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  • Alta Gracia Living Wage T-Shirts | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    Spanish translation of living wage is salario digno a wage with dignity which captures the essence of the Alta Gracia concept Alta Gracia an apparel factory located in the Dominican Republic is committed to being a place where the dignity of workers is valued and respected Alta Gracia Impacts Alta Gracia employees earn more than 3 times the minimum wage for apparel workers in the Dominican Republic This living wage salario digno empowers workers to become more confident and en gaged in family and community activities Common effects of a living wage are improved child nutrition and education in cluding university study home construction or renovation with economic multiplier effects for the community and assistance to relatives in need Initial results from a study of the human health impacts of a living wage document signifi cantly better outcomes for Alta Gracia workers compared to the employees of a local apparel factory with industry standard wages The system widely used to monitor factory com pliance with labor codes of conduct is broken there are too many violations with too slow and or incomplete remediation Alta Gracia represents a superior form of oversight Rather than reacting to abusive labor practices Alta Gracia proactively protects labor rights Mario Perez Alta Gracia employee My son is now able to attend the university Before it was difficult to come up with money to pay for his school tuition it was even tough coming up with money to make sure he was able to eat Ordering Alta Gracia t shirts are distributed in the U S by EthixMerch a custom printing company that supports labor rights and environmental sustainability through sales of union made products eco friendly products and U S made products EthixMerch will obtain inventory screen print and ship your custom t shirt order

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  • Frequently Asked Questions - Alta Gracia T-Shirts | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    insures the dignity of the person who makes the clothing How does my order benefit apparel workers Alta Gracia pays employees a living wage currently determined to be approximately three times the minimum wage of the Dominican Republic Employees are also guaranteed the right to form and participate in an employee union and are provided a safe and healthy workplace at the Alta Gracia factory Alta Gracia s compliance with these standards has been verified by the Worker Rights Consortium WRC through intensive on the ground monitoring of the factory Every Alta Gracia product carries a WRC tag confirming the product was sewn by workers who are paid a living wage have a union to represent them and are treated fairly when they come to work The WRC published their most recent report verifying Alta Gracia in November 2014 The report described Alta Gracia as the first and only export apparel factory in the Global South where workers are paid a genuine living wage and have organized a union without interference by management The best way to support the Alta Gracia concept is with your purchases It demonstrates that you your institution your company etc value a product that is created in a factory where the dignity of each and every worker is respected How can my order of Alta Gracia t shirts benefit the Ignatian Solidarity Network Use the code ISN AG at EthixMerch com for custom printed merchandise and 5 of the final sale price will go toward the Ignatian Solidarity Network s education and advocacy outreach efforts focused on promoting the dignity of workers LEARN MORE ABOUT ALTA GRACIA What makes Alta Gracia different than other clothing A respected independent organization the Worker Rights Consortium WRC verifies Alta Gracia s compliance with the highest standards through intensive on the ground monitoring of the factory Every Alta Gracia product carries a WRC tag confirming the product was sewn by workers who are paid a living wage have a union to represent them and are treated fairly when they come to work The WRC published their most recent report verifying Alta Gracia in November 2014 The report described Alta Gracia as the first and only export apparel factory in the Global South where workers are paid a genuine living wage and have organized a union without interference by management Are living wage t shirts more expensive than conventional t shirts T shirts made at Alta Gracia provide each worker with dignity through the payment of a living wage the opportunity to unionize and stringent health and safety standards Other t shirt producers may be able to offer a lower price but do not offer a product that insures the dignity of the person who makes the clothing Where can I learn more about the certification of the Alta Gracia factory You can read the two most recent compliance reports produced by the Workers Rights Consortium here Alta Gracia Labor Rights Compliance November 2014 Alta Gracia Labor Rights Compliance March

