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Catholics for Peace and Justice Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
November 2016 Newsletter

Now is the time to perform your civic duty by voting this coming Tuesday, November 8th in our presidential/general elections.  

It's true our country is divided. We all "fear" something whether it's security, poverty, personal violence, or loss of ___ [you name it]. It will make uniting our country even more challenging for our next president, no matter who is elected.  So how will our next president unite such a divided nation?  At a recent 50th wedding anniversary, a plaque was presented to the celebrants by their children which read:  Like a tree with many branches we grow in different directions, but come from the same roots.

Its in our rootedness that we can come together after this divisive election.  Finding our commonalities, not our differences.  We need to find that strong sense of belonging to one another, the common good. We must recognize the "other" as our neighbor, a child of God.  Just as the anniversary couple recognized the many differences in their children and grandchildren, they also appreciated the diversity and the common sense of family that brought them all back together to celebrate their common roots.  May we all embrace our common roots as a nation of diverse people.

More opportunities to read and discuss the book "Evicted" are coming. See below.

Check out the new urban ministry Collars on the Corner. 
  
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
Evicted Call for Books and More Discussions
Save the date: Feb 11, 2017 
Collars on the Corner - Like Us on Facebook


ACTIONS AND ISSUES
In This Election Catholic Women Call for Expanded Notion of "Family Values"
PaxChristi Video: Nonviolence and Just Peace: Moving Beyond War
New USCCB Blog - Standing with our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters
Drop in WI Uncompensated Healthcare
A View of the Wall on the US Border
Human Trafficking Survivors Share 5 Ways To Help End Practice
Choose Simpler Greener Giving This Season
Still Time to Comment on Regional Transportation Plan


EVENTS AND EDUCATION
Recurring Events
Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: Their Relevance Today - Nov 2
2016 Live in Hope Reception - Nov 2
Fall Friday Night Forum - "Reflections on Sustainable Development for a Better World" - Nov 4
God's Mercy is Forever, A Thanksgiving Morning of Reflection - Nov 5
Native American Awareness - Nov 9
Wisconsin Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (WIPSAC) Conference - Nov 10
Zeidler Center 10th Anniversary Celebration - Nov 10
Concluding the Year of Mercy Behind Bars - Nov 10-11
Embracing Diversity: A Mindful Approach to Inclusion - Nov 11
Glorify Peace, Not War: Armistice Day vs. Veterans Day - Nov 11
2016 Mutton Lecture: Dr. Calvin B. DeWitt, "God's Love and our Imaging God's Love for the World" - Nov 11-12
2016 "Faith Alive" Day of Reflection - Nov 12
Scripture with Scholars - Nov 15
16th Annual Brother Booker ASHE Urban Ministry Program: "Justice - Culture, Community, and the Common Good" - Nov 15
The Growing Food and Justice for All's Intensive Leadership and Facilitator Training - Nov 16-18
Growing Power's National- International Urban and Small Farms Conference - Nov 16-20
Three Perspectives on Food: A Conversation with Will Allen, Ron Finley and Alice Waters - Nov 18
Lessons from a Quarter Century of School Vouchers: One Conversation, Two Points of View - Nov 30 
Transportation Equity Summit - Dec 3
An Evening to Promote Racial Justice - Dec 6
Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism - March 3-4
Save the Date! WISDOM Madison Action Day - March 30


STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: UNICEF Report
Reflect: "My Fears Are Not the Same as Yours" by Mariam Williams
Pray: "Lift Us Song by Peter Yarrow


Hurricane Matthew Relief


GENERAL
Evicted Call for Books and More Discussions
The St Vincent de Paul Society's Voice of the Poor Archdiocesan Council will be holding a discussion of Evicted in 2017, exact date to be determined.  They are looking for people who may be willing to loan or sell their copy of the book.  If you are interested in finding out more about the book discussion or would like to help by loaning or selling your book, please contact Barbara Schultz at 262-470-7825 or barbaraschultz32644@gmail.com 
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Save the date: Feb 11, 2017 
How do we start a care for creation ministry?  What about a ministry to fight human trafficking or address prison reform?  What can we effectively do to address poverty besides charitable giving? Come learn about the possibilities for your parish ministry from those who are doing it.  Saturday morning, Feb 11, 2017 at Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, New Berlin.  Stay tuned.  More information coming soon. 
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Collars on the Corner - Like Us on Facebook
Like Us on Facebook 
Collars on the Corner now has a Facebook page.  Help spread the word about this urban ministry by liking them on Facebook.  In case you missed it here is the article from last month describing this much needed ministry. 

