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Catholics for Peace and Justice January 2014 Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
JULY 2014 Newsletter

As the summer begins to heat up, so do the discussions on the pressing issues of poverty and segregation in southeastern Wisconsin. On July 22, Catholics for Peace and Justice will host a Zeidler Center community dialogue on segregation.  This dialogue is one of many small groups that will be meeting this summer across the Milwaukee area to share their thoughts on this topic.  We invite you to participate.  Your voice is important and needed.  More info and how to register is below. Our dialogue is limited to 15 persons, first come, first in.  We will have a wait list as needed.

Second, a state wide campaign to raise awareness of child poverty in our state is underway.  The majority of those in poverty has moved over the last several years from our seniors to our children. The numbers are alarming as are the statistics for a chance at opportunity for children in poverty. [see below]  You will continue to see more info and actions on both these subjects. 

Much more below. 
Blessings on Your Ministry,

   
TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee – CALL for Dialogue Participants
Synod 2014 – A Review

ISSUES AND ACTIONS
Combating Poverty: Elevating the Local Debate 
Cardinal Defends Pope’s Critiques of Capitalism
Wisconsin Election Dates and Guidelines for Church Involvement in Electoral Politics 
Real Reasons for the Influx of Children Across the Border
Rep Luis Gutierrez Gives Republicans the “Red Card” on Immigration Reform
We Are Family, Not Criminals
Catholics for Peace and Justice-Common Ground Update
Unlucky 13 Campaign Warning of Teen Sex Trafficking
Excellent Video on the Keystone XL Pipeline
WI League of Conservation Voters Petition to stop Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline through WI 
You Have Seconds to Decide: Is the Guy With the Gun a Danger to Your Family?  
Share your Gift of the English Language
Supreme Court sides with employers over birth control mandate
WI Catholic Conference Summary of 2013/2014 WI Legislative Activity
Consistent Life Cards – Message Tool

EVENTS
Prayer Vigil to End Deportations and for Children at the Border – Jul 1
Monthly Prayer Vigil at ICE – Jul 3
Film – “Documented” on CNN – Jul 5
Join WISDOM for "Reform Now: A Call for Accountability in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections" - July 9
WISDOM / MICAH voter engagement day - Jul 12th
Greenfield Voter Information Forum – Jul 16
Job Security is National Security! Cocktail Party – Jul 16
Capuchins' Run Walk for the Hungry to German Fest – Jul 25
Lanterns for Peace – Aug 9
Broken Open by Love: An Invitation to Sacred Activism with Andrew Harvey – Aug 15-17
Living the Fundamental Vision of the Gospel with Bishop Hying – Sep 6

STUDY, PRAYER AND REFLECTION
Book: She Who Brings Peace by Dr. Megan McKenna
Reflection: Walking 165 Miles for Peace – A Reflection on the Journey by Frank Pauc
Prayer: For the Children on the Border

GENERAL
Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee – Call for Dialogue Participants
“Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee” As Milwaukee continues to be scrutinized as one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., Catholics for Peace and Justice has teamed up with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion  to initiate a series of facilitated small community dialogues on segregation in Milwaukee.

As a part of this program, Catholics for Peace and Justice will be hosting a Small Group Community Dialogue for 15 persons on Tuesday evening July 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in Herian Hall at Gesu Church. 

The Community Dialogue will begin at 5:30 pm with a simple shared meal followed by discussion.  Attendees will be assigned to a small group of 5 people. The dialogue will be facilitated by members of the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.

Fifteen-person groups will meet throughout the greater Milwaukee area through Summer 2014. Each community dialogue will brainstorm practical action steps and initiatives focused on greater equity, inclusion, and thriving within and across Milwaukee communities. These ideas will be consolidated and shared with the participants of each group in preparation for a Milwaukee-wide networking event and community dialogue on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

REGISTER HERE

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Synod 2014 – A Review
From Debra Schneider
On June 7/8 I attended the Archdiocesan Synod as a delegate from St. James in Menomonee Falls.  Attached is a review of my experience and the priorities that were voiced by the 400 voting delegates from parishes and organizations who attended. In September, Archbishop Listecki will release a Synodal Declaration based on the outcomes of the Synod. The Declaration will outline his pastoral priorities for the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for the next decade and beyond.  Read here.
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ISSUES AND ACTIONS
Combating Poverty: Elevating the Local Debate 
One hundred and fifty local religious leaders from throughout Milwaukee and beyond met on June 4th at Marquette University in the Alumni Memorial Union for a symposium on Combating Poverty: Elevating the Debate.  

During an afternoon of learning and sharing they grappled with: 
• What does poverty look like in Wisconsin?
• What is our distinctive voice as faith communities in the public square?
• How can we make a difference in alleviating poverty?

