Earth Network's 10th Anniversary Celebration - Mar 19
One Light, Many Candles - Mar 19
Catholics at the Capitol – Mar 29
Conservation Lobby Day - Mar 29
WISDOM Madison Action Day - Mar 30
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

Sat Morning, Feb 11
8:30 am to 12:15 pm


Find out what groups like yours are doing to empower and produce structural change.

Through speakers and discussion, you'll leave feeling buoyed up about the state of our world. Come spend a morning with friends, immersed in the Spirit of change. Go home with connections, tools and encouragement to dive into an effective ministry in your parish, group or congregation. 

Learn More and Register Here

Sponsored by
Catholics for Peace and Justice
GENERAL
Pope Francis Quote
"Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer. We can all be builders of peace." Jan 30, 2017



ACTIONS | ISSUES
Immigration: Support the Bridge Act
Last week President Trump issued executive orders greatly increasing our immigration enforcement system, challenging sanctuary cities, and moving forward with building a wall at the U.S./Mexico border. Bishop Vasquez, Chair of the Committee on Migration and Bishop of Austin responded with these remarks on behalf of the USCCB.
Action Alert: Support the Bridge Act
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
 
Fact: The U.S./Mexico border, spanning approximately 2000 miles, already has roughly 700 miles of fencing and barrier that was constructed under the George W. Bush administration. Under the Secure Fence Act, the pedestrian border fencing completed in fiscal year 2007 was estimated to cost about $2.8 million per mile, according to a 2009 report from the Government Accountability Office
 
Migration Monday - I Am Migration
USCCB Justice for Immigrants campaign has begun a social media campaign to promote migration and Catholic Social Teaching. Entitled #MigrationMondays . Each week they will share a new meme to promote on social media. To participate, share and promote this effort go to their website
 I Am Migration: I am the cause, I am the solution. Climate change. Human trafficking. Migration. The world is facing some of its most serious challenges ever. Just as humanity has contributed to these problems, we have a shared responsibility to help solve them.  Visit Catholic Relief Services advocacy site I Am Migration to learn what you can do to advocate for migrants and be a part of the solution.

Responding to the Call for “A Bold Cultural Revolution”
By Margaret Swedish, Center for New Creation 

"In urging people of faith to begin to chart “a bold cultural revolution,” Pope Francis was calling for an ecological commitment commensurate with the scale of the crisis that is unfolding on our planet... A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that 65% of people in this country think clean renewable energy should be the nation’s priority, as compared to 27% who favor fossil fuels. 

We can help make the opinion of the 65% known by contacting the White House and your Senators and Representatives [House & Senate: 202 225-3121] right now as the debate is fresh and urgent, especially with the appointment of ExxonMobil’s long time CEO, Rex Tillerson, to be Secretary of State. Demand that the president not abandon the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and that it strengthen the leadership role of the U.S. government in moving the world off fossil fuels as quickly as possible."  Read Margaret's full article, including what is happening in the state of Wisconsin.  
Follow Margaret at her new website www.centerfornewcreation.org 

A Wisconsin Budget for All: Invest to Make Wisconsin Communities Thrive
Nearly $900 million in tax funding could result from doing away with just two wasteful tax breaks that powerful interests forced into the tax code. Learn about the issue and how that huge sum could be better utilized for the people of Wisconsin including education, earned income tax credit, abatement of lead in our water, and greater access to technical training. Read Here   An analysis by the Wisconsin Budget Project shows that Wisconsin public schools spent 5.4% less per student than a decade ago, while the national spending increased 4.2% over the same period.

There is No Chairperson for the Parole Commission
That might not sound very urgent to you, but it is very urgent for the 3,000 people in Wisconsin's prisons who are eligible for Parole.  No one can be released on parole without the approval of the Chairperson of the Parole Commission.   Please call Governor Walker, 608-266-1212.  Tell him that he needs to appoint a Chairperson for the Parole Commission IMMEDIATELY, and that the new Chair needs to unclog the bureaucracy that is keeping people in prison long after they should have been released.  Then, please call the offices of your State Senator and State Assembly Representative. Ask them to contact the Governor and tell him to fix the parole system. Learn about the broken parole system Here