Jesus sent his disciples two by two into the midst of the people. Pope Francis encourages us to be among the sheep. Francis is also setting an example of the Church being ecumenical and inter-religious. In Milwaukee two deacons, one Catholic, the other Episcopalian have taken these calls to heart and to the street. They call this ministry “Collars on the Corner”.
 
The ministry is simple, putting on the clerical collar, taking a cooler of water, a box and slips of paper for prayers, and a willingness to listen, pray, and offer blessing for those walking down the street, catching the bus, or driving by. There are simple interactions… “have a blessed day”, “peace be with you” and there are tearful interchanges over addictions, homelessness, relationships, loneliness, and so often a sense of unworthiness. Many who stop by ask for prayer but are not willing to go into a church. For some it is an absence that is long and a life that is messy, but very often the concern that comes up is unworthiness. There is a very real fear to go inside. But being outside allows for an interaction. It is truly amazing what can happen in just a few minutes human connection with the help of the Spirit.

Help boost this ministry by "liking" Collars on the Corner on Facebook
So far Collars on the Corner has set up at 51st and Center and outside St. John’s Cathedral. All religious leaders are welcome to join in. Ideally all pastors, ministers, rabbi’s, imam’s, monks would take just one hour a week to be outside where those who need them most could interact with them. ***Deacon Jim can be reached at dcnjimbanach@stgregsmil.org
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES
In This Election Catholic Women Call for Expanded Notion of "Family Values"
"A group of Catholic women wants political leaders to think bigger when it comes to so-called family values, claiming that the election has been too quiet on topics important to families such as parental leave, the skyrocketing cost of child care and immigration policies that respect the rights of families to remain intact." America Magazine  Read Here  National Catholic Reporter Read Here
   
Maintain Our Democracy - VOTE
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PaxChristi Video Nonviolence and Just Peace: Moving Beyond War
View the Video and previous webinar videos here.
*Sponsored by the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative  Affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church. A project of Pax Christi International.
Resources on Nonviolence and Just Peace

World Day of Peace 2017 - In August, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has chosen “Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace” as the theme for the 2017 World Day of Peace. Read the press statement from Vatican Radio here.  Inspired by both St. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in terris and his own encyclical Populorum progressio, Pope Paul VI introduced the commemoration of the World Day of Peace in 1967; it is now celebrated every year on 1 January.
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New USCCB Blog - Standing with our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters
The U.S. Catholic Bishop launched a new communications campaign in support of immigration reform.  Read the initial blogpost by Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle, and highlights the position of the Catholic Church on migration
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Drop in WI Uncompensated Healthcare
In an October 6 blog post, the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families [WCCF] explained that uncompensated health care fell in Wisconsin by $534 million from 2013 to 2015, a drop of 36.8%. Over that two-year period the number of uninsured Wisconsinites dropped by 37.6% because of the Affordable Care Act and a partial expansion of BadgerCare to childless adults. 

The large drop in uncompensated care is positive for a number of reasons, including the fact that it reduces the costs that are often shifted to other patients in the form of higher hospital rates. It also creates a great opportunity for hospitals to make upstream investments that promote public health and alleviate some of the factors causing severe health disparities. More Information
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A View of the Wall on the US Border
Death in the sands: the horror of the US-Mexico border  The Guardian Oct 4, 2016 
"Donald Trump has pledged to build a ‘beautiful wall’ – but America’s frontier with Mexico is already aggressively defended by the drones and fences of the US border patrol. It’s a strategy that is causing ever more migrants to die in hostile terrain."  View the wall..
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Human Trafficking Survivors Share 5 Ways To Help End Practice
Huffington Post, Oct 19, 2016
1: Ensure Law Enforcement Is Trained In Anti-Trafficking
2. Create Public Awareness Campaigns That Reflect Diversity Of Trafficking Victims
3. Provide Support Services To All Types Of Trafficking Survivors
4. Increase Funding To Investigate More Industries For Labor Trafficking
5. Help Survivors Get On Track For Success In Work And Life

Our "Number 6" - End Demand for Sex Trafficked Victims.
Local Human Sex Trafficking is a horrific crime against human dignity that is happening right here in our city and suburbs. Its also an a-political justice issue that we can all do something about individually and in our parishes.  Contact Debra at djschneider@wi.rr.com to learn what you and your parish can do.
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Choose Simpler Greener Giving This Season
Ah the Holiday Season! The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is full of gatherings and celebrations with family and friends. It is also a time that can challenge our goal to live simply. We usually spend too much and create too much waste.  In fact,
•    In the US we throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.
•    If every US family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
•    About 35% of us have an unused Christmas present collecting dust in our closets.