This year marks the 50 year anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson declaring an "unconditional war on poverty" in the United States. Over the past five decades there have indeed been advances on the frontlines - from Medicare, and eventually Medicaid, to the development of social safety net programs like Food Stamps, and the implementation of social programs such as Head Start, Job Corps and VISTA.

However, despite its successes, the war has not yet been won. In fact, the very real epidemic of widespread poverty in the United States demonstrates the critical need for a real conversation that begets concrete solutions to ebb the rising tide of poverty in Wisconsin and across the nation.

Conference sponsors were: Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund; Wisconsin Council of Churches; Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and WISDOM.  

LINKS to the Participant Packet, PowerPoint Presentations, Media Reports and Action Tools can be found HERE on our website.
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Cardinal Defends Pope’s Critiques of Capitalism
National Catholic Reporter 
Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, chairman of a group of eight cardinals advising Francis on reforming the Catholic Church, also bluntly critiqued global inaction in the face of growing income inequality and continuing conditions of poverty around the world.

“A system has been built now as a new idolatry and it's only the true God that has to be served and not worshipping idols, even if that idol is called market economy ... or the idol of libertarianism,” said Rodriguez, speaking at an event in Washington presenting Catholic views against libertarian ideologies.  “The libertarianism deregulation of the market is much to the disadvantage of the poor,” Rodriguez continued. “This economy kills. This is what the pope is saying.” Read more… 
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Wisconsin Election Dates and Guidelines for Church Involvement in Electoral Politics
The Partisan Primary will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
The General Election will be held Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
Guidelines from Wisconsin Catholic Conference 
And US Conference of Catholic Bishops Info  
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Real Reasons for the Influx of Children Across the Border
As advocates, it is important to understand and share what is happening to create awareness and dispel the myths.  Love, mercy and human dignity. 
Mission to Central America: The Flight of Unaccompanied Children to the United States. In November 2013 a delegation from Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops traveled to southern Mexico and Central America to examine and understand the flight of unaccompanied migrating children and youth from the region. Read their report.     Read more..

An Urgent Humanitarian Situation: Unaccompanied Children Fleeing from Violence in  Unaccompanied and separated children from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico are arriving to the U.S. in record numbers seeking protection. Read more..  

Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso Testimony on Unaccompanied Children to the House Judiciary Committee on June 25, 2014.  

ACTION YOU CAN TAKE - Call your Representative and both your Senators. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 Tell them: I am concerned about the children at the border and refugees. We need to support both. I urge you to increase funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement [ORR] by $200 million so they can meet the needs of both the unaccompanied children and refugees. Additional funding is critical for helping refugees find jobs so they can support themselves and their families and better contribute to their new communities. I urge you to ensure that ORR receives a total of $3.367 billion in FY15.

Why 90,000 Children Flooding Our Border Is Not an Immigration Story.  National Journal United Nations

5 Things You Need to Know About Unaccompanied Children 
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Rep Luis Gutierrez Gives Republicans the “Red Card” on Immigration Reform
For a year now House Republicans have said they would address Immigration reform. After months of prompting Republicans to take action Gutierrez gave them the World Cup “Red Card”.  Time Is Up For Republicans And Immigration Reform.  Watch/Read his speech on the House floor.  
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We Are Family, Not Criminals
In case you missed this action as reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Deportation protesters block Milwaukee immigration office   
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Catholics for Peace and Justice-Common Ground Update
Please mark your calendar for our next CPJ Common Ground meeting.  All are invited.  Tues. September 2, 6:00 PM  Brookfield Panera, 15040 W. Greenfield Ave.-just east of Moorland Rd. Purpose of our CPJ Common Ground Core Group: The CPJ Common Ground Core Group’s purpose is to provide a place to learn the details about issues, a place to lift each other up, a way to create a sense of belonging, a means of keeping people together or keeping the group together, a place to express anger, and to identify issues that would be taken to the larger group. 

