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Catholics for Peace and Justice October 2014 Newsletter
Catholics for Peace and Justice

OCTOBER 2014 Newsletter

We invite - and encourage - you to Register this week for the metro wide dialogue "Building Thriving Community, Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee", which will take place this coming Sunday Oct 5 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.  This dialogue seeks to bring understanding to our and our neighbors experience of segregation in the greater Milwaukee area while taking steps toward positive change. Come prepared to listen, share and be transformed     

On a sad note... on September 2nd our dear friend in faith Carol Waskovich was invited home. Carol had a strong passion for ecology.  She often shared her wisdom and energy teaching others about the importance of our human inter-connectedness with the earth - many times, over the years, in this newsletter and certainly with her dedication to the Interfaith Earth Network.  Our prayer this month is a heartfelt piece written by Carol in the past year.  

October is Respect Life month - Pray that we may be consistent in our ethic of the dignity and  inter-connectedness of life.

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 Face book page


TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
October is Respect Life Month – Statement by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap
Register Now for “Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee” City Wide Dialogue – Oct 5

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Let’s Make Poverty a Campaign Issue – Sign the Letter!
“Inequality for All” – The Results Are In
11X15 Calling for an End to Solitary Confinement
Wisconsin’s Need to Reduce Racial Disparities
US Bishops Request Executive Action on Immigration Reform 
Annunciation House and the Refugee Families Arriving at the Border!
Nuns on the Bus - On Line Help for Voter Registration
Common Ground Update and CG Assembly on October 19
Coalition for More Responsible Transportation in Wisconsin
Climate Change and the Global Frackdown
Pax Christi Annual Advent Reflection Booklet 
Help Protect Wisconsin's Seniors
More Tutors Needed -Share your Gift of the English Language

EVENTS
Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee "City Wide Dialogue" – Oct 5
“Restorative Justice: from the ‘Why’ to the ‘How’” – Oct 5
Jesus Christ, Peacemaker Presentation and Book Signing – Oct 7
The Land Ethic and the Gaia Concept—a Powerful Value for our Living Earth! – Oct 11
2014 CROP Walk – Oct 12
Pallium Lecture "Individualism and the Common Good” – Oct 14
Taize Service – St. Anthony on the Lake – Oct 15
Fair Trade Month Film Screening- Connected By Coffee – Oct 16
Embracing the Spirit of Pope Francis! – Oct 28
A Faith that Does Justice – Nov 3
Call to Action National Conference - Nov 7-9

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book: “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
Reflection: “We must find ways other than violence to build peace in the world” by Thomas Gumbleton
Prayer: Making Connections by Carol Waskovich