Here are some ideas for greener shopping and giving.  If you must buy, don't forget to support our Fair Trade and other small local businesses. 
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Still Time to Comment on Regional Transportation Plan
Residents are invited to review and comment on two important documents put forth by SEWRPC. The first is a draft Transportation Improvement Program for Southeastern Wisconsin: 2017-2020 (TIP) and attendant air quality conformity demonstration, which are available for review and comment through November 10, 2016. The TIP lists public transit and roadway projects in the seven-county Region proposed to be carried out by State and local governments over the next four years. More about the TIP, including how to submit comments, can be found here.
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION
Recurring Events:

  • Soup with Substance: Weekly on Wednesdays at noon during the fall and spring academic sessions. 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), 6:30 pm, Usually at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S, Layton Blvd.
    • 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, meeting dates and times to be determined based on schedules of interested parties. More information here.

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Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: Their Relevance Today - Nov 2
Soup with Substance Program presented by Martha Hennessy, November 2, 12:00 pm, Marquette University, AMU 163.
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2016 Live in Hope Reception - Nov 2
Help Mercy Housing build a region where everyone has an affordable home to use as a springboard to achieve better health, economic security, and a brighter future for their kids. Keynote address by Dr. Matthew Desmond, the MacArthur Genious Award-winning author of "Evicted". November 2nd, Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Learn more.
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Fall Friday Night Forum - "Reflections on Sustainable Development for a Better World" - Nov 4
Presenter Therese Arkenberg will talk about international nonprofits' efforts to address global poverty and environmental degradation, and how donors can direct resources towards the most sustainable options. Flyer.
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God's Mercy is Forever, A Thanksgiving Morning of Reflection - Nov 5
You're invited to reflect with Capuchin Fr. John Celichowski at this Thanksgiving Morning of Reflection, concluding the Year of Mercy. November 5, 9:30 AM, House of Peace, 1702 W Walnut St. Learn more and register here.
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Native American Awareness - Nov 9
Soup with Substance Program, November 9, 12:00 pm, Marquette University, AMU 157.
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Wisconsin Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (WIPSAC) Conference: - Nov 10
WIPSAC presents, "Human Trafficking and the Effects on Children and Juveniles." This conference will provide education on the topic of sex trafficking as it relates to the medical field, law enforcement and legal professionals, aftercare of victims and the trafficking of other controlled substances. November 10th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Fox Valley Technical College National Criminal Justice Training Center. Learn more and register here.
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Zeidler Center 10th Anniversary Celebration - Nov 10
Bridging communities through conversation. November 10, 6:00 pm, Hotel Astor. Learn more and register here.
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Concluding the Year of Mercy Behind Bars - Nov 10-11
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is partnering with Dismas Ministry to host the National Catholic Prison Ministry Conference on November 10-11, at the Cousins Center, St. Francis. Learn more and register here
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Embracing Diversity: A Mindful Approach to Inclusion - Nov 11
Alverno’s annual community conference will feature several presentations by filmmaker and master diversity trainer, Lee Mun Wah. This conference will create a safe and nurturing atmosphere for an authentic dialogue on diversity and inclusion. November 11, Alverno College. Learn more and register here.
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Glorify Peace, Not War: Armistice Day vs. Veterans Day - Nov 11
Speaker Kathy Kelly presents at this Armistice Day Program sponsored by Veterans for Peace Chapter 102 & Peace Action-WI. November 7:00-8:00 pm, Milwaukee City Hall. Email Mark Foreman (foremane1589@sbcglobal.net ) or Bill Christofferson (XoffFiles@gmail.com) for more information.
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2016 Mutton Lecture: Dr. Calvin B. DeWitt, "God's Love and our Imaging God's Love for the World" - Nov 11-12
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326S. Segoe Rd., Madison. Friday event information and registration. Saturday event information and registration.
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2016 "Faith Alive" Day of Reflection - Nov 12
Jack Jezreel, a popular, well-known speaker on social justice and the mission of the church, will be presenting, "Spirituality, Lifestyle, Politics of a Whole & Holy Life." Saturday, November 12, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, St. Francis Xavier Parish, 5249th St., Wilmette, IL. Flyer.
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Scripture with Scholars - Nov 15
Pauline A Viviano, Ph.D will explore various ways of interpreting the biblical text, the challenge to unity among Christians represented by competing interpretive methods, and ways to “be one” in spite of diversity. November 15, 7:00-8:30 pm, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Weakland Center, enter at 831 N. Van Buren St. Flyer
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16th Annual Brother Booker ASHE Urban Ministry Program: "Justice - Culture, Community, and the Common Good" - Nov 15
Tuesday, November 15, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sr. Camille Klieghan Conference Center, Cardinal Stritch University. At this free event, speaker, Shawn Green, President, Social Solutions, Inc., will discuss facts and possibilities through the lenses of Culture, Community, and the Common Good and how they have been and can be applied locally. Flyer.  Learn more and register here.
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The Growing Food and Justice for All's Intensive Leadership and Facilitator Training - Nov 16-18
This is a pre-conference training for the Growing Power's National- International Urban and Small Farms Conference and will focus on dismantling racism. This training will begin at 1 pm on November 16th and end on November 18th around noon and is held at the Growing Power Warehouse. Learn more and purchase tickets here
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Growing Power's National- International Urban and Small Farms Conference - Nov 16-20
"Lets Scale it Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best practices in growing, distribution and community building." Learn more and purchase tickets for pre-conferences and the conference here.
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Three Perspectives on Food: A Conversation with Will Allen, Ron Finley and Alice Waters - Nov 18
Join Leaders in the food world as they come together to share their perspective on how farming, social justice and the culinary arts can be a powerful tool to make change locally, nationally and internationally. This event will be held at the Growing Power Warehouse, November 18, 7:30-9:30 pm Learn more and purchase tickets here
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Lessons from a Quarter Century of School Vouchers: One Conversation, Two Points of View - Nov 30 
Discuss what has been learned about vouchers and how to apply those lessons. November 30, 12:15-1:15 pm, Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall. Learn more and register here.
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Transportation Equity Summit - Dec 3
Join us in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a statewide conversation about the transportation system and its impact on equity and access around our state! December 3rd, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. Location to be determined. Learn more and register here.
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An Evening to Promote Racial Justice - Dec 6
A celebration of those working for racial equality, the 2016 Evening to Promote Racial Justice features keynote speaker Robin DiAngelo. Tuesday, December 6, 5:00-8:00 pm at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. 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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Save the Date! WISDOM Madison Action Day - March 30
Learn more here.
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STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Study: 
In September UNICEF issued a new report, Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children, that includes comprehensive data on migrant and refugee children around the world – where they are born, where they move, and the dangers they face along the way.
Key findings of the report include: 
• Nearly one in three children living outside their country of birth is a refugee.
• In 2015, just two countries – Syria and Afghanistan – accounted for nearly half of all child refugees in the world.
• Half of all the world’s child migrants live in just 15 countries, led by the United States of America, which is home to 3.7 million child migrants.