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  • La Voz Del Pueblo
    the difficult and violent Honduran reality through the perspective of journalists at the Jesuit run radio station Radio Progreso The Documentary Host a Screening Screening La Voz del Pueblo is free and a great way to educate your community parish or classroom about the human rights crisis in Honduras Hosting a screening is a way of starting larger conversations and serves as a springboard for taking action Download the Screening Guide Download the Informational Toolkit Register Your Screening Meet the Radio Progreso Staff Ismael Moreno Coto S J Padre Melo I m on this mission because I have a profound faith A profound faith that all the promises of God of a shared world of a world of peace of solidarity of love of tenderness are going to prevail and will spring forth from within us Rev Ismael Moreno Coto S J popularly known as Padre Melo is a Jesuit priest and human rights activist in his native Honduras He directs Radio Progreso radio station and E R I C The Team for Reflection Research and Communication whose work encompasses grassroots radio programming training on human rights community organizing and empowerment the formation of leadership committed to social change and aiding migrant families In April 2014 one of the Radio Progreso team members Carlos Mejia was brutally murdered In a press conference following the tragic event Melo stated at a press conference that 16 ERIC Radio Progeso employees including Mejia have received significant death threats since the 2009 Honduran coup Fr Moreno has also previously testified before the U S Congress at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission regarding the human rights situation in Honduras and the fear he and his staff and others in the journalism sector experience Jennifer Avila But of course I won t quit because I think I give an example to my daughter that there are things one should fight for justice and finding ways to change this reality Jennifer Avila is a journalist and producer at Radio Progreso She is a native of Progreso Honduras and studied journalism out of her desire to be close to the suffering of her fellow Hondurans and to telling their stories Jennifer is also the web master of Radio Progreso s online platforms and a video multimedia producer In her journalist work she has confronted police and public servants often at great cost to her own safety Jennifer is the proud mother of a one year old daughter Gustavo Cardoza It was the 28th of June 2009 A group of soldiers came through the gate Here is the staircase leading to the Radio Progreso control room and the soldiers came and pointed their guns into my back Here is the switch that would complete the mission of the soldiers to silence Radio Progreso Gustavo Cardoza is a long time journalist a part time art student and a social investigator in the investigative unit of Radio Progreso s social research arm ERIC Fearless as a reporter Gustavo provided on

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  • Pope Francis's Papal Encyclical on Ecology
    asking people of the world to unite with him in prayer for the care of creation This is the Continue Reading Related Blog Posts Pain and Rage for the Loss of Berta Cáceres Posted on Mar 7th 2016 By Guest Blogger 3 Comments The following is a message from Fr Ismael Moreno Coto S J regarding the brutal murder of Berta Cáceres an internationally renowned Honduran Continue Reading COP21 Depressed Me And Then Gave Me Hope Posted on Dec 15th 2015 By Anthony Giancatarino 0 Comments Editor s note Today s post is by Anthony Giancatarino Director of Policy Strategy of the Center for Social Inclusion He wrote this Continue Reading World leaders in Paris at COP21 Pope in Africa Posted on Dec 1st 2015 By Jaime Tatay S J 0 Comments Editor s Note This post was originally published at EcoJesuit and has been re published with permission It is no coincidence Pope Francis is Continue Reading Laudato Si An Invitation to Solidarity Posted on Jun 18th 2015 By Christopher Kerr 2 Comments Pope Francis s encyclical entitled Laudato Si Care for Our Common Home brings forth climate change as a moral issue that requires our collective Continue Reading Papal Encyclical What s in the News for June 17 2015 Posted on Jun 17th 2015 By Christopher Kerr 0 Comments Continue Reading Encyclical on Climate Change We Need More Than a Superhero Pope Posted on Jun 15th 2015 By Christopher Kerr 1 Comment In our age of social media and viral video one can t be surprised by Observatório do Clima s mock trailer illustrating Pope Francis as a karate Continue Reading Prayers Meditations A Daily Examen of Consciousness for Ecology Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon of St Francis of Assisi Take Action You don t need to wait for the encyclical to start taking actions to reduce your community s and your own carbon footprint Learn some ways you can take actions as an individual school community or parish community Ideas for Parishes Caring for God s Creation Resources for Liturgy Preaching and Taking Action USCCB BULLETIN INSERT Laudato Si On Care For Our Common Home USCCB Discussion Guide on Laudato Si for use in a small group setting delves more deeply into main themes of Laudato Si USCCB Calculate the parish s carbon footprint Find inspiration from other congregations 25 Steps Under 25 to reduce the parish s carbon footprint 25 Steps Over 25 to reduce the parish s carbon footprint Become a Cool Congregation Host a Feast of St Francis Event Schools Caring for God s Creation Resources for Liturgy Preaching and Taking Action USCCB Sign the St Francis Pledge Encourage your school to compost waste Host a Feast of St Francis Event Individuals Calculate your household s carbon footprint Sign the St Francis Pledge 25 Steps Under 25 to reduce your carbon footprint 25 Steps Over 25 to reduce your carbon footprint Become a Cool Household Go meatless on Fridays Fast for the