GENERAL
October is Respect Life Month – Statement by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap
“In his 2013 Day for Life Greeting, Pope Francis conveyed that “even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” We see Pope Francis living out the truth of these words in his actions.”  Read and share the statement with your parish.  
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Register Now for “Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee” City Wide Dialogue – Oct 5
Register to participate in the City-wide Dialogue “Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee” Sunday, October 5, 12:30-3:30 pm at the Zilber School of Public Health. The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion will lead a citywide dialogue on segregation in greater Milwaukee. Participants across the greater Milwaukee area will be led in facilitated small groups to discuss their stories, personal experiences, and ideas on building thriving community across Milwaukee.  Come to engage with others in dialogue, to share diverse perspectives, and to create new relationships and networks. The Zeidler Center Report on dialogues held over the summer will also be available for all participants. A free light lunch will be included at the beginning of the event. All are invited!  Free and open to the public. REGISTER HERE   This dialogue is sponsored by Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Questions? Contact Debra at djschneider@wi.rr.com  
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Let’s Make Poverty a Campaign Issue
WISDOM, along with the Wisconsin Council of Churches, is asking people of faith from throughout Wisconsin to sign on to the “Faithful Citizenship” statement. Together with the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families and the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund, we are holding gatherings around the state to talk about the depth of the scandal of poverty and about the role of faith communities and faithful individuals in confronting it. You can read and sign on to our statement here.   It is drawn from the input of more than 150 diverse faith leaders in Wisconsin.  Use the letter in your conversations about the upcoming election. Invite your friends, family and fellow congregants to add their names. Wisdom will present these letters and signatures in October to those who wish to be elected in November. Together we can make poverty a key issue of the upcoming election!
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“Inequality for All” – The Results Are In
On September 23 a little over 100 people gathered at Our Lady of Lourdes to view the Robert Reich film “Inequality for All” and engage in discussion about the content of the film.   Here are some of the concerns that were raised in discussion: cost of education; percentage of children in poverty; magnitude of the crisis; the wealthy may have a misplaced appreciation for the issues; the working poor are blamed for not doing enough, when in fact they are often working multiple jobs; we don’t take into consideration the issues involved with being born into poverty; the era of “the company will take care of me” is probably over.  Here are some resources and actions you can take to educate yourself, educate your legislators and join others to create change.  Check out NetFlix if you have not yet seen the film.  
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11X15 Calling for an End to Solitary Confinement
On Wednesday, October 1 WISDOM, as a part of its campaign for prison reform, will demonstrate the torture that is solitary confinement by producing a life-size replica of a solitary confinement cell on the capitol steps.  Governor Walker, Dept. of Corrections, Secretary Wall and legislators will be asked to spend time in the cell and reflect on ways to reform our broken corrections system. Read the latest Reform Now brief “Solitary Confinement is Torture”.   Learn more about this campaign Also see "The New Jim Crowe" as suggested book reading below. 
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Wisconsin’s Need to Reduce Racial Disparities
As the United States continues to become a more diverse nation, much work remains to be done to ensure that all children, regardless of their race or ethnicity, have the opportunity to thrive. A policy report recently published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that children of color face immense barriers to success in key categories of well being, and that the status of African-American children in Wisconsin is the worst in the nation.  Read “Race for Results” Wisconsin Needs to Reduce Racial Disparities  
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US Bishops Request Executive Action on Immigration Reform 
On September 9 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration in conjunction with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), wrote a letter to the office of President Obama urging him to use is authority “to protect undocumented individuals and families as soon as possible, within the limits of your executive authority. With immigration reform legislation stalled in Congress, our nation can no longer wait to end the suffering of family separation caused by our broken immigration system.”  Read the letter requesting specific steps the President has been requested to take to advance immigration reform. 
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Annunciation House and the Refugee Families Arriving at the Border!
This letter was sent to donors from the Director of Annunciation House in El Paso, TX. It offers a powerful description of the flood of Central American refugee mothers and children into South Texas. You might also appreciate their short video .  Annunciation House accompanies the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. 

Video: A Difficult Journey for Migrant Youths - America Magazine and Catholic Charities
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Nuns on the Bus - On Line Help for Voter Registration
 NETWORK is partnering with TurboVote  to make it easy for our community members to have all the information and materials needed to vote in every election. The tool is available in English and Spanish. It helps you register, request absentee ballots, find polling locations, know your state's voter ID requirements, and track upcoming elections.  Go here for more info. 
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Common Ground Update and CG Assembly on October 19
Common Ground Assembly For those of you who committed to being present at some Common Ground events to show your support-we need you now!  Mark your calendars to be present on Sunday Oct. 19th for Common Grounds Fall Assembly. (Please plan to attend this important assembly as we continue our campaign for Fair Play.)The lack of decent sports facilities for Milwaukee kids is the situation that Fair Play seeks to remedy. Our position is that if public money is spent on a new arena for the Bucks, at least $150 million must be spent on improving school and park play facilities in Milwaukee County.  This is a chance to band together with many others to achieve good for our community. It will be held from 3:30 – 5:00pm, Parklawn Assembly of God, 3725 North Sherman Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53216. Please contact Mary Kleist at maryakleist@sbcglobal.net if you are able to attend.  We will reserve you a seat at the event.  

