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  • Nicaragua: The Irony of Electric Trees | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    trees During the immersion we learned that a variety of forces are driving deforestation and rapidly increasing pollution The transfiguration of forests into commercial agriculture and cattle pastures and substantial logging activity with virtually no government regulation are having a severe environmental impact Consequently there is significant controversy over land rights pesticide use and water access Foundation for Sustainable Development On the first day of our immersion experience we attended orientation facilitated by Kathy McBride and Mark Lester from the Center for Global Education They guided us through significant political and historical moments of the country focusing on Augusto Sandino and the 1927 revolution against U S military occupation of the country in an effort to quell unrest over upcoming elections The Nicaraguan National Guard assassinated Sandino in 1934 and for more than 40 years the dictator Somoza and his family controlled the Nicaraguan government The politics of Nicaragua are quite complex and sometimes confusing in terms of distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys For example in the 1980s the Sandinista FSLN party who took their name from the early revolution leader Sandino implemented a national literacy campaign and other reforms that helped the rural population and especially women The campaign reduced national illiteracy from 50 to 13 However over time the Sandinistas began suppressing political freedoms and in many ways began to resemble the dictatorial government of Somoza During this period the counter revolutionary force known as the Contras emerged supported by the U S government One of the major efforts of the Contras was to disrupt social reforms and economic progress of the country Part of their effort included planting underwater mines in the harbor which disrupted shipping Interestingly there are many in the country who still support the Contras and Somoza However the immersion experience was not simply a history lesson Engaging with the culture and people was the principal reason for our trip During the visit we met with officials of the Incubation Program of NITLAPAN the Jesuit University of Central America UCA think tank and visited two brilliant craft makers in their villages Also we spent a day in a mountain village and had a home cooked meal that was prepared by the women of the Cooperative Nuevo Amanecer Several women told riveting stories of their oppression and renewal of spirit In a meeting with Maria Pinita Gurdian a member of the Christians in the Revolution we discussed the intersection of faith and politics On another excursion we attended a worship service in Batahola at the community center that maintains several beautiful murals representing the new society created by the revolution Returning to UCA we gathered with students to hear about their service learning experiences followed by a visit to the Placencia Tobacco Factory part of the free trade zone where mostly women are involved in the production of high quality cigars for which they earn a higher than average wage Integral to the immersion trip were opportunities for group reflection and contemplation

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  • Central America Archives | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    traveled to Nicaragua for a week long immersion into the culture and history of the country and to engage with the people in the capital Managua and its surrounding areas as well as mountain villages beyond the city of Estelí http s3 us west 2 amazonaws com ignatiansolidarity wp content uploads 2016 04 19115552 nicaragua mills 1 png 402 607 Terry L Mills PhD http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Terry L Mills PhD 2016 04 19 11 58 19 2016 04 21 08 02 13 Nicaragua The Irony of Electric Trees Central America Voices for Justice On the Death of a Hero 0 Comments March 14 2016 She was a hero because she reminded us about who we aspire to be at our best http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 03 arton5797 4a225 jpg 400 600 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2016 03 14 21 27 28 2016 03 14 21 30 07 On the Death of a Hero Central America Environment Voices for Justice Pain and Rage for the Loss of Berta Cáceres 3 Comments March 7 2016 I write to share with you the pain and rage I am left with says Fr Ismael Moreno Coto S J regarding the brutal murder of Berta Cáceres an internationally renowned Honduran indigenous and environmental leader http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 03 Berta y Melo jpg 972 1296 Guest Blogger http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Guest Blogger 2016 03 07 13 03 51 2016 03 07 14 07 20 Pain and Rage for the Loss of Berta Cáceres Page 1 of 12 1 2 3 Receive ISN Updates Action Alerts

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  • Solidarity Stories Archives | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    member of the Ignatian Colleagues Program ICP I recently traveled to Nicaragua for a week long immersion into the culture and history of the country and to engage with the people in the capital Managua and its surrounding areas as well as mountain villages beyond the city of Estelí http s3 us west 2 amazonaws com ignatiansolidarity wp content uploads 2016 04 19115552 nicaragua mills 1 png 402 607 Terry L Mills PhD http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Terry L Mills PhD 2016 04 19 11 58 19 2016 04 21 08 02 13 Nicaragua The Irony of Electric Trees Solidarity Stories Student Voices Thunderstruck by Pride 0 Comments October 6 2015 Written by Sam Chechik 17 St Louis University High School http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 10 Screen Shot 2015 10 06 at 11 18 45 AM png 1041 1544 Sam Chechik http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Sam Chechik 2015 10 06 11 25 40 2015 10 06 11 25 40 Student Voices Thunderstruck by Pride Solidarity Stories Reflections from Ecuador Called to Serve 0 Comments July 23 2015 I learned the true meaning of community while spending eight days with my brothers from Xavier My faith in God has increased and I feel a new calling within my heart to serve the poor http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 07 19301682794 d85bbed01d z jpg 480 640 Guest Blogger http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Guest Blogger 2015 07 23 14 37 11 2015 08 01 08 32 50 Reflections from Ecuador Called to Serve Page 1 of 11 1 2 3 Receive ISN Updates Action Alerts Email Address First Name Issue Interests