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  • Pope Francis Releases Video Calling to "Care for Creation" | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    for the care of creation This is the second video of the monthly campaign of the Pope s Worldwide Prayer Network through which Pope Francis calls men and women everywhere to pray in solidarity in response to diverse challenges facing humanity The prayer network is coordinated by Apostleship of Prayer a U S Jesuit spirituality ministry based in Milwaukee Wisconsin February s Pope Video focuses on ecology and the care of creation Rev Frédéric Fornos S J international director of the Pope s Worldwide Prayer Network said The prayer intention for February comes at a crucial time for humanity addressing an area where we urgently need to make changes The Pope asks us to unite in respect for creation and to act to preserve the natural world for future generations We need a conversation that brings us together because we are all affected by environmental challenges especially the poor and displaced Tomás Insua the global coordinator of the Global Catholic Climate Movement GCCM which is a partner of the Pope Video release added The Pope Video is a compelling follow up of Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Si reinforcing his powerful call to action to care our common home And it is a very timely message given that governments and society as a whole need to put into practice the recent Paris Climate Agreement by taking bold action to tackle the climate crisis Ignatian Solidarity Network is a GCCM partner and worked to promote the GCCM message to Pope Francis this past spring when Pope Francis released Laudato Si On Care for Our Common Home The first Pope Video in January subtitled in ten languages has already registered more than 5 million online views and a potential daily audience of more than 114 million people It seeks to raise awareness about the need for interreligious dialogue another of the grave challenges facing humanity Facebook 273 Google 1 Linkedin 10 Twitter 284 Tags climate change environment Environmental Justice Pope Francis http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 02 Screen Shot 2016 02 05 at 1 34 47 PM png 572 756 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2016 02 05 13 37 33 2016 02 05 13 57 57 Pope Francis Releases Video Calling to Care for Creation You might also like Prayers for Peace in Iraq National Catholic Organizations Join Pope Francis Day 10 Conversion in the Anthropocene Pope Francis Dorothy Day 10 Things To Know About Pope Francis s Favorite American Woman Day 14 Greenwash Climate Change Jesuit Higher Education Reportback from Loyola Chicago 4 Pope Francis s Encyclical on Climate Change to Be Titled Laudato Si On the Care of Our Common Home Catholic Higher Education Leaders Affirm Pope Francis s Leadership on Climate Change 0 replies Leave a Reply Want to join the discussion Feel free to contribute Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email

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  • Pain and Rage for the Loss of Berta Cáceres | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    in Honduras and throughout the Northern Triangle of Central America Dear Friends Ismael Moreno Coto S J and Berta Cáceres I write to share with you the pain and rage I am left with we are left with due to the murder of who led grassroots efforts in the of struggle in defense of the natural resources and indigenous peoples She and her organization COPINH confronted multinational companies based in China the U S and Canada bent on exploiting natural resources particularly rivers and minerals Last year she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize She was a friend a sister a companion of Radio Progreso and ERIC and we had a particular history of close friendship and common struggle In her person many of our struggles were manifest that of indigenous people feminists of the popular movement of grassroots communities and environmentalists We are beaten down She was constantly threatened Being a woman with the highest international recognition among the social and popular movements in Honduras her assassination shows and lays bare the helplessness of people and organizations fighting for human rights and the defense of the natural resources and against the sale of our national sovereignty She fills us with pride But her assassination leaves us shocked I share a picture that we took her and my in 2013 in Rio Blanco near the Gualcarque river And she with her jokes said as she looked at the photograph Let s see which of the two of us goes first I send my embrace and trust in your solidarity in the struggles in which we continue From today on with loyalty to Berta Cáceres our sister and traveling companion Sincerely Melo Ismael Moreno S J Learn more and join the Ignatian Solidarity Network and U S and Canadian Jesuits in advocating for human rights and environmental justice in Honduras Don t let Berta s voice be lost Join us Facebook 803 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Twitter 803 Tags Berta Cáceres Honduras Jesuit Padre Melo 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 You might also like Pedro Arrupe S J Catholic Leaders Call On Speaker Boehner To Pass Immigration Reform The voiceless finding a voice Oakland Occupy Movement Crossing the River West of the Rockies Who will hold the U S accountable for a rush to deport the most vulnerable Jesuit Conference Report Highlights Needs of Honduran Asylum Seekers Fr Jim Connor S J receives 2014 Holstein Award Just Sustainability Dreaming the Possibilities Can Be Exciting and Fun Update 3 3 replies Steve says March 13 2016 at 12 49 am a sad reminder of the cost of human dignity Reply Trackbacks Pingbacks Honduras Country in Pain says March 19 2016 at 12 54 am Cáceres