Other Upcoming Common Ground Meetings and Events  
And the Common Ground Newsletter  

Common Ground Training Contact Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net
CG101:  Friday, 11/14, 6:00pm, Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church, 125 W. Saveland Ave, Milwaukee
Common Ground U: Thursday, 12/4  and 2/11, 6:00-8:30pm, Marquette  University, 1250 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233  
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Coalition for More Responsible Transportation in Wisconsin
CMRT is formed to challenge the overbuilding of highways in Wisconsin while our local roads and transit systems suffer. In particular they are speaking out about spending priorities that don’t include modern transit, supporting public transit options, fixing existing roads in our neighborhoods, and proposed funding of a double decker structure for I94, . Learn more .    Watch a video with Mike Gousha and Bruce Speight of the WISPIRG Foundation on UpFront.  
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Climate Change and the Global Frackdown
Last year, there were hundreds of actions across the world calling for a ban on fracking, and this year there are already over 200 partner organizations in the Global Frackdown  on October 11 . One of those partner organizations is 350.org and environmental leader Bill McKibben—whose voice and leadership have been so critical to sounding the call for strong action on climate change and the People’s Climate March.  Learn more about and join the efforts of 350.org Milwaukee here.   Learn about Fracking and why it is toxic to our environment.  
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Pax Christi Annual Advent Reflection
This year's booklet is entitled, Waking Up to God in Our Midst: Reflections for Advent 2014,   and our authors are Sr. Simone Campbell, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, Adrienne Alexander and Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Rev. Joseph Nangle, ofm. You can see a PDF sample with four reflections by clicking here. 
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Help Protect Wisconsin's Seniors
The Hunger Task Force notes that we are 1 of only 4 states that has avoided taking action to protect seniors. “All summer we’ve been talking to low-income seniors who have seen devastating cuts to their FoodShare benefits simply because they live in a building where heat is included with their rent. We have a NEW petition in our action center calling on the governor to join a bipartisan group of his colleagues and stop the cuts.”  Sign the Hunger Task Force petition to Gov Walker to save foodshare benefits. 
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More Tutors Needed -Share your Gift of the English Language
Here is a wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael’s Church, 1445 N. 24th Street.  They are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar (the former Burma) in learning English. Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week.  Exact time during the day would be determined by tutor and student.   Materials are provided.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the volunteer ESL Coordinator, Pat Roehrig at 414-461-5592.  
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EVENTS
Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee "City Wide Dialogue" – Oct 5
Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 5, 12:30-3:30 pm to participate in the City-wide Dialogue “Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee” at the Zilber School of Public Health. The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion will lead a citywide dialogue on segregation in greater Milwaukee. Participants across the greater Milwaukee area will be led in facilitated small groups to discuss their stories, personal experiences, and ideas on building thriving community across Milwaukee.  Come to engage with others in dialogue, to share diverse perspectives, and to create new relationships and networks. The Zeidler Center Report on dialogues held over the summer will also be available for all participants. A free light lunch will be included at the beginning of the event. All are invited!  Free and open to the public. REGISTER HERE   This dialogue is sponsored by Northwestern Mutual Foundation. 
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“Restorative Justice: from the ‘Why’ to the ‘How’” – Oct 5
“Restorative Justice: from the ‘Why’ to the ‘How’” with Patrick Kennelly, Director of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking at Good Shepherd, N88 W17658 Christman Rd. in the Falls on Sunday, Oct. 5 - 9:45-10:45 am in the church hall. The Center for Peacemaking is a recognized leader in nonviolent conflict resolution. Patrick will provide an overview of three of the conflict resolution theories taught in the peace studies program and will then lead us through an interactive exercise to apply these theories to address local, national, and international problems.
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Jesus Christ, Peacemaker Presentation and Book Signing – Oct 7
October 7, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. | OIE Program Center (Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor) Dr. Terrence Rynne will present on his new book Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace and sign copies of the book after the presentation. From Amazon: This path breaking book shows how the early church took seriously the "hard sayings" of the sermon on the Mount, put them into practice even in the teeth of violent repression, and, as a result of imitating Jesus' lifestyle, converted the Roman Empire. Dr. Rynne teaches in peace studies at Marquette University and he is the founder of the Marquette University's Center for Peacemaking.  This event is free and open to the public.
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The Land Ethic and the Gaia Concept—a Powerful Value for our Living Earth! – Oct 11
Saturday October 11th, 9am till 3:30pm at Retzer Nature Center.  Naturalist Supervisor Larry Kascht has been teaching about Aldo Leopold for much of his life; he will present the background, principles, and applications of Leopold’s Land Ethic. Guest Naturalist and Gaia scholar Martin Ogle, devoted to the presentation of the Gaia Concept; will present a compelling case for this concept of the Earth as a living being—a concept that is both old and new—and he will show its compatibility with modern ecosystem science, and with Leopold’s Land Ethic. This is a day-long program that includes indoor and outdoor components. $10 registration fee ($5 for students), and advance registration is requested—please call Retzer Nature Center, 262-896-8007, to register. More Info 