Numbers count in advocacy and it is an amazing experience to be part of a group made up of so many people working for social justice. Look on the CG website to see the names of all the participating groups.  Come and join us!   We are proud to announce that Common Ground has just launched its newest website:
MilwaukeeRising.org .  Here you'll find up-to-date info on MKE Rising homes that are for sale.
UPCOMING TEAM MEETINGS:
WAUKESHA PARENT CAFE TEAM: Wednesday 6/25, 6:30 - 8:30pm, St Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, W280N2101 Prospect Avenue, Pewaukee
MILWAUKEE RISING HOUSE EVALUATORS TEAM: Thursday 6/26, 6:30pm, St Catherine's Parish, N 51st Street & Center, Milwaukee 
FAIR PLAY Team Meeting: Monday, 7/21, 6:00pm Briefing for New Attendees (or to get caught up), 6:30 - 8:00pm, Hope at the Well, 2401 N 25th Street, Milwaukee, Across from Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. The Fair Play Team meets on the THIRD Monday of each month.
Fall Assembly - Save-the-Date, Sunday, 10/19, 3:00 - 4:30pm, Location:  TBA
Fair Play will be heating up this Fall. Do not miss this important Assembly.  It will be our largest and most energizing yet.  More exciting information will follow in the coming months.
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Unlucky 13 Campaign Warning of Teen Sex Trafficking
April Bentley was lost for 19 years. Now, she is a survivor. At 14, Bentley went looking for the love she didn't find in her home and found trust in a woman who said Bentley reminded her of a little sister…  Read Here 
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Excellent Video on the Keystone XL Pipeline
From NextGenClimate  
Did you know that the Aberta Tar Sands development is the size of Florida?  The Keystone XL pipeline would carry 35 million gallons of tar sands across the U.S. Ogallalla Aquifer which provides drinking water for two million Americans?  The oil in the pipeline is for export benefiting oil companies, not Americans? The Athabasca Chipewayan know that the integrity of the land, and the communities they call home, mean a lot more than Big Oil's profits.  Watch Video Here  
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WI League of Conservation Voters Petition to stop Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline through WI 
Petition here 
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You Have Seconds to Decide: Is the Guy With the Gun a Danger to Your Family?  
..the perfect summer afternoon. Until you see one of these guys. One of them is wanted for shooting and killing three police officers. The other is just parading around with a gun because he can -- because current law allows him to bring loaded, military-style assault rifles almost anywhere he wants. How do you know who's who?  Read the Huffington Post Blog post by Jeri Bonavia, Executive Director, WAVE Educational Fund  Read Article and view images   l   Speak out against guns in parks and playgrounds   
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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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Supreme Court Sides with Employers Over Birth Control Mandate
National Catholic Reporter
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some private corporations should be afforded religious exemptions from one mandate in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, finding that some private companies should be given the same accommodations to the mandate as religious nonprofits like churches and charities.  Read more
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WI Catholic Conference Summary of 2013/2014 WI Legislative Activity
The following legislation was of interest to the WCC this past session.  Legislation is listed by general topic:  life issues, children and families, education, health care, social concerns, criminal justice, stewardship, institutional concerns, and miscellaneous.  Read More
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Consistent Life Cards – Message Tool
Consistent Life has prepared a number of 4" x 6" cards which feature people who embrace the consistent life ethic. Because these are colorful and small, they find they attract a lot of pick-ups at tables. Which people you select can be tailored to the audience. They have them for sale and in a 2-column letter-size page PDF format so they can be more easily printed for easy use. Check them out here 
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EVENTS
Prayer Vigil to End Deportations and for Children at the Border – Jul 1
Tuesday, July 1, 6:30pm at Ascension Lutheran Church Our monthly prayer vigil. Join us as we pray for people affected by deportations and an end to deportations. We will pray especially for the children and families now detained at the border. Join us afterward to discuss how we can respond to the government's request that religious organizations provide housing for families currently detained in inhumane conditions.
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Monthly Prayer Vigil at ICE – Jul 3
Thursday, July 3, 12:00 Noon at the ICE office (310 E. Knapp St.) Our monthly prayer vigil at the ICE office. Join us for 20 minutes or so in prophetic witness as we pray for the needs of people in deportation.
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Film – “Documented” on CNN – Jul 5
CNN will broadcast the critically-acclaimed “DOCUMENTED”, a biographical film that also explores themes of identity and unauthorized immigration through the personal journey of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas.  The two-hour film will encore on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, July 5, at 8:00pm and 10:00pm CT.  “DOCUMENTED” will be available, in simulcast, through CNNx for iPad, as well as through “Watch CNN” via www.cnn.com and CNN’s mobile applications. Personal stories from Vargas’ travels and own reflections, and more information about DOCUMENTED will be published on CNN.com. More information about the film may be found by visiting www.cnn.com/cnnfilms.
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Join WISDOM for "Reform Now: A Call for Accountability in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections" - July 9
This will be the first of four actions designed to call attention to the urgent need for change in the way Wisconsin deals with its prisoners.  July 9 will focus on a call for return to granting parole to those who are eligible.  Future monthly actions will focus on the need to reform the way extended supervision and revocations are handled, abolish or severely reduce the number of people tortured in solitary confinement, and make greater use of compassionate release for elderly and seriously ill prisoners. There is no cost to participate. We ask all who are coming to register by July 7. Additional details in the attached flyer. REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE