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  • COP21 Depressed Me. And Then Gave Me Hope. | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    realities that are facing our global family We are living in rather dark times Political leaders are using the fear of terrorism to unleash hateful rhetoric and policies that discriminate against and debase refugees immigrants and Muslims We continue to see dignity denied to black men and women in our justice system And while the US economy is supposedly on the mend the income and wealth gap continues to grow nationally and globally So why should we focus on climate change as our answer when we have so many pressing challenges As I began to reflect it became clearer that working for climate change addresses all of these things The Desolation Rising sea levels are forcing Carteret Island inhabitants to flee I reflected on conversations at COP21 about how climate disruption is a root cause of our refugee crises in places like Syria where the instability and growth of terrorism is deeply rooted in the systemic failures of a dried up agricultural economy exploitative energy system and corrupt leadership Meanwhile those from small island states like the Carteret Islands in Papa New Guinea told heartbreaking stories of relocating entire villages because of rising sea levels These people are experiencing hell on earth I thought about what goes on here in the United States Climate and environmental injustices are drawn along racial lines The environmental impacts of fracking coal and other dirty fuels of are making both people and the planet sick The impact is highest in poor communities in the Global South while in the U S black and indigenous communities are more likely to suffer from the pollution of coal plants oil and gas refineries and oil fields like Bakken in North Dakota And I reflected on some of the most egregious injustices that are being touted in the name of climate change solutions I heard leaders of the Via Campesina movement talk about losing their rights to the Amazon as Brazil sold the land to private companies for the development of monocrops to create carbon neutral fuel Indigenous African leaders talked about how whole communities were being forcibly removed from their land as part of a UN sanctioned program called REDD that allowed states and companies to buy trees as a way to offset their pollution These solutions are carbon neutral but are they just And lastly I was deeply saddened to see the United States historically the largest emitter of carbon and pollution continually shirk its duty and obligation The U S has only met 20 of our obligation in climate finance that helps countries pay for adaptation This past Friday Secretary Kerry threatened to walk out of an agreement if it makes financial commitments binding At the same time states in the Global South like Vietnam whose fishing economy is threatened by climate change stepped up and committed their full share of obligations It was at this point a feeling of dread and actual desolation overcame my spirit The Consolation Yet in that very desolation light

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  • World leaders in Paris at COP21, Pope in Africa | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    plans and projects said Francis during his speech at the global headquarters of the UN Environmental Programme in Nairobi Kenya a few days ago The link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order is one Francis has denounced over and over during his papacy Climate change is a global problem with grave implications environmental social economic political and for the distribution of goods It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day LS 25 Our response to this challenge needs to incorporate a social perspective which takes into account the fundamental rights of the poor and the underprivileged LS 93 for the misuse and destruction of the environment are also accompanied by a relentless process of exclusion Address to the UN 25 September 2015 While the connections between environmental and social problems are global there are particular issues that are distinctively local such as wildlife poaching environmental refugees and rapid urbanization These are social and environmental problems the Pope denounced and both are unmistakably major concerns in Africa Illegal trade in diamonds and precious stones rare metals or those of great strategic value wood biological material and animal products such as ivory trafficking and the relative killing of elephants fuels political instability organized crime and terrorism said Francis in Nairobi The other recent phenomenon affecting many African nations is displacement fueled by land grabbing desertification and armed conflict There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever LS 25 The third social and environmental challenge seen is the rapid process of urbanization taking place in the South In too many cases it has unfortunately led to a disproportionate and unruly growth of many cities which have become unhealthy to live in and inefficient LS 44 It is no wonder that in front of the heartbreaking poverty that Francis witnessed while bishop of Buenos Aires he acknowledges the troubling symptoms of a social breakdown which spawns increased violence and a rise in new forms of social aggression drug trafficking growing drug use by young people and the loss of identity LS 46 a lack of rootedness and social anonymity LS 149 In front of the sheer complexity of these challenges Francis reaches out to the consciences of those gathered at COP21 This situation too is a cry rising up from humanity and the earth itself one which needs to be heard by the international community Will those in Paris and the peoples they represent listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor coming from the South The full text of the speech of Pope Francis at the global headquarters of the UN Environmental Programme in Nairobi Kenya last 26 November 2015 can be read and downloaded

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