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2014 CROP Walk – Oct 12
This year's CROP Walk: Sunday, October 12, 2014. Registration: 12:30 p.m., Walk: 1:30 p.m., Food Drive: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. McKinley Marina - Milwaukee Lakefront. Distance: 2 or 5 miles Details on how to get involved including map, flyer, etc.   
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Pallium Lecture "Individualism and the Common Good” – Oct 14
"Individualism and the Common Good: Can inclusivity trump autonomy in the quest for a better world?" with Fr. Pogorelc is the current Vice Rector and Academic Dean at St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California.  Individualism can express values of human dignity or narrow interests. Our Catholic tradition encourages an inclusive individuality that promotes relationships that contribute to the common good. Drawing on the resources of our faith, how can we assess social conditions in Milwaukee and respond to them in a manner that builds a culture of solidarity? The talk is free and will be on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7 p.m. at Mount Mary University, 2900 N. Menomonee River Pkwy., Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597.  Although free, all are encouraged to register to ensure adequate space.  Please email Rosalita Villa villar@archmil.org, 414-758-2217, with the number of people attending in your group.  More information is available here.   
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Taize Service – St. Anthony on the Lake – Oct 15
Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30 pm. St. Anthony on the Lake Parish, W280N2101 Prospect Ave Pewaukee WI 53072. The service will be held in the chapel.  Any questions please contact, Laurie Polkus - Music Director 262-691-2774 polkusl@stanthony.cc
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Fair Trade Month Film Screening- Connected By Coffee – Oct 16
Thursday, October 16th at 6pm, Four Corners of the World, 5401 W. Vliet Street. October is Fair Trade Month and Four Corners is celebrating by offering a FREE film screening of the newly released documentary, 'Connected by Coffee'.  Following two North American coffee roasters, including Wisconsin's Just Coffee, we hear stories from farmers that grow the coffee, we learn about their struggles, and discover how fair trade empowers small scale producers while changing lives and communities.  More information about the event and the film
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Embracing the Spirit of Pope Francis! – Oct 28
Averno College, Tuesday, October 28, Pope Francis invites us to see leadership as service, to engage a social Gospel, and to experience mercy as the core message of Christianity. Come and ponder his challenging words which can lead to a deeper personal encounter with Jesus, “...who is waiting for us with open arms.” We will explore these concepts mainly through his writing Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) Rosemary Bonk, SSND; graduate of the Shalem Institute of Spirituality and the Spiritual Direction Preparation Program of the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse. TFT-531-01 6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34 More Information 
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A Faith that Does Justice – Nov 3
November 3, 2014 | 4:00 p.m., Marquette University, Raynor Library Beaumier Suite.  Dr. Thomas Kelly of Creighton University will present on Rutilio Grande, S.J., one of the UCA martyrs. The event will explore how Grande's life influenced the future of El Salvador and challenges us to consider what it means to live our faith in service to the poor and vulnerable. This event is the Center for Peacemaking's inaugural Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture. Thomas M. Kelly, Ph.D. is a Professor of Systematic Theology at Creighton University and Immersion Coordinator of the Ignatian Colleagues Program. He has lived and taught courses throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. This event is free and open to the public.
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Call to Action National Conference - Nov 7-9
The Well of Many Rivers: Creating Currents of Change is the theme of this year's Call to Action national conference in Memphis TN.  For details and online registration go to www.cta-usa.org/conference .
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STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book: The New Jim Crowe, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander 
From the Forward by Cornel West: “While the age of Obama is a time of historic breakthroughs at the level of racial symbols and political surfaces, Michelle Alexander’s magisterial work takes us beyond these breakthroughs to the systemic breakdown of black and poor communities devastated by mass unemployment, social neglect, economic abandonment, and intense police surveillance. [She turns attention] to the massive use of state power to incarcerate hundreds of thousands of precious poor, black, male (and increasingly female) young people in the name of a bogus “War on Drugs.”” This book will help bring understanding to how incarceration is directly tied to unemployment, education and poverty and why we all need to be involved in reforming the Wisconsin prison system.   Michelle Alexander recently spoke at MATC.  See the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article "Second chances? Not for black men with criminal records"
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Reflection
We must find ways other than violence to build peace in the world
From homily By Thomas Gumbleton  |  Sep. 19, 2014, ncronline  
“I was filled with sadness this week because, as we all know, once more, we're going to war again. Well, we say we're going to be bombing, and we'll just send some troops in to train those who can fight on the ground, but that's how we got into Vietnam. And that's how we've been getting into every war ever since.”