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  • Voices for Justice Archives | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    city of Estelí http s3 us west 2 amazonaws com ignatiansolidarity wp content uploads 2016 04 19115552 nicaragua mills 1 png 402 607 Terry L Mills PhD http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Terry L Mills PhD 2016 04 19 11 58 19 2016 04 21 08 02 13 Nicaragua The Irony of Electric Trees Immigration Voices for Justice DACA DAPA I stand with my brothers and sisters who are undocumented today 0 Comments April 18 2016 I stand with my brothers and sisters who are undocumented today I pray that the stories of immigrant families who reflect our nation s identity speak to the justices of the Court This is not just a political issue it is a people issue and our country s values and its families are at stake We cannot betray our nation s values of justice and compassion http s3 us west 2 amazonaws com ignatiansolidarity wp content uploads 2016 04 18103535 Screen Shot 2016 04 18 at 10 04 13 AM png 718 1275 Christopher Kerr http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Christopher Kerr 2016 04 18 10 42 14 2016 04 18 10 46 52 DACA DAPA I stand with my brothers and sisters who are undocumented today Pope Francis Voices for Justice Pope Francis In the Service of Solidarity With Refugees 0 Comments April 16 2016 Pope Francis visited Lesbos Greece today to stand in solidarity with refugees facing an uncertain situation as European countries debate their response to the growing crisis http s3 us west 2 amazonaws com ignatiansolidarity wp content uploads 2016 04 16091311 Only those who serve with love build peace 1 jpg 800 800 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04

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  • DACA & DAPA: I stand with my brothers and sisters who are undocumented today | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    quick facts below To learn more about the Ignatian Solidarity Network s efforts to stand with the U S Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Jesuit Provincials of the United States for comprehensive immigration reform visit here What is DAPA and expanded DACA Why is it at the Supreme Court On November 20 2014 President Barack Obama announced executive actions to focus immigration policy on capturing and deporting criminals not law abiding families Two of the most significant policy changes in President Obama s executive action were the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA and the creation of a new program Deferred Action for Parents DAPA In December 2014 Texas and 25 other states filed a lawsuit with the federal court in Brownsville TX challenging President Obama s executive actions in an attempt to block DAPA and expanded DACA The federal court in Brownsville sided with the states and issued a preliminary injunction which prevented the federal government from moving forward with DAPA and expanded DACA The case has made its way through the court system and has now reached the Supreme Court which will hear arguments from the states trying to prevent DAPA and expanded DACA and the federal government The Supreme Court s decision will determine whether DAPA and extended DACA can or cannot be implemented What will DAPA and expanded DACA do DAPA Deferred Action for Parents is the most significant of President Obama s executive actions The new program would allow the undocumented parents of U S citizen children or permanent residents who have lived in the United States since January 1 2010 to apply for deferred action or protection from deportation Those who receive DAPA will be safe from deportation and able to apply for work authorization to work legally in the United States for three years DAPA could potentially protect an estimated 4 million undocumented parents of 5 million U S citizen children and legal permanent residents Expanded DACA would enable more DREAMERs immigrants brought to the United States as children to be eligible for deferred action temporarily protecting them from deportation Under the current program DACA is limited to DREAMERs who entered the U S before June 15 2007 and who were born on or after June 16 1981 Under the expanded program new DACA eligible immigrants would be able to qualify if they entered before January 1 2010 regardless of their age The expanded DACA program would allow an estimated 300 000 additional DREAMERs to qualify for deferred action Most Americans and certainly most people of faith agree that a father or mother of a U S citizen or a young person who came to this country as a child should not be priorities for deportation this is what DAPA and extended DACA establish Ultimately the only way to resolve the issue and end the threats to immigrant families is to pass comprehensive immigration reform We support DAPA and DACA as short term measures but we need a long