Select to view any one of a series of short videos

Or Read the report here.  

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Reflection:  
My Fears Are Not the Same as Yours NCR, Mariam Williams  |  Oct. 31, 2016
The New York Times recently spoke with Donald Trump supporters who fear their concerns will be ignored if Hillary Clinton wins. One said, "I've never seen the country so divided, just black and white — there's no compromise whatsoever. The Clinton campaign says together we are stronger, but there's no together. The country has never been so divided. I'm looking at revolution right now."

"I think there is one together: the fact that everyone is afraid. The problem is that we are all afraid of different things, and our democratically elected government is unable to rank our fears. I fear a lifelong student loan debt and post-graduate poverty. I fear that the cancers some women in my family have beaten will invade my body, too, but that limited money will prevent me from obtaining effective treatment. I fear not being able to take care of my parents in their old age if I can barely afford to take care of myself. I fear that a family member or friend will be the next name-turned-hashtag representing the epidemic of police brutality, police shootings and their victims."

"My fears are different from those of a person who worries that their small business will not survive more changes to the Affordable Care Act. They are different from those of someone laid off because they work in a market-driven corporation that just saw its worst quarter. They are different from those of a person who is bullied relentlessly because other children think he's gay, or from a Christian who fears her child will go to hell because he is, in fact, gay and that this country has a permissive culture that is invading her home. My fears differ from those of people who fear they will be less safe with more restrictions on guns and from people who fear sending their children to elementary school or to college because there are so few restrictions on guns. They differ from the trans woman who just wants to use the bathroom without being harassed. They differ from those of enlisted military personnel who are on the front lines of foreign policy and from spouses of law enforcement officers whose daily lives, like mine, come with the risk of violence. They differ from a low-income white man whose sense of power is rooted in knowing race and manhood as sources of dominance in an otherwise bleak existence and who doesn't know his place in modern world."  Read the Full Reflection 
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Prayer: 
"Lift Us Up" Song by Peter Yarrow  Click Here

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How can you help those suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew?
Learn more here. If you would like to help internationally, e.g. Haiti, contribute to Catholic Relief Services. If you would like to help domestically, contribute to Catholic Charities USA.

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