“But first, I also want to emphasize how war is this unspeakable, unacceptable violence. You know the president says we're going to bomb. Now to most of us, that doesn't mean very much because we never experienced bombing, most of us. Our own country hasn't been bombed literally. But during that war, that second war in Iraq, here's what bombing meant -- and this is testimony of a doctor who went into the city of Fallujah after we had bombed there in preparation for our troops to go in."  Read the homily 
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Prayer

Making Connections

It’s hard to stay together,
to remain standing on ankles
that give way without warning; 
and to wear wandering
bruises like helter-skelter tattoos;
bones that can be creatively manipulated
because what connects them
are like rubber bands stretching, stretching….
I’m wearing out – from the inside –
as veins and tendons wear thin 
like my favorite jeans.

I have a connective tissue disorder,
an inheritance from my father and unknown ancestors.
His death brought the name and knowledge 
that I too carry that DNA.

It dawned one day as I sat in a little park
gazing at trees and squirrels and letting the summer breeze
surround me like a friend’s arm sheltering my brokenness:
that the two rods holding me together
were a way to live the parable of my life:
to connect with myself, with the earth, with people.

Who ever thinks of their connective tissue?
It’s like breathing; you expect to stay together –
unless you have a parable to live.

It’s like becoming aware of what’s holding the earth together,
the underground roots of trees and bushes keeping the soil in our yard.
It’s like underground meandering aquifers 
that provide life-giving water to the surface world.
It’s the burning, boiling interior of volcanoes deep within
that can form new land in an explosion of fire and force.
It’s the unseen, yet strong ties of love and friendship,
compassion and caring that link me to the struggling people of Syria,
the sick, the fearful, and even those that have gone beyond the boundaries of time.

Connections: some weak; some strong; 
some taken for granted or dusty with forgetfulness.
Connections with the earth are real, under the surface of morning coffee
yet crucial to life’s meaning as humanity journeys to a new understanding
of how to live on earth.

I seek to live the parable of my life.
I seek to stay together, connected to life and love and earth.
                                    - Carol Waskovich



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