  For more information, call David Liners at 414-736-2099.
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WISDOM / MICAH voter engagement day - Jul 12th
Door to door visits will be made in the 53206 zip code. Meet at MICAH office at 1927 N. 4th St. on July 12 at 11:00 am.  Each volunteer will be paired with someone from the community to go door-to-door, and will discuss community concerns and encourage people to vote in upcoming elections.
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Greenfield Voter Information Forum – Jul 16
Wednesday, July 16; 6:15 pm at the Greenfield Public Library on 53rd and Layton Ave. Issues facing Wisconsin voters for the August 12 Primary Election, current voting information and more.  See flyer for details 
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Job Security is National Security! Cocktail Party – Jul 16
The Wisconsin Job Security Coalition (WJSC) is a statewide coalition formed to protect and strengthen quality employment opportunities throughout Wisconsin. The WJSC will unite Peace Action and our fellow peace organizations with workers, business owners, legislators and community organizations in the understanding that our state’s economic future rests on a multifaceted initiative to ensure fundamental job security for Wisconsin families.  Peace Action Wisconsin invites you to “Job Security is National Security! Cocktail Party” at Representative Evan Goyke’s home on Wednesday, July 16, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Jeffrey Kroll at jeff@peaceactionwi.org.
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Capuchins' Run Walk for the Hungry to German Fest – Jul 25
The deadline for preregistration is July 13! Register as an individual, as a family, or as a team to secure your spot, your T-shirt size, and to attend at a reduced price at www.CapuchinsRunWalkForTheHungry.org. Thank you in advance for helping to feed Milwaukee's hungry.  
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Lanterns for Peace – Aug 9
Peace Action Wisconsin will commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Saturday, August 9, at Pere Marquette Park.  The event features food, live music, family activities and the floating of traditional Japanese paper lanterns on the Milwaukee River.  Groups interested in sponsoring the event will be recognized at the event and can set up a promotional table.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Jeffrey Kroll at jeff@peaceactionwi.org.
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Broken Open by Love: An Invitation to Sacred Activism with Andrew Harvey – Aug 15-17
A Christine Center and Holy Wisdom Monastery Collaboration 4200 County Road M, Middleton August 15-17, 2014. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion in action that marries the fire of the mystic's passion for God with the activist's passion for justice.  We have entered a critical time in human history. The more people who engage love in action, the greater the hope for the fruits of meditation and for the survival of our planet, its people and all life on earth.  More Information 
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Living the Fundamental Vision of the Gospel with Bishop Hying – Sep 6
Saturday morning September 6 from 8 am to noon, Community Center at St. James, W220 N6588 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls. “Living the Fundamental Vision of the Gospel – A morning of Formation and Reflection on Charity and Justice”.  The morning includes mass followed by continental breakfast, keynote by Bishop Hying, and workshops on a variety of topics related to charity and justice ministry including the Saint Vincent de Paul mentoring program, recruiting the hearts and hands of volunteers, Catholic social teaching, moving from charity to justice, discussing “hot topics” and more.  District parishes will be hosting “networking” tables to share a variety of successful outreach ministries they are engaged in. ALL People interested in social justice ministry are invited, but you must Register for this event by September 2nd .   Join us to learn about Charity and Justice as a spiritual practice answering the call of Pope Francis to evangelize by action through humility and generous service. Questions?  Contact Rob Shelledy, Archdiocesan Director of Social Justice Ministry at shelledyr@archmil.org   or Debra Schneider/St. James djschneider@wi.rr.com  FLYER
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STUDY, PRAYER AND REFLECTION
Book Selection - She Who Brings Peace by Dr. Megan McKenna
This book from Pax Christi is about Women from all parts of the globe, all languages, races, religions, nations, and economic levels. All the religions and peoples of the world have women who, like Mary, bring Peace into the world ... in flesh and blood, in work and prayer.  Inspiring stories for us all. Learn more 
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Reflection - Walking 165 Miles for Peace – A Reflection on the Journey by Frank Pauc
In June our friend Frank Pauc joined Voices for Creative Nonviolence for a 165 mile Walk Against Drones and Drone Warfare. The journey took walkers from Chicago where the Drones are made to the Battle Creek, MI Air National Guard station. By 2017, the base expects to be equipped with a pod, for pilots to remotely fly an MQ-9 Reaper [drone] overseas.    

Here is Frank’s Series of Short Reflections on his 165 mile Pilgrimage for Peace.  
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PRAYER - For the Children on the Border
Dearest God, at this time when frightened children are being held in detention facilities and holding centers not knowing where they are or what will become of them, we pray for Your grace and Your love that they be treated with dignity and respect and that their safety and protection be ensured. 
We pray for all the children who are forced to abandon their families, and all that they have in search for safety and a better future.
We pray for our governmental leaders that they promptly find ways to address the magnitude and urgency of this crisis
We pray for the release of children as quickly as possible to their family members in the U.S. or to mentor or foster homes rather than institutions and 
We pray for swift medical care and mental health and pastoral support and for the strength and courage of these children, who only you can truly save.
Loving God, giver of peace, hear our prayers and also our silence.  

Liberally adapted from “Prayer on World Refugee Day” Prepared by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
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