Common Ground Affordable Healthcare
Common Ground was responsible for the formation of the Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative (CGHC).  CGHC is now a $100 million per year non-profit, cooperatively governed organization with a staff of 70 and over 30,000 members.  The repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act - called Obama Care, could have a detrimental effect on CGHC and the members we serve. CGHC is getting the word out to members and friends on how they might contact their Congress people expressing their concern about the future of health care in Wisconsin.  Talking points are also provided. Here is the link to the CGHC website where you can find out how to help:
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION

Recurring Events:
  • Share your gift of the English Language: Participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael’s Parish, 1445 N. 24th Street.    We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar, the former Burma, in learning English and in preparation for citizenship.  Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week.   The day and time are agreed upon by the teacher/tutor and the student.  Easy to follow materials are provided.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Patricia (Pat) Roehrig, at proehrig@wi.rr.com  or call 414-461-5592.
  • 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.
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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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Marquette Mission Week - Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church - Feb 5-10
Marquette’s annual exploration of the university’s Catholic, Jesuit intellectual mission and how that mission might be stretched even further for the good of the human community. Click here for a schedule of the week long events.
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On the Issues with Mike Gousha - Feb 7
This event is part of Marquette University’s 2017 Mission Week, whose theme is Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church. Our conversation will feature three individuals who have fought against racial injustice in America; Bree Newsome, Reverend Jim Wallis, Father Bryan Massingale. The event will take place on Feb 7, 12:15-1:15 p.m., at Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St. Learn more and register here.
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USCCB Legislative Advocacy Issues Briefing Webinar - Feb 7
This year Catholic Social Ministry is focusing on “in-district” visits by Catholics during the Congressional Recess week of February 20-24. To prepare for those visits, They are hosting a virtual Legislative Advocacy Issues Briefing Webinar on February 7, 2017, at 2pm ET. Information Here
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Immigration Forum at Ascension Lutheran Church - Feb 8
Join us, learn and or participate in this educational event with renowned Immigration Attorney Sarah Blackwell who will be addressing the current state of affairs and challenges.  Ascension Lutheran Church 1415 Dopp Street, Waukesha at 7 pm.  How do we respond as a community of faith?  Contact sophiaorganizer1@gmail.com
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Milwaukee Rescue Mission Walk a Mile 2017 - Feb 11
Come walk a mile in the shoes of a homeless and hurting man, woman or child in the Milwaukee Rescue Mission’s second annual Walk-A-Mile event. Raise awareness of and funds for homeless and hurting folks in Milwaukee. Register here as an individual or put together a team from your school, church or business. More information. 
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Extending a Life Line to Justice - Feb 11
Catholics for Peace and Justice are sponsoring a networking forum, “Extending a Life Line to Justice,” beginning breakfast items at 8 a.m. and continuing with the program to 12:15 p.m.  The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 12700 W. Howard Ave., New Berlin. Learn more and register here.
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The United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee - Feb 11
The February meeting will be held on Saturday – February 11th, 2017 at Holy Redeemer Church (rear entrance) located at 631 N. 19th Street (corner of Wisconsin Ave. and 19th Street) in Milwaukee, WI. Presentation/discussion: Programs for Empowering Women and Girls”. Contact Debbie Metke:  414.881.0904 (phone) or dmetke@gmail.com. 
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Scripture with Scholars - Feb 16
A program for Catholics and Lutherans commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Thursday, February 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist Atrium. More information.
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Good Shepherd Parish Three Part Mini-Series on Peacemaking – Feb 19/26/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

"Milwaukee 53206" - Film viewing - Feb 22
The Cluster Justice committee of Holy Apostles, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and St. Luke is showing the documentary "Milwaukee 53206" on Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Ann Seton, 12700 W Howard Ave., New Berlin.  
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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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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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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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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.
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.
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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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
 
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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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

REFLECT

This Is Not What Pro-Life Leadership Looks Like
America Magazine, Sam Sawyer, S.J., Jan 25, 2017
"On Monday, President Donald J. Trump delivered on an important policy goal for the pro-life movement. On Tuesday, he initiated a series of policy initiatives that flatly contradict the inherent dignity of human life. Taken together, these moves are not a victory for pro-life values; in fact, they are a profound setback.”  Read the reflection
A  Prayer for Unity
The Beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image.  Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. Thomas Merton

Lord, I thank you for the unique diversity yet integral connectedness of your creation.  Help me today and every day to seek to see Your one beloved community in every person I meet.  
 
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