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  • Immigration Archives | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    us west 2 amazonaws com ignatiansolidarity wp content uploads 2016 04 18103535 Screen Shot 2016 04 18 at 10 04 13 AM png 718 1275 Christopher Kerr http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Christopher Kerr 2016 04 18 10 42 14 2016 04 18 10 46 52 DACA DAPA I stand with my brothers and sisters who are undocumented today Central America Immigration Podcast Voices for Justice ISN PODCAST Crossing Borders for Justice Delegation 1 Comment February 24 2016 Our latest ISN Podcast looks at Crossing Borders for Justice a new delegation designed to explore the reality of migrants who journey from El Salvador to the United States Taking place from June 26 July 6 2016 the joint effort between CRISPAZ Christians for Peace in El Salvador and Kino Border Initiative KBI will include six days of visiting with advocacy groups and community members in El Salvador followed by a four day visit to the U S Mexico border to explore the migrant experience there http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 02 Screen Shot 2016 02 24 at 4 12 34 PM png 429 471 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2016 02 24 16 13 53 2016 02 24 16 15 35 ISN PODCAST Crossing Borders for Justice Delegation Central America Immigration Voices for Justice Pope Francis Homily for Mass at U S Mexico Border 0 Comments February 17 2016 Pope Francis We cannot deny the humanitarian crisis which in recent years has meant migration for thousands of people whether by train or highway or on foot crossing hundreds of kilometres through mountains deserts and inhospitable zones http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 02 Screen Shot 2016 02 17

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  • Pope Francis: In the Service of Solidarity With Refugees | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    of many volunteers and various associations that together with public institutions have offered and continue to offer their assistance visibly expressing their fraternal concern Today I renew my heartfelt plea for responsibility and solidarity in the face of this tragic situation Many migrants who have come to this island and other places in Greece are living in trying conditions in an atmosphere of anxiety and fear at times even of despair due to material hardship and uncertainty for the future The worries expressed by institutions and people both in Greece and in other European countries are understandable and legitimate We must never forget however that migrants rather than simply being a statistic are first of all persons who have faces names and individual stories Europe is the homeland of human rights and whoever sets foot on European soil ought to sense this and thus become more aware of the duty to respect and defend those rights Unfortunately some including many infants could not even make it to these shores they died at sea victims of unsafe and inhumane means of transport prey to unscrupulous thugs You the residents of Lesvos show that in these lands the cradle of civilization the heart of humanity continues to beat a humanity that before all else recognizes others as brothers and sisters a humanity that wants to build bridges and recoils from the idea of putting up walls to make us feel safer In reality barriers create divisions instead of promoting the true progress of peoples and divisions sooner or later lead to confrontations To be truly united with those forced to flee their homelands we need to eliminate the causes of this dramatic situation it is not enough to limit ourselves to responding to emergencies as they arise Instead we need to encourage political efforts that are broader in scope and multilateral It is necessary above all to build peace where war has brought destruction and death and to stop this scourge from spreading To do this resolute efforts must be made to counter the arms trade and arms trafficking and the often hidden machinations associated with them those who carry out acts of hatred and violence must be denied all means of support Cooperation among nations international organizations and humanitarian agencies must be tirelessly promoted and those on the frontlines must be assisted not kept at a distance In this regard I reiterate my hope that the First World Humanitarian Summit being held in Istanbul next month will prove productive All of this can be achieved only if we work together solutions to the complex issue of refugees which are worthy of humanity can and must be sought In this regard the contribution of Churches and religious communities is indispensable My presence here along with that of Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos is a sign of our willingness to continue to cooperate so that the challenges we face today will not lead to conflict but rather to the growth of the civilization

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  • Pope Francis Archives | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    with refugees facing an uncertain situation as European countries debate their response to the growing crisis http s3 us west 2 amazonaws com ignatiansolidarity wp content uploads 2016 04 16091311 Only those who serve with love build peace 1 jpg 800 800 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2016 04 16 09 14 12 2016 04 16 10 00 12 Pope Francis In the Service of Solidarity With Refugees Environment Pope Francis Voices for Justice World leaders in Paris at COP21 Pope in Africa 0 Comments December 1 2015 It is no coincidence Pope Francis is in Africa while world leaders gather in Paris in the run up to COP21 http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 12 22981116739 3130d9c232 z jpg 427 640 Jaime Tatay S J http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Jaime Tatay S J 2015 12 01 17 17 56 2015 12 01 17 17 56 World leaders in Paris at COP21 Pope in Africa Pope Francis Voices for Justice Pope Francis in Africa 5 Powerful Quotes 0 Comments November 30 2015 Pope Francis s visit to Kenya Uganda and Central African Republic was historic in many ways While there are many stories to be told and messages to be highlighted I wanted to identify five quotes from his time in Africa that illustrate some of the themes of the trip http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 11 CONTRAST jpg 800 800 Christopher Kerr http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Christopher Kerr 2015 11 30 13 32 22 2015 11 30 13 32 22 Pope Francis in Africa 5 Powerful Quotes Page 1 of 11 1 2 3 Receive ISN

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